While the Ugandans might have had trouble securing visas to compete in this year’s World Kayak Freestyle Championships on Canada’s Ottawa River, their hometown White Nile River is facing even more trouble waters…it’s about to be lost and changed forever by the construction of the Isimba Dam…. Read more.
While the SUP market might be truncating somewhat – cases in point include Confluence’s recent purchase of Boardworks, Corran SUP selling to Canada’s Kayak Distribution and Surf Tech inking a new distribution agreement with NSP – it hardly means a dearth of new designs. In fact, the category continues to take market share from conventional paddlecraft, thanks to enhanced stability, speed and the all-important ability to unleash consumers’ inner Laird Hamilton. Read more.
It’s a long ways away, and just a plain long ways. That’s the verdict from South Africa’s two-day Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon, which just wound up the spectacular Neus Gorge and served up weirs, rapids, portages, an irrigation canal and more for the world’s top marathon paddlers. And the drum roll, please…Thulani Mbanjwe was first across the line and overall winner of the fourth edition of this lactic-acid-inducing endurance race. In so doing, he picked up the lion’s share of the $22,000 (US) prize… Read more.
Talk about putting your money – and, more importantly, manpower – where your river mouth is. Upholding a mission that inspired the company name and mission, urban-outdoor apparel and accessories brand United By Blue recently announced that it has removed 250,000 pounds of trash from rivers, oceanfronts and other waterways since the company’s founding in 2010. Read more.
Protect The White Nile River - A film by Polly Green
Jon Turk making his way across Ellesmere Island.
Photo courtesy Erik Boomer
While he didn’t make the U.S. team for the first time in umpteen million years, Father EJ must still be proud. How could he not be when his high-flying, airborne offspring, Dane and Emily Jackson, paddled their way to the gold in the men’s and women’s division of the ICF Kayak Freestyle World Championships? Read more.
It was the old man’s day. Aspen’s Charlie MacArthur, a kayak and SUP legend throughout the Rockies, cemented his stature in stone at the 2015 Gore Fest on Gore Canyon of the Colorado, winning both the long boat kayak race and downriver SUP race… Read more.
Will the reign of Dane still be a pain for other competitors? We’ll find out soon enough as the ICF Kayak Freestyle World Championships head to Canada’s Ottawa River August 30–September 5... Read more.
It was bound to happen: the first positive drug test in Int’l Rafting Federation history. As reported by Michael Lindberg, head of the IRF’s Anti-Doping Committee, the verdict came after a doping sample carried out May 17, 2015, during the National Rafting Championships in Serbia, showing the presence of a prohibited substance: cannabis. Read more.
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