Paddling Life Exclusives


Book Excerpt: NO BARRIERS: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Want to know what it's like to kayak the Big Ditch blind? Read on for a special book excerpt from NO BARRIERS: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon by Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy... Read more.



Former Confluence CEO Sue Rechner Appointed President of Merrell

From floatcraft to footwear. That sums up the recent career trajectory of Sue Rechner, who, after stepping down as CEO of paddling powerhouse Confluence Outdoor was recently named president of shoe giant Merrell… Read more.



A River Reborn: Floating the Dolores (By Jake Myhre)

This spring, the Dolores River in Southwest Colorado finally became floatable, to the delight of Rocky Mountain river runners. And as its waters rose, so, too, did the spirits and environmental consciousness of those fortunate enough to run her and witness a waterway once again restored to its rightful place as a river. Read more.



“Kayak Kevin” Off On 1,000-Mile “Ocean Kayak Trident Fishing Tour 2017” (Florida Keys to Chesapeake Bay)

If Virginia is for lovers, it’s also for kayak fish lover and Norfolk resident and Ocean Kayak pro Kayak Kevin Whitley. Whitley is a man of many passions—in his early life, skateboarding, snowboarding, and playing guitar in several hardcore bands—and for the past decade and a half, kayak fishing. Now he's taking his love for the latter on a 1,000-mile kayak fishing traipse up the East Coast... Read more.





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Underground Cave Kayaking, Courtesy of Red Bull!

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While the Yuba's January flooding this year didn't quite reach this level from 1997, it's still at a formidable flow...Yuba



Paddling Life Exclusives


Catching Up With New Confluence Outdoor CEO Richard Krause

Just months after taking over the reins of Confluence after the departure of long-time CEO Sue Rechner, new CEO and president Rich Krause took his first whitewater kayaking lesson at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C. While he admits he "spent most of my time upside-down," he's negotiating the currents of running the most powerful company in paddlesports with better aplomb... Read more.



High Water Hints for the Middle Fork (courtesy NW Rafting Co.)

Cali boaters aren’t the only ones bracing for a high water year. With the Salmon River drainage clocking in at 157 percent of average on May 1, and nearby Big Lost basin 195 percent and the Blackfootbasin a whopping 243 percent, heir cousins in Idaho are also breaking out the flip lines for one of the highest rafting seasons in year. Heading to the Middle Fork? Heed this high-water advice from the Northwest Rafting Company… Read more.



Sierra Time: Nick Troutman, Brendan Wells Tie at Kernfest Brush Creek Race

The runoff’s happening out West, and it showed up full force at this year’s Kern River Festival and its popular Brush Creek Extreme Race, which was held for the first time in six years thanks to ample Sierra snowmelt. That made energy levels among competitors reach an all-time high, especially those of Nick Troutman and Brendan Wells, who tied for first… Read more.



Big Flows, Big Surf: US Freestyle Kayaking National Championships Wrap Up on Chattahoochee in Columbus, Georgia; Palmer Wins Men, Levknecht Women

You could call it the Kellogg Show. Nearly the entire 12-child Kellogg family (ages 5-21) showed up at this year’s US Freestyle Kayaking National Championships on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia, with six of them competing and reaching the finals in their divisions (including Kady,who took second for the pro women behind Adriene Levknecht). For the men, it was Paul Palmer of Durango, Colo., taking top honors, ahead of Hunter Katt… Read more.



Going Dark Documents Adventure on the Salmon River

Going Dark follows a group of river guides embarking on an epic expedition from the source of the Salmon river all the way down to where it pours into the ocean, paddling the entire length in inflatable kayaks. Read more.



Northwest Creeking Championships Goes Awrf: Results, and a First-hand Account of Swimming Canyon Creek on Race Day (by Nick Hinds)

Mid-April was the time to be in the Northwest, with the Northwest Creeking Championships dishing up beat-downs, boofs, debauchery and more – including an upbeat vibe by boaters hatching plans to make the most out of the forthcoming big water season out West… Read more.



Return of the Kern: State Braces for Booming Paddling Season; Kern Back in Action After Two-year Hiatus

For outfitters on California’s Kern River, it’s been a two year hiatus since they’ve even been able to put rubber to water. But all that’s changed now, thanks to near-record snowfall and rain that has swelled water storage to its highest level in decades... Read more.




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