Paddling Life Exclusives


Kokopelli Launches Kickstarter Campaign for new Rogue-Lite Packraft

Want to get in on the packraft game? Kokopelli Lis launching a Kickstarter campaign for its new Rogue-Lite packraft, which collapses into the size of a paper towel roll… Read more.



14 All-time Best River Songs!

Though it’s hard to compare any sound to the river’s gurgle, some songs can keep you stoked to stroke even when you’re stuck in the office. Following are a few of our all-time favorites that provide subtle—and not-so-subtle--reminders of river running (not responsible for off-key renditions in the shower).... Read more.



18-year-old Becomes Youngest Person to Solo Row Across Atlantic

Surviving on what he called "a diet of Pringles," 18-year-old Oliver Crane of New Jersey recently became the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, finishing the 3,000-mile journey on Jan. 28 at the Caribbean island of Antigua after 44 days... Read more.



Johnson Reports Watercraft Sales Down

In its first quarter ended December 29, Johnson Outdoors reported improved earnings and momentum in its Fishing and Diving segments, but ongoing struggles in Camping and Watercraft Recreation. Read more.



Industry News

• Kokopelli Launches Kickstarter Campaign for new Rogue-Lite Packraft

• Johnson Reports Watercraft Sales Down

• 18-year-old Becomes Youngest Person to Solo Row Across Atlantic

• Inside a River Ranger's Shuttle Rig

• Adidas Sickline Race Cancelled

• State of the Sea Kayak Sector

• Jackson Unveils Liska Fishing Kayak, Named for European Team manager Killed in Avalanche

• OARS Releases Return from Desolation Documentary





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Kayaker Rescues Stranded Fisherman from Flaming Boat!




Money Shot

U.S. Whitewater Rafting Team members Jeremiah Williams, John Mark Seelig, Robbie Prechtl and Kurt Kincel, Seth Mason and Matt Norfleet; as well as Ian Anderson and Marty Borges, during their recent Chaco-sponsored attempt to set a new Grand Canyon speed record.



Paddling Life Exclusives


Inside a River Ranger's Shuttle Rig

Longtime kayaker Lucas Strickland is a river outfitter licensing ranger with the state of Colorado. As well as getting paid to paddle all season while checking river permits, filing reports and encouraging safety and stewardship, he also gets to use a Chevy 2500 shuttle rig that makes most boaters green with envy. And he sees no reason not to give it a personal touch... Read more.



Holy Flying Unicorns, Batman!

The Nile River Fest went off with a bang, with Bren Orton stealing the show with his flying unicorns off the Bir Air Ramp event. Read more.



New Guidebook to Siberia's Awesome Altai Region

Way back in 1993, Paddler magazine publisher and Paddling Life founder Eugene Buchanan won a grant from Gore-tex to run Siberia’s famed Bashkaus River on rafts made from germ warfare suits (read about it in his book, Brothers on the Bashkaus). Now, Russian kayaker Anton Sveshnikov has produced a guidebook to the Altai region (and is looking for crowdfunding help)—which doesn’t make the Class V classics any easier, but easier logistically… Read more.



State of the Sea Kayak Sector

While 2017 saw some changes in the sea kayaking sector--Johnson Outdoors scuttled Necky Kayaks in favor of Old Town; Eddyline's founders sold to their management team; and upstarts and veterans employed Kickstarter to launch new products--the industry's shifting currents don't mean an ebbing tide... Read more.



Adidas Sickline Race Cancelled

For now anyway, extreme kayaker Sam Sutton’s five-time reign as Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion is secure. And so is that of four-time women’s champ Nouria Newman of France. In January, organizers of the prestigious kayaking event said that they’re cancelling the Class V paddling competition for 2018… Read more.



Jackson Unveils Liska Fishing Kayak, Named for European Team manager Killed in Avalanche

Jackson Kayak’s European team manager--Jan Liska, from the Czech Republic, who died in an avalanche skiing in France two years ago--now has a kayak named after him. Read more.



OARS Releases Return from Desolation Documentary

We all know the healing powers of rivers. Now you can see it in a documentary. Outfitter OARS has announced the premiere of Return from Desolation, a new short film about a war-veteran-turned-river-guide’s fight for redemption and balance through the wild rivers and public lands within Utah’s Desolation Canyon. The film will premiere at the 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, on January 13. Read more.




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