Less than a year after its purchase of Baordworks, giving it a foothold in the growing SUP market, Confluence Outdoor is shoring up the brand, as well as sister company AT, by appointing Hastings Blumer director of product management for surf, stand up paddleboard and paddle brands Boardworks and Adventure Technology. Read more.
Misery loves company...especially if they’re paddleboarders. No longer are SUPpers immune from the sufferfest that is annual Yukon River Quest, the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak marathon at 444 miles. In November, the organizing board voted to allow SUPpers in the 2016 18th annual race, to be held June 29 to July 3, 2016, as an experimental class. Read more.
Once again, paddlers have made an impressive showing on National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year list, with no less than three separate parties and individuals getting the honor for everything from paddling around South America (Freya Hoffmeister) to a wacko whitewater first descent in Papua New Guinea (Ben Stookesberry and company)… Read more.
Talk about on a roll. Fresh from winning the Kayak Freestyle World Championships on the Ottawa and the Lord of the Fork race on the Russell Fork for the second time in a row, Dane Jackson tied for first place with Eric Deguil on the Green Race just three seconds off the course record... Read more.
Rescue @ Green River Race- Luc Strickland is the live baiter. Swimmer- Nick Fiedler. From Micah Cox: "Nick has a compression fracture of L1, L2, and his tailbone. He's in high spirits and wants his redemption. He'll be back in a boat in about 8 weeks."If you know him, and even if you don't, applaud this man because he paddled out afterward.Longer video with more racers: https://youtu.be/_o43JnQknusPosted by Gwendolyn Sarah Arvidson on Saturday, November 7, 2015
Thank god for gymnastics as a kid: Luc Strickland and his “kayak vault” live-bait rescue at this year’s Green Race.
Dane Jackson en route to the gold medal at this year's World Freestyle kayak Championships on the Ottawa.
Photo courtesy Andrew Holcombe/Jackson Kayaks
The close-knit paddlesports community lost one of its most passionate members when Innova founder Tim Rosenhan unexpectedly passed away Oct. 24 at age 68 in Twisp, Washington. “Tim was truly passionate about getting people on the water at an affordable price by importing a quality European-made inflatable,” says Larry Laba, owner of SOAR Inflatables... Read more.
Want to play Hollywood movie mogul and help save a river at the same time? Filmmaker Greg Hamilton, a former producer for Warren Miller Entertainment, has two weeks left in a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his new documentary film, Power of the River about a whitewater- and fly-fishing-filled trip down Bhutan’s remote Drangme river… Read more.
Let’s just say that’s a lot of river sandal tread to protect our nation’s waterways and other public lands. Putting its money where its mouth is, footwear maker KEEN recently wrapped up its Live Monumental Road Trip, traveling 7,500 miles and gathering more than 30,000 signatures to advocate for the protection of 3 million acres of public land… Read more.
A record turnout of 96 racers hit Virginia’s Russell Fork for the Lord of the Fork race, with uber-stud Dane Jackson winning for the second straight year... Read more.
Pardon the puns, but watershoe manufacturers – who used to simply target male rafters and kayakers – are getting a leg up, hands down, on other paddlesport accessory categories by going after the burgeoning women’s, kids’, SUP markets and more to increase sales. A PL sampler of a few you’ll see in store aisles this season… Read more.
When this year’s 20th anniversary of the coveted Green Race near Asheville, N.C., kicks off Nov. 7, it’ll draw some of the world’s best kayakers to one of the country’s best Class V runs for little more than bragging rights and a piece of glass. Here are a few things you might not know about it… Read more.
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