Author Archives: "Joe Carberry"

USA Freestyle National Championships

07.12.2012 //

There were plenty of victory celebrations going on in Cascade, Idaho this weekend at the USA Freestyle Kayaking National Championships, the most important of which had to be organizers praising dam operators for the water. On Saturday, a miscue in Cascade Dam operations dropped water releases from approximately 2,000 cfs down to a paltry 900, […]


06.22.2012 //

The North Fork Championship went off in a big way earlier this month. In the last 12 days, the media has been spewing into the web-o-sphere, with stylized video from Skip Armstrong and fantastic images from A-list photographers like Mike Leeds. And so it should. A gigantic rapid (Jacob’s Ladder) and easy spectator viewing made […]

That Was Sick

06.11.2012 //

By Joe Carberry A beautiful thing happened on the river this weekend. The world’s best kayakers met on one of Earth’s toughest whitewater runs to test themselves and push the limits of the sport. It was a pinnacle moment. And everybody knew it. Despite rain showers and inconsistent weather, hundreds of people lined the banks […]

Longest Kayak Ever?

08.24.2010 //

Point65 Tequila at 41 feet Carrying 9 paddlers at Summer Outdoor Retailer Might Have Been a World Record At the recent Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah Point 65 put together 10 Tequila! sections and created a 41-foot Tequila! kayak for 9 paddlers at the outdoor demo. Is this a world record? We need to […]

Confluence Hires new CFO

06.29.2010 //

EASLEY, S.C. (June 29, 2010) ­– Confluence Watersports welcomes Kaustubh Deshpande as the new vice president and chief financial operator for the multi-brand paddlesports company. Kaustubh will lead the finance and accounting departments. “We are pleased to have Kaustubh join the team,” said Sue Rechner, CEO of Confluence. “He brings not only significant experience in […]

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Celebrating 10 Years

06.14.2010 //

WAITSFIELD, Vt. – Hundreds of canoe and kayak enthusiasts will gather in Rangeley,Maine, July 23-25 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Inc. (NFCT). The organization created and manages the 740-mile recreational water trail by the same name that stretches from Old Forge, N.Y. to northern Maine. Activities planned for the NFCT Paddler’s Rendezvous […]

Oklahoma City University Launches Varsity Canoe/Kayak Program

05.27.2010 //

Oklahoma City University will make history when it launches the nation’s first collegiate varsity canoe/kayak program in the 2010-2011 academic year. USA Canoe/Kayak sprint national team coach Shaun Caven, who has coached athletes at the Olympic level in Great Britain, will serve as head coach for the OCU program. “This first of its kind program […]

Paddle Council Now Accepting Applications

05.06.2010 //

The Paddle Council, a coalition of top paddlesports manufacturers, retailers and stakeholders, dedicated to the advancement and sustainability of the industry, today issued a call for nominations to its advisory panel. The Paddle Council serves as an ad hoc steering committee on industry issues including youth outreach, tradeshows and consumer engagement. Serving as a unified […]

Johnson Outdoors Announces Sale of Lendal to Nigel Dennis

05.06.2010 //

Johnson Outdoors Inc., a leading global outdoor recreation company, today announced the sale of the Lendal® brand and all of its assets to Celtic Paddles LTD, owned and operated by Nigel Dennis, renowned sea kayak adventurer and designer. The deal was signed and closed on May 6, 2010. In 2009, Johnson Outdoors launched a comprehensive […]

Apply Now to Attend the Outdoor Nation Youth Summit

05.05.2010 //

On June 19-20, 2010, up to 500 young leaders will gather in New York City to celebrate and champion an active, outdoor lifestyle, and Confluence Watersports wants to send you. You may know us better as Dagger, Wave Sport, Perception, Wilderness Systems or Mad River Canoe. Just like you, we have different interests and paddle […]

Eddie Bauer Partners with Teva Mountain Games

05.05.2010 //

Teva Mountain Games, the nation’s largest outdoor adventure event, is proud to announce Eddie Bauer as an official partner.  Along with sponsoring several sporting events at this year’s games, Eddie Bauer will also offer three educational clinics and various activities (see overview below).  Select Eddie Bauer retail locations also held contests to award four lucky […]

Werner Paddles Catalog Photo Facebook Contest

05.03.2010 //

Werner Paddles has announced a unique way to choose their catalog photos. They are engaging their friends on Facebook. “Werner Paddles has a ton of great friends on Facebook. A lot of our friends tag their pictures with “Werner Paddles” when they post them. This is gone a little viral and we think it is […]

Confluence Lead Sponsor of Outdoor Nation Youth Summit

04.30.2010 //

Confluence Watersports is a lead sponsor for the Outdoor Foundation’s Outdoor Nation Youth Summit. Backed by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), and in conjunction with “Backpacker” Magazine’s Adventures NYC, the weekend long event is an industry wide effort to promote youth participation in outdoor activities.  As the sole “platinum” level sponsor from the paddlesports industry, […]

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