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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.



High Water Hints for the Middle Fork (courtesy NW Rafting Co.)

Cali boaters aren’t the only ones bracing for a high water year. With the Salmon River drainage clocking in at 157 percent of average on May 1, and nearby Big Lost basin 195 percent and the Blackfootbasin a whopping 243 percent, heir cousins in Idaho are also breaking out the flip lines for one of the highest rafting seasons in year. Heading to the Middle Fork? Heed this high-water advice from the Northwest Rafting Company… Read more.



Big Flows, Big Surf: US Freestyle Kayaking National Championships Wrap Up on Chattahoochee in Columbus, Georgia; Palmer Wins Men, Levknecht Women

You could call it the Kellogg Show. Nearly the entire 12-child Kellogg family (ages 5-21) showed up at this year’s US Freestyle Kayaking National Championships on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia, with six of them competing and reaching the finals in their divisions (including Kady,who took second for the pro women behind Adriene Levknecht). For the men, it was Paul Palmer of Durango, Colo., taking top honors, ahead of Hunter Katt… Read more.



Return of the Kern: State Braces for Booming Paddling Season; Kern Back in Action After Two-year Hiatus

For outfitters on California’s Kern River, it’s been a two year hiatus since they’ve even been able to put rubber to water. But all that’s changed now, thanks to near-record snowfall and rain that has swelled water storage to its highest level in decades... Read more.



Doe Flows: It's the Year of the Dolores in Southwest Colorado

River runners in southwest Colorado are scurrying to take advantage of the biggest flows on the Dolores RIver in a decade... Read more.



Grand Canyon Tram Legislation Receives Lava sized Blow

Plans to build a tramway to the bottom of the Grand got major blow recently from the Navajo Nation... Read more.



Confluence Outdoors Gets New CEO: Sue Rechner Steps Down

The world's biggest paddlesports company, Confluence Outdoors, has had a passing of the torch, with new CEO Richard Krause taking the reins from longtime CEO Sue Rechner... Read more.



Go Time for New Paddlesports Retailers Tradeshow

While Outdoor Retailer is mulling a move from Salt Lake City, and the paddlesports industry gun shy about the show moving its dates forward to June in 2018, Paddlesports Retailer, a new paddling industry tradeshow organized by industry veterans Darren Bush and Sutton Bacon, is quietly filling booth space for its new show in Madison, WI, Aug 29 - Sept. 1. 2017... Read more.



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