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News Watch

The Playak News Watch continously finds the world"s new paddling headlines. From the huge number of headlines it finds, Playak editors hand-pick and present the best ones (yes, that is very subjective, but they do their best to please our readers) every day, and those that then get the most reader views are sent out in the daily News Flash. Each Friday, we send out the Weekly Digest (instead of the daily News Flash), containing the top headlines of the past 7 days, as well as the most popular videos and forum topics, and a list of upcoming paddling events.


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Time Site Headline
 
Sep 25Instagram Shredding pillow. No room of doom for me. #pillowrock #daggerkayaks #kokatatusa #adventuretechnologypaddles
Sep 24Instagram Westwater 2019. #adventure #explore #daggerkayaks #atpaddles #stohlquist #kokatat #westwater
Sep 23Instagram Boofing into a pot of gold @daggerkayaks #adventuretechnologypaddles #kokatatusa
Sep 22Instagram  #daggerultrafuge #kokatat #goprohero @franciscogarth
Sep 3Instagram Arty kayaking #seakayaking #kayak #aquabound #kokatat #intothewater #oceankayaking #daggerkayaks #canoecentre #
Aug 30Instagram I have been watching The #GreenRiverTakeOver2019 since its inception, and this year was finally able to volunteer and support such a great cause. Every year a growing group of inspiring #women gather at the #GreenRiver to honor two of their sisters who have been lost following the pursuits they loved. The event is enthusiastically supported by whitewater retailers and the local community who provide swag and services that are raffled to support #charitable funds created in honor of Shannon Christy and Maria Noakes. Photography has always been a hobby and an artistic itch that has to be scratched, but every now and then there are days when you get caught up in the moment and realize the magic that is taking place in front of your lens. Honestly, I don’t think the #GreenRiverTakeover is something that a bunch of guys would have thought of, let alone pulled off; and yet years later @laurakfarrell and @emshanblatt continue to grow this #community of talented #paddlers into a feminine force for good. I feel very honored and quite humbled to have witnessed such an empowering day from the sidelines and hope the momentum continues for years to come. Thank you to all the participants for putting up with a pesky photographer and sharing a smile in such grand style. #youarebeautiful #livelikeMaria #ShannonChristyMemorialFund #LiveLikeMariaMemorialFund #daggerkayaks #sweetprotection #Astralfootwear #wernerpaddles #watershed_drybags #kokatatusa #adventuretechnology #immersionresearch #Patagonia #daggerrewind #Nantahalaoutdoorcenter #endlessriveradventures #adventurephotography #gooutsideandplay #canon5DmkIV #canon7DMkII #828isgreat #WNC #jacksonkayaks
Aug 29Dagger FB The new Rewind won Best Whitewater Kayak at the Paddlesports Retailer show! We think this one is going to be an instant classic, and we can’t wait for you all to paddle them! #daggerkayaks #whitewater #whitewaterkayaking #whitewaterismagic #rewindit #doitagain #bekindrewind
Aug 27Dagger FB It’s the moment you didn’t know you were waiting for .. it’s time to meet Dagger’s next whitewater icon – the Rewind. We just unveiled the Rewind at Paddlesports Retailer, and the stoke is high for this instant classic. The Rewind seeks the surface with ample volume and rocker in the bow, skipping away from drops while maintaining excellent speed. The hull is loose, yet super-responsive when engaged. The Rewind includes Dagger’s coveted Contour Ergo Creek Outfitting for dialing in those contact points, and a rotational Step Out wall for added safety. With the ultra-low volume stern, wind it up, let it loose, and when you’re ready, Rewind it and do it again! #paddlesportsretailer2019 #daggerkayaks #whitewater #whitewaterkayaking #whitewaterismagic #rewindit #doitagain #bekindrewind
Aug 27Dagger FB Dagger Kayaks was once again the lead sponsor of The Green River Takeover, 2019 being the event’s 6th year. It was another record year with a total of 98 women 'taking over' the Green together (including 33 on the Narrows)! The event raised $7,200 for the Shannon Christy Memorial Fund and Live Like Maria Memorial Fund. A huge thanks to each and every lady, especially the volunteers, who showed up and made the amazing event what it was! There were loads of winners of numerous raffle prizes, but the big winner of the custom Dagger Green Boat was Erica Smith. Erica is an amazing woman who instructs and shows her passion through paddling with a huge smile on her face all of the time. Despite having her leg in a cast, she still came to support the event. Heal up fast Erica! We look forward to seeing you back on the river soon. (Thanks to Rob Giersch & Daniel Brasuell for the images.)
