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  • Ditch Your Political Compass. Navigating The Facts On Climate Science Couldn't Be More Straight Forward.

    What Kayakers Can Do To Fight Climate Change

    We stopped for lunch on a Puget Sound beach full of oyster shells. Despite the fact I don’t really know how, I felt a strong desire to measure the thickness of their shells to see if they had been affected by ocean acidification, a side effect of climate…

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  • I've been proud of all the tricks i've been able to learn, from my first spin to multiple combo moves. However, fully dialing in clean, fast hull-to-hull airscrews immediately became, and continues to be, my favorite trick

    Kayak Pros Tell All - 13 Whitewater Freestyle Tricks They Were Most Proud Of Learning

    I learned to handroll in 1973 or 1974. At that point, at least around the Chattooga, it was a rare enough stunt my friends would often gather other people around and have me roll, and sometimes bet a beer over whether or not I could do it. —Joe Pulliam I did…

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    Old Town Topwater: Pedal Drive Revealed

    The next video from Old Town Canoe and Kayak promoting the new Topwater series of kayak fishing boats answers an important question. Yes, the Topwater will come in a PDL. The Old Town PDL Drive offers best in class powertrain performance, and will boast an…

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    A Look At The New Biyak

    Scott MacGregor, Publisher of Kayak Angler, speaks with Aaron Baldwin at the Charleston Outdoor Fest to get a closer look at his newest version of the Biyak fishing kayak. Baldwin has been working hard on a number of different prototypes to get the latest…

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    End Your Tackle Storage Wars

    Anyone who’s been dragged around a pond by a mule of a largemouth or drenched by the explosive topwater take of a bull redfish, ‘yak-side in just a couple feet of water, understands the appeal of kayak fishing. Simply put, there is no better way to get closer…

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    Old Town Reveals New Boat: Official Teaser Video 2

    Watch the second video from Old Town Canoe and Kayak teasing their new Topwater series of kayak fishing boats below. Leading up to ICAST 2018 Old Town is slowly releasing videos, each revealing more of the mysterious Topwater boat series. The release is less…

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  • Paradise Found

    The Perfect Shot On The World's Most Remote Island

    “We’re always looking for the dream wave,” says French photographer Pierre Bouras. And no better place to go searching for a gorgeous, unknown surf spot than the most remote island in the world. Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is a dot in the vast…

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  • Imagine the possibilities

    How To Sleep In Your Canoe

    What makes the best bed on a canoe trip? Some say a thick pad in a tent. Others swear by a hammock, but I’ve canoe camped for years, and I sleep best in my canoe. Nothing beats pulling up on shore, laying a pad and sleeping bag in the boat, and crawling in. I…

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  • What your shoes say about you.

    Defining Dirtbag

    A dirtbag, according to the Urban Dictionary, is a person who is committed to a given—usually extreme—lifestyle to the point of abandoning employment and other societal norms in order to pursue said lifestyle. The description goes on to differentiate dirtbags…

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  • Tyson Peterson holding his check for winning the hobie bass open.

    Tyson Peterson Wins The 2018 Hobie Bass Open

    After a grueling two days fighting wind, party boats and other bass anglers, Tyson Peterson from Lexington, Kentucky won the 2018 Hobie Bass open with a six fish total of 121.25 inches. His win comes with a nice payout of $5,000 and an automatic, paid bid to…

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  • First look at the Old Town Topwater series.

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    Old Town Reveals New Boat: Official Teaser Video 1

    Old Town Canoe and Kayak has announced it will launch the new Topwater series of kayaks at ICAST this year. Leading up to the July 10-13 event, Old Town is building suspense by releasing a number of videos teasing the new angler-friendly series. Watch the…

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    Check And Inspect: Mustang Survival Encourages PFD Maintenance For National Safe Boating Week

    Mustang Survival®, the North American brand known for innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, has created a comprehensive Guide for PFD Inspection and Maintenance (available for download) for recreational boaters in recognition of…

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  • Paddlesports Retailer

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    Paddlesports Retailer Announces 2018 Paddlesports Industry Dinner

    Paddlesports Retailer, the official North American tradeshow of the paddlesports industry, has selected the Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel as the venue for the 2018 Paddlesports Industry Dinner, featuring the first ever Paddling Magazine…

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  • Confluence Outdoors

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    Confluence Launches Three New Marketing And Sales Campaigns

    On April 19, 2018, Confluence Outdoor announced the launch of its new Specialty Advantage Program, an effort to support its specialty dealers with directed marketing, Internet sales and consumer financing. Todd King, the vice president of marketing at…

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  • Woman on the Water

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    Ladies, Grab Your (Kayak) Skirts!

