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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.



Germany's Funk Wins Hometown Augsburg World Cup

Call it a nice homecoming. Germany’s Ricarda Funk has sizzled down her home course in Augsburg to claim gold in the women’s K1 final at the second ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup on Sunday. 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.



Former Confluence CEO Sue Rechner Appointed President of Merrell

From floatcraft to footwear. That sums up the recent career trajectory of Sue Rechner, who, after stepping down as CEO of paddling powerhouse Confluence Outdoor was recently named president of shoe giant Merrell… Read more.



“Kayak Kevin” Off On 1,000-Mile “Ocean Kayak Trident Fishing Tour 2017” (Florida Keys to Chesapeake Bay)

If Virginia is for lovers, it’s also for kayak fish lover and Norfolk resident and Ocean Kayak pro Kayak Kevin Whitley. Whitley is a man of many passions—in his early life, skateboarding, snowboarding, and playing guitar in several hardcore bands—and for the past decade and a half, kayak fishing. Now he's taking his love for the latter on a 1,000-mile kayak fishing traipse up the East Coast... Read more.



Catching Up With New Confluence Outdoor CEO Richard Krause

Just months after taking over the reins of Confluence after the departure of long-time CEO Sue Rechner, new CEO and president Rich Krause took his first whitewater kayaking lesson at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C. While he admits he "spent most of my time upside-down," he's negotiating the currents of running the most powerful company in paddlesports with better aplomb... Read more.



High Water Hints for the Middle Fork (courtesy NW Rafting Co.)

Cali boaters aren’t the only ones bracing for a high water year. With the Salmon River drainage clocking in at 157 percent of average on May 1, and nearby Big Lost basin 195 percent and the Blackfootbasin a whopping 243 percent, heir cousins in Idaho are also breaking out the flip lines for one of the highest rafting seasons in year. Heading to the Middle Fork? Heed this high-water advice from the Northwest Rafting Company… Read more.



Sierra Time: Nick Troutman, Brendan Wells Tie at Kernfest Brush Creek Race

The runoff’s happening out West, and it showed up full force at this year’s Kern River Festival and its popular Brush Creek Extreme Race, which was held for the first time in six years thanks to ample Sierra snowmelt. That made energy levels among competitors reach an all-time high, especially those of Nick Troutman and Brendan Wells, who tied for first… Read more.



Big Flows, Big Surf: US Freestyle Kayaking National Championships Wrap Up on Chattahoochee in Columbus, Georgia; Palmer Wins Men, Levknecht Women

You could call it the Kellogg Show. Nearly the entire 12-child Kellogg family (ages 5-21) showed up at this year’s US Freestyle Kayaking National Championships on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia, with six of them competing and reaching the finals in their divisions (including Kady,who took second for the pro women behind Adriene Levknecht). For the men, it was Paul Palmer of Durango, Colo., taking top honors, ahead of Hunter Katt… Read more.



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.



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