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Sign of the SUP Times: Payette River Games Goes SUP Only
Historically a huge boon to competitive kayakers’ pocketbooks, the country’s largest-purse paddling event, the $100,000 Payette River Games held at Cascade, Idaho’s Kelly’s Whitewater Park, recently announced that it’s going SUP-only for 2015 and beyond. Read more.

Open Air Dynamics Announces New SUP Construction
A new SUP production process being spearheaded by Open Air Dynamics and Tahoe SUP is making waves in the way SUPs are made… Read more.

New Play Park Comes to Colo’s Pumphouse Run; New Whitewater Park to Be Completed by April 2015
Kayakers paddling Class V Gore Canyon of the Colorado have a better reason to bring their playboats along now – at least so they can trade-out from the roof rack afterward. Officials recently announced the beginning of construction on the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, to be completed by April 2015... Read more.

New York Times Runs Story on Tram Threat to Grand Canyon
Want to read the latest plight facing the Grand Canyon? Tune into the venerable New York Times, which is currently running a story highlighting threats facing the Grand Canyon, including a recent proposal to build the controversial Escalade tram, which would deliver gawkers down to the confluence of the Little Colorado... Read more.

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Air Apparent: Keller Takes Inaugural Waterfall Champs in Mexico
It was only a matter of time. A waterfall World Championships? Yep, and it drew 18 of the world’s top kayakers to the Veracruz region of Mexico, courtesy of the Mexican Tourism Board, Ernesto Rivas, owner of Altius Events, and filmmakers Rafa Ortiz and Rush Sturges... Read more.

End of an Era: RIP Martin Litton (Feb. 13, 1917 – Nov. 30, 2014)
He lived to be 97 years old, and floated the Grand Canyon in a dory for nearly 60 of them (in 2004 at age 87, he broke his own record as the oldest person to row the Grand Canyon). River runners and environmental activists lost one of their most beloved companions with the Nov. 30 death of Martin Litton at age 97 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., with his wife, Esther, at his side… Read more.

Corran, Riot Kayaks Reunited
He's baaaaack! After leaving Riot Kayaks to launch his own SUP line in 2004, Corran Addison has returned to Riot's parent company, Kayak Distribution, to grow his SUP line and again lend his expertise to its whitewater wares... Read more.

Flotation Fashion: Innova Kayak Teams with Nordstrom
Okay, so it might not quite be the same as a pearl necklace. But shoppers can see inflatable kayak manufacturer Innova Kayak used as a fashion accoutrement now in select Nordstrom outlets across the country. Read more.

Sue Rechner, Confluence Light Up AOL’s This Built America
Built and boated in the USA. That could sum up why Confluence Outdoor, headed by Sue Rechner and owner of such brands as Dagger, Perception, Wave Sport, Mad River, Bomber Gear, Harmony and Wilderness Systems, highlights this month's This Built America show by AOL... Read more.

Jacobi Retires as CEO of USACK
From winning the C2 gold medal at the 1992 Olympics to serving as CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, Joe Jacobi has been a constant supporter of slalom in the U.S. Now he’s stepping down from his post at USACK to stroke into different waters, while still supporting the slalom cause… Read more.

Hang on for the Ride: Grand Gets November Release of up to 37,500 cfs
Such marquee rapids on the Grand as Hance, Horn Creek, Hermit, Crystal and Lava Falls had a little more meat to them this month as the Department of Interior conducted a high flow experimental release from Glen Canyon Dam November 10-15… Read more.

Grandma En Route to Sea Kayak 2,500 Mile to Benefit Guatelmalan Children
Your Grandma’s got nothing on Deborah Walters. The 63-year-old grandmother of four from Troy, Maine, is well on her way paddling from Maine to Guatemala to benefit the children living in and around the huge Guatemala City garbage dump. At press time she was past the first leg of her planned 2,500-mile solo kayak expedition. Read more.

Boat Glenwood's Shoshone Section? Help AW Get Flows
Paddle the Colorado after Labor Day? Paddlers who boat the Glenwood Springs section of the Colorado River are being asked to help protect its off-season flows... Read more.

Power and Protection: The Mojo Refuel
Take teens on a multi-day rafting trip, and you’d better take some extra firepower to fire up their iPhone 5 cameras. That’s what we found, anyway, on a recent trip down the Colorado’s Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater canyons, where the Mojo Refuel Armor Battery Case from iBattz proved worth its weight in PBR... Read more.

Don't Think Whitewater Parks Rock Large? Check This Chattahoochee Vid
Chris Edmonds of High Attitude Video in Columbus, Ga., shot this vid of boogie boarders, surfers and kayakers ripping up the Chattahoochee under the lights... Read more.

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