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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.

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.

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.

Catching Up With Doba: A PL Q&A
With his blisters and water sores still healing, Paddling Life catches up with 67-year-old Polish paddler Aleksander Doba, who on April 19 completed his second successful trans-Atlantic crossing by sea kayak, paddling up to onlookers in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Here’s what he had to say about the journey… Read more.

He Made It!
For Polish paddler Aleksander Doba, the second time was also a charm. At 4:18 p.m., on Saturday, April 19, the 67-year-old Doba completed his second successful trans-Atlantic crossing by sea kayak, paddling up to onlookers – and fellow paddlers – in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., in his custom-built, 23-foot-long kayak named OLO. Read more.

Confluence Watersports sold, plans to expand outdoor business
Same great products, different owner. Confluence Watersports, parent company to eight well-known paddlesports brands, including Dagger, Wave Sport, Perception, Mad River Canoe, Bomber Gear and AT Paddles, was recently sold to J.H. Whitney Capital Partners, a private equity firm based out of New Canaan, Conn. A purchase price was not disclosed (just assume it was a bit more than your typical used kayak)... Read more.

300 Miles To Go: Polish Paddler Doba Back on Pace to FInish Atlantic Crossing
At least he still has a sense of humor. In a recent text, Polish paddler Aleksander Doba, 67, who is now just 300 miles away from crossing the Atlantic from Portugal to Florida, wrote: “Haitian girls wanted to greet me with flowers, but I passed Haiti too fast...” Read more.

Reel Paddling Film Festival Announces 2014 Winners
Toronto retailer The Complete Paddler sponsored the largest premiere audience in festival history, raising $1,500 for the charity Project Canoe. Read more.

Dagger Ups Sponsorship Game
Kayak manufacturer Dagger is putting its money where its river mouth is. The company recently announced an expanded line of event, expedition and other sponsorships designed to support the sport of paddling... Read more.

New ED for NFCT
While that's a lot of acronyms, the future is all spelled out for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which recently announced the appointment of Karrie Thomas is its new executive director... Read more.

Kayaks Used to Smuggle $162 Million in Meth
A drug bust in Australia netted more than the fish the kayaks were designed to catch...the smugglers used sit-in-top kayaks to hide 183 kilos of meth. Read more.

National Parks Traveler Releases Guide to Paddling
Talk about timing. While paddling in Yellowstone National Park is getting all the attention these days with House Bill 3492 recently passing by unanimous vote in the House, National Parks Traveler has introduced the first comprehensive guide dedicated to paddling in our nation's national parks.... Read more.

Wenonah Strokes Into SUP Market By Acquring C4 Waterman Brand
Don’t worry…it’s not about to lead to the Stand-up Canoe acronym “SUC.” But a leading canoe and SUP manufacturer are joining distribution forces... Read more.

One More Time…With Feeling (Polish kayaker crossing Atlantic…for second time)
If at first you succeed, try, try again. That’s the motto being adopted by 67-year-old retired engineer and Polish kayaker Aleksander Doba who is now three-fourths of the way through his second time – yes, second – sea kayaking solo and unsupported.across the Atlantic Ocean. Read more.

NRS Now Fully Employee Owned
When you mess up a line in a rapid, you have to own up to it. Employees at Moscow, Idaho's NRS are now doing the same for their products. What started in Bill Parks garage 42 years ago is now fully employee owned as NRS has made the move to being entirely employee owned as of 2014... Read more.

Kayaking in the Boondocks of…Botswana
We all have those buddies who gallivant around the globe paddling. Now you can one-up them by actually paddling in, yes, Botswana. This summer, Boulder, Colo.’s Natural Habitat Adventures debuts its first-ever paddling trip across the country’s Okavango Delta, promising wildlife, wetlands and a coveted stamp in your passport… Read more.

New Prowler Big Game II Fishing Kayak from Ocean Kayak
Latest fishing kayak from Ocean Kayak boasts a host of advancements. Read more.

20th Annual New Year’s Float Canceled in Chicago
One of the nation’s most ardent group of New Years Day paddlers, who regularly turn off the simmering black-eyed peas to ring in the new year by paddling the Windy City’s North Branch of the Chicago River, had to break with tradition this year due to the recent cold snap sweeping the nation… Read more.

