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Playak Weekly Digest - week 41, 2018
Playak Weekly Digest
The world's top paddling news in week 41, 2018.
International Rafting Federation Participants of the IRF Rafting Championship 2018 - Make sure your done these!!
International Rafting Federation - We hope you’re looking forward to this event as much as we are! Below are a few reminders to make your championship memorable for all the right reasons!
Jackson Kayak Gnarlfest: The best event you might not have heard of
Jackson Kayak - Though this is the time of the year I would normally be in Europe for the Sickline race, with that discontinued it has given me a chance to check out a race that has been happening on the west coast in Cali for years: Gnarlfest. I had heard stories about the race from the Cali boys and it sounded like just the local grass roots race I needed to check out
unsponsored Peak UK River Wrap PFD
unsponsored - There have been a number of new PFDs on show at Paddle Expo 2018 and Peak UK have the new River Wrap PFD.
Canoe Kayak Inside a 1,100-mile expedition across the Canadian Barrens
Canoe Kayak - Canadian adventurer, photojournalist and filmmaker Frank Wolf has made an annual habit of tackling audacious canoe expeditions in the Canadian wilderness. His only rule in selecting a trip: Never paddle the same route twice. Wolf is a tireless traveler, putting in long days to average 25 miles per day in challenging terrain defined by unmarked portages, heavy whitewater and windswept lakes.
Am. Whitewater Feather Festival AW Volunteer of the Month Presented by Kokatat
Am. Whitewater - American Whitewater recognizes Jeff Venturino’s great job as a Volunteer Coordinator for American Whitewater's Feather River Festival! He gets some world class Kokatat gear for being a part of American Whitewater that works to conserve rivers, ensure companies release flows for paddlers to pursue their padding pursuits.
The Paddler ezine Circumnavigating Wales solo by kayak
The Paddler ezine - Finn Burnham is a remarkable young man. At just 18 years old he is circumnavigating Wales solo by kayak to honour his friend, Callum Wylie, who sadly took his own life earlier this year.
Canoe Kayak Texas kayak fisherman Albert Vasquez is on a hot streak with big bass
Canoe Kayak - Avid kayak angler, youtuber and Texas Resident, Albert Vasquez has been on a streak of holy grail standard days this year. With multiple 100-inch-plus days on the water in 2018, it's no wonder Vasquez hasn't pondered the thought of throwing in the towel on paddle power for the dark side of fishing – running and gunning in a 250hp fiberglass fish-scaring machine.
Outdoor Industry Association The North American Outdoor Industry and the NAFTA trade agreement updates
Outdoor Industry Association - Fulfilling a top priority of its trade agenda, the Trump administration announced last night that the United States, Mexico and Canada had successfully concluded negotiations on anupdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now known as the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA). NAFTA has been extremely beneficial for outdoor companies through the elimination of unnecessarily high and outdated import tariffs on outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment not made in the United States ...
unsponsored Palm Equipment – Paddle Expo 2018
unsponsored - Palm have some interesting bits of gear with them for Paddle Expo 2018.
AirKayaks 2019 Innova by Gumotex Inflatable Kayak Line Update
AirKayaks - We recently obtained details on the upcoming 2019 inflatable kayak and canoe product line for Innova Kayaks by Gumotex . Gumotex is well-known in Europe as a manufacturer of high-quality inflatable kayaks and canoes which are environmentally friendly as they use minimal PVC. Each can be inflated up to 3-PSI, making them more rigid for better .
Canoe Kayak The Colossal Canoe: Inside the Maine Barn of Birchbark Builder Ken Weeks
Canoe Kayak - Going big on a ridge in Maine for the quest to hand-craft a 42-foot boat.
Am. Whitewater Gauley Fest AW Volunteer of the Month Presented by Kokatat
Am. Whitewater - American Whitewater, a organisation that does river stewardship work also work to ensure rivers have their scheduled flow releases so paddlers can enjoy whitewater recreation in rivers. Gauley Fest is AW’s biggest event of the year and AW recognizes and thanks volunteer Glen Tsaparas for helping out at the Gauley Fest since 6 years, he is the recipient of AW’s Volunteer of the Month award
Jackson Kayak Kayak trip packing: not your usual list
Jackson Kayak - When you go on a road trip to paddle, you definitely want to have everything you need so that you don’t have to be either freezing your tail off, kayaking barefoot, or even hand paddling! Overall, you want to be able to do everything you came to do without being held back by the absence [...]
Jackson Kayak First Came the Paddle then the Kayak
Jackson Kayak - The one thing that a lot of kayak anglers and/or paddlers don’t take into consideration before buying a kayak is their paddle. There’s not a lot of guidance, from what I’ve seen, at most retailers and even at some specialty kayak shops. This is hands down one of the most crucial aspects of purchasing any [...]
Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Industry Retailers might find this webinar insightful, details here
Outdoor Industry Association - Webinar: How To Deliver Experiences Your Product Owners Desire and The Results Your Brand Wants
Athletes with top online media coverage in October
1. Eric Jackson
2. Lincoln Dews
3. Michael Booth
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