Paddling Life Exclusives


Will Dane Repeat? Preview of the Upcoming World Freestyle Kayak Champs Coming to the Ottawa

Will the reign of Dane still be a pain for other competitors? We’ll find out soon enough as the ICF Kayak Freestyle World Championships head to Canada’s Ottawa River August 30–September 5... Read more.



First Positive Drug Test in Int’l Rafting Federation History Goes to...Serbia!

It was bound to happen: the first positive drug test in Int’l Rafting Federation history. As reported by Michael Lindberg, head of the IRF’s Anti-Doping Committee, the verdict came after a doping sample carried out May 17, 2015, during the National Rafting Championships in Serbia, showing the presence of a prohibited substance: cannabis. Read more.



Behind the Scenes: Paddlers Chime In on Wave Sport Leaving NA Market

When Confluence recently announced that it is ceasing distribution of Wave Sport in North America, and only keeping them available in Europe, it ushered in the end of a brand long credited with helping the sport gain mainstream traction. We caught up with a few former Wave Sport paddlers, from Dan Gavere to Eric Jackson, for their thoughts on the brand's legacy... Read more.



The World’s Smallest Kayak?

Honey, I shrunk the boat! With all due credit to Jackson Kayak for its kid-sized Fun1 line, now that he has a child of his own who else but longtime boat designer Corran Addison would design an even smaller kayak for his kid? Read on for a step-by-step photo sequence of the glorified foamie getting built… Read more.





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



Paddling Life Exclusives


River Outfitters Stymied by Animas River Toxic Waste Spill; American Rivers Chimes In

While the real hit is to the environment, rivers outfitters along the Animas River is southwest Colorado are also feeling the effects of the recent mining waste spill that dumped more than 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas near Silverton. Read more.



Gear-o’rama: Paddlesports Wrap-up from the OR Show!

What does five days of hob-knobbing with the top players in paddlesports at the annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City get you? Red eyes, sore feet, a couple of Utah-beer, bloated-belly hang-overs and the following rundown of a few products you’ll see on retailers’ shelves this coming season… Read more.



Hurricane Kayaks, Legacy Paddlesports Merge

Like two rivers rejoining after a brief detour around an island, boat manufacturers Hurricane Kayaks and Legacy Paddlesports have reached an agreement to combine their companies, reuniting industry players like Woody Callaway, Steve Jordan, Bill Medlin and more for the first time since the early Perception and later Liquidlogic days… Read more.



C&K Awards Crown Sport’s Best

Looking for new tires for your car? Make them Nexens. As paddlers, it’s the best way to reward a company that recently bestowed a whopping $10,000 in Canoe & Kayak magazine’s Dream Your Adventure Award to Dallas paddler Brian Smith, who will use it to sea kayak along the Inside Passage from Seattle to Alaska with his wife Amy, who has battled life-threatening anemia into remission… Read more.



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.





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