Bill Introduced to Allow Boating in Yellowstone
There’s a chance kayakers might finally be able to paddle in Yogi country. Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis recently introduced HR 3492 which would eliminate longstanding federal regulations that prohibit paddling on rivers in Yellowstone National Park and on some waters not currently open in Grand Teton National Park. The final say over which rivers would be opened to paddling would rest with park managers... Read more.

Confluence Announces 8 Internal Promotions
Employees are on the rise at Confluence Watersports, which recently announced eight key internal promotions across the organization... Read more.

Zimmerman Leaves Legacy
Legacy Paddlesports LLC announced today that Andy Zimmerman has decided to leave the company to pursue other interests.... Read more.

The Ultimate Compliment
Sure, Budweiser just named EJ an ambassador for its Budweiser American Ale. But does he have a beer named after him? The late Ed Lewis, a mild-mannered canoeist from the Midwest, has even EJ the Olympian beat. His moniker’s on a malted beverage... Read more.

Metro-Vac Debuts New Rapid-Deployment Pumps
Perfect for Inflatable Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards, Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company of Suffern, New York, has introduced a new generation of rapid-deployment Magic-Air Electric Inflator/Deflators. Read more.

Fluid Kayaks Expands US Presence, Seeks Reps
Fluid Kayaks is expanding in the USA, and searching for reps. Read more.

 


canoeing Archive

November 11th, 2013

    • Lake Titicaca Circumnavigation Completed in 38 Days

    • KEEN Launches KEEN Effect Grant

October 16th, 2013

    • Outfitter Offers Sea Kayaking Trip on Siberia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

August 16th, 2013

    • Canoe Tripper Kevin Callan Takes on Cooking

August 7th, 2013

    • Firefighters Dream of Ice and a Northwest Passage Record

    • Bad Weather Did Not Deter Solo Paddle Around Iceland

August 3rd, 2013

    • OR Summer Market New Product Recap

July 17th, 2013

    • Special PL Exclusive: EJ and Corran on the State of the Paddling and SUP Industry!

June 19th, 2013

    • 100 Extraordinary Paddling Experiences Now At Your Fingertips

June 4th, 2013

    • AussieAussies Paddle 600 Miles in Kayaks Made from Plastic Bottles

May 22nd, 2013

    • Day of the Daddy Long Legs: Justine Curgenven Tries to Circumnavigate Ireland

May 8th, 2013

    • Brothers Plan Landmark Kayak Expedition from Brazil to Florida

May 6th, 2013

    • Defensive Swimming Tips (from the Whitewater Rescue Institute’s Mike Johnston)

April 2nd, 2013

    • Paddling Life/Playak Reach Content-sharing Agreement

April 1st, 2013

    • 2013 KayaXpedition to be Held in Chesapeake, Virginia

March 28th, 2013

    • 7th Time’s a Charm for Morley at Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival

March 25th, 2013

    • Obama Designates New National Monuments of Interest to Paddlers

March 18th, 2013

    • Paddling World Saddened by Death of Bomber Gear Founder Rick Franken

March 8th, 2013

    • Mountain Folk to Tackle the Mississippi

February 28th, 2013

    • Paddling Santa Catalina Island

February 26th, 2013

    • Leisure Trends: Paddlesport Sales Surge 14% in 2012

February 14th, 2013

    • Jon Turk to Speak at Canoecopia March 8-10

February 13th, 2013

    • Wenonah's Mike Cichanowski Gets LaBrant Award from USCA

January 29th, 2013

    • Remembering Canoe Pioneer Ralph Frese

January 22nd, 2013

    • West Hansen Ends Amazon Express Expedition with Record Speed Descent

January 15th, 2013

    • Julian Monroe Fisher Enters Phase II of Five-Year African Folbot Expedition

November 27th, 2012

    • Bluesmiths: The Ultimate Board Short?

October 15th, 2012

    • Sea Kayak Icon Derek Hutchinson Passes Away

September 28th, 2012

    • Conservation Alliance Awards Record $700,000 in Grants; Several Wateway Organizations to Reap Benefits

September 11th, 2012

    • Sea Kayaking Jackson Lake

September 7th, 2012

    • KEEN Promotes World Recess Day Sept. 14!

August 8th, 2012

    • Canoe & Kayak Magazine Bestows First-ever Paddler Awards at OR Show

July 24th, 2012

    • Teva Founder Thatcher Hatches New Sandal Co.

