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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.



Thanks to Hotsprings and Rehab, Spine-Injured Kayaker Is Doing Quite Well, Thank You…

After a devastating back injury, Carbondale kayaker Nate White is walking again, in part because of his burning pursuit of rehab and the therapy he did in his hometown Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool… 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.



Oru Kayak Team Aborts Cuba to Key West Paddle

Uh, Houston, we have a problem...That sums up an Oru Kayaks expedition from Cuba to Key West, which abandoned its plans for the paddle the 103-mile, current- and shark-filled crossing... 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.



Louisiana’s Paddling Paradise

Want the perfect paddling destination? Put Louisiana on your list. About 15 percent of the state is covered by lakes, swamps, marshlands, rivers and bayous, whose ecosystems are rich with state’s iconic animals, birds and plants...and even richer in paddling options. 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.



Why I Decided to Finish High School Early and Take a Gap Semester and NOLS Course

So much can happen in a year. People change, move forward, grow, and accept. Looking back a year ago from today, I was completely different. Sitting in class as a junior in high school in Steamboat Springs, Colo., I was bored and anxious, dreaming to go outside and do something more meaningful. Something like taking a gap semester to go on a sea kayaking and backpacking NOLS course in Patagonia... Read more.



Cold-Hearted in Cold Water? “Kayak Killer” Pleads Guilty to Criminally Negligent Homicide

Diabolical. If what prosecutors maintained is true, that’s all we can say about New York’s Angelika Graswald, who pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide by sabotaging her fiance’s kayak before his fatal paddling trip on the Hudson River. Now she’s going from the Big Apple to the Big House… Read more.



World Canoe Polo Champs: Germany a Hand's-down Favorite?

Think you have a good hand roll? That's nothing compared to those of competitors at the upcoming World Canoe Polo Championships, who use their hands not only to right themselves, but also to score goals against the world's best. Will Germany be able to defend its Men's title against Poland, New Zealand, Spain, France, Taipei and Italy? Read more.



Will the Real 24-Hour Record Holder Please Stand Up? (24-hour record falls three times in three-week high-water period)

Turns out Aniol Serrasolses, Tyler Bradt and Todd and Brendan Wells just barely squeaked by in setting their new 24-hour paddling record June 3-4 by clocking 287.5 miles on a high water run linking the Middle Fork, Main and Lower Salmon rivers. Even though their record, still pending approval from Guinness, might well tally “closer to 300 miles than 287,” just a few days before, on May 30, another set of rafters set the mark of 282 miles on the same stretch of river. 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.



Doba Gets Rudder Repair By Passing Ship on Atlantic Sea Kayak Crossing

In his third crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by sea kayak, this time paddling from west to east, adventurer Aleksander Doba was about to abort his attempt due to a broken rudder when help arrived by a passing shipped dubbed the “Baltic Light”…(By Piotr Chmielinski) Read more.



Slaughterhouse 5

Forget Homestake or the North Fork. There’s a creek race fin Colorado that’s miles longer and comes with more meat, an even tougher-sounding name and tougher-sounding beer… 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.



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.



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