Paddling Life Exclusives


Finding the spirit of the Olympics with NBC

With the Olympics wrapped up in Rio,Paddling Life scribe Eugene Buchanan reflects on his stint covering paddling for NBC at the Beijing Olympics. (Warning: may include graphic descriptions of heavyweight wrestler Rulon Gardner hot tubbing naked) Read more.



Gore Fest Going Large-time

Where in the past it only involved a marquee Class V downriver race, this year, thanks to sponsors Downriver Equipment and American Whitewater, Gore Fest , Aug. 26-28, includes freestyle events, SUP races, an anything-that-floats contest, parties, film premieres and more... Read more.



Rush Sturges Album Out (Order Today!): A Quick Q&A with the River Running Rap Master

You know him as an uber-sweet boater and filmmaker. Now know him as an artist. Yep, Rush Sturges has officially released his new rap album on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, letting you jam to his tunes on your shuttle. A few thoughts from the river-running rap-master... Read more.



Remembering Rich Weiss

With the Olympics winding up in Rio, those of us in the game long enough can't help but remember two-time slalom Olympian Rich Weiss, who tragically died kayaking Oregon's White Salmon River less than a year after his 1996 Olympic appearance. Read on for a touching memorial written by Steamboat Pilot reporter Joel Reichenberger, from Weiss's hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Read more.





Video of the Day

Chasing Niagara

Money Shot

Now that's a kayak. Ken Hoeve testing out his newest will-you-be-my-friend boat from Bonfire Brewing Co.



Paddling Life Exclusives


German slalom coach Stefan Henze Dies in Rio Car Crash

The International canoeing community is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Olympic silver medallist and German slalom coach Stefan Henze. Henze succumbed on Monday to injuries he sustained in a car accident in Rio on Friday morning... Read more.



Spain's Maialen Chourraut Grabs Gold for Women's K-1. Plus: How Team USA Fared

There's a reign in Spain now for women's K-1 at the Olympics. In a dominating performance, Maialen Chourraut brought the country its first-ever slalom Olympic gold with the fastest women’s K-1 time of the entire competition.... Read more.



Britain's Joseph Clarke Grabs Gold in Men's Kayak Slalom

And Great Britain gets its first-ever slalom gold in Rio. That's the story line from down under, as Joseph Clarke won Great Britain's first individual gold medal in the Olympic Games canoe slalom at Rio's Whitewater Stadium on Wednesday... Read more.



USA's Eichfeld 7th, France's Gargaud Chanut gold in Men's C-1 in Rio

And the first whitewater slalom medal in Rio goes to....France! Denis Gargaud Chanut of France inherited the mantle of French canoe slalom great (and three-time C-1 gold medalist) Tony Estanguet as he won France's seventh Olympic Games gold medal in C-1 slalom at Rio's Whitewater Stadium on Tuesday. Read more.



Shaken, Not Stirred: Kayaker Benny Marr Mixes Up Cocktails in Kayak for Sponsor Stoli

At least one of these might taste better out of your river bootie than a warm PBR. Stoli Vodka recently tapped extreme kayaker Benny Marr, as well as other elite extreme athletes, as part of a campaign to have them mix drinks in action to help show that men do, in fact, like their foo-foo drinks... Read more.



Not Fair: Boise Wave Gets Accolades

Come on…does a state that already has perhaps the country's best whitewater really need the best play wave, too? That's the findings, as Boise’s play wave recently earned kudos as among the nation’s best…for surfers and kayakers.... Read more.



Alaskan Enviros and Big Water Boaters Rejoice: Susitna Watana Dam project Shut Down

Haven’t knocked Devil’s Canyon of Alaska’s Susitna River off your Triple Crown list yet? Don’t worry, you have more time. The Susitna and its heralded big water Class V stretch Devil’s Canyon—which comprises the notorious Triple Crown along with the Grand Canyon of the Stikine and Alsek’s Turnback Canyon—was saved from being dammed by the stroke of a pen June 29, when Alaska Governor Bill Walker cancelled plans for the Susitna-Watana Dam megaproject. Read more.




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