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Spain's JoaquimFontane Usurps Dane Jackson in Surpise Win at Freestyle Kayak World Championships

The reign of Dane now belongs to Spain. Just a day after freestyle sensation Dane Jackson scored an unheard of 1936.67 points in his K1semi-finals—just 70 away from cracking the magical K1 2000 mark—it was Spain’s Joaquim Fontane upsetting the reigning world champion to win K1 gold on the final night of the 2017 ICF World Kayak Freestyle Championships in San Juan, Argentina. For the women, Great Britain’s Claire O’Hara took the title, completing her third World Championship double… Read more.



Read EJ's World Championships Update Here!

EJ, Emily and Dane are all in Argentina for this year's World Freestyle Kayak Championships, which has long been sponsored by Jackson Kayak. Read EJ's opening blog inside... Read more.



Madawaska Kanu Centre Named Canadian Signature Experience

Wondering where to pencil in for next summer's paddling trip? Try the Madawaska Kanu Centre, which was recently added to Canada’s Adventure Bucket List... Read more.



Freestylers Ready for Argentina Worlds

Who's it going to be this year? Dane Jackson? Slovakia's Peter Csonka? Britain's James Bebbington? France's Sebastian Devred? All we know is that freesyle kayaking's best are descending on San Juan, Argentina, this week to vie for top honors at the World Freestyle Kayak Championships... Read more.



Supping Chile Lacy-style

The sup world crossed international borders to Chile in a big way last winter, with sup evangelist Spencer Lacy receiving a standing ovation for his stand-up efforts. In a three-and-a-half-week river rampage, Ambassador Lacy, with gullible, I’ll-follow-you-anywhere cohort Lance Ostrom, exposed whitewater supping to the historically kayak-crazed country, notching five first sup descents in the process... Read more.



Kokatat Cancels American Made Gear Awards

Paddlesports apparel maker Kokatat has suspended its popular American Made Gear Awards after a five-year run... Read more.



A Cause for Conservation from a Sea Kayaking College Student

My name is Abbey. I am a student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. My school has one of the best outdoor programs in the nation, and I'm currently part of a sea kayak guide leadership class, a hands-on, excursion-based class that follows NOLS curriculum. We learn how to teach paddling, lead trips, seamanship and rescue skills and make responsible decisions on the water. When I am out on the water, I feel at home. I am not afraid of the ocean, but I am afraid for it.... Read more.



The Zoar Score: Top 5 River Trips Around the Zoar Outdoor Center

Whether you’re rafting, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking--and into a Class I float or Class IV thrills--you’ll hit nirvana in the Northeast around Charlemont, Mass., just a two hour’s drive from Boston. With releases on the Deerfield River and rain feeding other nearby waterways, the watery wonderland offers something for paddlers of all strokes... Read more.



NRS Purchases STAR Rafts

Adding to its already robust market share position in the rafting world, NRS recently completed its purchase of STAR Rafts, a raft manufacturer that has been in business since 1993. Read more.



The Paddling World's Greatest Unsolved Mysteries

So Halloween just ended…but not the following paddling mysteries that continue to haunt history buffs across the canoeing continent. Read on, if you dare… Read more.



Deguil Bests Keller By 7/10ths of a Second, Setting New COurse Record at This Year's Green Race

Holy down-to-the-wire finishes, by the same two paddlers for the second year in a row. In 2016, Eric Dequil bested Pat Keller by just one second in the coveted Green Race on North Carolina’s Green River, and this year he did it again, beating Keller by just seven-tenths of a second and setting a new course record in one of the kayaking world’s biggest races for bragging rights… Read more.



Glen Canyon Advocate Katie Lee Passes Away at 98

Katie Lee -- folk musician, environmental activist, Colorado River advocate and author -- passed away peacefully in her home in Jerome, AZ on November 1, 2017. She was 98 years old. Read more.



No Ch-Hance: Navajo Nation Votes Down Grand Canyon Tram

Native American lawmakers on Tuesday said not a Ch-Hance, voting down a multimillion-dollar proposal to build a tramway into Grand Canyon National Park... Read more.



Crazy Fun Paddling in Louisiana

Want a little quirkiness with your boating? Head south to Louisiana, where every October paddlers head down the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail led by a performing Cajun band on the lead raft. Oh, and people dress up like birds and paddle for some reason. Heck, it’s Louisiana! Read more.



Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect Returns to Knoxville Nov. 7-10, 2017

Several paddlesports companies, including such brands as Astral, Chaco, Freefly, Katadyn, Teva, Yakima and Yeti, are kicking off the upcoming tradeshow season by attending the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance's four-day national buying show to the Knoxville Convention Center, Nov. 7-10, 2017. Read more.



CANOE & KAYAK Mag Wins Best Article at Folio Awards for Healing Waters.

In a project sponsored by NRS, CANOE & KAYAK recently won Best Single Article at the Folio's 2017 Eddie & Ozzie Awards for its online feature Healing Waters, recognizing the power of paddling in healing vets... Read more.



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.



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