Want a little quirkiness with your boating? Head south to Louisiana, where every October paddlers head down the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail led by a performing Cajun band on the lead raft. Oh, and people dress up like birds and paddle for some reason. Heck, it’s Louisiana! Read more.
In a project sponsored by NRS, CANOE & KAYAK recently won Best Single Article at the Folio's 2017 Eddie & Ozzie Awards for its online feature Healing Waters, recognizing the power of paddling in healing vets... Read more.
Confluence Outdoor has named Courtney Moore Director of National Accounts, where he’ll oversee Confluence Outdoor’s retail chain business. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyone who thinks kayakers are a self-centered bunch, think again. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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