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Legislation Introduced to Study Paddling in Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks
It’s still a long ways away, but paddling may soon be allowed in current off-limits portions of YelloWstone and Grand Teton national parks, thanks to new legislation in the form of The Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act, which would lead to analyzing river paddling in the marquee national parks... Read more.

Wildy Systems Debuts Two Ultralite Kayaks
Honey, I lightened the kayaks. That's the song being sung by Wilderness Systems, which recently unveiled its popular Tarpon 120 and Pungo 120 models in ultralite versions, available in four colors, for recreation and angling... Read more.

Supping for Clean water: Plastic Tides Expedition Making Waves
Chalk one up for college students. A group of stand-up paddleboarders in New York is using their sups to raise awareness for and contribute research to the growing problem of marine debris, leading to the founding of nonprofit Plastic Tides... Read more.

Fluid Changes Focus to Rec and Fishing Markets for 2015
For now, at least, Fluid fans will have to make do without much fanfare for a new whitewater model release. For the first time in 12 years, the company announced that it will not release any new whitewater models this year, instead focusing on introducing its South African born and bred recreational and fishing range in Europe and the USA. Read more.

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Reel Paddling Film Festival Announces 2015 Winners
And the envelope, please…The 10th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival, which just premiered at Famous Players Canada Square in Toronto, treated attendees to the first screenings of some of the year’s award-winning films, with all proceeds going to Project Canoe, a canoe camp for at-risk youth. Read more.

ACA/USACK Join Forces
The alphabet soup of paddlesports acronyms just got a little more manageable. USA Canoe and Kayak (USACK), the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic paddlesports governing body, recently announced that it is merging with the venerable American Canoe Association, naming existing ACA executive director Wade Blackwood the new Chief Executive Officer of USACK in addition to his ACA role. Read more.

Justine Curgenven Releases Kayaking the Aleutians
If kayaking the length of the 2,500-km-long Aleutian Islands seems daunting, so is making a film about the expedition. But explorer Justine Curgenven has never let anything get in the way of what she sets out to do, and this is no different, with her rlease of ‘Kayaking the Aleutians’ due out Feb. 15… Read more.

How My Daughter Tried to Kill Me; Whitewater Rafting on Maine's Dead (By Dana Benner)
When my daughter Sarah offered to take me whitewater rafting for my 52nd birthday, I jumped at the chance as it was something I had never done before, despite spending most of my life in the outdoors. But then my wife and I began to question her motives, joking about how Sarah was trying to kill me in order to obtain my only possession of value; my truck... Read more.

Kokatat Presents American Made Outdoor Gear Awards at OR Winter Market Tradeshow; Paddlesport accessory maker Cascade Designs wins 100-plus employee title
While the Outdoor Retailer Winter market tradeshow is customarily centered around winter sports instead of water, paddling made at splash at this year’s show Jan 21-24 with the presentation of the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards, founded and presented by made-in-the-USA paddlesports apparel-manufacturer Kokatat. Read more.

Colorado’s Yampa River Gets Google Maps Street View; Second River in U.S. Behind Grand Canyon
The Colorado RIver’s Grand Canyon might have several things the Yampa River upstream doesn’t, but not anymore when it comes to Google Maps Street View. The Yampa is now the second river in the world to enjoy new Google Maps Street View, giving viewers a 3-D perspective of the waterway online. Read more.

Grand Canyon Speed Run Narrowly Misses Record
The 1983 speed run record down the Grand Canyon set by Kenton Grua, Rudi Petschek and Steve Reynolds aboard a dory named The Emerald Mile, and documented in a book of the same name by Kevin Fedarko, is safe, for now. But two kayakers recently came just an hour and 10 minutes away from breaking it. Read more.

Confluence Enters SUP Market With Acquisition of Boardworks
It was bound to happen. Confluence Outdoor, owner of such paddlesport brands as Dagger, Wave Sport, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Mad River, Bomber Gear, Harmony and AT Paddles, has now officially entered the SUP market with its acquisition of stand-up paddleboard maker Boardworks... Read more.

Jackson Family New Year’s Resolutions!
What resolutions does the Jackson family have heading into 2015? Become better fishermen, learn new freestyle moves, practice Guitar Hero and more... Read more.

Sign of the SUP Times: Payette River Games Goes SUP Only
Historically a huge boon to competitive kayakers’ pocketbooks, the country’s largest-purse paddling event, the $100,000 Payette River Games held at Cascade, Idaho’s Kelly’s Whitewater Park, recently announced that it’s going SUP-only for 2015 and beyond. Read more.

Open Air Dynamics Announces New SUP Construction
A new SUP production process being spearheaded by Open Air Dynamics and Tahoe SUP is making waves in the way SUPs are made… Read more.

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