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By Eugene Buchanan of Paddling Life “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That quote by Charles Dickens sums up the paddlesports industry this season, as boat manufacturers are scurrying on the supply side to keep up with demand that is raging like a river at full runoff. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 25 years in paddlesports,” said Scott Byers, marketing director of Confluence Outdoors, one of the category’s largest players with such brands as Dagger, Wilderness Systems, Perception, Mad River Canoe and more. “Usually we have a stockpile of product, we’re...

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