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Rush Sturges on Chasing Niagara

Ever thought of kayaking over Niagara? Neither have we. But Rafa Ortiz has, and his exploits now come to the silver screen in Rush Sturges’s Chasing Niagara, which takes viewers from the rainforest rivers of Mexico to the waterfalls of the Northwest and eventually, Niagara itself. Director and athlete Rush Sturges chimes in on the making of the flick… Read more.



Johnson Outdoors Hires New Brand Manager for Watercraft Division

A paddling company without a marketing head can be like a paddlecraft without a rudder. That short period is over for Johnson Outdoors, which is proud to announce the hiring of Ryan Lilly as the new marketing director for their Watercraft division. Read more.



Corra Claims 11th FIBArk Downriver Crown; 14-year-old Nate Foster Nabs 4th

Eleven times is a lot to win any race, let alone one as adrenaline-filled and daunting as the annual FIBArk downriver race on Colorado's Arkansas River. But at the ripe age of 55, Durango's wily veteran Andy Corra, owner of Four Corners Riversports, made up for last year's second-place finish with his 11th win at this year's race, despite rolling his downriver boat at the crux... Read more.



Ottawa's Esprit Rafting Base Camp Goes Up in Flames

Rafting season is literally heating up on the Ottawa as the Esprit base camp goes up in flames...and here's how you can help them get back on the water. Read more.





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Chasing Niagara

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Paddling Life Exclusives


High Water on Homestake at GoPro Games Sees Voorhees Nab First Title

Swims, beat-downs and three live-bait rescues sun it up. Historic high water conditions (a whopping 550 cfs) on Thursday’s Coors Light Steep Creek Championship at the GoPro Games were summed up in two words by the experts monitoring river flows at American Whitewater: “Not Recommended.” But that didn’t stop 49 of the world’s top whitewater paddlers from jumping into their creek boats and taking on the raging torrent thundering through the steep, narrow gorge at water levels never before measured in GoPro Mountain Games history — or any history, for that matter. Read more.



Playstation Courage! Pedro Goes Loco, Running 82-footer in Amazon

You've heard of Kodak Courage. Call this one Playstation Bravery. A gig with PlayStation resulted in a big plunge for extreme kayak Pedro Olivia. While it resulted in a swim, Olivia--tasked with creating an "uncharted adventure" to mark the release of PlayStation’s 'Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End'—opted to run 82-foot-high Juruena falls in the Amazon rainforest, after turning away from the feat five years ago. Read more.



Third Time’s a Salt-Water-Blister-Filled Charm: Doba Sets Off for Record Third Atlantic Sea Kayak Crossing

Is he just a glutton for punishment, Poseidon-style? Or maybe he just can’t figure out anything better to do? Whatever the reason, Polish adventurer Aleksander Doba just set out on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing by sea kayak, this time going west to east from New York City to Portugal. Read more.



Exp. follows fabled crossing from Greenland to Scotland. Bonus Q&A: Team Member Olly Hicks

Call it a heck of a wake to trace. This summer, British explorers Olly Hicks and George Bullard will attempt the first documented crossing from Greenland to Scotland by kayak. The In the Wake of the Finnmen expedition follows a course likely traveled by Inuit tribes-people centuries ago... Read more.



Pop Quiz! How Well Do You Know the Green River?

Sheri Griffith Expeditions wants to know how well you know the Green River? On a recent email blast, it sent its customers 10 photos to ID on the iconic river corridor. Read on to see how you fare, be it a wily John Wesley Powell or Green River rookie… Read more.



Reno River Festival Kicks Off Freestyle Season; Wright, Emily Jackson Nab Top Spots

Call it a Blackjack or Lucky 7. Whatever moniker you give it, Stephen Wright and Emily Jackson came up winners in spades at the Reno Whitewater Festival, kicking off what’s sure to be a raging kayak freestyle season… Read more.



New England Nirvana: 5 Top Paddles Near Zoar Outdoor Center

Want to paddle the famed Northeast? Set your sights on the waterways around the Zoar Outdoor Center, which serves up some of New England’s finest floating, whether you’re rafting, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking… Read more.




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