Whitewater Kayaking


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.



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.



Boundary Waters or Bust: Explorer Dave & Amy Freeman Paddle to Protect It; Mining Lease Denied

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota has big proponents and protectors in the form of Dave and Amy Freeman, whose recent year-long canoe trip was designed to help protect it from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining… 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.



National Paddling Film Fest Feb. 17-18 in Frankfort

It’s time to get your cinematic paddling juices flowing again, while benefiting American Whitewater, at the 35th annual National Paddling Film Festival, to be held on Feb. 17-18, in Frankfort, KY, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Read more.



Dam-less Des Plaines River Welcomes 60th Annual Marathon

The Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon, founded in 1958 by Ralph Frese, is the second oldest continual canoe race in the U. S. Read more.



Former ACA Executive Director Leaving Country to Escape Trump

Call it a four-year portage around a rapid. According to Karen Heller in a recent story in the Washington Post, former American Canoe Association executive director Jeff Yeager is getting out of Dodge, leaving the country with his wife Denise, to escape the reign of President Donald Trump. Read more.



Coud-seeding Project To Help Paddling on Bruneau and Other South Idaho Rivers?

Researchers at the University of Colorado are going the extra mile to help Mother Nature ensure there's ample runoff in southern Idaho rivers with a new cloud-seeding project designed to turbo-charge hydropower... Read more.



Paddlesport Industry Coalition Endorses Paddlesport Retailer Show for Madison, WI, Aug 29-Sept 1

Call it a blow to Outdoor Retailer and a boon for paddlesport retailers. A coalition of leading paddlesports manufacturers recently endorsed the newly formed Paddlesports Retailer as the industry’s official tradeshow, debuting Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin... Read more.



Climbing Higher, Paddling Farther: NOLS Unveils New Look, Website

With paddling, including sea kayaking, canoeing and river running, continuing to play a major part in its curriculum, award-winning outdoor leadership school NOLS is heading into the New Year with a new look and rebranding campaign, fresh off its 50th anniversary... Read more.



Schwag the Halls! PL's Random Schwag Sampler from 2016

What all gear did we get our hands on this year at the Paddling Life offices? Read on for schwag we put through its paces paddling, aprèsing and all places in between. Read more.



12 Days of Xmas, American Whitewater-style

Forget your partridges in pear trees and little drummers drumming. For all-star river conservation organization American Rivers, it was a year of 12 victories. Read on for the group’s successes (and take some of that Christmas money from Aunt Judy to join…) Read more.



Canoeist Rejoice: New Book Out: Hard Rivers: The Untold Saga of La Salle: Expedition II

In 1976, 16 teenage boys reenacted the Sieur de La Salle’s historic canoe odyssey to the Gulf of Mexico in 1681-82, living much as the 17th century voyageurs had while traveling 3,300 miles in six replica canoes built by canoe historian Ralph Frese. They completed their quest on the same day in April that La Salle declared America French, from the Appalachians to the Rockies and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, and called it Louisiana. This August, many of those same boys, now in their late fifties, gathered near the northern edge of their portage across metro Toronto to mark the 40th anniversary of their amazing feat….and their full story is now told for the first time in Hard Rivers: The Untold Saga of La Salle: Expedition II (River Grove Books), a new book written by Craig P. Howard.. Read more.



The Ocoee Dam: From War Machine to World-Class Whitewater

When Ocoee Dam No. 3 was built to help meet energy needs during wartime, it was thought there would be little or no recreational interest in the project. Flash forward fifty years, and you get an Olympic whitewater course and a world-class tourist destination. The first in a series of paddling-related stories from TVA... Read more.



Paddlesports Vets Launch New September Paddlesports Show

My, how the currents change. With Outdoor Retailer announcing a shift in its Summer market tradeshow dates to early June by 2018, outdoor industry veterans Sutton Bacon and Darren Bush have formed a new tradeshow, Paddlesports Retailer, to service the specific needs of the paddlesports industry... Read more.



Shop Patagoina Black Friday: 100% of Sales Go to Enviro Orgs

Holy awesome reason to upgrade your paddling apparel, batman! On Black Friday, November 25, Patagonia gave 100 percent -- yes, 100 percent -- of global sales from its retail stores and Patagonia.com to support grassroots environmental organizations. And the total haul topped a whopping $10 million! Read more.



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