Paddling Life Exclusives


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.



Dam-less Des Plaines River Welcomes 60th Annual Marathon

The Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon, founded in 1958 by Ralph Frese, is the second oldest continual canoe race in the U. S. 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.



Antarctic Integration Expedition Sets off in the Shadow of Shackleton

"Antarctic Integration" takes its name from the unique international environment where nations converge in peaceful collaboration, elevating Antarctica as a symbol of universal integration and historical exploration. Read more.



Alaska’s best-kept Sea Kayaking Secret

It was the proudest I’ve ever been as a father. It was the rainy, first evening of our five-day sea kayaking trip at Kayaker’s Cove in Prince William Sound, Alaska, and, tired of all the travel and logistics, I headed out at 9 p.m. for a quick solo paddle while the kids got cozy in the cabin. After circumnavigating Hat Island and crossing back for the paddle home, and feeling guilty about not rallying my kids out, the splash of a paddle approached in the distance, soon revealing the beaming face of my daughter Brooke, 17. She, too, had decided to venture out solo. “I had to,” she gushed. “It was just too gorgeous out.” 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.



Catching Up With Corran: Iconic Kayak, SUP Designer Debuts Custom Boat Program

Sporting a mohawk, sup or the industry's first planing hull, Corran Addison has had a huge impact on the world of kayak design. He's now at it again in his latest venture, Canada-based Soul Waterman, announcing the industry’s first-ever custom kayak design program...yep, boats designed for your size, weight and style. Read more.



New Cosmic Paddle Art!

Ever wonder what kind of contrail your paddle makes when paddling through the water? Artist Stephen Orlando has, and recently documented, very artistically we might add, exactly how it looks by securing LED lights to paddles and taking them out for a spin ... Read more.



RIP Toni Prijon

Paddlers who got their start paddling iconic Prijon kayaks from Germany owe it to Prijon founder Anton Prijon, who passed away leaving a long paddlesports legacy on Dec. 30, 2016. Read more.



Climbing Higher, Paddling Farther: NOLS Unveils New Look, Website

With paddling, including sea kayaking, canoeing and river running, continuing to play a major part in its curriculum, award-winning outdoor leadership school NOLS is heading into the New Year with a new look and rebranding campaign, fresh off its 50th anniversary... Read more.



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