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Traci Lynn Martin To Circumnavigate Great Lakes

Martin will paddle 8,600 miles in 265 days and will be the first female paddler to circumnavigate all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River in one continuous push. Read more.



Confluence Outdoors Gets New CEO: Sue Rechner Steps Down

The world's biggest paddlesports company, Confluence Outdoors, has had a passing of the torch, with new CEO Richard Krause taking the reins from longtime CEO Sue Rechner... Read more.



One More Time, With Feeling: Freya Hoffmeister Plans 30,000-mile Sea Kayak Navigation of North America

She's Baaaaack! Freya Hoffmeister, that is, the mega paddler who, after circumnavigating Australia and South America, recently announced plans to circumnavigate the entire North American continent by sea kayak. Whoa.... Read more.



Go Time for New Paddlesports Retailers Tradeshow

While Outdoor Retailer is mulling a move from Salt Lake City, and the paddlesports industry gun shy about the show moving its dates forward to June in 2018, Paddlesports Retailer, a new paddling industry tradeshow organized by industry veterans Darren Bush and Sutton Bacon, is quietly filling booth space for its new show in Madison, WI, Aug 29 - Sept. 1. 2017... Read more.



National Paddling Film Fest Feb. 17-18 in Frankfort

It’s time to get your cinematic paddling juices flowing again, while benefiting American Whitewater, at the 35th annual National Paddling Film Festival, to be held on Feb. 17-18, in Frankfort, KY, at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Read more.



Former ACA Executive Director Leaving Country to Escape Trump

Call it a four-year portage around a rapid. According to Karen Heller in a recent story in the Washington Post, former American Canoe Association executive director Jeff Yeager is getting out of Dodge, leaving the country with his wife Denise, to escape the reign of President Donald Trump. Read more.



Antarctic Integration Expedition Sets off in the Shadow of Shackleton

"Antarctic Integration" takes its name from the unique international environment where nations converge in peaceful collaboration, elevating Antarctica as a symbol of universal integration and historical exploration. Read more.



Alaska’s best-kept Sea Kayaking Secret

It was the proudest I’ve ever been as a father. It was the rainy, first evening of our five-day sea kayaking trip at Kayaker’s Cove in Prince William Sound, Alaska, and, tired of all the travel and logistics, I headed out at 9 p.m. for a quick solo paddle while the kids got cozy in the cabin. After circumnavigating Hat Island and crossing back for the paddle home, and feeling guilty about not rallying my kids out, the splash of a paddle approached in the distance, soon revealing the beaming face of my daughter Brooke, 17. She, too, had decided to venture out solo. “I had to,” she gushed. “It was just too gorgeous out.” Read more.



New Cosmic Paddle Art!

Ever wonder what kind of contrail your paddle makes when paddling through the water? Artist Stephen Orlando has, and recently documented, very artistically we might add, exactly how it looks by securing LED lights to paddles and taking them out for a spin ... Read more.



RIP Toni Prijon

Paddlers who got their start paddling iconic Prijon kayaks from Germany owe it to Prijon founder Anton Prijon, who passed away leaving a long paddlesports legacy on Dec. 30, 2016. Read more.



Climbing Higher, Paddling Farther: NOLS Unveils New Look, Website

With paddling, including sea kayaking, canoeing and river running, continuing to play a major part in its curriculum, award-winning outdoor leadership school NOLS is heading into the New Year with a new look and rebranding campaign, fresh off its 50th anniversary... Read more.



Kayaking the Secret Islands of Croatia

What happens when you take a dozen of small island and islets, cover them in thick green maquis and medicinal herbs, keep them simmering with Italian, Turkish, Croatian and Illyrian influence for 1000 years, sprinkle around some carbonate rock formations, and then you go paddling there? Welcome to kayaking the secret islands of Croatia… Read more.



Schwag the Halls! PL's Random Schwag Sampler from 2016

What all gear did we get our hands on this year at the Paddling Life offices? Read on for schwag we put through its paces paddling, aprèsing and all places in between. Read more.



Wildy Sys Launches Dynamic Tri-Powered Radar Fish Kayak

Sorry fish, surviving just got a tad tougher. Anglers: Put this on your kayak fishing radar: Wilderness Systems just announced the release of its newest fish-slaying machine, the tri-powered Radar 135 and Radar 115 kayak, leaving a wake by paddle, pedal or electric motor… Read more.



Hobie Fishing World Championships Wrap up in the Bayou

Who's the best kayak angler in the world? If the results of the sixth annual Hobie Fishing World Championship, sponsored by Rhino-Rack™ and Hobie Cat®, are any indication, it's Steve Lessard, who claimed the crown for the second time... Read more.



How to Pick a Fish Kayak (by Paul Presson)

Which Fishing Kayak is Right for You? Such a selection and so many questions. Fishing kayaks have come a long way, the market is flooded with new innovations and better designs. Shopping for a “first timer” can be expensive and confusing. When it comes down to it, base it on your needs and personal preferences, as highlighted by writer Paul Presson... 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.



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.



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.



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