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Confluence Outdoor names Courtney Moore Director of National Accounts

Confluence Outdoor has named Courtney Moore Director of National Accounts, where he’ll oversee Confluence Outdoor’s retail chain business. Read more.



The Extreme 33 Expedition: 450 Miles from Brazil to Uruguay

For Pedro Botafogo, paddling 450 miles from Brazil to Uruguay rekindled the words of explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton: “Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands...” Read more.



Print and Paddlesports: Its State and Future (Rapid Consolidates Titles; C&K Cancels Print)

Back in paddlesports and the print industry’s heyday, people couldn’t get enough paddlesports in print…Paddler, Sea Kayaker, Canoe & Kayak, Kayak Session, Paddle World, River, American Whitewater and other magazines flooded the market like this year’s snowpack did to western waterways. Now, just six months after Canoe & Kayak magazine ceased the publication of its iconic, 40-year-old print title, Rapid Media announced the company is rolling three of their long-standing titles into one quarterly titled Paddling… Read more.



2017 Yukon River Quest Awards

Approaching its 20th anniversary in 2018, this year’s Yukon River Quest’s 88 teams made it the third largest field in YRQ history (the record was 93 teams in 2016). In all, 69 teams finished, spelling 19 scratches, with paddlers experiencing calm conditions, light tailwinds and the usual blisters. It was the third low water year in a row, but the river came up just prior to the race, with times faster than the previous two years. Read on for an account of some of the more traditional and wackier awards… Read more.



World Champs to Debut Extreme Slalom; ICF VP Tony Estanguet Urges Sport to take Risks to Grow as an Olympic sport

Three-time Olympic canoe slalom champion Tony Estanguet has urged his sport to be courageous and to take risks to ensure it continues to grow as an Olympic discipline. Step one: the debut of extreme Slalom at this year's World Championships in France... Read more.



Call It a Hat Trick: Alexander “Olek” Doba Paddles Across Atlantic for Third (and Final?) Time

The third time might not have been exactly a charm for expedition sea kayaker Alexander “Olek” Doba, but more than 4,000 miles later it still got him in the record books...again. Read more.



Confluence Steps Up for Texas Hurricane Rescue Efforts

Anyone who thinks kayakers are a self-centered bunch, think again. Read more.



Paddlesports Retailer to Move to Oklahoma City

Madison is great and all, and offers awesome cheese curds, but next year Paddlesports Retailer will bid it hasta luego and move to Oklahoma City and the official U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Training Site for paddlesports. Read more.



More Consolidations: Kayak Distribution Takes Over Cobra Kayak

Like rivers joining forces, two more kayak manufacturers have aligned to better compete in today’s economy. St-Hubert, Canada’s Kayak Distribution announced it has reached a licensing agreement with Cobra Kayak that will see Kayak Distribution take over the manufacturing and sales of all Cobra Kayaks products globally. Read more.



Rio Gold Medalists Shine at Sprint World Championships

It was no Olympic hangover for four Rio gold medalists as they won titles on the final day of the ICF Sprint Canoe World Championships this pack weekend in Racice, Czech Republic. Read more.



Paddlesports Retailer Show Debuts This Week in Madison

Sayonara Salt Lake. That’s the message from the paddling industry, resounding this week in the inaugural Paddlesports Retailer tradeshow debuting August 29 – September 1 in Madison, Wisconsin, bringing the industry’s top manufacturers and buyers under one collective roof all to their own. Read more.



Building a Better Mouse…er…Cam Strap?

Paddlers pride themselves on the simplicity and bombproofness of the good ol’ cam strap, but now even they’ve been improved a notch via, wait for it… magnets. Witness the new Click-Strap, the first self-latching tie down strap for paddlecraft, freshly launched on Kickstarter… Read more.



Oru Kayak Team Aborts Cuba to Key West Paddle

Uh, Houston, we have a problem...That sums up an Oru Kayaks expedition from Cuba to Key West, which abandoned its plans for the paddle the 103-mile, current- and shark-filled crossing... Read more.



Paddling Adventurers, Start Your Engines: Big Agnes Announces Bob Swanson Memorial Exploration Grant

Want some financial help (think shuttle money and Mexican food) for your next great paddling adventure? Tent and sleeping system company Big Agnes recently announced its new Bob Swanson Memorial Exploration Grant, offering funding of up to $5,000 annually for trips and expeditions that represent Swanson’s spirit of adventure. Read more.



Louisiana’s Paddling Paradise

Want the perfect paddling destination? Put Louisiana on your list. About 15 percent of the state is covered by lakes, swamps, marshlands, rivers and bayous, whose ecosystems are rich with state’s iconic animals, birds and plants...and even richer in paddling options. Read more.



Why I Decided to Finish High School Early and Take a Gap Semester and NOLS Course

So much can happen in a year. People change, move forward, grow, and accept. Looking back a year ago from today, I was completely different. Sitting in class as a junior in high school in Steamboat Springs, Colo., I was bored and anxious, dreaming to go outside and do something more meaningful. Something like taking a gap semester to go on a sea kayaking and backpacking NOLS course in Patagonia... Read more.



Cold-Hearted in Cold Water? “Kayak Killer” Pleads Guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide

Diabolical. If what prosecutors maintained is true, that’s all we can say about New York’s Angelika Graswald, who pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide by sabotaging her fiance’s kayak before his fatal paddling trip on the Hudson River. Now she’s going from the Big Apple to the Big House… Read more.



World Canoe Polo Champs: Germany a Hand's-down Favorite?

Think you have a good hand roll? That's nothing compared to those of competitors at the upcoming World Canoe Polo Championships, who use their hands not only to right themselves, but also to score goals against the world's best. Will Germany be able to defend its Men's title against Poland, New Zealand, Spain, France, Taipei and Italy? Read more.



Doba Gets Rudder Repair By Passing Ship on Atlantic Sea Kayak Crossing

In his third crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by sea kayak, this time paddling from west to east, adventurer Aleksander Doba was about to abort his attempt due to a broken rudder when help arrived by a passing shipped dubbed the “Baltic Light”…(By Piotr Chmielinski) Read more.



MTI Moves, Adds Staff, Outsources Shipping

The quick-thinking that comes from paddling paid off this spring for MTI Adventurewear owners Lili and Gordon Colby, who on March 31, at the peak of the PFD shipping season, found out they had only 60 days to move their business. Read more.



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