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Despite Pressure from Russians and Czechs, Brazil Takes R4 World Rafting Champs
They might not have won in front of their home country in World Cup soccer, but they did so in fine fashion in rafting, making amends on the water if not the field.... Read more.

Running It Blind: Erik Weihenmayer, Lonnie Bedwell Kayak Grand Canyon Blind
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the edict, anyway, enacted by blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, who after capsizing three times on the Grand Canyon’s Lava Falls and finally swimming, he hiked back up and ran it again, as part of his recently completed No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition with fellow blind paddler and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell… Read more.

Paddling with the Sunjack Solar Charger
Sacrilegious as it might seem, electronic devices – including cameras, phones, GPS, speakers, iPads and more -- are almost a given anymore on river and other paddling trips. But you only have one shot at them until your batteries eddy out. All that’s changed with a new breed of solar chargers designed to keep electrons flowing like the river. PL puts the new SunJack portable solar charger by GigaWatt to the test on the Colorado River’s Westwater Canyon… Read more.

Book Release: Downstream Toward Home
DOWNSTREAM TOWARD HOME: A Book of Rivers, by Oliver A. Houck, Louisiana State University Press Read more.

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The NOC's GAF Festival Cascades Release on the Nantahala

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Training for the World Slalom Championships Sept 17-21 at the Adventure Sports Center International. Photo courtesy Crede Calhoun, www.visionqueststudios.com

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Second Time’s a Sickline Charm for Morley, Newman
Maybe they just have the lines dialed. Whatever it is, it worked as both Joe Morley and Nouria Newman won the men’s and women’s divisions, respectfully, for the second year in a row at this year’s adidas Sickline extreme race on Austria’s Ache River. Read more.

Life Lessons Learned on Vacation: Osa and the Native
An essay on paddling the mangroves of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula... Read more.

Swedish Canoe Trip Tests New GPS Safety Net for Paddlers
A recent canoe trip in Sweden pushed the boundaries for the use of GPS advancements for expedition safety. Recently finishing a seven-day expedition along the Hotagen River and surrounding lakes near the Norwegian border in the vast tundra of northern Sweden, Intrepid Expeditions invited a company called Globavista along to help pin-point their locations en route, receive accurate weather information, send and receive messages, and have an emergency parachute should things go awry... Read more.

Delightfully Solifeful: A family- and food-filled sea kayak trip in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay
Tide-pooling is a verb in Alaska. It’s 11 a.m. on Hesketh Island and the ebb is at its lowest outside our cabin in Kachemak Bay, home of the second largest tides in the world, of up to 28 vertical feet. That means it’s tide-pool time.... Read more.

ACA Releases New Paddling App
Filling out a float plan, checking your waterway’s conditions and accessing safety tips just got a whole lot easier. It's now right at your fingertips thanks to the new Paddle Ready App being debuted by the American Canoe Association and U.S. Coast Guard. Read more.

Lefevre Nabs C-1 Gold for U.S. at World Slalom Champs, But No More Red, White and Blue on Paddling Podium
Thanks to France’s Fabien Lefevre, the U.S. made it to the medal stand at the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Champions in Deep Creek, Md. Now paddling for the U.S., Lefevre, in only his second season competing internationally in C-1, used his speed and boat positioning to win the gold medal in C-1. But that was it as far as podiums for the U.S... Read more.

Support American Whitewater: Gauley, Feather Fest Ring in Fall for River Runners
While the world’s eyes are on Maryland’s Adventure Sports Center International for the World Slalom Championships this weekend, paddlers with more of a wild side will be at West Virginia’s Gauley Fest and a week later California’s Feather Fest for revelry, river running and raising funds for American Whitewater… Read more.

Slalom Racers (and Spectators) Ready for Maryland's Slalom World Championships (Plus: TV Schedule)
It's been 25 years since the ICF World Slalom Championships came to the U.S., when they took place on Maryland's Savage River in 1989. Not they're back, this time coming to Maryland’s Adventure Sports Center International, the only mountaintop re-circulating whitewater course in the world, Sept. 17-21, marking just the second time in history the event has been held in the U.S. Read more.

Lincoln Canoe's Sandy Martin Releases "Paddling Against the Tide" Book
A new book out by Lincoln Canoe's Sandy Martin, Paddling Against the Tide, chronicles his personal and entrepreneurial experiences in bringing fiberglass canoes to the masses… Read more.

PADDLEexpo 2014 Comes to Nuremburg, Germany
Want to know where the world’s top paddlesports brands will be at the end of the month? Talking shop (and hopefully selling boats) and the 12th annual PADDLEexpo Sept. 28-30, 2014, in Nuremberg, Germany. Show director Horst Fürsattel has filled all of the 54,000 square foot convention center with 136 exhibitors, up from 121 in 2013, showing a total of 271 brands. Read more.

Missouri River Water Trail Gets New Web Portal
If only Lewis and Clark had it this easy. Paddling the fabled River of the Lewis and Clark Expedition just got a whole lot easier. The new Missouri River Water Trail web-based portal offers everything you ever wanted to know about paddling the Lower Missouri River, but were afraid to ask... Read more.

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