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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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