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Playak Weekly Digest - week 22, 2018
Playak Weekly Digest
The world's top paddling news in week 22, 2018.
Palm Blogs How to Kickflip
Palm Blogs - The kickflip is one of the coolest moves you can do in your kayak and one of my personal favourites. Whilst it looks impressive and will take a few attempts to learn, it’s honestly not that hard to do.
Am. Whitewater Breakwater Falls and Gorge-Rapids of Pine River (WI) to Flow All Summer!
Am. Whitewater - From June 1st through the fall of this year, the Pine River (Florence, WI) will offer a rare opportunity for Wisconsin whitewater. 
Canoe Kayak Kayak Makers KL Outdoor, GSC Technologies Merge - a C&K Exclusive With New Hemisphere Design Works CEO Chuck Smith
Canoe Kayak - Michigan-based KL Outdoor and Quebec-based GSC Technologies, have merged to form Hemisphere Design Works (HDW), which, with flagship rec brands Sundolphin, Future Beach and Evoke, is estimated by company executives to now be the world’s largest maker of kayaks.
SUP Connect Sian Sykes Becomes First to Circumnavigate Wales by SUP
SUP Connect - On the 60th day of her adventure (37 days paddling and 23 off water days due to weather conditions), Sian Sykes completed her solo and unsupported SUP circumnavigation of Wales. With this, Sian becomes the first person to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) around the whole of Wales.
Jackson Kayak The return of the Turbo Wave after a decade - Payette River
Jackson Kayak - You know when Facebook reminds you of something many years ago? Eleven years ago I had posted some photos of my friends and I surfing the Turbo Wave on the Payette River. Familiar freestyle faces like Will Parham and Ryan Bailey were there. Sometime not long after, the Turbo Wave disappeared and appeared to be gone forever.
American Rivers A New and Improved Way to Move Salmon in Washington’s White River
American Rivers - Last week, after four years of pressure to improve fish passage at Buckley and Mud Mountain dams on Washington’s White River from tribes, American Rivers, and others, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new state-of-the-art fish passage facility.
Traversing Looking for a Canoeing Shoe?
Traversing - While I'd happily wear hiking boots forever and always, sometimes they aren't ideal. If you have to hop out of your canoe to do a lift-over, or in mucky water where you might have to slog your way through the murky depths before getting to the portage.
Canoe Roots The New Canoe Boom
Canoe Roots - 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.
Nigel Foster What Makes a Kayak Side-Slip?
Nigel Foster - A side-slip is a satisfying smooth sideways glide that makes use of your forward speed. You can use it to approach a dock or another kayak without turning.
American Rivers The Middle Fork River: My Constant Companion
American Rivers - The following guest blog, a collection of boyhood memories from Mike Camp, is part of our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series on the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River in Illinois.
unsponsored Soul Waterman – Proton Paddle
unsponsored - After some soul searching (pun intended) of our ultimate goals with the paddle line, we once more have the paddles ready to go. The biggest focus the main reason for delays was making the paddles bomb proof.
Canoe Kayak At the Hobie Worlds, Fishing is Secondary
Canoe Kayak - A look into the heart and mind of Jay Wallen during his trip to Sweden for Hobie's Fishing World Tournament
The Roaming Dials Golden Age Nostalgia
The Roaming Dials - After reading Luc Mehl's guest blog at the Alpacka web site I indulged in some nostalgia from 2009-2010. If you're reading this, then you really should go read Luc's post. I found it flattering and a bit of a vignette of what I, self-centeredly, consider the Golden Age of packrafting.
REI How You Can Help Protect 5,000 Miles of River
REI - Almost all of us have stories connecting us to rivers. And a new initiative aims to turn those stories into protections for our beloved free-flowing rivers.
Jackson Kayak CO Road Trip ’17
Jackson Kayak - I was way overdue in going through footage from my road trip to Colorado last summer with my now Fiancee. We went to Buena Vista for CKS Paddle Fest and US team trials and hit several other events and some creeking, skiing, and sightseeing.
Athletes with top online media coverage in May
1. Eric Jackson
2. Drew Gregory
3. Dane Jackson
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