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2017 Pacific Paddle Games (presented by Salt Life) Wrap Up In Dana Point; Baxter Wins Third Straight Title

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.



Brazil Tops Podium at World Rafting Champs; U.S. Men 8th; Women 5th

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.



The Extreme 33 Expedition: 450 Miles from Brazil to Uruguay

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.



Extreme Slalom Debuts at World Championships; Czech, Germany Take Catbird Seat

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.



Czech Takes K1, French C2, Great Britain Women’s C1 at World Champs

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.



Print and Paddlesports: Its State and Future (Rapid Consolidates Titles; C&K Cancels Print)

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.



2017 Yukon River Quest Awards

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.



Paddlers Vie for World Champs in France

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.



World Champs to Debut Extreme Slalom; ICF VP Tony Estanguet Urges Sport to take Risks to Grow as an Olympic sport

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.



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.



Straight to the Pub: Duo Completes Canoe Paddle (Yes, Canoe) Around Britain

Two Irish paddlers recently finished a canoe world first, paddling their Swift canoe 2,100 miles clockwise around Britain. Read more.



Call It a Hat Trick: Alexander “Olek” Doba Paddles Across Atlantic for Third (and Final?) Time

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.



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.



Rio Gold Medalists Shine at Sprint World Championships

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.



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.



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