Friday, February 27, 2015

ACA Among National Paddling Film Fest Winners

For 34 years, the National Paddling Film Festival has been hosting a competition to determine the best in paddlesport videos and images. This competition has provided the paddling community with a fun and profitable event to support American Whitewater and river conservation. 

This year, the ACA won the Best Professional Safety/Instruction category! Watch our winning videos at

We are honored to be recognized among this year's top films, and we hope this spreads the message of safe paddling to an even broader audience. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

There's Still Time...

The ACA is thrilled to be offering the Club Fostered Stewardship Grant Program for the 13th year in a row. If you are interested in applying, act fast. The deadline for applications is tomorrow, February 27th. 

Want to know more about previous grant recipients? Check out some of these great projects that have been funded through our CFS Program over the last 10 years.

Click here to access the CFS Grant online application. If you have any questions, please contact ACA Stewardship Coordinator, Zane Havens.

Good luck, and keep up the strong stewardship work, paddlers! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

International Paddling Film Festival Coming to Virginia

The ACA presents the 10th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at the Byrd Theatre (2908 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA) on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm).

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is an international film tour presenting the world’s best whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP and kayak fishing action and paddling lifestyle films of the year on screens in 100-plus cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

With 23 inspiring paddling films short-listed for the World Tour, including the ten festival category winners, audiences can expect to see stand-up paddle surfing, hairy whitewater action, sea kayakers exploring remote coastlines, headwaters canoe expeditions, international river travel films, motivating environmental documentaries, grueling kayak fishing battles and hilarious short films capturing the lighter side of paddling life. 

With your $10 ticket to the ACA’s Reel Paddling Film Festival screening you will receive free entry to a raffle, with prizes generously donated by Whole Foods, Walkabout Outfitters, Peak Experiences, and many others.

Adult libations will be sold at a cash bar to audience members who are 21 and over, courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Proceeds from ticket and drink sales will go to the Stream to Sea Initiative, the ACA’s flagship stewardship program that organizes and promotes on-water cleanups of inland waterways as a method of combating marine debris pollution.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour is produced by Rapid Media and presented in Richmond by the ACA on 3/21/2015 at 2:00 pm.

For tickets and information please visit:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Paddlesport Jobs Board

The ACA Career Center has expanded its services! 

Visit to discover this great resource for job seekers and employers alike. 

FYI: There is currently an open position at the ACA National Office for a Membership Coordinator. Visit the Career Center website to learn more!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Canoecopia 2015

Experience the best antidote for March's cabin fever! Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world, with over 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing. 

Over 100 seminars, speakers and clinics make Canoecopia an educational event where you can learn everything you need to know to select, purchase and use the perfect gear for your style of paddling.

The ACA Midwest Division Meeting will be held on March 14th from 6-7pm. This is a fun, interactive get-together where you can network with other paddlers, learn all about the Midwest Division, and see how you can get involved with the ACA.

Click here to learn more! We hope to see you in March.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

CFS Grant Deadline Fast Approaching

Need funding for your local stewardship efforts? Apply for a Club Fostered Stewardship Grant!

CFS grants are available for projects that utilize volunteers in efforts to protect, maintain or restore recreational waterways, to provide for or improve public access, or to enhance safe navigation. Eligible projects include: cleaning up waterways, clearing in-stream safety hazards, maintaining access areas, erecting signs and controlling erosion, establishing and maintaining paddle trails, acquiring threatened access points, and providing sanitary facilities. Grant amounts range from $100-$1,000.

We are accepting applications through Friday, February 27th, 2015, so apply today!