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Playak Weekly Digest - week 17, 2018
Playak Weekly Digest
The world's top paddling news in week 17, 2018.
International Rivers Goldman Prize Winner Nguy Thi Khanh- Catalyzing a Clean Energy Transformation in Vietnam
International Rivers - This week, as Vietnamese environmental activist Nguy Thi Khanh is honored with a Goldman Environmental Prize , we reflect on her long and inspiring career.
International Rivers Tackling Hydropower Myths on the Mekong: “Run-of-River” Does Not Mean Sustainable
International Rivers - There are 11 dams planned to be built on the Mekong River and 2 of them are under construction, most of them coming on important tributaries. Through this the Mekong river faces ecological threat. Studies conducted by groups and organisations all warn of severe impacts dams would have on the river. However, dam proponents say that these (ROR) projects can be built “sustainably” with limited impacts or that impacts can be minimized. Since their theory is untested and unproven, it’s just not worth implementing them as negative impacts are high.
Simon Wyndham Opinion on kayaking gear Cagdecks - is it useful ?
Simon Wyndham - Cagdecks, or top decks, are sometimes labelled as being expensive and dangerous in equal degree. Do they deserve this rep, or are they simply the most comfortable way to paddle a boat? For the unwary these are garments that have the dry or semi-dry top attached directly to a deck in one piece.
International Rafting Federation The Ubaye – Gem of the French Alps
International Rafting Federation - Nestled in the southern alps of France lies the incredible Ubaye Valley and one of France’s premiere rafting destinations.
Jackson Kayak Opening Day on the South Fork of the American
Jackson Kayak - 5 years ago, I got to be part of a group of folks looking to create a new WW event on the West coast. With the folks at CCK we came up with a great event that incorporated kayak instruction, super sweet prizes at a raffle, a party with tasty Ninkasi beer, and it all raised funds for AW and their river conservation work.
American Rivers Migratory Fish and Connected Rivers: Celebrating World Fish Migration Day
American Rivers - Saturday, April 21st is World Fish Migration Day, a one-day global celebration of migratory fish and open rivers. Every day is a good one to celebrate and advocate for connected rivers, and as spring runs of migratory fish are making their way up river it is a particularly good time.
worldkayak blogs Updates of the NoliFest - Nolichucky Gorge, TN
worldkayak blogs - There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event. The river level was near 1,400 CFS, which was a decent medium flow for the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge. There was more happening with other events of BoaterX and the GO FAST event.
Canoe Kayak Kayak Fishing Tournament for a good cause; Mission Bay Classic - Overview
Canoe Kayak - It's not every day that you have the opportunity to fish with 147 like-minded (read: obsessed) folks for a great cause. As one of California's largest kayak fishing tournaments, the Mission Bay Classic is exactly that: a premiere event gathering for all anglers, and for the benefit of an engaged local Heroes on The Water The post 2018 Mission Bay Classic – Heroes on the Water appeared first on Canoe & Kayak Magazine.
Simon Wyndham White water courses: Are they sustainable?
Simon Wyndham - Artificial white water courses, when done well, are some of the best places to keep skills up during the summer and dry periods. But how sustainable are they economically, and is there a better way for new courses to be built?
Frogma Early Bird? Nope on-Time Bird
Frogma - If you've been reading this blog for a while, or if we're Facebook friends, you've probably seen this guy before.
SUP Magazine South Shore Paddleboards Still Standing After Close Call With Business Fire
SUP Magazine - South Shore Paddleboards shop owner Karen Marvin was fast asleep at home near Babylon, New York when her telephone rang at 5 a.m.
SUP Examiner The Hala Radito Is One Rad Inflatable SUP
SUP Examiner - Have you wanted to try whitewater SUP? If so, the Hala Radito may be the board for you. Yeah, you can find some gnarly footage of steep drops and Volkswagen sized boulders as a brightly colored paddler seemingly bounces down a fast-moving river.
Traversing 2018 Backcountry Camping Opening Dates for Ontario Parks
Traversing - Numerous Ontario Parks locations will be opening for the camping season shortly, including some incredible backcountry.
Jackson Kayak Pedaling the Coosa FD - has the Flex Drive system
Jackson Kayak - I have been pedaling the Coosa FD for six months now. The pedaling concept is new to me but I will add that when I have traveled and kayaked fished with friends and had to borrow their spare kayak. The spare usually ended up being a Hobie that has a different system then the Flex Drive that Jackson has introduced. T
Frogma Opening Day Bonus - My First Ride in Canarsian
Frogma - As I'd mentioned in the last post, I'd made a decision to garden rather than paddle. That was a bit of a tough call if you've been reading this blog for very long, you'll know that I really like traditions like New Year's Day paddles and Escapes from Black Friday (by land or by sea, either one's a million zillion times better than shopping), and the Opening Day paddle is definitely one of those.
Athletes with top online media coverage in April
1. Eric Jackson
2. Michael Booth
3. Sonni Honscheid
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