    The Ontario Sea Kayak Centre (OSKC) is proud to announce its fifth annual Women on the Water Festival. In partnership with Wild Women Expeditions, the event offers skill sessions taught by some of Canada’s most decorated and experienced female paddling…

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  • Water Sports Foundation Wins Four Awards

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    Water Sports Foundation Wins Four Awards

    At the 2018 International Boating and Water Safety Summit (IBWSS) in Lexington, KY in March, the non-profit Water Sports Foundation (WSF) earned four awards including a first-place and second place finish in the coveted Video PSA category at the annual Media…

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    Rob Yager Joins H2O Paddles As US Account Manager

    H2O Performance Paddles welcomes Rob Yager to the H2O Paddles Team. Rob will be H2O’s full time US Account Manager responsible for developing H2O’s retail network in the US. Rob brings with him a wealth of Paddlesports experience, including 7 years with…

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  • Paddlers sit along the banks of the Madawaska River at Palmer River Fest

    Paddling Magazine is Back at Palmer River Fest

    After producing the Palmer River Fest for five years, and then a few years off, Paddling Magazine is back at Palmer River Fest, the country’s best learn-to-paddle whitewater festival. Publisher Scott MacGregor’s son Doug is on the water as a junior…

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  • A person in a whitewater raft sticking his tongue out at the camera.

    Hell Or High Water Celebrates 10 Years

    Hell Or High Water will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary on May 12, 2018 on the Petawawa River. Canada’s biggest whitewater race will be bigger and badder than ever. The late spring means some of the largest river flows local paddlers can remember.…

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  • Hemisphere Design Works Logo

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    KL Outdoor & GSC Technologies Form Hemisphere Design Works

    As a result of a strategic 2017 merger between two industry giants focused on taking advantage of rapidly growing consumer demands in the kayaking segment, Michigan’s KL Outdoor and Quebec-based GSC Technologies are officially stepping out as Hemisphere…

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  • 5 canoe paddles painted beautifully.

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    How 5 Artists Reimagined Canoe Paddles

    Best to leave these works of art on the wall. This fall, creative canoeists painted, etched, burned, carved and knit more than 200 paddle submissions for Algonquin Outfitters’ Tom Thomson Paddle Art Contest. The contest was designed to be a celebration of…

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  • A man paddling whitewater in Uganda

    Video: Sadat Kawawa Unleashes On The Nile

    Sadat Kawawa was born in Uganda, on the banks of the Nile. He grew up paddling the whitewater of the Nile, working every day to become the best. So when Unleashed announced that their inaugural event would be held in Uganda on the Nile, it was Sadat’s perfect…

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  • Two men paddling a canoe.

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    The Toughest Paddling Race Ever

    This is not your traditional marathon event. In the toughest single-day expedition paddling race in the world, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards traverse two rivers systems, three lakes and 20 portages. It’s a total of 130 kilometers in less than 24 hours. No…

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  • Dagger Kayaks logo

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    Dagger Celebrates 30th Anniversary

    Greenville, SC (May 3, 2018) – On the heels of the much-anticipated Phantom kayak launch Dagger announces its plans to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In honor of the milestone, Dagger will be releasing a new limited-edition colorway, Red Dawn. Models…

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  • Two women with standup paddleboards walking across the street

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    How Two Women Are Bringing SUP To The People

    It’s a warm fall day in my hometown of Toronto. The sounds of sidewalk life, traffic and streetcars filter through the door of the cafe where I meet Diana Lee and Janna Van Hoof. Over lattes we discuss their shared passion and the city’s hot, new summer…

