Paddling Life Exclusives


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.



Will Whitewater Parks Come Under Future Fire For Brain-Eating Amoeba Death?

The U.S. National Whitewater Center's water-based operations remained closed this week due to the fact that an 18-year-old contracted Naegleria fowleri amoeba after visiting the Center, and later died. Read more.



US Olympic Team Announced; Eichfield Earns Spot in C-1 and C-2

The Olympics are upon us in Rio, and USACK recently announced who will be representing the red, white and blue on the water…(hint: one of them, Casey Eichfeld, will become the first U.S. canoeist in history to compete in two disciplines at a single Olympic Games... 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


2016 Des Plaines River Marathon Huge Success; Next Year Celebrates 60th

When Ralph Frese started the Des Plaines River Marathon 59 years ago to give his boy scouts (for whom he built 500 canoes) an activity – he probably never envisioned the race would continue for this long. But now it just wrapped up its 59th year, with its 60th anniversary coming up quickly. Read more.



Reign of Dane Moves to North Fork: Dane Jackson Wins Idaho’s North Fork Championships

In its fifth year, the North Fork Championships was bigger and better than ever, with high flows testing the mettle of the world’s best. And for his first time, Dane Jackson paddled down the gauntlet of whitewater to the top spot on the podium, just a half second faster than the runner-up.... Read more.



Rush Sturges on Chasing Niagara

Ever thought of kayaking over Niagara? Neither have we. But Rafa Ortiz has, and his exploits now come to the silver screen in Rush Sturges’s Chasing Niagara, which takes viewers from the rainforest rivers of Mexico to the waterfalls of the Northwest and eventually, Niagara itself. Director and athlete Rush Sturges chimes in on the making of the flick… Read more.



Johnson Outdoors Hires New Brand Manager for Watercraft Division

A paddling company without a marketing head can be like a paddlecraft without a rudder. That short period is over for Johnson Outdoors, which is proud to announce the hiring of Ryan Lilly as the new marketing director for their Watercraft division. Read more.



Corra Claims 11th FIBArk Downriver Crown; 14-year-old Nate Foster Nabs 4th

Eleven times is a lot to win any race, let alone one as adrenaline-filled and daunting as the annual FIBArk downriver race on Colorado's Arkansas River. But at the ripe age of 55, Durango's wily veteran Andy Corra, owner of Four Corners Riversports, made up for last year's second-place finish with his 11th win at this year's race, despite rolling his downriver boat at the crux... Read more.



Ottawa's Esprit Rafting Base Camp Goes Up in Flames

Rafting season is literally heating up on the Ottawa as the Esprit base camp goes up in flames...and here's how you can help them get back on the water. Read more.



High Water on Homestake at GoPro Games Sees Voorhees Nab First Title

Swims, beat-downs and three live-bait rescues sun it up. Historic high water conditions (a whopping 550 cfs) on Thursday’s Coors Light Steep Creek Championship at the GoPro Games were summed up in two words by the experts monitoring river flows at American Whitewater: “Not Recommended.” But that didn’t stop 49 of the world’s top whitewater paddlers from jumping into their creek boats and taking on the raging torrent thundering through the steep, narrow gorge at water levels never before measured in GoPro Mountain Games history — or any history, for that matter. Read more.




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