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They're Baaack! Esquif Canoes to Resume Production
Frampton, Quebec’s Esquif Canoe Company might do well to borrow Mark Twain’s line, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” After announcing in March of this year that the company was ceasing production, company founder Jacques Chassé about-faced with an early May announcement that the factory will resume production…. Read more.

What’s Next: Africa? Freya Hoffmeister completes 15,000-mile, solo circumnavigation of South America
Don’t ask her to arm wrestle. Paddling an 18-foot expedition kayak by Sweden’s Point 65, Germany’s Freya Hoffmeister made history by completing the first–ever solo circumnavigation of South America, taking her final strokes into Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday, May 1, finishing right where she started nearly four years ago. Read more.

Hail AW! Yosemite's Merced Officially Opens to Paddlers
Paddlers officially have a new run to notch off their hit list in California, and it's one of the most beautiful river stretches in the country. In mid-April, the Merced River in Yosemite National Park was officially reopened to paddlers... Read more.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Announces Freshet Fest on May 9, 2015
Want to get together with other canoeists and sea kayakers? On May 9, 2015, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is hosting its first ever Freshet Fest including paddling activities on the LaPlatte River in Shelburne, Vt. followed by an evening of meeting NFCT Through Paddlers—people who have paddled the entire 740-mile route in one trip—at Splash at the Boathouse in Burlington, Vt. Read more.

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Putting Its Money Where Our Sport's River Mouths Are: Confluence Announces Sponsorship Iniatives for 2015
Putting its money where the sport's river mouths are, Confluence Outdoor recently rolled out its sponsorship programs for 2015, supporting the paddling community while protecting its waterways... Read more.

US Slalom Team Trials Wrap-up at US Nat'l WW Center
Forget the flowers poking their heads out of the ground. For paddlers looking to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in Rio in 2016, spring means slalom season, with the US National Whitewater Center recently hosting the 2015 US Slalom Team Trails for the ability to compete at the 2015 Pan American Olympic Qualification race and World Championships this year in London. Read more.

Putting Its Money Where Its Feet Are: Chaco Steps Up Its River Conservation Game
Chalk one up for Chaco Sandals for protecting rivers. Already committed to a strong preservation presence, the footwear company recently partnered with a variety of conservation organizations, outfitters, and brands to celebrate rivers in April.... Read more.

Raft Biz Dries Up on Cali's Kern
A record drought in California is causing SoCal outfitters to shutter their doors for the season. How bad is it? The heralded Kern River Festival also cancelled for first time in 50 years... Read more.

Grand Canyon Tops American Rivers' 2015 Most Endangered Rivers List
While novices might feel endangered running its marquee rapids, the Grand Canyon itself tops American Rivers' Most Endangered Rivers List for 2015. An iconic stretch of river and an irreplaceable national treasure, the Grand Canyon, says AR, "faces a battery of threats that could forever harm its health and unique experience that belongs to every American...." Read more.

Origami, Anyone? Oru Back with New Kayak
Oru, the original origami-themed kayak in a briefcase – scratch that, the kayak that is a briefcase – is back, this time better than ever with the new Oru Bay+, the brand’s latest and greatest… Read more.

Kayakers, Check Your Adrenal Glands: Tallulah Gorge Releases Announced
You ready for Oceana? American Whitewater recently announced the releases for iconic Tallulah Gorge, with the first two weekends in April marking classic boating in the southeast with releases of 500 cfs on Saturdays and 700 cfs on Sundays 700... Read more.

L.L.Bean Donates $100K to Maine Island Trail Association
Ask any paddler…a hundred grand can go a long ways. No one knows this better than the the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), which just received a $100,000 grant from L.L. Bean to support its efforts to protect the 375-mile trail system from the New Hampshire border to Canada. Read more.

Esquif Canoe Closes Doors
Following the heels of publicly held PolyOne ceasing production of Royalex at the end of 2014, as well as a general downward trend in canoe sales, canoe maker Esquif Canoes Inc. closed its doors March 16 … Read more.

Madawaska Unveils Whitewater Riders Summer Camp
If only we all had it so good growing up. Madawaska Canoe Centre, Canada’s oldest whitewater school, is helping teens take up whitewater kayaking with its new Whitewater Riders program, a fully immersive two-week camp for kayakers aged 13-17 looking to take their boating to the next level. Read more.

Back in the Kayak Biz, Perhaps? A PL Q&A with Corran Addison, Who Recently Sold Corran SUP to Move Back to Montreal
Here’s how the last post on his website reads: “Today is my last day at Corran SUP. Yes, it’s true – it’s been an amazing few years, but now I hand over the reigns to Kayak Distribution who have purchased the brand. For me? Well you know I’m not going to disappear, but I am going to take a bit of a break and regroup….” PL catches up with the iconic SUP and kayak designer to see what’s next… Read more.

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