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Doe Flows: It's the Year of the Dolores in Southwest Colorado

River runners in southwest Colorado are scurrying to take advantage of the biggest flows on the Dolores RIver in a decade... Read more.



Grand Canyon Tram Legislation Receives Lava-sized Blow

Plans to build a tramway to the bottom of the Grand got major blow recently from the Navajo Nation... 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.



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.



Dam-less Des Plaines River Welcomes 60th Annual Marathon

The Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon, founded in 1958 by Ralph Frese, is the second oldest continual canoe race in the U. S. 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.



Coud-seeding Project To Help Paddling on Bruneau and Other South Idaho Rivers?

Researchers at the University of Colorado are going the extra mile to help Mother Nature ensure there's ample runoff in southern Idaho rivers with a new cloud-seeding project designed to turbo-charge hydropower... Read more.



Paddlesport Industry Coalition Endorses Paddlesport Retailer Show for Madison, WI, Aug 29-Sept 1

Call it a blow to Outdoor Retailer and a boon for paddlesport retailers. A coalition of leading paddlesports manufacturers recently endorsed the newly formed Paddlesports Retailer as the industry’s official tradeshow, debuting Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin... Read more.



Catching Up With Corran: Iconic Kayak, SUP Designer Debuts Custom Boat Program

Sporting a mohawk, sup or the industry's first planing hull, Corran Addison has had a huge impact on the world of kayak design. He's now at it again in his latest venture, Canada-based Soul Waterman, announcing the industry’s first-ever custom kayak design program...yep, boats designed for your size, weight and style. 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.



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.



Down River Equip Moves Doors After 35 Years

If you’re a Front Range floater looking to get some gear from longtime retailer Down River Equipment, take note that they’re now in a new location after 35 years… 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.



12 Days of Xmas, American Whitewater-style

Forget your partridges in pear trees and little drummers drumming. For all-star river conservation organization American Rivers, it was a year of 12 victories. Read on for the group’s successes (and take some of that Christmas money from Aunt Judy to join…) Read more.



The Ocoee Dam: From War Machine to World-Class Whitewater

When Ocoee Dam No. 3 was built to help meet energy needs during wartime, it was thought there would be little or no recreational interest in the project. Flash forward fifty years, and you get an Olympic whitewater course and a world-class tourist destination. The first in a series of paddling-related stories from TVA... 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.



Sea Kayaking Belize, Mon' (A Special Travel Tribute to Celebrate Island Expedition's 30th Anniversary!)

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, Island Expeditions has more experience kayaking and snorkeling in Belize than any other outfitter in the world (isn't it time you signed up for a luxury basecamp trip on a remote coral atoll, or island-to-island paddle?). Read on for a first-hand family sea kayaking tale... Read more.



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