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  • A cartoon of a fisherman running from a bear

    How To Know Your Fishing Trip Is Over

    With the lawn freshly cut and a mild-mannered weather forecast, we begin a fishing trip. That glorious time of rhythmic casting, cooperative fish and peaceful contemplation. The proverb, “All good things must come to an end,” dates back to 1374, but deciding…

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  • Craig McAnsh

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    Brand And Marketing Leader Craig McAnsh Joins SylvanSport

    Brevard, NC April 26, 2018 - SylvanSport announces today the addition of Craig McAnsh as Vice President of Marketing. Craig will lead all branding, marketing, advertising and communications for SylvanSport as this outdoor adventure company enters a new phase…

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  • Chris Lane holds up a huge largemouth bass

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    Hooked on Wild Waters S4, E1: Wild Water Hazards

    In the season 4 premiere of Hooked On Wild Waters with Drew Gregory, Drew meets up with 2012 Bassmaster Classic champion, Chris Lane, to do catch some wild largemouth bass in the ponds of Shingle Creek Golf Course and Resort. Shingle Creek Golf Course and…

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    Fill Out This Paddle Canada Survey | WIN FREE GEAR

    Paddle Canada is looking for new sponsors for their new Paddle Smart events and programs. But before they sign any sponsors they want to know what your favorite paddling hobbies, and interests are so they can sign sponsors that best represent their audience.…

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  • A man holding a paddle

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    Where To Find The Best Trout Fishing In Canada

    Wild Adventures Canada offers three-day all-inclusive trip packages through Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. You can take a family canoe adventure, a classic canoe adventure as well as an exclusive guided adventure. If you want to do more than canoeing,…

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  • A man paddling the Hobie Mirage Compass kayak.

    Boat Review: Hobie Mirage Compass

    Early last summer Hobie Fishing was hinting they would be making a big announcement. Something new and exciting was coming soon. What could it be? Last year about this time we learned of the MirageDrive 180, the first Hobie to go backwards. Big news for sure.…

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  • Mike Ranta wearing his voygeur crown

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    How To Make Your Own Voyageur Hat

    “The sap is still running,” beams Mike Ranta as he licks his finger clean of the sticky, sweet ooze. Canada’s modern-day voyageur is windbound in a spruce swamp on the edge of Cedar Lake, Manitoba. Windy days have been a theme on this trip, which is Ranta’s…

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  • A kiddie pool shaped like a kayak.

    Video: Perception Kayaks' Don't Get Yakked Off

    Most kayakers have been there. You really want to start paddling but don’t know where to start. So you buy the cheapest kayak you can find just to find out if you enjoy paddling. Inevitably, you will be disappointed in your purchase or you will stop paddling…

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    Video: The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge

    Timmins, Ontario is home of one of the greatest paddling festivals around, The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival. Over the past 10 years, what started off as a small paddling festival, has grown into city-wide festival that celebrates the impact…

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  • A person casting a fly rod from an inflatable kayak

    6 Reasons To Buy An Inflatable Kayak

    On a whim, my husband and I decided to drive from Montana to Colorado to check out several no-wake lakes rumored to hold cooperative fish. With a 10-hour drive on either side of the trip, we could only budget two days for fishing. To jump from one lake to…

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  • Two men in a camp, drinking camp coffee.

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    How To Learn To Love Bad Trips

    I’m sitting under a tarp in the pouring rain, just smiling. I’m lit up with a pure spontaneous happiness I can’t really explain. Except I’m ecstatic to be right here, under my tarp that’s capably keeping the rain off my head, looking out at the water drops…

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  • Ric Burnley typing on a computer in his man cave.

    Long Live The Man Cave

    My wife makes air quotes when she calls it my workshop. The realtor described it as a detached garage, but the only car inside is my daughter’s forgotten Barbie Jeep. It smells like the dead eel which years ago escaped my bait tank. Fishing gear stuffs the…

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  • The Confluence Outdoor logo.