Aug 25Instagram Lite skrynkligt vatten i Champagneviken. #paddelboden #phseakayaks #daggerstratos #astraldesigns #astralfootwear #kokatat #devoldofnorway #njutomhus #seakayaking #thepaddleshack
Aug 23Dagger FB Smile! The weekend, & everyday, is for kayaking. Where will your paddling adventures take you this weekend? Photo: Anna Levesque
Aug 21Dagger FB Did you know you can get your very own Dagger Dagger River Shorty Rescue Knife AND Dagger Kayaks Edition Rocker Helmet at Dagger.com today!?!? —— Photo: AtypicalProductions
Aug 19Instagram Getting some surf action at Combe Martin #daggerstratos #kokatatusa #seakayaksurfing #northdevoncoastline #vitaminsea° #seakayakaddiction
Aug 19Instagram More rockhopping action yesterday, great day in a kayak #daggerstratos #bidefordcanoeclub #kokatatusa #wernerpaddles #seakayakinguk #vitaminsea #kayaklife #northdevoncoastline #rockhopping #overfallpaddlers
Aug 19Dagger FB Team Dagger is proud to support and foster up-and-coming young talents like Isaac S Hull and Malcolm Lee Smith, and we can’t wait to see where they take this sport next. With each new generation, whitewater kayaking gets pushed to exciting new levels. If you don’t believe it, take a look at this. (View the longer full edit here: https://www.facebook.com/DaggerWhitewater/videos/2664313080247056/)
Aug 18Dagger FB TOP two for Team Dagger & the Dagger Vanguard at the Great Falls Race this weekend! Geoff Calhoun took the win with Bobby Miller (pictured) in second. #FasterThanPhantomFast Photo: Jeremy Blum
Aug 15Dagger FB The kayaker life is the good life! “Can’t complain about that view #kickinitinkernville” - Rashid Clifton
Aug 14Instagram (Barely took photos, but video link is in my bio) No shit, there we were.....late in the day due to excess lifestylin’, and 3mi from the put in with 2ft of snow on the road. We almost turned back, but we figured we’re made of better stock than that. We hiked to a lake, saw a bald eagle on a stump by a waterfall drops into a meadow, then paddled to the top of the dam that feeds Fordyce. Also forgot my drytop and I was balls cold in a shortie. Kick ass day trip. A lot of rapids not in video. Made it to the “miles long” lake paddle at dusk and to the cars at nightfall. Sick trip for sure. #daggerphantom #phantomfast #immersionresearch #kokatatusa #sweetprotection #wernerpaddles #astralfootwear #naturefirst #goproheroblack4 #wrsi
Aug 12Dagger FB Great little film from the crew up at Aquabatics Calgary getting #PhantomFast. Video: Danny Gariepy & Tim Shaw
Aug 9Dagger FB “You can try to hold off the young bucks as long as possible; you don’t give it to them, but eventually they’re going to take it.” – Chris Gragtmans, Former Dagger Team Manager Team Dagger is proud to support and foster up-and-coming young talents like Isaac S Hull and Malcolm Lee Smith, and we can’t wait to see where they take this sport next. With each new generation, whitewater kayaking gets pushed to exciting new levels. If you don’t believe it, take a look at this.
Aug 7Dagger FB HUGE congrats to Ian Van Wingert & MacKenzie Hatcher for taking the men’s & women’s wins at the 39th annual Upper Yough Race! Ian was paddling the Vanguard prototype (and won the race by a big margin) while Mackenzie was in a Green Boat. A big congrats also goes out to Isaac S Hull who paddled a Green Boat to a Jr class win & second place overall finish. Action Photo: Jeff Macklin Full race results for 2019: http://www.racesplitter.com/races/1155C96D6?fbclid=IwAR3kq9Lskuk7QwjOpVyqrKu8vqSBAlxx6b4PU9VXk2ADrH28mkcV4IxHUzA
Aug 6Instagram This encounter happen 4 years ago of the coast of Sligo. I've been lucky enough to see a few Basking Shark since then. The second biggest fish in the ocean, so cool, calm and collected. #seakayaking #baskingshark #irelandtravel #ireland° #oceankayaking #daggerkayaks #canoecentre #kokatat #intothewater #wildatlanticway #vwsnapshot #nature #marinelife
Aug 5Dagger FB The dynamic duo of Cate and Jeff from Liquid Fusion Kayaking getting in some 'Vitamin Sea' before work with a quick lap around Noyo Bay, in Fort Bragg, CA, in the Stratos 14.5. Remember that you can now get the Stratos that is right for you. Stratos 14.5 L & S and 12.5 L & S are all now available. Lots of options, something for every body type, paddling style and adventure.
