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Northwest Creeking Championships Goes Awrf: Results, and a First-hand Account of Swimming Canyon Creek on Race Day (by Nick Hinds)

Mid-April was the time to be in the Northwest, with the Northwest Creeking Championships dishing up beat-downs, boofs, debauchery and more – including an upbeat vibe by boaters hatching plans to make the most out of the forthcoming big water season out West… Read more.



Return of the Kern: State Braces for Booming Paddling Season; Kern Back in Action After Two-year Hiatus

For outfitters on California’s Kern River, it’s been a two year hiatus since they’ve even been able to put rubber to water. But all that’s changed now, thanks to near-record snowfall and rain that has swelled water storage to its highest level in decades... Read more.



Trash Talk: Read Red Bull Exclusive on Dane Jackson’s Effort to Clean Up the Nolichucky

Boaters are known for talking a little trash. This time whitewater stalwart Dane Jackson is putting his money, and motivation, where his mouth is… Read more.



Doe Flows: It's the Year of the Dolores in Southwest Colorado

River runners in southwest Colorado are scurrying to take advantage of the biggest flows on the Dolores RIver in a decade... Read more.



Climbing (and Paddling) World Loses a Legend with Royal Robbin's Passing March 15

The paddling (and rock climbing) world lost one of its most aren’t adventurers with the passing March 14 of Royal Robbins at age 82… Read more.



Boundary Waters or Bust: Explorer Dave & Amy Freeman Paddle to Protect It; Mining Lease Denied

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota has big proponents and protectors in the form of Dave and Amy Freeman, whose recent year-long canoe trip was designed to help protect it from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining… Read more.



Grand Canyon Tram Legislation Receives Lava-sized Blow

Plans to build a tramway to the bottom of the Grand got major blow recently from the Navajo Nation... Read more.



Flooding Flows on the Feather: Inside the Oroville Dam (and Paddlers Chime In!)

At 770 feet, California’s Oroville Dam 70 miles north of Sacramento is the tallest dam in the United States, impounding Lake Oroville and controlling the flow of the Feather River. But now it’s under siege from Mother nature, with February storms damaging its spillway, hindering the safe release of floodwater and threatening its structural integrity. And paddlers are chiming in socially… Read more.



Confluence Outdoors Gets New CEO: Sue Rechner Steps Down

The world's biggest paddlesports company, Confluence Outdoors, has had a passing of the torch, with new CEO Richard Krause taking the reins from longtime CEO Sue Rechner... Read more.



Murky Water Boat-building Shops Burns to Ground; Followers Set Up GoFundMe Site to Help

Aficionados of the quirky niche of squirt boating have rallied to set up a GoFundMe page to help boat-building company Murky Water after its shop burned to the ground Sat. Feb. 4. Read more.



One More Time, With Feeling: Freya Hoffmeister Plans 30,000-mile Sea Kayak Navigation of North America

She's Baaaaack! Freya Hoffmeister, that is, the mega paddler who, after circumnavigating Australia and South America, recently announced plans to circumnavigate the entire North American continent by sea kayak. Whoa.... Read more.



Go Time for New Paddlesports Retailers Tradeshow

While Outdoor Retailer is mulling a move from Salt Lake City, and the paddlesports industry gun shy about the show moving its dates forward to June in 2018, Paddlesports Retailer, a new paddling industry tradeshow organized by industry veterans Darren Bush and Sutton Bacon, is quietly filling booth space for its new show in Madison, WI, Aug 29 - Sept. 1. 2017... Read more.



National Paddling Film Fest Feb. 17-18 in Frankfort

It’s time to get your cinematic paddling juices flowing again, while benefiting American Whitewater, at the 35th annual National Paddling Film Festival, to be held on Feb. 17-18, in Frankfort, KY, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Read more.



The First Grand Canyon Speed Run

January's speed record attempt down the Grand Canyon prompted longtime canyon guide and publisher and Paddling Life fan Tom Martin to reflect on the first speed run down the big ditch. And no, it was not the Emerald Mile... Read more.



Former ACA Executive Director Leaving Country to Escape Trump

Call it a four-year portage around a rapid. According to Karen Heller in a recent story in the Washington Post, former American Canoe Association executive director Jeff Yeager is getting out of Dodge, leaving the country with his wife Denise, to escape the reign of President Donald Trump. Read more.



Close But No Cigar: Colo Team Fails in Grand Canyon Speed Record Quest

If a rafting team from Colorado had any time to read on their recent Grand Canyon Speed Record attempt, "The Emerald Mile" and "Boys in the Boat" would have been fitting. Paddling a 48-foot custom cataraft mounted with rowing oars, the eight-person team fell five hours short of the record books, due to a punctured tube... Read more.



Snow Rafting!

Snow rafting...what will they think of next? All forward! Read more.



Coud-seeding Project To Help Paddling on Bruneau and Other South Idaho Rivers?

Researchers at the University of Colorado are going the extra mile to help Mother Nature ensure there's ample runoff in southern Idaho rivers with a new cloud-seeding project designed to turbo-charge hydropower... Read more.



Paddlesport Industry Coalition Endorses Paddlesport Retailer Show for Madison, WI, Aug 29-Sept 1

Call it a blow to Outdoor Retailer and a boon for paddlesport retailers. A coalition of leading paddlesports manufacturers recently endorsed the newly formed Paddlesports Retailer as the industry’s official tradeshow, debuting Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin... Read more.



LUNA Sandals wins Kokatat’s 2017 American Made Outdoor Gear Award

This time it goes to a sandal company, hands – and feet – down. LUNA Sandals was named the overall winner of the fifth-annual American Made Outdoor Gear Award, sponsored by Kokatat, as announced at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, UT. Read more.



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