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    Confluence Outdoor Announces Programs to Support Specialty Retailers

    Greenville, SC (April 19, 2018) – Confluence Outdoor, the parent company of eight premier watersports brands, announces today the launch of the Confluence Specialty Advantage Program™. The revolutionary program will offer unprecedented service, exclusives,…

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  • Jim and Ted Baird standing in the woods.

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    How Two Canoeists Won $500,000 On Reality TV

    In the spring of 2017, Canadian brothers Jim and Ted Baird emerged from the wilds of Vancouver Island. For more than two months, they’d survived off the land, sustaining themselves on a wriggling supply of eels, limpets and slugs. Stranger still, they’d…

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    Video: 14 Amazing Paddling Routes In Simcoe County

    Ontario's Lake Country in Simcoe County is an excellent destination for paddling. The only problem is that none of the paddling routes in this region were documented. So, in partnership with Simcoe County, Lake Country created a book of 10 paddling routes.…

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  • Kevin Whitley's frist campsite.

    Kayak Kevin’s East Coast Tour

    When “Kayak” Kevin Whitley set off on a six-month, 1,000-mile kayak tour of the east coast, he had the support of major sponsors and the attention of the world. The 46-year-old Ocean Kayak pro staff has already completed a half-dozen long-distance paddle…

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  • The Feelfree Dorado

    LEAKED FeelFree Dorado Images

    There are pictures circling the internet of the new FeelFree Dorado fishing kayak. Some of those pictures are from ICast 2017 and only feature the prototype of the Dorado. We have recieved exclusive images of the first production model of the Dorado to come…

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  • Red Lake Outfitters

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    Red Lake Outfitters' Trip Of A Lifetime

    Red Lake Outfitters runs canoe trips in the heart of Boreal Forest, out of Red Lake in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. One new trip is the Safari Trip, a six-day all-inclusive trip. The trip begins with a 28-mile boat ride across Red Lake to see the amazing…

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  • Kevin Callan with a fake mustache.

    Video: Nova Scotia Tent Dwellers

    Watch the full film "Nova Scotia Tent Dwellers" from The Happy Camper, Kevin Callan, where his group paddles Nova Scotia and retrace the infamous Tent Dwellers trip. The Tent Dwellers is a book by Albert Bigelow Paine that chronicles his three-week trip…

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  • Raf Vargas holding a fish in his hobie kayak on the ocean.

    Video: Deep Water Jigging For Salty Predators

    In this video, Raf Vargas is vertical jigging from 100 to 700-feet deep. Rough waters? No problem...his Hobie Pro Angler 14 keeps him stable and steady. The "Fill Up The Cooler" (FUTC) jigs are the bomb. Raf's favorite is Gary Sung 's The DEEP One at 210…

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  • A person paddling a whitewater kayak in rough water.

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    Your Mistakes Won't Make You Smarter

    Certainly you’ve heard the well-worn trope, “We learn from our mistakes.” It is the mantra of experiential learning. That we learn something from mistakes is taken as fact, and justifies a wide range of trial-and-error approaches to everyday life. However,…

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  • Four people drifting in whitewater kayaks

    Why Unleashed Will Survive

    There’s no doubt Unleashed has balls. The question is, does it have legs? The brand-new, self-supported, multi-stage kayaking competition is a who’s-who of big water boating. Fresh off its success from the inaugural event in Quebec this past spring, Unleashed…

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  • 8 Paddles stuck in the sand on a beach.

    8 Best Blades For Kayak Fishing

    Ask any experienced angler and he’ll tell you nothing affects an angler’s experience on the water more than his choice of paddle. Whether it’s your primary source of propulsion, or just a backup to take a pedal boat into tight areas, using the right paddle is…

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  • An airplane on a river.

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    Why The Iconic De Havilland DHC-2 Will Never Die

    This past August, I found myself puddling around the harbor in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. I was on a standup paddleboard painting the hull of a ship called the Polar Prince. And there came on the wind the unmistakeable cough of a de Havilland Canada…

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  • A group of people laying in the river, under the sun.

