It’s still a long ways away, but paddling may soon be allowed in current off-limits portions of YelloWstone and Grand Teton national parks, thanks to new legislation in the form of The Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act, which would lead to analyzing river paddling in the marquee national parks... Read more.
Honey, I lightened the kayaks. That's the song being sung by Wilderness Systems, which recently unveiled its popular Tarpon 120 and Pungo 120 models in ultralite versions, available in four colors, for recreation and angling... Read more.
Chalk one up for college students. A group of stand-up paddleboarders in New York is using their sups to raise awareness for and contribute research to the growing problem of marine debris, leading to the founding of nonprofit Plastic Tides... Read more.
For now, at least, Fluid fans will have to make do without much fanfare for a new whitewater model release. For the first time in 12 years, the company announced that it will not release any new whitewater models this year, instead focusing on introducing its South African born and bred recreational and fishing range in Europe and the USA. Read more.
And the envelope, please…The 10th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival, which just premiered at Famous Players Canada Square in Toronto, treated attendees to the first screenings of some of the year’s award-winning films, with all proceeds going to Project Canoe, a canoe camp for at-risk youth. Read more.
The alphabet soup of paddlesports acronyms just got a little more manageable. USA Canoe and Kayak (USACK), the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic paddlesports governing body, recently announced that it is merging with the venerable American Canoe Association, naming existing ACA executive director Wade Blackwood the new Chief Executive Officer of USACK in addition to his ACA role. Read more.
If kayaking the length of the 2,500-km-long Aleutian Islands seems daunting, so is making a film about the expedition. But explorer Justine Curgenven has never let anything get in the way of what she sets out to do, and this is no different, with her rlease of ‘Kayaking the Aleutians’ due out Feb. 15… Read more.
When my daughter Sarah offered to take me whitewater rafting for my 52nd birthday, I jumped at the chance as it was something I had never done before, despite spending most of my life in the outdoors. But then my wife and I began to question her motives, joking about how Sarah was trying to kill me in order to obtain my only possession of value; my truck... Read more.
While the Outdoor Retailer Winter market tradeshow is customarily centered around winter sports instead of water, paddling made at splash at this year’s show Jan 21-24 with the presentation of the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards, founded and presented by made-in-the-USA paddlesports apparel-manufacturer Kokatat. Read more.
The Colorado RIver’s Grand Canyon might have several things the Yampa River upstream doesn’t, but not anymore when it comes to Google Maps Street View. The Yampa is now the second river in the world to enjoy new Google Maps Street View, giving viewers a 3-D perspective of the waterway online. Read more.
The 1983 speed run record down the Grand Canyon set by Kenton Grua, Rudi Petschek and Steve Reynolds aboard a dory named The Emerald Mile, and documented in a book of the same name by Kevin Fedarko, is safe, for now. But two kayakers recently came just an hour and 10 minutes away from breaking it. Read more.
It was bound to happen. Confluence Outdoor, owner of such paddlesport brands as Dagger, Wave Sport, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Mad River, Bomber Gear, Harmony and AT Paddles, has now officially entered the SUP market with its acquisition of stand-up paddleboard maker Boardworks... Read more.
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.