Paddling Life Exclusives


The Ocoee Dam: From War Machine to World-Class Whitewater

When Ocoee Dam No. 3 was built to help meet energy needs during wartime, it was thought there would be little or no recreational interest in the project. Flash forward fifty years, and you get an Olympic whitewater course and a world-class tourist destination. The first in a series of paddling-related stories from TVA... Read more.



$60 Grand Up For Grabs at New Zealand WhitewaterXL Event

While everyone else was digesting turkey and trimmings this past weekend, some of the world’s best kayakers descended on the world's newest artificial whitewater course at the Vector Wero Whitewater Park in South Auckland, New Zealand, which hosted one of the world's richest kayaking events in the $60,000 WhitewaterXL New Zealand Invitational. Read on for full results and the low-down… Read more.



Paddlesports Vets Launch New September Paddlesports Show

My, how the currents change. With Outdoor Retailer announcing a shift in its Summer market tradeshow dates to early June by 2018, outdoor industry veterans Sutton Bacon and Darren Bush have formed a new tradeshow, Paddlesports Retailer, to service the specific needs of the paddlesports industry... Read more.



Shop Patagoina Black Friday: 100% of Sales Go to Enviro Orgs

Holy awesome reason to upgrade your paddling apparel, batman! On Black Friday, November 25, Patagonia gave 100 percent -- yes, 100 percent -- of global sales from its retail stores and Patagonia.com to support grassroots environmental organizations. And the total haul topped a whopping $10 million! Read more.





Video of the Day

Sea Riders on the Storm Brazilian kayakers chase huge storm surf off the Coast of Shipwrecks!

Money Shot

Now that's a kayak. Ken Hoeve testing out his newest will-you-be-my-friend boat from Bonfire Brewing Co.



Paddling Life Exclusives


Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction Open

Want sweet schwag (and to support a great paddling trail at the same time?) Win outdoor gear in the Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 12th Annual Online Auction. The event is live now and until December 1, 2016, and is the ideal place to get paddling and camping gear in time for the holidays. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission to maintain and protect access to the longest inland water trail in the nation.... Read more.



Kayakers Descend on New Zealand Down Under for Whitewater XL

The first wave of international paddlers have arrived in New Zealand ahead of next week’s Whitewater XL, eager to get the jump on the deluge of rivals expected to compete on the new Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland, in the next few days...bring it on, they all say. Read more.



Wilderness Systems Launches New Heroes on the Water Video

In honor of Veterans Day, Wilderness Systems has upped its commitment to the nonprofit organization, Heroes on the Water, debuting a new video telling the story of 19-year military policeman, Jason Austin, who was injured in an IED explosion. Suffering from post traumatic stress, a kayak fishing excursion forever changed his life. Read on for his story and video... Read more.



Sea Kayaking Belize, Mon' (A Special Travel Tribute to Celebrate Island Expedition's 30th Anniversary!)

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, Island Expeditions has more experience kayaking and snorkeling in Belize than any other outfitter in the world (isn't it time you signed up for a luxury basecamp trip on a remote coral atoll, or island-to-island paddle?). Read on for a first-hand family sea kayaking tale... Read more.



World Raft Champs Wrap-up from Dubai!

Dubai might have more sand dunes than standing waves, that didn’t stop the International Rafting Federation from staging its 2016 R4 World Rafting Championships on the man-made whitewater course at the five-year-old Wadi Adventure Center November 2-5. Read more.



Rub-a-Dub-Dub: Caption This Photo!

When Dagger founder Joe Pulliam was going through some photos recently, he stumbled upon this one of he and longtime friend Rob Lesser warming their footsies in a hotspring at the confluence of Idaho's Bruneau and Jarbridge rivers. So it got us thinking...let's run a caption contest on it! Click here to enter... Read more.



OR Moves Tradeshow Dates to Early June in 2018: Will It Affect Paddlesports? Paddling Co's Big and Small Chime In

Like rains and snowmelt coming at different times each year, paddlesport manufacturers and retailers are now dealing with different timeframes for the industry’s biggest tradeshow. On Nov. 8, Outdoor Retailer and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance announced they are shifting the outdoor tradeshow season schedule, with Outdoor Retailer, starting in 2018, moving its Summer Market tradeshow to June 11-14 (Monday-Thursday) in Salt Lake City… Read more.




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