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18-year-old Becomes Youngest Person to Solo Row Across Atlantic

Surviving on what he called "a diet of Pringles," 18-year-old Oliver Crane of New Jersey recently became the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, finishing the 3,000-mile journey on Jan. 28 at the Caribbean island of Antigua after 44 days... Read more.



Johnson Reports Watercraft Sales Down

In its first quarter ended December 29, Johnson Outdoors reported improved earnings and momentum in its Fishing and Diving segments, but ongoing struggles in Camping and Watercraft Recreation. Read more.



Inside a River Ranger's Shuttle Rig

Longtime kayaker Lucas Strickland is a river outfitter licensing ranger with the state of Colorado. As well as getting paid to paddle all season while checking river permits, filing reports and encouraging safety and stewardship, he also gets to use a Chevy 2500 shuttle rig that makes most boaters green with envy. And he sees no reason not to give it a personal touch... Read more.



Holy Flying Unicorns, Batman!

The Nile River Fest went off with a bang, with Bren Orton stealing the show with his flying unicorns off the Bir Air Ramp event. Read more.



New Guidebook to Siberia's Awesome Altai Region

Way back in 1993, Paddler magazine publisher and Paddling Life founder Eugene Buchanan won a grant from Gore-tex to run Siberia’s famed Bashkaus River on rafts made from germ warfare suits (read about it in his book, Brothers on the Bashkaus). Now, Russian kayaker Anton Sveshnikov has produced a guidebook to the Altai region (and is looking for crowdfunding help)—which doesn’t make the Class V classics any easier, but easier logistically… Read more.



State of the Sea Kayak Sector

While 2017 saw some changes in the sea kayaking sector--Johnson Outdoors scuttled Necky Kayaks in favor of Old Town; Eddyline's founders sold to their management team; and upstarts and veterans employed Kickstarter to launch new products--the industry's shifting currents don't mean an ebbing tide... Read more.



Adidas Sickline Race Cancelled

For now anyway, extreme kayaker Sam Sutton’s five-time reign as Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion is secure. And so is that of four-time women’s champ Nouria Newman of France. In January, organizers of the prestigious kayaking event said that they’re cancelling the Class V paddling competition for 2018… Read more.



Jackson Unveils Liska Fishing Kayak, Named for European Team manager Killed in Avalanche

Jackson Kayak’s European team manager--Jan Liska, from the Czech Republic, who died in an avalanche skiing in France two years ago--now has a kayak named after him. Read more.



OARS Releases Return from Desolation Documentary

We all know the healing powers of rivers. Now you can see it in a documentary. Outfitter OARS has announced the premiere of Return from Desolation, a new short film about a war-veteran-turned-river-guide’s fight for redemption and balance through the wild rivers and public lands within Utah’s Desolation Canyon. The film will premiere at the 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, on January 13. Read more.



AW Releases Southeast River-release schedule for 2018

While the Southeast has been slammed with rain and snow, every year behind the scenes American Whitewater works hard to secure scheduled releases on river reaches previously de-watered by hydropower dams. Read on for this year's schedule... Read more.



Ouch! Paddlers: Get That Drone and GoPro Footage While You Can; GoPro to Cut 254 Jobs and Exit Drone Biz

Like a river losing flow come autumn, GoPro has announced plans to cut 254 jobs as well as exit the drone category... Read more.



Colorado Paddlers Ring in New Year in Style With Mass Float Down Shoshone

Okay, so Colorado kayakers are a tad crazed. No where was that on better display than on the Shoshone section of the Colorado River outside of Glenwood Springs, when hundreds of paddlers gathered for the umpteenth annual frigid New Year’s float. Read more.



School Time: 7 paddling schools to get your game on

Don’t worry…there’s no detention at these schools if you don’t get it right. Only dunkings. Beginner, intermediate or even advanced, if you want to take your paddling to the next level – be it canoeing, whitewater kayaking or touring -- there’s no better way to do so than by enrolling in a school. So put one of these on your New Year's resolution list... Read more.



Merry Xmas: Two International Dams on Hold--Peru's Marañón and Mexico's Usumacinta

The New Year is ringing in well for international paddlers and environmentalists…plans for two dams, one on Peru’s Marañón and another slated for Mexico’s Usumacinta, have been tabled. Read more.



Catching the Vibe: Company Introduces New Tandem Kayak

Catch and spread the vibe with Vibe, a Southeast kayak company taking the rec and fishing world by salt storm. Need proof? Consider the name of its newest release, the Yellowfin… Read more.



Paddling Life Random Swag Sampler!

Behold what has come across our transom the previous year, from shade shelters and goggles to watercraft and whiskey, which we willingly (hiccup!) put through its paces... Read more.



Boardworks Surf Acquires Rogue SUP

There's more than waves merging in the SUP world. Boardworks, a SoCal-based surf and SUP manufacturer, recently announced its global license agreement with Rogue, a performance SUP and surf brand, founded in 2008. Read more.



Spain's Joaquim Fontane Usurps Dane Jackson in Surprise 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 K1 semi-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.



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