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State of the Sea Kayak Sector

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.



Adidas Sickline Race Cancelled

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 Unveils Liska Fishing Kayak, Named for European Team manager Killed in Avalanche

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.



OARS Releases Return from Desolation Documentary

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.



AW Releases Southeast River-release schedule for 2018

While the Southeast has been slammed with rain and snow, every year behind the scenes American Whitewater works hard to secure scheduled releases on river reaches previously de-watered by hydropower dams. Read on for this year's schedule... Read more.



Ouch! Paddlers: Get That Drone and GoPro Footage While You Can; GoPro to Cut 254 Jobs and Exit Drone Biz

Like a river losing flow come autumn, GoPro has announced plans to cut 254 jobs as well as exit the drone category... Read more.



School Time: 7 paddling schools to get your game on

Don’t worry…there’s no detention at these schools if you don’t get it right. Only dunkings. Beginner, intermediate or even advanced, if you want to take your paddling to the next level – be it canoeing, whitewater kayaking or touring -- there’s no better way to do so than by enrolling in a school. So put one of these on your New Year's resolution list... Read more.



Merry Xmas: Two International Dams on Hold--Peru's Marañón and Mexico's Usumacinta

The New Year is ringing in well for international paddlers and environmentalists…plans for two dams, one on Peru’s Marañón and another slated for Mexico’s Usumacinta, have been tabled. Read more.



Catching the Vibe: Company Introduces New Tandem Kayak

Catch and spread the vibe with Vibe, a Southeast kayak company taking the rec and fishing world by salt storm. Need proof? Consider the name of its newest release, the Yellowfin… Read more.



Paddling Life Random Swag Sampler!

Behold what has come across our transom the previous year, from shade shelters and goggles to watercraft and whiskey, which we willingly (hiccup!) put through its paces... Read more.



Boardworks Surf Acquires Rogue SUP

There's more than waves merging in the SUP world. Boardworks, a SoCal-based surf and SUP manufacturer, recently announced its global license agreement with Rogue, a performance SUP and surf brand, founded in 2008. Read more.



Spain's Joaquim Fontane Usurps Dane Jackson in Surprise Win at Freestyle Kayak World Championships

The reign of Dane now belongs to Spain. Just a day after freestyle sensation Dane Jackson scored an unheard of 1936.67 points in his K1 semi-finals—just 70 away from cracking the magical K1 2000 mark—it was Spain’s Joaquim Fontane upsetting the reigning world champion to win K1 gold on the final night of the 2017 ICF World Kayak Freestyle Championships in San Juan, Argentina. For the women, Great Britain’s Claire O’Hara took the title, completing her third World Championship double… Read more.



Read EJ's World Championships Update Here!

EJ, Emily and Dane are all in Argentina for this year's World Freestyle Kayak Championships, which has long been sponsored by Jackson Kayak. Read EJ's opening blog inside... Read more.



Madawaska Kanu Centre Named Canadian Signature Experience

Wondering where to pencil in for next summer's paddling trip? Try the Madawaska Kanu Centre, which was recently added to Canada’s Adventure Bucket List... Read more.



Freestylers Ready for Argentina Worlds

Who's it going to be this year? Dane Jackson? Slovakia's Peter Csonka? Britain's James Bebbington? France's Sebastian Devred? All we know is that freesyle kayaking's best are descending on San Juan, Argentina, this week to vie for top honors at the World Freestyle Kayak Championships... Read more.



Kokatat Cancels American Made Gear Awards

Paddlesports apparel maker Kokatat has suspended its popular American Made Gear Awards after a five-year run... Read more.



NRS Purchases STAR Rafts

Adding to its already robust market share position in the rafting world, NRS recently completed its purchase of STAR Rafts, a raft manufacturer that has been in business since 1993. Read more.



Glen Canyon Advocate Katie Lee Passes Away at 98

Katie Lee -- folk musician, environmental activist, Colorado River advocate and author -- passed away peacefully in her home in Jerome, AZ on November 1, 2017. She was 98 years old. Read more.



No Ch-Hance: Navajo Nation Votes Down Grand Canyon Tram

Native American lawmakers on Tuesday said not a Ch-Hance, voting down a multimillion-dollar proposal to build a tramway into Grand Canyon National Park... Read more.



Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect Returns to Knoxville Nov. 7-10, 2017

Several paddlesports companies, including such brands as Astral, Chaco, Freefly, Katadyn, Teva, Yakima and Yeti, are kicking off the upcoming tradeshow season by attending the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance's four-day national buying show to the Knoxville Convention Center, Nov. 7-10, 2017. Read more.



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