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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011 will mark the first time that Bomber Gear will be available to retailers. The premium, authentic paddlesports brand will unveil new sprayskirts and technical apparel at Outdoor Retailer, which takes place Aug. 4-7, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This past December, Confluence Watersports proudly announced that Bomber Gear joined its family of leading paddlesports brands. Since that time, Bomber Gear founder and now Product Development Manager for Softgoods and Accessories, Rick Franken, and his adoptive Bomber Gear team have been working on enhancements to the brand through cutting-edge design and innovation. Bomber Gear is in true form to drop on retailers this summer. “Bomber Gear is in a great place; we couldn’t be more excited about the re-launch,” said Shelly Moore, VP of Sales for Confluence Watersports. “With the quality and performance attributes fine-tuned, we are thrilled to be able to offer retailers such high performance whitewater skirts and technical paddlesports apparel. Retailers can now turn to Confluence for their full spectrum of paddlesports needs.” Stop by the Confluence Watersports booth #32077 to see Bomber Gear’s 2011-2012 line. About Bomber Gear:Bomber Gear was founded in Durango, Colo. in 1992, by expert kayaker Rick Franken. Franken bought his first sewing machine because he and a small group of adventure-seeking friends needed better gear. Better gear that let them push the limits and perform at their best while staying warm, dry and comfortable. The goal was to design and manufacture task-specific paddling gear that worked for everyone. Today, Bomber Gear is a premium, authentic paddlesports brand that continues to specialize in the design of performance whitewater skirts and technical paddlesports apparel. Visit Bomber Gear online atwww.bombergear.com.
Late last week, the US Forest Service released a Draft Environmental Assessment that proposes to continue denying the American public the simple right to float in canoes and kayaks down the Wild and Scenic Upper Chattooga River for most or all of the year depending on the section of river. The decision comes as the latest setback to citizens who connect with nature most strongly through paddling wild rivers like the Upper Chattooga. For more than a decade, paddlers have challenged the mismanagement of recreational and environmental values on the Upper Chattooga River. The proposal marks a success for paddlers’ efforts to secure new conservation measures in that it proposes to bring sprawling campsites and user-created trails up to standards, set capacities for all visitors, and monitor the river’s condition and use over time.
Known for revolutionizing outdoor cooking, Jetboil, Incorporated announces that its new Jetboil SUMO® Titanium cooking system has received the OutDoor Industry Award 2011. The award is given by a committee from West East at OutDoor Friedrichshafen in Germany. The OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD is awarded for innovative design and above-average product quality. The award was received at OutDoor Friedrichshafen on July 14, 2011. “We are honored and gratified to receive the OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2011 for Jetboil SUMO® Ti,” said Perry Dowst, co-founder and CEO of Jetboil. ”We’re excited to be able to extend the benefits of our Ti Fluxring technology introduced in the Jetboil Sol Ti in order to meet the requirements for higher capacity backcountry cooking applications. Our thanks to the OutDoor jury for recognizing this product and its innovation.”
Cascade Designs, Inc., the Seattle-based industry leader in the design and manufacture of premier outdoor equipment, is proud to announce that two SealLine brand gear protection products have been honored with the 2011-2013 Sea Kayaker Magazine Readers’ Choice Award. Readers submitted votes for their favorite products in a variety of categories, selecting the SealLine Baja Deck Bag as the Best Deck Bag and the SealLine Kodiak Window Dry Bag as the Best Dry Bag. To conduct the triennial Readers’ Choice survey,Sea Kayaker magazine provides product categories without suggested products, relying instead on readers to write-in their favorite products. As a result, the consumers determine the best product in each category regardless of how long the product has been on the market or whether the company advertises with the publication. "It’s an incredible honor to receive this award by write-in ballot for not one, but two of our products,” said Darren Pinne, Division Director of Gear Protection and Travel Accessories for Cascade Designs. “It’s especially meaningful to our manufacturing employees here in Seattle that take pride in making these high-quality products.” The SealLine Baja Deck Bag, introduced to market in 1997, keeps essentials dry and handy on deck while sea kayaking. The deck bag features waterproof radio frequency-welded seams and a low-profile shape to protect against deck-washing waves. Personal contents are accessible by a zipper that is guarded by a splash-proof closure and roll-back zipper visor. On the outside, an easily accessible mesh zip pocket holds smaller items that can get wet. The SealLine Baja Deck Bag was also voted the Best Deck Bag by the Readers of Sea Kayaker Magazine in 2005 and 2008, the last two years the survey was conducted.
Jackson Kayak and Dane Jackson swept the USA Freestyle Kayak National Championships that concluded Sunday at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Jackson Kayak’s Rock Star, the company’s newest freestyle boat, was the weapon of choice by five of the six paddlers who earned a gold medal. Paddling the Rock Star to the top podium was Jackson Kayak founder and president Eric “EJ” Jackson, who won the Men’s title, while daughter, Emily, won the Women’s division and son, Dane, won the Junior Men’s division plus the all-ages canoe (C1) and open canoe (OC1) classes.
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