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Blister Cream, Anyone? 444-mile Yukon River Quest Wraps Up in Great North
There were arguably a lot of blisters. But what else would you expect from a gruel-fest that takes racers 444 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon? By all measures, this year’s 17th Annual Yukon River Quest held June 24-28 was a huge success, with 57 teams starting the event and 44 finishing – a pretty good showing for one of the toughest paddling races on the planet… Read more.

Yampa Yowza! New Book Released on Yampa River
Those who have ever paddled any section of the Yampa River, and know renowned photographer John Fielder, know that if you combine the two, great things are bound to happen. Throw in the author insight of former river ranger, outfitter and Ph.D. Pat Tierney, and you get a coffee table book that belongs on everyone’s shelf with an affinity for the last major free flowing-river in the seven-state Colorado River… Read more.

Serrasolses Takes North Fork Champs
It was Gerd’s day. With top five finishes over the last three years at the North Fork Championships, this year Gerd Serrasolses finally took first, and the $5,000 prize, for his best run of 2 minutes, 5.5 seconds, in the coveted Jake’s Race. Dane Jackson took second and $2,000 at 2:06:29, followed by Isaac Levinson in third at 2:07:42, pocketing a cool grand. Read more.

Czech, Mate: Czech Paddlers Dominate Home-court Prague World Cup
Call it a clean sweep, Czech-mate style. Three finals resulted in three gold medals for host nation Czech Republic at the first ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup of the season in Prague. Read more.

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Riding the Spike
Every sport has its Holy Grail, that pinnacle of perfect conditions. For surfers, it’s catching that big swell. For skiers and snowboarders, it’s that surprise 26-inch powder day. For fly-fishers, it’s perhaps that evasive cicada hatch, when any piece of foam lands a lunker. For kayakers worth their salt, it’s catching your local river at peak flood, when the river is at its most raging... Read more.

Aussies Sweep Inaugural Maui Jim OceanFest
Think you’re a hardguy waterman or woman? You gotta beat the Aussies at next year’s second annual Maui Jim OceanFest, whose first incarnation just wrapped up the first week of June. Held outside the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Lahaina, Maui, the event drew an elite group of international athletes competing for $40,000 in prize money in unique ocean-lifeguard-style events, from supping to outrigger canoe paddling, all while showcasing Hawai’s ocean sports. Read more.

Dane’s Games: Dane Jackson Sweeps Creek and Freestyle Events at GoPro Mountain Games
Call it Dane Time again. That’s the take-home from this year’s GoPro Mountain games in Vail, Colo., where 21-year-old kayaker Dane Jackson won the competiton’s two most coveted kayak events: The Steep Creek Race and Freestyle Championships. Read more.

New Wenonah “Cownoe” Benefits Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Call it bovine boating. In honor of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 15th Anniversary, Wenonah Canoe and Wood and Wood Sign Systems created a custom-made “Cownoe” canoe to support the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s efforts to increase paddling opportunities in northern Vermont along the Missisquoi River. Read more.

Ecuador Pioneers Darcy Gaechter, Don Beveridge Back in Ecuador
They’re baaaaack! After leaving Ecuador kayaking outfitter Small World Adventures, paddling the entire length of the Amazon, and scouring the world for a new place to hang their kayak guiding shingle, Darcy Gaechter and Don Beveridge have returned to guide their beloved whitewater of Ecuador… Read more.

Epic Departure: Oscar Chalupsky leaves kayak maker
Twelve-time Molokai World Champion Oscar Chalupsky is moving on from Epic Kayaks to surf different waters... Read more.

2014 World Paddle Awards Announced in Augsburg; EJ Wins Lifetime Achievement
Paddlers are more used to rapids with names like Black Rocks than they are black ties. But not at the 2014 World Paddle Awards, which just wrapped up in Augsburg, Germany, crowning seven paddlers at the top of their respective categories... Read more.

CANOE & KAYAK Announces $10,000 Adventure Contest
Want to take your dream paddling trip? Now's your chance. Canoe & Kayak magazine announced its new Dream Your Adventure Contest, presented by Nexen Tire, to encourage everyday people to embark on a life-changing paddling adventure. Offering $10,000 to fund a paddling expedition, it's the world’s largest contest of its kind open exclusively to paddlers... Read more.

Down River Equipment Hosts 2nd Annual Rendezvous on Colo.'s Arkansas River May 15-17
Want to get together with fellow paddlers in Colorado? Head to Down River Equipment’s second annual Customer Appreciation weekend and 30th Anniversary event May 15-17 on the Arkansas River... Read more.

New Film Aims to Protect Costa Rica's Pacuare River
Those lucky enough to have paddled Costa Rica’s Pacuare River can relate to a new film, "Troubled Waters," dedicated to preserving it. Read more.

They're Baaack! Esquif Canoes to Resume Production
Frampton, Quebec’s Esquif Canoe Company might do well to borrow Mark Twain’s line, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” After announcing in March of this year that the company was ceasing production, company founder Jacques Chassé about-faced with an early May announcement that the factory will resume production…. Read more.

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