Aug 4Instagram Crushin boofs on the Deschutes @immersionresearch @free_fall_visuals #BenhamFalls #whitewater #rivers #stoked #fullsend #sendit #bend #oregon #summerflows #cleanlines #water #love #sweetprotection #irdry #wernerpaddles #astralbouyancy #astralfootwear #kokatat #watersheddrybags #phantomfast #daggerkayaks
Aug 2Dagger FB We at Dagger love to continue to support whitewater kayaking progression at all levels. We were thrilled to once again help sponsor the North Fork Championship this year. If you haven't seen it yet, here's this year's official highlight real. Impressive racing at an even more impressive event! Congratulations to the organizers, paddlers, spectators and everyone that made this event so special once again.
Aug 1Instagram A little sunrise shred is good for the soul °°° #colorado #native #riverrat #dawnpatrol #beautiful #daggerkayaks #kokatat #wernerpaddles #goprohero7
Jul 31Dagger FB Tons of protection, super comfortable and fresh graphics. Check, check and check! North American paddlers can now buy the Sweet Protection Rocker Dagger edition. For all the details and to order yours today check out: https://www.dagger.com/us/sweet-rocker-helmet-ml
Jul 29Dagger FB The NEW Dagger Stratos 12.5S has now started shipping to your local Dagger retailer! This new boat is perfect for paddlers with shorter torsos. While it's the same length as the new this year Stratos 12.5L, it features a one-inch lower deck height (13.5' versus 14.5'). Get all the details here: https://www.dagger.com/us/kayaks/stratos-125s-0 Photo: Eric Parker Photography
Jul 29Instagram Gates of Lodore 2019. Class IV rapid called Hell’s half mile. #explore #adventure #atpaddles #kokatat #daggerkayaks #stohlquist #wrsi
Jul 26Dagger FB Who else is ready to freewheel into the weekend? Photo: Todd Wells #PhantomFast
Jul 26Instagram So ready for a whitewater weekend! #optoutdoors #getoutside #whitewater #whitewaterkayaking #vailraceseries #eagleriver #vail #colorado #mountainliving #river #coloradolife #daggerkayaks #daggermamba #mamba #wernerpaddles #kokatatusa #kokatat #wrsihelmets
Jul 24Dagger FB The opportunity you've all been waiting for has arrived! Get your very own 'Dagger Dagger' today!!! The awesome Gerber River Shorty rescue knife has been elevated with some Dagger Kayaks love. You can now buy yours at: https://www.dagger.com/us/dagger-river-shorty.
Jul 22Dagger FB Dropping into Monday like... Todd Wells waking up with a splash high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Photo: Eric Parker Photography
Jul 21Instagram Playing in the swell #bidefordcanoeclub #daggerstratos #kokatatusa #rockhopping #rockgardening #wernerpaddles #northdevoncoastline #seakayakinguk #vitaminsea
Jul 21Instagram Rock hopping was great fun today #bidefordcanoeclub #daggerstratos #wernerpaddles #kokatatusa #kokatat #rockhopping #northdevoncoastline #expeditionpaddling
Jul 21Instagram Small cave on today’s paddle #bidefordcanoeclub #daggerstratos #kokatat #kokatatusa #wernerpaddles #seakayakinguk #seakayakingnorthdevon #kayakguidelife #seakayakguide #jurrasiccoastline #vitaminsea
Jul 19Dagger FB Who else is ready to carve into the weekend? Photo: Sarah Ruhlen
Jul 18Palm FB Who's coming to Tryweryn Festival 2019 this weekend? We'll be there with a fleet of Dagger Kayaks demo boats, so be sure to pop by and say hello! The Palm Throwline Olympics are taking place at 15:00 this Saturday, so be sure to bring a throwline. There will be lots of goodies to be won! You can register on the day at our stand or sign up in advance here: https://forms.gle/7cmWbeMWbE8hTDf7A & #128247; Tom Clare Photography
Jul 17Dagger FB Get outside, smell the fresh air and get out on the water. The world always looks better from the seat of a kayak. The Dagger Stratos 14.5 and NEW 12.5 are amazing versatile kayaks that are always ready for adventure. Photo: Eric Parker Photography
