Paddling Life Exclusives


Spain's JoaquimFontane Usurps Dane Jackson in Surpise Win at Freestyle Kayak World Championships

The reign of Dane now belongs to Spain. Just a day after freestyle sensation Dane Jackson scored an unheard of 1936.67 points in his K1semi-finals—just 70 away from cracking the magical K1 2000 mark—it was Spain’s Joaquim Fontane upsetting the reigning world champion to win K1 gold on the final night of the 2017 ICF World Kayak Freestyle Championships in San Juan, Argentina. For the women, Great Britain’s Claire O’Hara took the title, completing her third World Championship double… Read more.



Read EJ's World Championships Update Here!

EJ, Emily and Dane are all in Argentina for this year's World Freestyle Kayak Championships, which has long been sponsored by Jackson Kayak. Read EJ's opening blog inside... Read more.



Madawaska Kanu Centre Named Canadian Signature Experience

Wondering where to pencil in for next summer's paddling trip? Try the Madawaska Kanu Centre, which was recently added to Canada’s Adventure Bucket List... Read more.



Freestylers Ready for Argentina Worlds

Who's it going to be this year? Dane Jackson? Slovakia's Peter Csonka? Britain's James Bebbington? France's Sebastian Devred? All we know is that freesyle kayaking's best are descending on San Juan, Argentina, this week to vie for top honors at the World Freestyle Kayak Championships... Read more.



Industry News

• Spain's JoaquimFontane Usurps Dane Jackson in Surpise Win at Freestyle Kayak World Championships

• Read EJ's World Championships Update Here!

• Madawaska Kanu Centre Named Canadian Signature Experience

• Freestylers Ready for Argentina Worlds

• 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





Video of the Day

Kayaking in Iceland with Gerd and Aniol Serrasolses





Money Shot

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


Supping Chile Lacy-style

The sup world crossed international borders to Chile in a big way last winter, with sup evangelist Spencer Lacy receiving a standing ovation for his stand-up efforts. In a three-and-a-half-week river rampage, Ambassador Lacy, with gullible, I’ll-follow-you-anywhere cohort Lance Ostrom, exposed whitewater supping to the historically kayak-crazed country, notching five first sup descents in the process... Read more.



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.



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.




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