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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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