Canoeing the Blackfoot River, Montana. Brian French.

Paddling

Whether canoeing a flatwater stretch of river such as the Flathead (pictured above), kayaking steep, inaccessible canyons and creeks, or using oar-rigs for big multi-day float trips, paddling is all about access to places you couldn’t any other way than being on the water.

As with other adventure sports such as skiing and snowboarding, new innovations in technique and equipment has led to dynamic progressions in paddling over the last 10 years. Enormous rapids, 50 or even 100 + foot waterfalls: what was once considered “unrunnable” by previous generations is now paddled under control by the latest generation of expert boaters.

Paddling Articles

Check out this paddleboarder get taken out by a shark — while riding a wave

by Rory Moulton

This crew scored the sweetest views in Moab

by Ben Horton

Welcome to the Green: World’s most hardcore whitewater community

by David Miller

Rio’s polluted waters won’t be clean for the Olympics. Here are the staggering health precautions US boaters must take.

by Rory Moulton

These images show why whitewater kayaking is the raddest sport.

by John Webster
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Think Nepal is just a low-end backpacker destination? These 5 gorgeous hotels will make you think again

by Elen Turner
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Why now is the best time to paddle Nepal

by Elen Turner

Watch: dream-like footage of a paddleboarder’s encounter with whales

by Morgane Croissant
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A couple cycle toured through the Canadian Rockies pulling kayaks. This is the stunning landscape they found.

by Rachel Kristensen
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6 of the best river parks in the US

by David Miller

Check this mesmerizing footage of kayakers SURFING UNDERWATER

by David Miller

North America’s Galapagos: 5 outdoor adventures on California’s Santa Cruz Island

by Kristen Bor
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Rowing in the Grand Canyon is the most coveted job in the world and it’s easy to understand why

by Morgane Croissant

15 epic things Canadians need to do this summer

by Morgane Croissant
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This surfer uses SUP boards to access the raddest street art spot ever

by Morgane Croissant
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9 reasons Idaho is the capital of American whitewater

by David Miller
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Extreme kayaker Rafa Ortiz teaches indigenous in Mexico to kayak

by Cathy Brown

These guys surf some of the most fun water features on earth, and the way they reach them is amazing

by Rory Moulton
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