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Kokatat River Tow Tether

Kokatat have developed a new towing system for use with their PFDS called the River Tow Tether.

Kokatat River Tow Tether
Kokatat River Tow Tether

The Kokatat River Tow Tether is a five foot webbing cow tail/tow tether with adjustable length so that it fits snug against your rescue life vest to minimize snag hazard. This video will demonstrate how to install, adjust and pack the River Tow Tether .

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Paddlesports Retailer – Registration Now Live

MADISON, WISCONSIN, February 7, 2017 — Paddlesports Retailer is now open for registration for both buyers and vendors. To date, the number of Founding Exhibitors has grown to over 40 leading brands, with more exhibitors registering daily.

“We’re pleased that the paddlesports industry has been so supportive,” said Sutton Bacon, co-founder of Paddlesports Retailer. “In just 70 days we’ve gone from an idea to execution, and we’ve done so by providing an extremely good value for the exhibitors,” said Bacon.

Paddlesports Retailer will debut on August 29 – September 1, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin utilizing the common format of an opening on-water demo followed by three days in the hall. Earlier in the month, a broad coalition of paddlesports brands formally endorsed Paddlesports Retailer as the industry’s official national tradeshow.

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Time For A New Personal Flotation Device

Many people are oblivious as to when their Personal Flotation Device (PFD) has reached the end of its functional life. An easy indication of when you ought to get a new Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is when you can’t read the label on the inside. When the label starts to deteriorate to the point you can’t read it, the flotation has probably started to deteriorate as well.

Time For A New Personal Flotation Device

To say I’m picky about my PFD, how it fits, and what I carry in it, would be a massive understatement. If you spend the number of years having fun on the water that I have, you will encounter your share of rescue situations. What you have on your chest will be the tools at your disposal to fix those situations.

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First Thoughts On The Kokatat Idol

Natty Cordon takes a look at the new Kokatat Idol drysuit/drytop.

Is it really possible to kill two birds with one stone? Well Kokatat have finally achieved it! Thanks to their innovative waist entry system, the new Kokatat Idol drysuit can be split in half and used as a dry cag for the summer months!

Kokatat Idol Review

Having faced some fairly intense scepticism, with even my closest friends believing that I would drown, I have gathered a few FAQs which I will now attempt to answer:

Kokatat Idol Review

What’s the waist entry system all about?

In stark contrast to the traditional front or rear entry drysuits, the Kokatat Idol has a flexible plastic zip which runs around the waist, separating the trousers from the top.

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Expedition Inception

Expedition Inception

Expedition Inception (EI) is a whitewater journey from South Africa to China. The team will follow the kayaking seasons through as many countries as possible on their way to the finishing point in the Tibetan province of China.

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Kokatat Warranty and Repair

Kokatat Warranty and Repair

Kokatat offers a full service and warranty facility to extend the life of your Kokatat product. Learn more at

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French Fries, Burgers and Whitewater

Seems a pretty good combination to me!

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Jonas Grünewald and Nils Dippon went kayaking in South-East. Continue reading

Simple Times – Self Support Trip on the Grand Canyon

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Trip leader and permit holder Alex Ransom invited an all-star cast of paddlers to join him on a winter self-support expedition of the Grand Canyon. This trip report offers a glimpse into the magic this trip of a lifetime can offer. Continue reading

Reader’s Rides 2014 – Ben Hawthorne


Name: Ben Hawthorne

About me: Been paddling for a while now, maybe 24 years?? Christ I’m old!!! I have however been fortunate to take my passion all over the world and paddle in a whole lot of places including New Zealand, Nepal, Chile and Canada. For the last 2 summers and next I have been running the Sjoa Kayak Camp in Norway along with my beautiful wife and the Gene 17 boys. I’m lucky enough to be supported by Colorado Kayak Supply in the US, super cool guys, check em out.

Location: Currently, Chamonix for the winter. Stoked.

Boat: ZET Raptor. Now when these came out I thought they looked a bit industrial, rough around the edges and wasn’t that keen. Then I ended up paddling one for a bit, and after a couple of runs was completely converted. It does everything a creek boat should do. Fast (for a creek boat), boofs and rolls easy, light, comfortable and most importantly, bomb proof. I do think its not really a great beginners boat, it definitely needs to be driven around the river and will kick your arse pretty fast if youre not a pro-active paddler but I love it. It really suits my paddling style. I’m pretty excited to see the new boat they’ve got lined up, details boys details!!! Also a Bliss-stick Smoothy for my play boat, like a project in my size, love it.

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Paddle Expo – Day 2

Quite a few little gems in this gallery from Tom Pattison.

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Thomas Richard Spring 2014

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Here is a little video recap of French Kokatat Ambassador Thomas Richard, training for the World Cups and running his local rivers. Continue reading

New XL Pyranha Burn On Aysgarth Waterfalls

New XL Pyranha Burn on Aysgarth Waterfalls, Yorkshire, England.

Turns like it’s on rails, you put it where you want it with sweet boots and ski speed and a load of ass to carry you on your adventures, this ones my favourite!!!

Get some, get one!!!

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