    Video: Paddle Georgia 2018

    In anticipation of Rapid Media's 2018 Paddling Trip Guide, here is an event from our friends at Paddle Georgia. The 2018 Paddle Georgia - Yellow and Ocmulgee Rivers trip will be held on June 16-20 2018. It will span 87 miles of the Yellow and Ocmulgee Rivers…

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  • A person paddling a standup paddleboard as the sun goes down

    The Future Of SUP

    Is the Hydrofoil Revolution real? It’s highly technical, so it may be here to stay but only among a small crowd of expert athletes. As to its appeal to the mass market, that’s tough to see. Even though the thought of higher gliding speeds and no chop resonate…

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  • Two men talking at the Toronto Outdoor Adventure Show

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    Video: How To Start Your Own Paddling Program

    Have you been hungry to start a local canoe or kayak program? New president of the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA), Dale Radin, has built the perfect tool to get your dream off the ground. A lot of organizations want to start…

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  • A man paddling a kayak in texas.

    Kayak Fishing The Lone Star State

    Think of Texas and you picture 10-gallon hats and dinner-plate belt buckles, but the south Texas coastal city of Corpus Christi is a tropical paradise calling for flip-flops and grass skirts. Load the 4x4 with kayaks and camping gear in town, then drive 70…

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  • A man standing an an inflatable standup paddleboard, casting a spinning rod

    Boat Review: Sea Eagle FishSUP 126

    I had just returned from an afternoon of pre-fishing in my 145-pound tournament kayak. It is 14 feet long and impossible for me to load on the roof, even if my racks were rated to carry as much. Backing in my kayak trailer I noticed a box about the size of a…

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  • Two men looking into the camera.

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    3 Sea Kayak Events You Must Attend

    Ontario Sea Kayak Centre is one of Canada's leading sea kayak instruction schools. The Centre teaches Paddle Canada skills courses for paddlers of all experience levels. Owner and senior instructor of Ontario Sea Kayak Centre, James Roberts, announced three…

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  • Craig Dye holding a largemouth bass in a Wilderness Systems Kayak with a motor.

    The Kayak Fishing Motor Trend

    First came paddles, then came pedals. Now anglers are increasingly choosing electric motors to power their kayaks. No one argues these systems aren't great for people who can’t or don’t want to paddle, but suggest motorized kayaks should be allowed in kayak…

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  • A hand pointing on a map of algonquin Provincial park

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    Backcountry Paddling Trips You Can't Miss

    For paddlers who want to go canoe camping, Algonquin Provincial Park is the perfect destination. Access points along the highway 60 corridor can be extremely popular during the season, so Algonquin Outfitters’ Randy Mitson has some advice for canoeists…

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  • Traci Lynn Martin standing on a beach next to her kayak.

    The Most Controversial Expedition Of The Year

    On October 15, Traci Lynn Martin became the first person to circumnavigate North America’s three largest lakes in one season. It was the 221st day of Martin’s controversial expedition, a trip that has been a source of much debate in the sea kayaking…

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  • Seaweed under water

    The Secret Life Of Seaweed

    Seaweed is not a weed at all, technically it’s not even a plant. Seaweed is algae! There are over 10,000 species of seaweed from microscopic phytoplankton to giant kelp. Besides being a great place to find fish, people have used seaweed for food and facials…

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  • Paddlesports Retailer co-founders Sutton Bacon (left) and Darren Bush (right) stand with Scott MacGregor, publisher of Rapid Media, the official Paddlesports Retailer media sponsor.

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    Paddlesports Retailer Update

    Paddlesports Retailer, the new industry trade show designed “for paddlers, by paddlers” is just five months away. This year the trade show moves from its debut location in Madison, Wisconsin, to the Cox Convention Center in centrally located Oklahoma City.…

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  • Paddling Magazine's Product and Industry Awards will be awarded at Paddlesports Retailer in Oklahoma City in September.

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    Paddlesports Retailer Announces New Paddling Magazine Product and Industry Awards

    Paddlesports Retailer has again partnered with Rapid Media as the official media partner of the 2018 show in Oklahoma City. New for 2018 will be the Paddling Magazine Product and Industry Awards held the evening of Day 2—Wednesday August 29th—of Paddlesports…

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  • A moose in the water.

