Paddling Life Exclusives


Supalicious. That sums up the sup scene at the 2016 SUP Awards presented by Tommy Bahama, where the world’s top suppers, filmmakers and more gathered under the stars at Doheny State Beach, marking the first year at the new venue—also the site of the Pacific Paddle Games. Read more.

Turk Releases Crocodiles and Ice

He’s as bad ass on the water as he is with words. Jon Turk, who was named one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Adventurers of the Year for his circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island with Erik Boomer, recently released Crocodiles and Ice, “a scientist/adventurer's journey into a Consciousness Revolution based on a deep, reciprocal communication with the Earth.” Read more.

Drumroll, Please: The 2016 C&K Awards

Celebrating those who inspire adventure, endurance, performance, progression, teamwork and community in paddling, paddlers gathered at this year’s Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City to honor the winners of the fifth annual Canoe & Kayak Awards, including Male and Female Paddler of the Year, Paddle with Purpose, Spirit of Adventure, Lifetime Achievement and Nexen Tire's Expedition of the Year and $10,000 Dream Adventure Contest. And the envelope, please… Read more.

Center, Henry Reunite to Win ACA Downriver Nationals

At this year’s ACA Downriver Nationals in Old Town, Maine, the old school (old’s cool) pairing of Rob Center and Kay Henry -- Center, the co-founder of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and Henry of Mad River Canoe (now owned by Confluence) -- still proved formidable, coming out of retirement after 15 years and fresh back from a 21-day hiking trip in Scotland, to not only show up but win the Mixed 55+ Class. We caught up with Center for his take on the win… Read more.

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Paddling Life Exclusives

American Casey Eichfeld Wins World Cup Bronze

After years at the top of the C1 men's field, three-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld finally strikes Bronze. Read more.

Maine Gets New National Monument (With Mucho Paddling)

Fans of rafting and kayaking Maine’s Penobscot River will now be doing so in a new national park. Yep…on Aug. 24, in conjunction with August 25th’s National Park Service centennial, President Barack Obama signed a law creating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Read more.

Good Gauley! Gauley Season is Here, Despite Earlier Flooding

Earlier this summer, West Virginia's Gauley and Meadow River watersheds were flooded by heavy rains, with the Gauley setting a new flow record and nearly every boat launch and take-out damaged, but that hasnn't dampened spirits for the upcoming Gauley Fest Set. 15-18... Read more.

Don’t Miss Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Fall Line-Up

If you’ve spent time in the Southeast you know Fall brings NOC’s most popular events and a range of outdoor activities with a backdrop of brilliant mountain foliage. Read more.

Innova Up and Running With Euro Manufacturer Gumotex

With Innova Kayak founder Tim Rosenhan’s passing in late 2015, the company recently announced that the reins will be handed over to longtime European Innova manufacturer Gumotex. We caught up with Innova cofounder Paul Neutz for his take on the brand and its transition… Read more.

Finding the spirit of the Olympics with NBC

With the Olympics wrapped up in Rio,Paddling Life scribe Eugene Buchanan reflects on his stint covering paddling for NBC at the Beijing Olympics. (Warning: may include graphic descriptions of heavyweight wrestler Rulon Gardner hot tubbing naked) Read more.

Gore Fest Goes Large-time

You do the math: Less than 5 seconds separated the top three finishers in the longboat division at this year's GoreFest in Colorado, meaning runs -- and lines through the Class V gauntlet -- came down to the wire... Read more.

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