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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.



Industry News

• 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

• Ouch! Paddlers: Get That Drone and GoPro Footage While You Can; GoPro to Cut 254 Jobs and Exit Drone Biz

• AW Releases Southeast River-release schedule for 2018

• School Time: 7 paddling schools to get your game on

• Merry Xmas: Two International Dams on Hold--Peru's Marañón and Mexico's Usumacinta





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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


AW Releases Southeast River-release schedule for 2018

While the Southeast has been slammed with rain and snow, every year behind the scenes American Whitewater works hard to secure scheduled releases on river reaches previously de-watered by hydropower dams. Read on for this year's schedule... Read more.



Ouch! Paddlers: Get That Drone and GoPro Footage While You Can; GoPro to Cut 254 Jobs and Exit Drone Biz

Like a river losing flow come autumn, GoPro has announced plans to cut 254 jobs as well as exit the drone category... Read more.



Colorado Paddlers Ring in New Year in Style With Mass Float Down Shoshone

Okay, so Colorado kayakers are a tad crazed. No where was that on better display than on the Shoshone section of the Colorado River outside of Glenwood Springs, when hundreds of paddlers gathered for the umpteenth annual frigid New Year’s float. Read more.



School Time: 7 paddling schools to get your game on

Don’t worry…there’s no detention at these schools if you don’t get it right. Only dunkings. Beginner, intermediate or even advanced, if you want to take your paddling to the next level – be it canoeing, whitewater kayaking or touring -- there’s no better way to do so than by enrolling in a school. So put one of these on your New Year's resolution list... Read more.



Merry Xmas: Two International Dams on Hold--Peru's Marañón and Mexico's Usumacinta

The New Year is ringing in well for international paddlers and environmentalists…plans for two dams, one on Peru’s Marañón and another slated for Mexico’s Usumacinta, have been tabled. Read more.



Catching the Vibe: Company Introduces New Tandem Kayak

Catch and spread the vibe with Vibe, a Southeast kayak company taking the rec and fishing world by salt storm. Need proof? Consider the name of its newest release, the Yellowfin… Read more.



Paddling Life Random Swag Sampler!

Behold what has come across our transom the previous year, from shade shelters and goggles to watercraft and whiskey, which we willingly (hiccup!) put through its paces... Read more.




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