July 23rd, 2012

    • Johnson Watercaft to Close Bellingham, Wash., Offices

May 29th, 2012

    • Inside the Adirondack Paddlefest in Old Forge, NY

April 16th, 2012

    • Fearless: One Woman, One Writer, One Year of Toil

April 5th, 2012

    • Hungarian Man Becomes First to Canoe (yes, canoe) Single-handed Across the Atlantic.

March 19th, 2012

    • Outdoor Nation Awards $30,000 to Youth Paddling Programs

March 16th, 2012

    • Teva World Water Day

March 13th, 2012

    • U.S. Nails It: Qualifies C-1/C-2 Spots at Pan Am Games for London Olympics

March 5th, 2012

    • Paddle4Peace Pairs Paddling with Philanthropy

February 6th, 2012

    • Extreme Sea Kayak World Mourns Loss of Eric Soares

February 1st, 2012

    • Pelican Unveils 12 New Boats for 2012

January 23rd, 2012

    • Freya Hoffmeister South America Circumnavigation Update ("It was the worst decision-making mistake of my life...")

November 30th, 2011

    • Turk, Boomer Earn Nat'l Geo Adventurers of Year Award

November 28th, 2011

    • Emotion Kayaks Sold to Lifetime Products

November 3rd, 2011

    • Cuba Shines at 2011 Pan-American Games

October 31st, 2011

    • Basque, UK Shine at World Surf Kayak Champs

October 28th, 2011

    • NOC Opens New Store in Asheville

October 19th, 2011

    • 2011 Whitewater Hall of Fames Inductees Honored

September 30th, 2011

    • 2012 Whitewater Symposium Wraps up at Rock Island, TN, Oct 12-14

September 18th, 2011

    • PL Canoe Schwag Review!

September 13th, 2011

    • Freya’s At It Again

September 1st, 2011

    • Turk, Boomer Complete Ellesmere Circumnavigation

August 26th, 2011

    • Rock Creek Outfitters Rockin' Large with New Expansion

August 25th, 2011

    • Wilderness Systems Earns a Hat-Trick With Third Consecutive “Boat Brand of the Year” Award

August 22nd, 2011

    • Sprint Worlds Wrap-up in Hungary; U.S. Team Still Hopes for Olympic Spot

August 17th, 2011

    • Paddle Council Receives $30K Grant from Nielsen

August 4th, 2011

    • OR Gets Underway with On-water Demo

July 31st, 2011

    • Paddlers Forced to Abort “Shetland Bus” Expedition

July 29th, 2011

    • OR Paddlesports Preview

July 21st, 2011

    • The Ladies’ Kayak Project

July 13th, 2011

    • This Man Will Crush You

May 24th, 2011

    • Spotlight: Ocean Kayak Founder Tim Niemier

May 3rd, 2011

    • Hitchcock Creek: Birth of a Blue Trail by Jeffrey Cheatham

April 22nd, 2011

    • 1st Annual Northwest Paddling Festival- June 25&26 Jack Block Park, West Seattle

April 8th, 2011

    • AIRE Announces Video Contest for 2011.

March 28th, 2011

    • Paddling Community Mourns Loss of Canadian Canoe Museum Founder Kirk Wipper

February 8th, 2011

    • One More Time...With Feeling

February 4th, 2011

    • Doba Does It! Madman Completes Solo Transatlantic Kayak Crossing

January 21st, 2011

    • One More Time Around: Circumnavigating Australia

January 14th, 2011

    • Crossing the Pond: A. Doba attempts solo transatlantic kayak crossing

December 21st, 2010

    • Confluence Buys Bomber Gear

December 15th, 2010

    • PL Exclusive Q&A with USACK ED Joe Jacobi

December 7th, 2010

    • Another One Bites the Dust

November 19th, 2010

    • Paddler Replaced by Rapid

November 1st, 2010

    • Chaco Debuts ToeCoop, PedShed; Awards Kayak Instructor Accolades

October 15th, 2010

    • Fluid Kayak Reveals

September 7th, 2010

    • Flash Flood Closes Mineral Bottom Road; Affects Canyonlands Canoeists

August 19th, 2010

    • Bad Week for Sharks and Sea Kayaks!

August 3rd, 2010

    • Super-size Me

July 2nd, 2010

    • 4th Annual Chicago Shoreline Marathon

 


 

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