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L.L.Bean Donates $100K to Maine Island Trail Association
Ask any paddler…a hundred grand can go a long ways. No one knows this better than the the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), which just received a $100,000 grant from L.L. Bean to support its efforts to protect the 375-mile trail system from the New Hampshire border to Canada. Read more.

Esquif Canoe Closes Doors
Following the heels of publicly held PolyOne ceasing production of Royalex at the end of 2014, as well as a general downward trend in canoe sales, canoe maker Esquif Canoes Inc. closed its doors March 16 … Read more.

Madawaska Unveils Whitewater Riders Summer Camp
If only we all had it so good growing up. Madawaska Canoe Centre, Canada’s oldest whitewater school, is helping teens take up whitewater kayaking with its new Whitewater Riders program, a fully immersive two-week camp for kayakers aged 13-17 looking to take their boating to the next level. Read more.

Back in the Kayak Biz, Perhaps? A PL Q&A with Corran Addison, Who Recently Sold Corran SUP to Move Back to Montreal
Here’s how the last post on his website reads: “Today is my last day at Corran SUP. Yes, it’s true – it’s been an amazing few years, but now I hand over the reigns to Kayak Distribution who have purchased the brand. For me? Well you know I’m not going to disappear, but I am going to take a bit of a break and regroup….” PL catches up with the iconic SUP and kayak designer to see what’s next… Read more.

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Field Report: Testing the Jackson Karma RG Self-support on the Grand
For Jimmy Hostetter, Luke Farny and friends, running the entire Grand Canyon in five days in December provided the perfect reprieve for coming back in the nick of time to study for and take college exams. It also provided the chance to test out the Jackson Karma RG kayak in the exact conditions it was designed for… Read more.

Kayak Fish lands a Big One: Jerry McBride Named New Editor
Kayak Fish magazine has reeled in Florida-based angler Jerry McBride, an old magazine hand and kayak fishing enthusiast who chases seatrout and redfish near his Panama City home, as its new editor... Read more.

Polish Kayaker Aleksander Doba Voted National Geographic's 2015 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year
Want to win National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Award? Sea kayak across the Atlantic solo…at age 67. Polish adventurer Aleksander Doba did so last year – for the second time – and in so doing was named the 2015 National Geographic People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. It was billed as the longest open-water kayak crossing of the Atlantic Ocean ever. Read more.

Legislation Introduced to Study Paddling in Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks
It’s still a long ways away, but paddling may soon be allowed in current off-limits portions of YelloWstone and Grand Teton national parks, thanks to new legislation in the form of The Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act, which would lead to analyzing river paddling in the marquee national parks... Read more.

Wildy Systems Debuts Two Ultralite Kayaks
Honey, I lightened the kayaks. That's the song being sung by Wilderness Systems, which recently unveiled its popular Tarpon 120 and Pungo 120 models in ultralite versions, available in four colors, for recreation and angling... Read more.

Supping for Clean water: Plastic Tides Expedition Making Waves
Chalk one up for college students. A group of stand-up paddleboarders in New York is using their sups to raise awareness for and contribute research to the growing problem of marine debris, leading to the founding of nonprofit Plastic Tides... Read more.

Fluid Changes Focus to Rec and Fishing Markets for 2015
For now, at least, Fluid fans will have to make do without much fanfare for a new whitewater model release. For the first time in 12 years, the company announced that it will not release any new whitewater models this year, instead focusing on introducing its South African born and bred recreational and fishing range in Europe and the USA. Read more.

Reel Paddling Film Festival Announces 2015 Winners
And the envelope, please…The 10th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival, which just premiered at Famous Players Canada Square in Toronto, treated attendees to the first screenings of some of the year’s award-winning films, with all proceeds going to Project Canoe, a canoe camp for at-risk youth. Read more.

ACA/USACK Join Forces
The alphabet soup of paddlesports acronyms just got a little more manageable. USA Canoe and Kayak (USACK), the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic paddlesports governing body, recently announced that it is merging with the venerable American Canoe Association, naming existing ACA executive director Wade Blackwood the new Chief Executive Officer of USACK in addition to his ACA role. Read more.

Justine Curgenven Releases Kayaking the Aleutians
If kayaking the length of the 2,500-km-long Aleutian Islands seems daunting, so is making a film about the expedition. But explorer Justine Curgenven has never let anything get in the way of what she sets out to do, and this is no different, with her rlease of ‘Kayaking the Aleutians’ due out Feb. 15… Read more.

How My Daughter Tried to Kill Me; Whitewater Rafting on Maine's Dead (By Dana Benner)
When my daughter Sarah offered to take me whitewater rafting for my 52nd birthday, I jumped at the chance as it was something I had never done before, despite spending most of my life in the outdoors. But then my wife and I began to question her motives, joking about how Sarah was trying to kill me in order to obtain my only possession of value; my truck... Read more.

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