Dave Costello

Training Tips for Power Paddling

Serious boaters, including 28 year-old professional kayaker Rush Sturges,will tell you the only way to train for whitewater paddling is to go paddling.

The Planet's 8 Best Paddling Spots

Pro kayaker and filmmaker Rush Sturges, has dipped a paddle all over the globe. Here, he picks for the 8 most amazing places to kayak on earth.

Shred Ready Carbon Deluxe TDUB

A whitewater-specific design that can take multiple hits and should accommodate just about every head size and shape. (It comes with an assortment of pads for fine-tuning the fit.)

MTI F Spec PFD

Paddlers will appreciate its snug fit and mesh back panels that breathe easy in summertime heat.

Stohlquist Elvis

Considering that the expedition-ready Elvis comes with a removable storm hood and a relief zipper, it’s an even greater bargain.

Koppen Zuma Rocks

Its fabric’s fibers are bound with a natural insect-repelling agent found in the chrysanthemum flower.

SealLine Pro Pack

The roll-top closure on SealLine’s Pro Pack is waterproof enough to handle repeated dousings and brief submersions.

Saltwood Reggie

Handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, Saltwood’s Reggie has a hollow-core spruce shaft and composite blade, both of which do the flexing so your joints don’t have to.

Aquapac Waterproof Case

The wisest move is probably just to leave your iPad at home. But if you must, protect it with Aquapac’s new waterproof case.

Boardworks Badfish MCIT

Finally, an inflatable SUP that’s solid, durable, and entertaining. The Badfish is even a hoot in ocean surf.

404 Monster 2.0

A touring race board that gobbles up the miles. The carbon-fiber model ($2,675) offers more full-on speed.

Naish Nalu

A great all-rounder and close runner-up for Gear of the Year.