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    Ben Eby’s Wildlife Photography Kit

    As a wildlife photographer shooting in remote locations accessed by paddle, I have to rely on a small collection of camera equipment. It’s limited to what I can fit in front of me in the canoe. Regardless of trip length, I bring the same gear every time. I’m…

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  • Two people on arctic ice with their kayaks.

    Enduring Ice

    As we watched the de Havilland Twin Otter fly off, circling over the still frozen Lady Franklin Bay, realization set in. For the next five weeks, we would be some of the most isolated people on earth. It was July 2 and we were at Fort Conger on Ellesmere…

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  • An overhead show of a giant group of canoes and kayaks.

    Why A New Boat Won’t Make You Happier

    On a scale from one to 10, how much happier would you be if you could buy any boat in the 340 pages of this magazine? I know the answer, and it’s going to shock you. Not much happier at all. Let me explain. Back in 2002 there was a psychology study conducted…

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  • Water Sports Foundation Safety

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    Making Paddling Safer

    Paddlesports has a safety problem. The number of paddling related deaths in the United States has increased every year for more than a decade — from 98 in 2004 to 167 in 2016. Though paddling is not a particularly hazardous sport relative to other activities…

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  • Werner Paddles Logo

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    Werner Paddles Announces Sales Team Changes

    The following is a press release from Werner Paddles. Werner Paddles is pleased to announce organizational changes within their sales team. Sasha Stone has joined Werner Paddles in March of 2018 as the Northeast & Midwest territory Sales Rep. Stone spent the…

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  • A man sitting under a canvas tent.

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    The History Of Canvas

    In 1885, James W. Woods began supplying canvas tents, sleeping bags and clothing to lumbermen working in the Ottawa Valley—home of Paddling Magazine. The Woods brand, relied upon by early explorers, pioneers, adventurers and outdoorsmen, has recently been…

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  • Photo: John Webster

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    Editorial: I Gave At The Office

    There are things we do every business day that don’t directly add to our companies’ bottom lines. Things like shipping out swag to events too small to matter, loaning pop-up tents to public school barbeques and sitting on boards of directors. I once spent…

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  • Dwayne Taff holding a big $100,000 check

    Dwayne Taff Wins $100K in Kayak Bass Fishing Championship

    Dwayne Taff won the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship held on Kentucky Lake, taking home $100,000. Torqeedo renewed its longtime commitment to the sport and returned to the 2018 tournament as Title sponsor. Dwayne’s 10 fish total measured 173.50…

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  • A bundle of plastic caught in a rope in the ocean

    Your Plastic May Be Ruining Your Favorite Fishing Spot

    How many times of day do you do it? Drink from a plastic bottle, eat with a plastic fork, carry your lunch in a plastic bag, how many times do you use plastic once and throw it away? Plastic was first introduced in the 1950s as a miraculous material that was…

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  • A person in a kayak practicing the Back Deck Carry With Swimmer Assisted Tow

    Video: Back Deck Carry With Swimmer Assisted Tow

    It’s always fun to play around in kayaks, jump into the water and try various ways of doing things. While doing so, we learned that adding a contact tow to the back-deck carry is a fast, stable and effective method for a single rescuer to remove both boat and…

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    Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Announces the first annual Together We Are a Force awards

    The following is a press release from the Outdoor Industry Association. OIA is announcing the first annual Together We Are a Force Awards to celebrate the collaborative spirit of the outdoor industry. The awards will recognize individuals who have partnered…

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  • A man in an old town predator kayak, flying a drone

    Are Drones Cheating?

    Anglers will jump on any technology to gain an edge. Carbon fiber, lithium ion, magnetic oil and high carbon steel are only a few of the advanced materials we use to fool a fish. When remote controlled aircraft outfitted with cameras, called drones, started…

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  • Grass Sticks' all-new grass paddle for SUP

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    Grass Sticks Debuts All Bamboo SUP Paddle

    The following is a press release from Grass Sticks. If it works so great for ski poles, why not SUP paddles? That’s the theory behind the SUP Stick, a new line of performance bamboo SUP paddles by Grass Sticks, the Steamboat Springs, Colorado-based cast…

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  • Man paddleboarding on flowers

    [Quiz] How Many Of These Paddleboarding Terms Do You Know?

