The Big Gear Show Launches Open-Air Tradeshow in 2021

T​he Big Gear Show​, a demo and buying experience built for outdoor, bike, paddling and climbing buyers and makers,...
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Video: The Mystery of Squirt Boating

There’s a subculture of kayaking known by few and understood by fewer. The paddlers don diving goggles and neoprene...

Whitewater Technology Launches Debut Paddle Range

Greenville, SC - October 28th 2021 - Whitewater Technology, a new entrant to the high performance paddlesports market launches...

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A Paddler’s Guide to Social Distancing

Iced in with nowhere to go? As more states and provinces recommend people work from home, stay home from school, cancel paddling events and...

Review: Esquif Zephyr 2.0 XL

I dug through the Rapid archives all the way back to 2006 to find my original review of the...

Pakayak Bluefin 14 Review

Until recently, a kayak’s off-water stealth didn’t factor into most paddlers’ purchasing decisions. Portable kayaks—an eclectic catch-all of inflatable,...

Creek Boat Review: Pyranha 9R II

When Pyranha released the original 9R in 2014, they rewrote the rulebook on creek boats. At the time, creeks...

Solo Canoe Review: Adirondack Canoe Company’s 14-Foot Boreas

There’s a brief but particular full chassis shudder a 2003 Suburu Outback makes when its serpentine belt snaps. So,...

3 Best Electric SUP Pumps For 2021

The trade-off for the convenience and easy portability of an inflatable SUP is the small hassle of inflation. Sure,...

Bear Safety Gear for Camping

“Your best defense in bear country is your brain—your knowledge and understanding of bears,” writes Steve Herrero in his...

The Best Paddling & Camping Gear For Your Next...

River guides know all the secrets to staying comfortable while camping, chilling and tending to chores in canyon country....

Darcy Gaechter Paddles the Amazon River Source to Sea

It took Darcy Gaechter 148 days to paddle the Amazon River—but it took her six years to write Amazon...

The Broken Skull: The Best New River In the...

This Broken Skull River northern adventure story begins below the marquee lights, outside an 80-year-old downtown theater on a...

The First Self-Supported Tandem Canoe Mission Down The Grand...

I grimace, hold my breath and force the barrel to close. “Shitter is full!” I call to the group. It’s...

Retracing Canoe Routes Of Old On The Eastmain River...

Eighteenth- and 19th-century fur traders knew the vast network of waterways cascading over polished granite through endless black spruce...

Ultimate Guide to Kayaking at Night: Lights, Bioluminescence And...

Paddling in the dark is like entering a new world. On a moonlit lake, a familiar route becomes exotic....

Tim’s Wilderness Rules

As my wife and kids know all too well, I’ve got a complicated set of rules for how I...

How To Put A Kayaker On The Moon

I began my photography career in 2012 and four years later met James Manke, the kayaker in this photo....

Delta Kayaks Is The Latest Manufacturer to Get Ripped-Off...

Overseas knockoffs are nothing new in the paddling business, but it hits a little harder when it’s your baby...

The One Simple Safety Feature To Save The Coast...

An empty, drifting kayak is an eerie sight. Reports of unmanned paddlecraft immediately trigger a search and rescue response from...

Paddling Publisher vs. Greek Philosopher Heraclitus

It was the Greek philosopher Heraclitus who said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice. For it’s...