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PaddlingLife Touches Down at Paddlesports Retailer In Madison

Industry Prepares for Second Annual Show in Oklahoma City in 2018 Read more.



From SUPs to Cold Brews: C4 Waterman Founder Todd Bradley Switches Gears to Inflatable Coolers

IF it works for SUPs, why not coolers? That's the premise C4 Waterman founder Todd Bradley is taking to the bank, launching a new line of inflatable, drop-stitch coolers employing the same rigid-air philosophy... Read more.



Confluence Steps Up for Texas Hurricane Rescue Efforts

Anyone who thinks kayakers are a self-centered bunch, think again. Read more.



Paddlesports Retailer to Move to Oklahoma City

Madison is great and all, and offers awesome cheese curds, but next year Paddlesports Retailer will bid it hasta luego and move to Oklahoma City and the official U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Training Site for paddlesports. Read more.



More Consolidations: Kayak Distribution Takes Over Cobra Kayak

Like rivers joining forces, two more kayak manufacturers have aligned to better compete in today’s economy. St-Hubert, Canada’s Kayak Distribution announced it has reached a licensing agreement with Cobra Kayak that will see Kayak Distribution take over the manufacturing and sales of all Cobra Kayaks products globally. Read more.



Down River Equipment Moves Doors After 35 Years

Colorado rafters rejoice! If you’re a Front Range floater looking to get gear from longtime retailer Down River Equipment, take note that they’re now in a new location after 35 years. The longtime retailer and raft accessory manufacturer has moved into an expanded headquarters and showroom in Wheat Ridge… Read more.



Paddlesports Retailer Show Debuts This Week in Madison

Sayonara Salt Lake. That’s the message from the paddling industry, resounding this week in the inaugural Paddlesports Retailer tradeshow debuting August 29 – September 1 in Madison, Wisconsin, bringing the industry’s top manufacturers and buyers under one collective roof all to their own. Read more.



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.



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