Want to get in on the packraft game? Kokopelli Lis launching a Kickstarter campaign for its new Rogue-Lite packraft, which collapses into the size of a paper towel roll… Read more.
Though it’s hard to compare any sound to the river’s gurgle, some songs can keep you stoked to stroke even when you’re stuck in the office. Following are a few of our all-time favorites that provide subtle—and not-so-subtle--reminders of river running (not responsible for off-key renditions in the shower).... Read more.
Surviving on what he called "a diet of Pringles," 18-year-old Oliver Crane of New Jersey recently became the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, finishing the 3,000-mile journey on Jan. 28 at the Caribbean island of Antigua after 44 days... Read more.
Kayaker Rescues Stranded Fisherman from Flaming Boat!
U.S. Whitewater Rafting Team members Jeremiah Williams, John Mark Seelig, Robbie Prechtl and Kurt Kincel, Seth Mason and Matt Norfleet; as well as Ian Anderson and Marty Borges, during their recent Chaco-sponsored attempt to set a new Grand Canyon speed record.
Longtime kayaker Lucas Strickland is a river outfitter licensing ranger with the state of Colorado. As well as getting paid to paddle all season while checking river permits, filing reports and encouraging safety and stewardship, he also gets to use a Chevy 2500 shuttle rig that makes most boaters green with envy. And he sees no reason not to give it a personal touch... Read more.
Way back in 1993, Paddler magazine publisher and Paddling Life founder Eugene Buchanan won a grant from Gore-tex to run Siberia’s famed Bashkaus River on rafts made from germ warfare suits (read about it in his book, Brothers on the Bashkaus). Now, Russian kayaker Anton Sveshnikov has produced a guidebook to the Altai region (and is looking for crowdfunding help)—which doesn’t make the Class V classics any easier, but easier logistically… Read more.
While 2017 saw some changes in the sea kayaking sector--Johnson Outdoors scuttled Necky Kayaks in favor of Old Town; Eddyline's founders sold to their management team; and upstarts and veterans employed Kickstarter to launch new products--the industry's shifting currents don't mean an ebbing tide... Read more.
For now anyway, extreme kayaker Sam Sutton’s five-time reign as Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion is secure. And so is that of four-time women’s champ Nouria Newman of France. In January, organizers of the prestigious kayaking event said that they’re cancelling the Class V paddling competition for 2018… Read more.
Jackson Kayak’s European team manager--Jan Liska, from the Czech Republic, who died in an avalanche skiing in France two years ago--now has a kayak named after him. Read more.
We all know the healing powers of rivers. Now you can see it in a documentary. Outfitter OARS has announced the premiere of Return from Desolation, a new short film about a war-veteran-turned-river-guide’s fight for redemption and balance through the wild rivers and public lands within Utah’s Desolation Canyon. The film will premiere at the 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, on January 13. Read more.
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