AdventureKEEN Founder & Publisher Inducted into Paddlesports Hall of Fame

This is such a strong way to finish out the year! This upcoming weekend the Southern Appalachian Paddlesports Museum (SAPM) will host their 2021 Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year Bob Sehlinger (Hoover/Inverness), who is currently owner & publisher of AdventureKEEN based in Birmingham, AL, will be inducted as part of the inaugural class. The induction ceremony will take place at the Southern Appalachian Museum in Asheville, NC.

Bob Sehlinger

Administered by the SAPM, the Southern Whitewater Hall of Fame “honors more than fifty heroes of our sport—Innovators, Pioneers, and Leaders—who have made it so that our region has become a worldwide mecca of whitewater paddling. 

To merit induction, a nominee must have exhibited one or more of the following qualities in ways that have profoundly and positively impacted the sport of whitewater paddling in the Southern Appalachians: As an INNOVATOR by creating new methods, technologies, or products; as a LEADER among people in organizations or movements; or as a PIONEER who defined new pathways for others to follow, particularly in paddling sport.”

Bob Sehlinger has years of experience as a paddling guide and as a publisher and guidebook author, since moving to Birmingham, AL in 1982. Sehlinger is being recognized as the founder of SAGE, Inc., a provider of outdoor skills courses to thousands, and as an early leader in the outfitting industry, including serving as president of Eastern Professional River Outfitters Association. He is also the author of five guidebooks on canoeing and kayaking.AdventureKEEN is a leading independent outdoor activity and nature book publisher based in Birmingham. Sehlinger has guided the company through a long period of growth since founding his original outdoor publishing imprint, Menasha Ridge Press

Bob Sehlinger in a red canoe.