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The Relocalizing of Badfish SUP

After a six-year run with Boardworks Surf, Badfish SUP announced it is not renewing the licensing agreement and will handle all aspects of business from its headquarters in Salida, Colo. 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.



Hala Gear Debuts Slew of Inflatable SUP Surf Designs

Surf's up for supping. That's the storyline from Hala Gear, which recently rolled out four new inflatable sup designs built specifically for surfing ocean and river waves... 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.



International Whitewater Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Honorees

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) announced today its inductees for the Class of 2017. The selected honorees join an esteemed group of the world's most accomplished whitewater pioneers, explorers, champions, and advocates at an induction ceremony planned for October 21, 2017, in conjunction with ACA National Paddlesports Conference at the NOC. Read more.



Testing the Coyote Raft Bimini from 4 Corners Riversports

Remember that old American Express commercial, touting “Don’t leave home without one”? They same could be said for the Coyote Raft Bimini from 4 Corners Riversports, which serves up a whopping eight-foot-long canopy of shade to take the bite out of the desert sun … 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.



Todd King Named New Marketing Director at Confluence

With experience in everything from herbs and snowboards to—yes, even a position back in the early days at Perception kayaks-- there’s a new marketing king at the helm of paddlesports conglomerate Confluence, whose appointment promises to propel the company to new heights... Read more.



Level Six Celebrates 20 Years

Let’s just call it a lot of drytops and spray skirts. That’s the storyline behind Level Six, a Canadian paddlesports apparel company celebrating its 20th year in the paddling business this season. Read more.



Derrers Retire from Eddyline Kayaks; Company Now Owned by Management Team

It's been a great ride for Tom and Lisa Derrer, with their company, Eddyline Kayaks, a manufacturer of kayaks, paddles, and accessories, recently acquired by its management team... Read more.



Is There No Stopping Dane Jackson? DJ Wins Both Race and Boater Cross at Big Water North Fork Race

Fresh from wins at the GoPro Mountain Games’ Homestake Creek Race and Freestyle competition, Dane Jackson kept his streak going, with a big, big win on the record-setting big, big, big race water of the North Fork Payette, becoming the race’s first-ever repeat champion… Read more.



Creature Craft Founder Hospitalized After Running Wash.’s Sunset Falls

The raft didn’t flip, but it landed its inventor in the hospital. In late May, Darren Vancil, inventor of the Creature Craft, landed in the emergency room after taking his Creature Craft brainchild down Washington’s notorious Sunset Falls on the Skykomish River. Read more.



Rafa Ortiz Nails 70-foot Inflatable Lobster Huck

OK, so hairboater Rafa Ortiz has a penchant for throwing himself down waterfalls. In a promo stunt for RedBull, now he’s one-upped himself by doing so down 70-foot Outlet Falls in Washington on the most unlikely of vessels…an inflatable lobster. Read more.



North Fork Race Readies for Record Runoff

Kayakers, start your engines. And those entering this weekend’s quintessential, Class V North Fork Race on Idaho’s North Fork Payette better have plenty of fuel in their tank to tackle the highest water the race has ever seen… Read more.



Dane Jackson Wins Freestyle, Creek Race at GoPro Mountain Games; Nouria Newman Picks Up Third Win on Homestake; Emily Jackson Nabs Record 10th Freestyle Win

Hat tricks aren't just for hockey. Just ask kayakers Dane Jackson and Nouria Newman, who each notched their third win in the Coors Light Steep Creek Championships at the GoPro Mountain Games on Homestake Creek near Vail, Colo. And Jackson (and his sister Emily) won the freestyle event to boot. Read more.



Bradt, Serrasolses and Wells Brothers Notch New 24-Hour Paddling World Record on Salmon River

How would you like to celebrate your birthday? If you’re Tyler Bradt, how about by setting a new 24 hour paddling distance world record? That’s what Bradt, Aniol Serrasolses, Todd Wells and Brendan Wells accomplished the weekend of June 3-4, paddling a high water run linking the Middle Fork, Main and Lower Salmon rivers… Read more.



Seventh annual Paddle for the Planet

This weekend of June 3-4 will likely see more paddlers on the water than ever, as the worldwide paddling community unites for the seventh annual Paddle For The Planet global relay as a show of solidarity to protect the worlds waterways and oceans and to raise funds for the environmental conservation projects close to the paddlers hearts. Read more.



EJ Back on Freestyle Prowl; Makes US Freestyle Team for 25th Time

Watch out, young freestyle and extreme race bucks. Fresh from prowling for fish, elder whitewater statesman Eric “EJ” Jackson, at the ripe age of 53, is now prowling for the podium on the western freestyle circuit, recently qualifying for the USA Freestyle Team for a whopping 25th time... Read more.



New Guide Book to Northwest Whitewater Hits Shelves

Now you never have another excuse for getting lost on shuttle or getting in over your head on a whitewater run in the Northwest. For that, you can thank Nick Hinds, Scott Waidelich and Jacob Cruser, whose new “Paddling Pacific Northwest Whitewater” will leave you telling great tales at the bar instead of excuses for being late to your spouse… Read more.



Book Excerpt: NO BARRIERS: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Want to know what it's like to kayak the Big Ditch blind? Read on for a special book excerpt from NO BARRIERS: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon by Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy... Read more.



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