Industry Update: Astral Appoints Christie Dobson VP of Sales and Marketing

Industry Update: Astral Appoints Christie Dobson VP of Sales and Marketing

March 20, 2015 – Asheville, NC – Growing at an increasingly fluid speed, aquatic footwear innovator, Astral, is jumping into the season with the introduction of a new VP of Sales and Marketing. Long-time industry sales rep and marketing maven, Ch[...]

Industry Update: Esky Coolers Earn Grizzly Bear Resistant Certification

Industry Update: Esky Coolers Earn Grizzly Bear Resistant Certification

GOLDEN, Colo. – March 25, 2015 – Boasting an unrivaled ice-retention rate and touted for overall extreme durability, the Esky Series Cooler now further solidifies its standing as the leading high-end cooler brand thanks to the recent testing and [...]

Sea Kayakers Rejoice: L.L.Bean supports Maine Island Trail with $100,000 endowment

Sea Kayakers Rejoice: L.L.Bean supports Maine Island Trail with $100,000 endowment

The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), which oversees a 375-mile waterway for small boaters from the New Hampshire border to Canada, just got a shot in the arm from L.L. Bean. The venerable outdoor gear and apparel maker, founded in 1912 by Leon [...]

Industry News: Big Bear Paddlefest Announces New Location

Industry News: Big Bear Paddlefest Announces New Location

Big Bear Lake, California – March 22, 2015 – The eighth annual Big Bear PaddleFest has moved to a new location, event co-director Jim Dooley announced today. “We’re really excited about our move to The Pines Lakefront,” Dooley explained. [...]

Industry Update: Steve and Cindy Scherrer Join Kokatat as Ambassadors

Industry Update: Steve and Cindy Scherrer Join Kokatat as Ambassadors

ARCATA, California (March 23, 2015) – Kokatat announced today that it has teamed up with paddling industry veterans and expert instructors Steve and Cindy Scherrer and their Shellback Paddle Experience (www.shellbackpe.com). The Scherrers recently [...]

Industry News: L.L.Bean buoys Maine Island Trail with $100,000 endowment gift

Industry News: L.L.Bean buoys Maine Island Trail with $100,000 endowment gift

Press Release: FREEPORT, ME:  In 1987, long before “public/private ventures” became fashionable, L.L.Bean issued a small grant to create a Maine Island Trail Association, in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation and the Island In[...]

KIALOA Paddles Appoints Jim Miller as Director of New Business Development

KIALOA Paddles Appoints Jim Miller as Director of New Business Development

Bend, OR – March 19, 2015 – KIALOA Paddles, building innovative SUP, Outrigger and Dragon paddles for over 24 years, today announced that Jim Miller has been named to the new position of Director of New Business Development, effective April 1[...]

Industry Updates: Jackson Kayaks Ships New Zen River Running Creekboat

Industry Updates: Jackson Kayaks Ships New Zen River Running Creekboat

Press Release Sparta, TN – A new river running creekboat hybrid from the leading whitewater manufacturer aims at delivering on the Urban Dictionary definition of its serene name. Jackson Kayak’s new Zen aims to allow paddlers to attain a “s[...]

Team Dagger’s 2015 Roster Announced

Team Dagger’s 2015 Roster Announced

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 12, 2015) – Team Dagger’s 2015 roster includes 21 top-caliber paddlers who are progressing the sport of kayaking as they explore uncharted rivers, compete in elite kayaking events, and share their passion for rivers and [...]

Kokatat’s American Made Outdoor Gear Awards Announced at OR Trade Show

Kokatat’s American Made Outdoor Gear Awards Announced at OR Trade Show

While the Outdoor Retailer Winter market tradeshow is customarily centered around winter sports instead of water, paddling made at splash on the second night of this year's show with the announcement of the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards, founded [...]

Racing on the Revitalized Los Angeles River

Racing on the Revitalized Los Angeles River

The Los Angeles River--best known for Hollywood car chases along miles of dry concrete culverts--plays host to a different kind of race.

Help This Man Make a Film About the Love of Kayaking

Help This Man Make a Film About the Love of Kayaking

Bill Parks is on a mission and he wants you to help. An American now living in New Zealand, the filmmaker has launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to complete his whitewater film Rivering, which he defines as “the art of journeying down wild [...]

Bombs Away: San Miguel Island Closed to Kayakers

Bombs Away: San Miguel Island Closed to Kayakers

The military said it would move expeditiously to conduct its risk assessment of the island 40 miles off the California coast, but they have yet to begin a sweep of live ordnance across the lonely isle.

Rush Sturges joins Jackson Kayak

Rush Sturges joins Jackson Kayak

After 14 years paddling for Dagger Kayaks, whitewater Renaissance man Rush Sturges has signed a sponsorship deal with Jackson Kayaks.