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Playak News Flash - September 23, 2017
Playak News Flash - September 23, 2017
The world's latest paddling headlines.
Palm Blogs Balkan Rivers Tour destination guide – part 3
Palm Blogs - Things have been looking better this year for the Vjosa Valley. With the Albanian Administrative Court deciding in favour of a free-flowing river, scientists have gained time to better research and understand the importance of Vjosa remaining dam free. The battle for Vjosa goes on though, as the Albanian Government appeals the court’s decision.
Palm Blogs Northwest Greenland kayak to climb expedition
Palm Blogs - We’ve just got back from twenty days self-supported kayaking a climbing at 72° north, above Upernavik, Greenland. With 280 kilometres paddled, two new 850 metre peaks, three new six pitch routes (up to E2), we even had time to get up on the ice cap with our axe and crampons. The weather was mixed and lots of sea ice around in the fjords, but no bears. Reproduced from The Arctic Club report by Olly: The team of Roger Chandler and Olly Sanders, left the UK on 24 July and after four flights and two overnight stops arrived in Upernavik . We were staying with Nikolaj Sørensen who was renting us boats and providing our gun...
American Rivers We need to protect wetlands and streams as they are vital to flood protection
American Rivers - Wetlands and small streams are the first line of defense for communities facing hurricanes and severe storms but they’re risk with Clean Water Rule repeal. The streams soak up water when it rains and wetlands reduce the slow down storms and minimize their force before they reach land. US has lost a lot of wetlands and now the Clean Water Rule roll back threatens these water bodies. We need to conserve and safeguard wetlands for our own good now.
Jackson Kayak Furthering the Obsession
Jackson Kayak - Bass fishing is an obsession that I have had for some time now and it seems to grow a little deeper as each year passes by. One of my long time favorite ways to catch fish has been wading the local creek catching smallmouth in skinny moving water.
SUP Connect Supconnect Editor’s Choice awards winners who did a lot for the sport of SUP
SUP Connect - Supconnect Editor’s Choice awards recognizes individuals, Brand, shop, sales rep and SUP blog who have done outstanding stuff for and in the sport of SUP. Check out who is awarded the - Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Grom of the Year, Brand of the Year, Shop of the Year, Sales Rep of the Year and Sales Rep of the Year in the Supconnect Editor’s Choice awards More than that read about what outstanding deeds these award winners did for the sport of SUP that they deserved the Supconnect Editor’s Choice awards .
Jackson Kayak The Greenbrier
Jackson Kayak - The Greenbrier is 173 miles of pristine, crystal clear river. It is one of the longest free flowing rivers in the world that is not dammed. I believe the name comes from the beautiful green hue the water seems to retain in the deeper pools or maybe it is named for that very plant that lines the banks along this West Virginia hot spot. I prefer to think it is the former.
Frogma Breckenridge, Colorado, May 26, 2017
Frogma - Having reminded myself in my last post that I had some catching up to do on our last few days in Colorado (which were quite glorious), here's the first catch-up post.
Badfish SUP Trip Report – England
Badfish SUP - My trip to England was not a river trip. But as many of us would have done, I still brought a board and carved out a day or two to see if I couldn’t hop on a wave. Turns out to no one’s surprise, summer in England isn’t an easy time to find surf.
SUP Connect Thames River Opens Up to Paddlers During Big Ben Challenge
SUP Connect - On Saturday, September 23, the Big Ben Challenge and Putney Foreshore Festival will be taking over the River Thames in central London. The SUP event,gives participants the chance to paddle in a 20K race from Putney to Big Ben and back. Along with the SUP races, Tideway, the company behind Thames Tideway Tunnel, is hosting the Foreshore Festival to celebrate the beautiful Tidal Thames and encourage recreation, environmental engagement, and safety. In the main race event both men and women would receive the same prize money.
GrindTV 5 reasons why all paddlers should attend the 2017 Pacific Paddle Games
GrindTV - The Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life are a celebration of all things paddling. Taking place at California’s iconic Doheny State Beach on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, pa ddlers of all levels are invited to come and participate in the biggest SUP event in the world! To be more inclusive of all paddlers, this year will see some exciting changes for #PPG2017. Check them out.
TotalSUP Interview with ISA World Championship Medallist Yuka Sato: Eastern Promise
TotalSUP - A quiet force in the world of SUP, Japanese rider Yuka Sato has recently come into the limelight, having performed well at a number of international events, and even taking the 4th place copper medal at the recent ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship 2017 in Denmark.. Many are predicting Sato might be a name to watch out for in the years to come. In the spirit of this recent success, we met up with the Japanese and here is the interview, let’s understand and know one of SUP’s upcoming champion here.
GrindTV Karl Kruger SUPs the 750 mile Race 2 Alaska
GrindTV - On this week’s “World of Adventure,” we join Karl Kruger on the Race 2 Alaska: a 750-mile race from British Columbia to Ketchikan, Alaska, using only human-powered vessels. Kruger was the only person to race on a SUP in this event.
The Roaming Dials InReach Fail?
The Roaming Dials - Many of us carry and use InReach communication devices for safety and texting home or to people with other devices.
Kayak Session New @ PADDLEexpo 2017 – Kokatat, Leviathan PFD
Kayak Session - Packed with more features than any other kayak fishing life vest on the market, the Leviathan pushes the bar higher for angling functionality. With multiple pockets, men’s and women’s colors and super comfortable PVC-free Gaia® foam, the Leviathan is set to become the standard for kayak anglers.
American Rivers Oil exploration possibility threatens the Wild and Scenic Rivers in Alaska
American Rivers - The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a vast 30,000 square mile patchwork of wild rivers, wilderness, and coastal plains that serve as a sanctuary for polar bears, caribou, and wolves. It contains one of the best collections of Wild and Scenic Rivers in Alaska, and therefore the country. The Trump Administration has moved to allow oil exploration here without notifying the public, this threatens the ecological integrity of this pristine area.
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