    How many do you know?! If you know all of these, you are a true SUP expert!

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  • The New Canoe Boom

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    The New Canoe Boom

    Canoeing has boomed and gone bust before. At the turn of the 19th-century there was no better way for young people to seek romance beyond the prying eyes of their elders. Canoe companies like Peterborough and Old Town built their fortunes on the ensuing…

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  • Three people paddling SUPs in heavy waves.

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    Gender Equality in Elite SUP

    Organizers billed it as the most intense standup paddling event in the world. Thirty-two of the world’s best paddlers, 15- foot swell, and $50,000 in prize money. On October 20, 2017, SUP’s top athletes battled for the largest purse in the sport at the second…

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  • A crappie eating a lure.

    How To Catch Early Season Crappie

    When I think crappie fishing, I think about fish fries and savoring my secret family recipe. Even though crappie start biting heavy in the spring, you can catch them before the trees bloom. Most years, there is a small window between winter and spring when…

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  • A bass with a ned rig in its mouth.

    How To Fish The Ned Rig

    I first heard about the Ned rig in 2015. It’s named for Ned Kehde of Lawrence, Kansas, who is credited with developing it the 1960’s. The concept is beautifully simple. A short, straight softplastic tail threaded on a small, rounded jighead. When the jig is…

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  • A person releasing a crappie in the water from a canoe.

    27 Reasons Canoe Fishing Is Cool

    “Let your life be the counter friction to stop the machine,” H.D. Thoreau In his book Canoeing in the Wilderness, Henry David Thoreau, the nineteenth-century philosopher and avid canoe-angler, waxed about the joys of fishing from his canoe and cooking his…

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  • Kevin Callan laughing with friends.

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    Kevin Callan Is Not Dead Yet

    Alex Traynor and Noah Booth are up-and coming video bloggers who call themselves the Northern Scavengers. When I loaned these two weekend warriors one of my canoes for their latest big trip in the far north, I insisted they take one of my lightweight and…

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  • New Gamut paddle holder from Angle Oar.

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    Angle Oar's New Paddle Holder Eliminates Joint Stress

    The following is a press release from Angle Oar. Following in the footsteps of its flagship product, the Versa paddling system, Angle Oar LLC has officially released a new product: the Gamut Paddle Holder. Gamut attaches to most sit-in kayaks and some…

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  • New Canyon Coolers cleaning spray.

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    Canyon Coolers' New Spray Promises To De-funkify

    The following is a press release from Canyon Coolers. Nothing tells the story of an epic adventure like a well-used cooler. And let’s be honest, after your multi-day excursion comes to a close, the last task you want to take on is cleaning your ice chest…

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  • A person fighting a sailfish in a kayak

    Video: Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Smackdown

    On the weekend of February 13 a group of extreme kayak anglers competed in leg one of the 2018 Sailfish Smackdown. They battled the most extreme conditions ever presented. In the end, the best of the best fished in three to five-foot seas and went three for…

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  • A pair of jackson kayaks sitting under a tent on a river bank.

    The End Of The Trip: 310 Miles On The St. Johns River

    This article originally appeared on the LooknFishy blog... It had been over two weeks since we left Bart’s hunting cabin on January 3rd. The last week had been less than exciting, which we appreciated. The fishing had picked up but was still hit or miss. The…

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  • New raft from Alpacka Raft new available.

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    Alpacka Raft Launches the Caribou

    The following is a press release from Alpacka Raft. Alpacka Raft, the industry leader in research and development of modern packrafting, today announced the launch of its new Caribou packraft, a front-end loading and ultralight packraft that offers a modern…

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  • Two men portaging a canoe.

    Video: Labrador Passage

    Labrador Passage follows two men who set out to retrace a historic 1905 canoe journey through Labrador, using non-synthetic equipment such as a waxed canvas tent, tin-cloth rain gear and a cedar canvas canoe. Blending history, adventure and profiles of the…

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  • A man looks on as a kayaker goes over a waterfall.