Jul 16Instagram My mom and I paddled 7 or 8 miles from Squire's Landing on the Sammamish River to Juanita Beach Park on Lake Washington. We saw 4 seaplanes take off from Kenmore Air and a dozen or more bald eagles fishing from the trees above Saint Edwards State Park. Not bad for a slightly windy and overcast day out on the water. #pnw #kenmore #sammamishriver #lakewashington #kenmoreair #daggerkayaks #wernerpaddles #kokatat
Jul 16Instagram 60 Seconds on the beautiful Kettle River, Minnesota. °°°. • flow rate of only 872 cfs...but made for fun class II+ and some small Class III. • #minnesota #kettleriver #daggerkayaks #kayak #kayaking #goprohero5 #gopro #goproedits #videooftheday #instagood #instadaily #river #water #optoutside #play #tinyboat #60seconds #kokatatusa #wernerpaddles #northcounty
Jul 15Dagger FB At this year's North Fork Championship Team Dagger's Geoff Calhoun went #PhantomFast for a 9th place finish in an incredibly stacked world class field of racers. Geoff had this to say about his experience: 'The North Fork Championship Final on Jacob's Ladder was the culmination of a year round effort of trying to raise my comfort level to compete at the world level. This year with international competition it was harder than ever to get into the final, and I spent most of my practice energy on the qualifying course in S-Turn rapid in the days before the race. Mental preparation for this event is really year round, and I'd been specifically focusing on efficiently padding long sections of whitewater fast while staying calm and not overexerting. I had developed a good plan of how to race Jake's and Golf Course to make sure to get all the gates, but only had a few practice runs on the course this season, so i lost some time by being a bit conservative. My first race run I hit the first ...
Jul 15Instagram Spent the weekend in Bend and ran some quality whitewater #Deschutes #whitewater #stoots #stoked #quality #rapids #kayaking #stout #rivers #daggerphantom #wernerpaddles #immersionresearch #astralbuoyancy #astralfootwear #sweetprotection #kokatat @immersionresearch @free_fall_visuals
Jul 14Instagram °°° #Colorado #native #weekend #shred #homeriver #whitewater #scenic #riverrat #daggerkayaks #wernerpaddles #kokatatusa #sweetprotection
Jul 13Instagram Et pour finir la saison en beauté petite virée sur gavarnie toujours en bonne compagnie Un plaisir de revenir sur cette magnifique rivière avec ces beaux paysages et son eau glacial #kayakforlife #daggerkayaks #tywarppaddles #kokatat #shreadreadyhelmets #sandiline
Jul 12Dagger FB The Sweet Protection Rocker Dagger Kayaks Edition is now available (to US paddlers)! We’re so stoked to continue to bring you the best gear possible for your kayaking adventures. Check it out now: www.dagger.com/us/sweet-rocker-helmet-lxl-accessory
Jul 11Instagram Uno dei grandi piaceri della vita sta nel fare quello che gente dice che non è una tariffa. °°°. #kayakfun #kayakadventure #kayaklove #kayaking #kayakingadventures #whitewater #whitewaterkayaking #Extreme #extremekayaking #marmore #nature #naturephotography #sportphotos #daggeraxiom #wernerpaddles #sweetprotection #levelsix #kokatat #gopro #goprophoto #goproitalia #daggerkayaks
Jul 10Instagram 60 Seconds on the St Louis River, Minnesota. Hitting some class III whitewater. • • #whitewater #minnesota #daggerkayaks #liquidlogickayaks #wernerpaddles #kokatatusa #stlouisriver #smallboats #kayak #kayaking #outside #water #optoutside #instagood #instadaily #gopro5black #gopro #funwithgopro #goproedits #upnorth #northcountry
Jul 10Instagram 4th of July Paddle on the Snake River, Minnesota. Class II+ with smallish Class III. • • #minnesota #fourthofjulypaddle #river #water #kayak #kayaking #whitewater #teawater #daggerkayaks #liquidlogickayaks #wernerpaddles #kokatatusa #outside #outdoors #smallboats #goprohero5 #gopro #goproedit #funwithgopro #instagood #instadaily #videooftheday #upnorth #northcountry
Jul 10Dagger FB Who else is out enjoying the sunshine & flowing rivers this summer? Here Maranda Stopol enjoys some verticality in her Dagger RPM on the SF Payette’s Swirly Canyon. & #128248;: Todd Wells
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