Paddling Life Exclusives


Free ACA membership with purchase of any MTI PFD

Flotation and a free membership. It's not a bad combo. MTI and the American Canoe Association have teamed up to promote paddler education and on-water networking by offering a free one-year membership to the ACA when a consumer buys any MTI life jacket. Read more.



Kayaking 2,552 Miles for Clean Water

Alyssum Pohl is tackling water pollution while attempting to become the youngest woman to ever kayak the Mississippi River from source to sea... Read more.



Paddling the Pacuare: The best, most accessible, family-friendly jungle raft trip in the world

“Thirty-three, dad!” says my daughter, Casey, 12. No, she’s not guessing my age (I can only wish). We’re near the end of our three-day rafting trip down Costa Rica’s Pacuare River and she’s been counting riverside waterfalls, just one of many perks paddling perhaps the greatest, family-friendly jungle raft trip in the world... Read more.



5 Tips for Track Raft Racing in China

What’s it like to raft race in China? Serbia’s Nada Matic, of the International rafting Federation, offers a few pointers in her summary of China’s recent R-2 Championships, drawing teams from Serbia, Canada, Hungary, New Zealand and the USA… Read more.





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The 2015 North Fork Championships!

Money Shot

Jon Turk making his way across Ellesmere Island. Photo courtesy Erik Boomer



Paddling Life Exclusives


Paddling Alphabet Poster!

Where was this when we were kids? Had we had the paddling version of My Outdoor Alphabet, we might know our duffek from our derriere… Read more.



24-hour SUP Race Wraps Up in Spain

Don’t blame Ramon Blanco if he was a bit too tired to raise his glass in toast after finishing with the third edition of the SMS SPAIN24 held in Pedreña, Spain, July 11-12: He just finished paddling 156 kilometers in 24 straight hours to win the prestigious – and some say longest – SUP race in the world. Read more.



Jimmy Kimmel Joins American Rivers Board

You can probably expect a few one-liners to utter forth at board meetings for American Rivers from now on. The nonprofit river advocacy organization recently announced the addition of three new board members, including…wait for it…the addition of Jimmy Kimmel of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Read more.



Junior Wildwater World Champs Come to NOC August 2-7

Get ready for some fast paddling on the Nantahala River. The Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) will host the 2015 International Canoe Federation’s Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships August 2-7, on the Nantahala River near Bryson City, N.C. Read more.



Confluence News: WaveSport No Longer Available in NA; Bomber Gear Hasta Luego. PL Special: Wave Sport Founder Chan Zwanzig Weighs In

Hold onto your Wave Sport kayak and Bomber Gear drytop: they’re soon to become collector’s items. As part of “an aggressive five-year plan which maps our direction and priorities,” parent company Confluence recently announced that Wave Sport will no longer be sold to North American retailers (only in Europe) and that Bomber Gear is ceasing production… Read more.



Blister Cream, Anyone? 444-mile Yukon River Quest Wraps Up in Great North

There were arguably a lot of blisters. But what else would you expect from a gruel-fest that takes racers 444 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon? By all measures, this year’s 17th Annual Yukon River Quest held June 24-28 was a huge success, with 57 teams starting the event and 44 finishing – a pretty good showing for one of the toughest paddling races on the planet… Read more.



Yampa Yowza! New Book Released on Yampa River

Those who have ever paddled any section of the Yampa River, and know renowned photographer John Fielder, know that if you combine the two, great things are bound to happen. Throw in the author insight of former river ranger, outfitter and Ph.D. Pat Tierney, and you get a coffee table book that belongs on everyone’s shelf with an affinity for the last major free flowing-river in the seven-state Colorado River… Read more.





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