Paddling Life Exclusives

Piling It On: Adventure packrafters Roman Dial, Brad Micheljohn and Mike Curian complete first descent of AK’s Pile River

Putting up with epic amounts of brush portaging, this summer Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassadors and adventurers Brad Meiklejohn, Roman Dial and Mike Curiak completed a two-week pack raft descent of Alaska’s Pile River through Lake Clark National Park. Read more.

Help Save the White Nile! Polly Green Releases Film to Help Effort

While the Ugandans might have had trouble securing visas to compete in this year’s World Kayak Freestyle Championships on Canada’s Ottawa River, their hometown White Nile River is facing even more trouble waters…it’s about to be lost and changed forever by the construction of the Isimba Dam…. Read more.

Whazzup with SUP: New Inflatable Boards for 2015/16

While the SUP market might be truncating somewhat – cases in point include Confluence’s recent purchase of Boardworks, Corran SUP selling to Canada’s Kayak Distribution and Surf Tech inking a new distribution agreement with NSP – it hardly means a dearth of new designs. In fact, the category continues to take market share from conventional paddlecraft, thanks to enhanced stability, speed and the all-important ability to unleash consumers’ inner Laird Hamilton. Read more.

Mbanjwe wins 2015 Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon

It’s a long ways away, and just a plain long ways. That’s the verdict from South Africa’s two-day Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon, which just wound up the spectacular Neus Gorge and served up weirs, rapids, portages, an irrigation canal and more for the world’s top marathon paddlers. And the drum roll, please…Thulani Mbanjwe was first across the line and overall winner of the fourth edition of this lactic-acid-inducing endurance race. In so doing, he picked up the lion’s share of the $22,000 (US) prize… Read more.

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Protect The White Nile River - A film by Polly Green

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Jon Turk making his way across Ellesmere Island. Photo courtesy Erik Boomer

Paddling Life Exclusives

United By Blue: Celebrating a Quarter-Million Pounds of Trash Removed from Waterways Since 2010

Talk about putting your money – and, more importantly, manpower – where your river mouth is. Upholding a mission that inspired the company name and mission, urban-outdoor apparel and accessories brand United By Blue recently announced that it has removed 250,000 pounds of trash from rivers, oceanfronts and other waterways since the company’s founding in 2010. Read more.

Year of the Fish Kayak

Remember when all the new kayaks used to come out in the whitewater category? Now it’s in fish kayaks, with a slew of companies unveiling new fish kayaks this year to better land lunkers and consumers. PL offers a sneak peak at this year’s line-up… Read more.

Going Big on the Garb: Jacksons Clean-up at World Freestyle Champs; Dane/Emily Take Top Crowns

While he didn’t make the U.S. team for the first time in umpteen million years, Father EJ must still be proud. How could he not be when his high-flying, airborne offspring, Dane and Emily Jackson, paddled their way to the gold in the men’s and women’s division of the ICF Kayak Freestyle World Championships? Read more.

Testing the AIRE Sabertooth

Want to sink your teeth into the perfect R2ing rafting machine? Try the new frameless AIRE Sabertooth, suitable for everything from kids to Class V… Read more.

Sounds the Trumpets: It’s Gauley Season!

Yep, it’s that time of year again. Time for one of the East’s best whitewater runs to kick into gear, thanks to releases from the Summersville Dam. So what are you waiting for? It’s Gauley Season, by golly… Read more.

MacArthur Goes Grande at Gore Fest: Wins Longboat and SUP Downriver Races

It was the old man’s day. Aspen’s Charlie MacArthur, a kayak and SUP legend throughout the Rockies, cemented his stature in stone at the 2015 Gore Fest on Gore Canyon of the Colorado, winning both the long boat kayak race and downriver SUP race… Read more.

Will Dane Repeat? Preview of the Upcoming World Freestyle Kayak Champs Coming to the Ottawa

Will the reign of Dane still be a pain for other competitors? We’ll find out soon enough as the ICF Kayak Freestyle World Championships head to Canada’s Ottawa River August 30–September 5... Read more.

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