    Lighting The Spirit

    What do you get when you combine world-class kayakers, a high-tech team of photographers and a brighter-than-the-sun camera strobe? Magic. Last May, Rafa Ortiz, Rush Sturges and Liam Fields teamed up with veteran photographer Michael Clark to showcase the…

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  • A person in a kayak holding a sailfish they just caught.

    Extreme Kayak Fishing Sailfish Smackdown Winners

    On the weekend of February 17 a group of extreme kayak anglers competed in leg one of the 2018 Sailfish Smackdown. They battled the most extreme conditions ever presented. In the end, the best of the best fished in three to five-foot seas and went three for…

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  • A close-up shot of a fishfinder screen

    How To Fine-Tune Your Lowrance Unit

    Jay Wallen is the 2017 Hobie Bass Open Winner and all around excellent tournament angler. Follow him on Instagram and Facebook @JayWallenFishing. I am often asked about my Lowrance Elite-9Ti settings. While every situation and lake can be different here are…

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  • The Poinsett shelter on the st johns river.

    No Room At The Inn: 310 Miles On The St. Johns River

    This article originally appeared on the LooknFishy blog. Click here to see all of the amazing photos. It was two-am when the ground started to shake. I knew camping on an airboat crossing was a bad idea and now we’re all about to get a lesson in parasailing.…

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  • A woman paddling a wooden canoe.

    Boat Review: Vallinga Vuntut 10

    As a toddler Otto Vallinga would take his toy boats down to the nearby St. Clair River for impromptu buoyancy testing. Launching his baubles into the gentle current, this stereotypically youthful tinkering was the floodgate into Vallinga’s boat design career.…

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  • Two people paddling a tandem canoe in the galapagos islands.

    8 Days In The Galapagos

    Dustin Silvey has sea kayaked in numerous places around the world. Visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site by human power has been a dream for Silvey since 2004. He is currently planning more adventures while finishing his PhD in medicine, working with…

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  • A man standing on a kayak and fishing.

    310 Miles On The St. Johns River

    This article originally appeared on the LooknFishy blog. Click here to see all of the amazing photos. Standing on the wooden dock beside the canal leading to Blue Cypress lake, I wondered what the future held. The St Johns River was now at our feet and the…

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  • New Water baits

    Video: Three Must-Use Baits For Fishing New Water

    Fishing new water, whether it’s in a tournament or for fun, can be nerve-wracking. You’re used to your home lake and the conditions in the new body of water may be completely different. That’s why when I go into a new body of water I always tie on my three…

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  • A man paddling the Scorpio MKII HV kayak

    Boat Review: Scorpio MKII HV

    Six years after the original Scorpio was introduced in 2009, P&H brought us a slightly tweaked more innovative design: the Scorpio MK II. The first to arrive from the United Kingdom was the LV or low volume model. Then the MV in medium volume. Bigger paddlers…

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  • A group of people paddling a large canoe.

    Voyageur Island

    Tucked between the dining room and the pantry, I’m sitting in the Voyageur Wilderness Programme map room with my feet on the coffee table enjoying a cup of blueberry tea. On the shelf behind me sits a Métis ceremonial headdress along with two beaver pelt…

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  • Two people kayaking in back bay.

    Video: Back Bay's Rebirth

    In the mid 1960's the Back Bay in southeastern Virginia was one of the best bass fisheries in the world. As one man put it "When you threw a fly in one of those holes in back bay...it was like rolling a bottle of wine in a jail cell...something was gonna grab…

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  • A group of paddlers resting on a rock bank.

    The Courage To Live Better

    “Frank Goodman is dead.” I paused for a second, phone pressed to my ear. “Hi there, can I ask who is calling, please?” I said. Bruce Winterbon paddled the Noire River with Frank Goodman in the early ‘90s and felt compelled to call Adventure Kayak and let us…

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  • A man paddling the Boreal Designs Epsilon kayak.

    Boat Review: Boreal Design Epsilon C200

    I have been a fan of Boreal Design kayaks for a long time. I have used their Inukshuk expedition kayaks taking students on several month-long, selfsupported expeditions trips on the coast of Labrador. The seat systems were comfortable and the hatches had the…

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