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Ode to the Camp Chair (By Sean McNamara)
There are many little surprises when camping out: the arc of a satellite in the night sky; the cry of an unfamiliar bird; the sugary smell of sweetgrass; how absolutely delicious, after a day of romping around, just about anything tastes; how good and safe it feels to be nestled into a sleeping bag. One of my favorite camping surprises – which happens more often than one might suppose – is when someone falls out of their chair around the campfire. Read more.

Fickle Feature makes for Difficult Rides; Freestyle Kayak World Cup Wraps Up in Sort, Spain
For the final freestyle kayak World Cup event of the year, crowning the World Cup champion, the hole in Sort, Spain, gave even the world’s best troubles… Read more.

World Slalom Champs Come to U.S. Sept. 17-21 for First Time in 25 Years!
On Sept. 17-21, 2014, Maryland’s Adventure Sports Center International, the only mountaintop re-circulating whitewater course in the world, will host athletes from over 35 countries for the ICF World Slalom Championships, 25 years after the 1989 World Championship held on Maryland’s Savage River and marking just the second time in history the event has been held in the United States. Read more.

Team Dagger’s Max Karlsson First Overall Junior in Two Events at Freestyle World Cup
Team Dagger’s 17-year-old Max Karlsson of Sweden took first place overall in the Junior K1 Men’s division and Men’s Squirt division at the sixth annual Freestyle World Cup. Read more.

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Dog pile at the Payette River Games. Photo courtesy Jackson Kayak
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Elevation Outdoors Top Adventure Town Competition
Elevation Outdoors Magazine wants to know: what is truly the best Colorado Adventure Town. And they want to hear from you, our dear dirt bag paddlers. Help bring your play hole and burrito joint the fame it so rightly deserves. Read more.

Keller Wins Great Falls Race for Third Time in a Row
Go ahead and rename the Great Falls Race on the Potomac after Pat Keller. That’s what a three-peat gets you. For the third time in a row, Keller won the long boat division in one of the nation’s most heralded extreme races as part of the Potomac Whitewater Festival… Read more.

Sea kayakers Stumble Upon "Ghost Ship" on Ohio
As reported by Lauren Montemurri for ActionHub.com, several sea kayakers setting off for a trip down the Ohio River re-discovered a maritime poltergeist on their paddle. Kayaker James Malott and friends came across a modern-day ghost ship… Read more.

Former US Slalom Team member, Potomac River Fest Organizer Jason Beakes Slashed by Knife at Party
Former U.S. Slalom Team member and Potomac River Festival organizer Jason Beakes is used to slashing his way through slalom gates, as well as his backyard’s Great Falls of the Potomac. But he was on the receiving end of such a slash at a party held at his house to celebrate this year’s festival July 4-6... Read more.

New Book Addresses Public Rights on Colorado Rivers
Thanks to historic log drives and fur-trading, there just might be hope for floating Colorado's questionably navigable rivers after all. A new book published by non-profit National Organization for Rivers maintains that there is a public easement under federal law to raft, kayak, canoe, fish, and walk along the banks of the state's rivers that were physically navigable during the 1800s for fur trade canoes and log drives... Read more.

Low Water Means No New Records, But Successful Yukon River Quest
Two Numbnuts took the top prize. Open to solo and tandem canoes and kayaks, and Voyageur canoes, the Yukon River Quest is an annual marathon canoe and kayak race drawing paddlers from around the world to race 444 miles day and night from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon. While this year’s event drew near record numbers, lower than average water levels spelled no new records on times, with 48 teams of the 66 registered finishing and the tandem team of Two Numbnuts taking top honors… Read more.

Arkansas Boaters Get New Play Park on Illinois River
Boaters in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and the North Fork Payette in Cascade Idaho, aren’t the only ones surfing up a storm on manmade waves. Arkansas paddlers are now also getting in on the action thanks to the new Siloam Springs Whitewater Recreation Park on the Illinois River just downstream from the Fisher Ford Bridge. Read more.

River Wisdom: A Western Rafting Retreat for Women Navigating Change
Mother Earth, Mother Nature, and now Mother River. Using rivers as a metaphor for life, a river outfit in Vail, Colo., called River Wisdom is now offering river retreats as Women’s Empowerment Workshops and True Life Coaching sessions, with its inaugural weeklong July 2-7 along the Green River in Utah and Colorado. Read more.

Payette River Games Serve Up Payette-sized Purse; Dumoulin, Emily Jackson Take Freestyle Crowns
A handful of paddlers are a lot richer – and wiser -- after the completion of the Payette River Games June 20-22 in Cascade, Idaho. In all, over 600 competitors from 16 different countries took part to battle for their place on the podium and their share of a $105,000 prize purse divided up between kayakers, SUPpers and more at the REP-designed Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Read more.

A Tribute: RIP Jamie McEwan (1952-2014)
When Jamie McEwan won the bronze medal in C-1 slalom at the 1972 Munich Olympics, it spurred a U.S. slalom craze the likes of which has never been repeated. McEwan passed away from cancer on June 14 at age 61, leaving a hole in the hearts of all who knew him. PL checks in past racers for their take on his contributions to the sport… Read more.

Hear, Hear: EJ Celebrates 50th By Giving Back
Well-used to winning freestyle competitions by more than a nose, Eric Jackson is celebrating his 50th year by focusing on ears; the hearing-impaired paddler has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $50K for the Starkey Hearing Foundation... Read more.

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