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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.



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.



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