With the most stacked field in SUP history vying for a $60,000 purse, Finals Day of the 2017 Pacific Paddle Games was an all-out barnburner, with nearly 400 paddlers on the water together for the Distance races. A light, offshore southeast wind kept things relatively smooth for the start before the wind took a nasty turn to the west, creating challenging chop…. Read more.
It was Brazil, host country Japan and the Czech Republic taking the top three podium seats at this year’s World Rafting Championships on Japan’s Koboke Gorge on the Yoshino River, with the U.S. men settling for 8th and the U.S. women 5th. Read more.
For Pedro Botafogo, paddling 450 miles from Brazil to Uruguay rekindled the words of explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton: “Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands...” Read more.
Czech Olympic silver medalist Vavrinec Hradilek and German Caroline Trompeter are the first ever extreme slalom World Champions after clawing their way to victories on the final day of the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom titles in Pau, France. Read more.
It was shots of Oui! Oui! echoing through the stands by the French fans, who celebrated the C2 pair of Gauthier Klauss and Matthieu Peche winning an emotional gold medal at the 2017 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships in Pau, France. Meanwhile , Czech’s Ondrej Tunka stole the K1 title from Slovenia’s Peter Kauzer… Read more.
Back in paddlesports and the print industry’s heyday, people couldn’t get enough paddlesports in print…Paddler, Sea Kayaker, Canoe & Kayak, Kayak Session, Paddle World, River, American Whitewater and other magazines flooded the market like this year’s snowpack did to western waterways. Now, just six months after Canoe & Kayak magazine ceased the publication of its iconic, 40-year-old print title, Rapid Media announced the company is rolling three of their long-standing titles into one quarterly titled Paddling… Read more.
Approaching its 20th anniversary in 2018, this year’s Yukon River Quest’s 88 teams made it the third largest field in YRQ history (the record was 93 teams in 2016). In all, 69 teams finished, spelling 19 scratches, with paddlers experiencing calm conditions, light tailwinds and the usual blisters. It was the third low water year in a row, but the river came up just prior to the race, with times faster than the previous two years. Read on for an account of some of the more traditional and wackier awards… Read more.
While the world's top paddlers are in France at the Pau Pyrenees Whitewater Stadium for this week's Whitewater Canoe Slalom and Wildwater World Championships, at least one spectator, former USACK CEO and 1992 C2 gold medalist Joe Jacobi, is there for a different reason: watching his 16-year-old daughter, Seu,compete. Read on for his Sunday Morning Joe column on Medium... Read more.
Three-time Olympic canoe slalom champion Tony Estanguet has urged his sport to be courageous and to take risks to ensure it continues to grow as an Olympic discipline. Step one: the debut of extreme Slalom at this year's World Championships in France... Read more.
Industry Prepares for Second Annual Show in Oklahoma City in 2018 Read more.
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.
Two Irish paddlers recently finished a canoe world first, paddling their Swift canoe 2,100 miles clockwise around Britain. Read more.
The third time might not have been exactly a charm for expedition sea kayaker Alexander “Olek” Doba, but more than 4,000 miles later it still got him in the record books...again. Read more.
Anyone who thinks kayakers are a self-centered bunch, think again. Read more.
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.
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.
It was no Olympic hangover for four Rio gold medalists as they won titles on the final day of the ICF Sprint Canoe World Championships this pack weekend in Racice, Czech Republic. Read more.
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.
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