Paddling Life Exclusives


Kokatat Cancels American Made Gear Awards

Paddlesports apparel maker Kokatat has suspended its popular American Made Gear Awards after a five-year run... Read more.



A Cause for Conservation from a Sea Kayaking College Student

My name is Abbey. I am a student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. My school has one of the best outdoor programs in the nation, and I'm currently part of a sea kayak guide leadership class, a hands-on, excursion-based class that follows NOLS curriculum. We learn how to teach paddling, lead trips, seamanship and rescue skills and make responsible decisions on the water. When I am out on the water, I feel at home. I am not afraid of the ocean, but I am afraid for it.... Read more.



The Zoar Score: Top 5 River Trips Around the Zoar Outdoor Center

Whether you’re rafting, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking--and into a Class I float or Class IV thrills--you’ll hit nirvana in the Northeast around Charlemont, Mass., just a two hour’s drive from Boston. With releases on the Deerfield River and rain feeding other nearby waterways, the watery wonderland offers something for paddlers of all strokes... Read more.



NRS Purchases STAR Rafts

Adding to its already robust market share position in the rafting world, NRS recently completed its purchase of STAR Rafts, a raft manufacturer that has been in business since 1993. Read more.



Industry News

• Kokatat Cancels American Made Gear Awards

• NRS Purchases STAR Rafts

• Glen Canyon Advocate Katie Lee Passes Away at 98

• No Ch-Hance: Navajo Nation Votes Down Grand Canyon Tram

• Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect Returns to Knoxville Nov. 7-10, 2017

• Kayak Distribution Acquires Core Paddles

• CANOE & KAYAK Mag Wins Best Article at Folio Awards for Healing Waters.

• Level Six Owner Founds Canadian Distribution Co. for Outdoor Gear





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Eat your heart out, Linus: Great Pumpkin Paddling in the Northwest



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Switching to Single-blade: New Zealand slalom kayaker Luuka Jones in the heat of her C-1 run in the World Cup



Paddling Life Exclusives


The Paddling World's Greatest Unsolved Mysteries

So Halloween just ended…but not the following paddling mysteries that continue to haunt history buffs across the canoeing continent. Read on, if you dare… Read more.



Deguil Bests Keller By 7/10ths of a Second, Setting New COurse Record at This Year's Green Race

Holy down-to-the-wire finishes, by the same two paddlers for the second year in a row. In 2016, Eric Dequil bested Pat Keller by just one second in the coveted Green Race on North Carolina’s Green River, and this year he did it again, beating Keller by just seven-tenths of a second and setting a new course record in one of the kayaking world’s biggest races for bragging rights… Read more.



Glen Canyon Advocate Katie Lee Passes Away at 98

Katie Lee -- folk musician, environmental activist, Colorado River advocate and author -- passed away peacefully in her home in Jerome, AZ on November 1, 2017. She was 98 years old. Read more.



No Ch-Hance: Navajo Nation Votes Down Grand Canyon Tram

Native American lawmakers on Tuesday said not a Ch-Hance, voting down a multimillion-dollar proposal to build a tramway into Grand Canyon National Park... Read more.



Crazy Fun Paddling in Louisiana

Want a little quirkiness with your boating? Head south to Louisiana, where every October paddlers head down the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail led by a performing Cajun band on the lead raft. Oh, and people dress up like birds and paddle for some reason. Heck, it’s Louisiana! Read more.



Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect Returns to Knoxville Nov. 7-10, 2017

Several paddlesports companies, including such brands as Astral, Chaco, Freefly, Katadyn, Teva, Yakima and Yeti, are kicking off the upcoming tradeshow season by attending the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance's four-day national buying show to the Knoxville Convention Center, Nov. 7-10, 2017. Read more.



CANOE & KAYAK Mag Wins Best Article at Folio Awards for Healing Waters.

In a project sponsored by NRS, CANOE & KAYAK recently won Best Single Article at the Folio's 2017 Eddie & Ozzie Awards for its online feature Healing Waters, recognizing the power of paddling in healing vets... Read more.




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