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Confluence Outdoor names Courtney Moore Director of National Accounts

Confluence Outdoor has named Courtney Moore Director of National Accounts, where he’ll oversee Confluence Outdoor’s retail chain business. 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Seventh annual Paddle for the Planet

This weekend of June 3-4 will likely see more paddlers on the water than ever, as the worldwide paddling community unites for the seventh annual Paddle For The Planet global relay as a show of solidarity to protect the worlds waterways and oceans and to raise funds for the environmental conservation projects close to the paddlers hearts. Read more.



New Guide Book to Northwest Whitewater Hits Shelves

Now you never have another excuse for getting lost on shuttle or getting in over your head on a whitewater run in the Northwest. For that, you can thank Nick Hinds, Scott Waidelich and Jacob Cruser, whose new “Paddling Pacific Northwest Whitewater” will leave you telling great tales at the bar instead of excuses for being late to your spouse… Read more.



Former Confluence CEO Sue Rechner Appointed President of Merrell

From floatcraft to footwear. That sums up the recent career trajectory of Sue Rechner, who, after stepping down as CEO of paddling powerhouse Confluence Outdoor was recently named president of shoe giant Merrell… Read more.



A River Reborn: Floating the Dolores (By Jake Myhre)

This spring, the Dolores River in Southwest Colorado finally became floatable, to the delight of Rocky Mountain river runners. And as its waters rose, so, too, did the spirits and environmental consciousness of those fortunate enough to run her and witness a waterway once again restored to its rightful place as a river. Read more.



Catching Up With New Confluence Outdoor CEO Richard Krause

Just months after taking over the reins of Confluence after the departure of long-time CEO Sue Rechner, new CEO and president Rich Krause took his first whitewater kayaking lesson at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C. While he admits he "spent most of my time upside-down," he's negotiating the currents of running the most powerful company in paddlesports with better aplomb... Read more.



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