With Washington, D.C.’s Potomac River reaching the near-flood level of 60,000 cfs this month, prompting big water dogs to come out of the woodwork to tackle its whitewater, it brings back the memory from 20 years ago of former US Slalom Team member Davey Hearn getting arrested by the park service in 1996 at more than 100,000 cfs for surfing an epic wave…which begs the question: two decades later, can the park service legally ban these paddlers from the Potomac River when it approaches flood level? Read more.
Want to get your paddling juices flowing like a river? Head to the National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF), February 19-20, in Frankfort, Kentucky, for a celebration of the best in paddling footie and a chance to party with the world over. And you can help raise money for river conservation and access in the popcorn-eating process…. Read more.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear was named the overall winner of the fourth-annual American Made Outdoor Gear Award, announced at this winter’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, beating three paddlesports companies – Jackson Kayaks, Werner Paddles and Wenonah Canoe – that also made the final cut for award, sponsored by Kokatat... Read more.
Watch "The Revenant" and you might recognize a few scenes shot on Montana’s Kootenai River. To get the shots, producers teamed up with staff at the Whitewater Rescue Institute (WRI) to help its stunt doubles (sorry, no Leonardo DiCaprio) shoot the river scenes. WRI director Cody Harris. We caught up with WRI director Cody Harris for his take on helping Hollywood… Read more.
Hang in there, buddy: Dramatic kayak rescue footage...
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
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the mantra of Ben Orkin, 25, who, after coming up a few hours short due to repairing his partner’s sea kayak last year, went back to the Grand Canyon drawing board this January to set a new speed record for paddling the Big Ditch at 34 hours, 2 minutes. And get this: his record came just a day after Matt Klema, who launched Wed., Jan. 20, in a party of four, bested the previous mark in 35 hours, 5 minutes. Read more.
Fresh back from a November first descent in Bhutan (yet another under their spray skirts), Phil and Mary DeRiemer, owners of DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking, are getting after it as hard as ever guiding fellow paddlers down some of the best rivers in the world. We caught up with them in the middle of their 30th season before the frenzy of 2016 kicks in. Read more.
Okay, all you free-loading dirtbags. No more free lunch. It's permit season. So get off your duff and send in your applications for your favorite river trip instead of waiting to get asked along. Plus, that way you can invite who you want (which hopefully will include us). Here's all the info you need... Read more.
Though it’s hard to compare any sound to the river’s gurgle, some songs can keep you stoked to stroke even when you’re stuck in the office. Following are a few of our all-time favorites that provide subtle—and not-so-subtle--reminders of river running. Warning: we're not responsible for off-key renditions in the shower. Read more.
With 2016 in full swing, river conservation organization American Whitewater tips its hats to its supporters and long list of accomplishments over the past year. Read on for a quick rundown on its successes… Read more.
Just a half year before the world’s best canoeists and kayakers battle for top bragging rights on its home turf at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brazilian rafters showed that they’re the cream of the crop in the rafting world. Brazil won both the men’s and women’s U23 categories, as well as the Open Men’s division at the World Rafting Championships in Indonesia. Read more.
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