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2015 Farmlands Race

The "Farmlands" is a little known section of the White Salmon River, near BZ Corner, Washington, with it's take-out at the put-in of the notorious "Truss". The Farmlands is a Class IV section of whitewater, with incredible scenery, gorged out rapids, two waterfalls, and various ledges/slides; the perfect place for a race! This year, local paddler Kabe Grant decided it was time for the section to host the first race of the 2015 Western Whitewater Championship Series, March 14,…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 23, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments

North Fork of the San Joaquin


“Looking back on the trip, and all the rapids we paddled, the unbelievable landscapes we were lucky enough to travel through, the amazing group of people on the water with us and the perfect water levels provided to us by Mother Nature, I would have to say this…


Added by Tyler Fox on August 19, 2013 at 6:52pm — 2 Comments

Another extremely committing canyon in Colombia, Rio Junambu

Joel Fedak enjoying the entry rapids, Chris Baer, colombia, junambu

Joel Fedak enjoying the entry…


Added by Chris Baer on April 4, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

Recap: 2013 Wind River Festival

Paddlers gather just below the Finish Line (Photo: Zach Collier)

The day was Saturday, March 13, 2013. The Wind River was at 5.9ft, a perfect medium flow with just enough juice to cover the F’U rocks. The last Pedialyte had been drank, and the…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 29, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Wairoa Race Recap

Finally recovering from a long weekend of Extreme Racing and Event organizing. The Kaituna Time Trial was the first event of the weekend. It entailed two race runs down the length of the Kaituna River (regular section) with your combined times adding up to give you your total time. I…


Added by Tyler Fox on February 17, 2013 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Mexico Part 2

Mexico Part 2.



Added by Kyle Hull on November 26, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Mexico Part 1


Mexico. I had seen the whitewater from this place for years in kayaking videos.  This year I got the chance to go to this epic place and experience its white water for myself. I arrived in Mexico City on October 2nd with a paddle bag, my backpack, and my kayak. After getting to the Bus station, which was no small feat due to the fact that I was dragging a loaded boat and spoke limited Spanish, I was on the bus headed to Tlapacoyon.


My first 2 weeks…


Added by Kyle Hull on November 8, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Bachelorette Party on the SF Salmon Idaho, Idaho

What happens when four lady paddlers are getting married in the same year? You have a Bachelorette Party on the River! Earlier this month, 9 ladies from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Montana, rallied for a 4-day wilderness self-support on the South Fork of the Salmon River, near McCall, Idaho.…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 6, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Otter Box Armor Series


Photo: Ranch Exit Media

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to take part in the making of a commercial for Otter Box's new Armor Series Case for the iPhone. Let's just say it's a pretty rad case, and will allow us paddlers to use our phones…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 3, 2012 at 10:49pm — No Comments

How To: Strengthen your Core and Improve your Paddling

Your "core" encompasses your abdominal and back muscles, specifically the rectus abdominus, obliques, lower back, and the glutes. 


It is important to strengthen the core muscles, because these muscles provide stability to both the upper and lower body in all…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on May 14, 2012 at 5:43pm — 4 Comments

2012 Northwest Creeking Competition



The Northwest Creeking Competition is to paddlers what Sea Otter is to mountain bikers. The creeking comp. is in it's 7th year, and as organizer Luke Spencer, puts it, "...the…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 29, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

2012 Upper Wind River Festival: Results

2012 will be a year to remember for the Wind River Festival and the Western Whitewater Championship Series!

March 17, 2012 was the original date for the fIfth annual Upper Wind River Festival. With faint memories of last year's high water, rain/snow, cold temperatures, and very few racers, organizers moved the race back one week with the hope of more competitors this year. And more competitors there were!

With sunny, clear blue skies, and a…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 2, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments

NZ Extreme Race Series - Kaituna & Wairoa races

2012 Wairoa Xtreme Race

New Zealand, or Okere Falls, NZ if you really wanted to narrow it down, has, over the past 5-8 years produced some of the World's fastest kayakers. If you've ever been to the kaituna river, or participated in any event in…


Added by Tyler Fox on February 21, 2012 at 3:27am — No Comments

How To: Five Knots every Paddler Should Know

As a paddler, I use a couple different types of knots on every paddling adventure. Whether it's half-hitch to tie the boat off on my car, a bowline for a bow line, or a daisy chain to get rid of excess tail on a strap, knots are important!

Here's my 5 favorite knots that every paddler should know!…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on February 9, 2012 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

White Water Grand Prix photo look back

Without a doubt the Highlight of 2011 was the White Water Grand Prix. As a competitor it was more then I could have imagined, in so many ways, but even for the spectators this event took everyone by surprise. Everything seemed to be firing for event organiser Patrick Camblin; the water levels were…


Added by Tyler Fox on February 1, 2012 at 5:31pm — No Comments

New Year's Flood: Project X and Diesel 80 Review

If I were to ever get lucky, last week was the week, because when it rains, it POURS! While the Northwest has been in somewhat of a drought, we finally got some water, and I managed to have a five-day weekend. YES! A chance to get my Project X on a legitimate wave, and profess my love for my Diesel 80.

            The Washougal Wave gave up some good righty's!  I love my Project X! …


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on January 10, 2012 at 10:36pm — No Comments

Rogue River Trip


Every year when the seasons change, and Fall rolls around, I start thinking about a paddling vacation. Some years it's BC, others it's California.... 



This year was Oregon. Plan A was Canada, eh, while Plan B was the 11 friends, 2 rafts and a pirate party on the Rogue River.…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on October 5, 2011 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Recap: 2011 Northwest Creeking Competition

This past weekend was the 5th Annual Northwest Creeking Competition, which takes place on the East Fork of the Lewis River, WA and Canyon Creek, WA each spring.


Friday night came and brought some serious rain, causing the East Fork of the Lewis River to come up about 1,000 cfs overnight.…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 21, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Viva Mexico !

School's out! Finally, after 11 long semesters of studying excessively, I had all the time to realize this long-cherished wish of mine and go on a proper trip with my kayak. The plan: 5 months of travelling in North, Middle and South America - always in search of the most beautiful pieces of whitewater on the planet. After spending fall 2010 in the Southeast of the USA, playboating all over the place and successfully racing on Russel Fork and Green, the…


Added by Seppi Strohmeier on April 18, 2011 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Colorado Winter Update

After unfortunate cancelling trip to Mexico for kayaking and keeping the ticket for this year, our plan B was for some reason Colorado right away. Beautiful mountains, good lifestyle, friendly people and a lot of snow. I totally loved Colorado and its lifestyle anytime I was here kayaking so it was probably time to check what is going on here in winter. I know its unusual for a whitewater athlete to post pictures from ski&snb sessions but thats whats going on…


Added by Jakub Nemec on January 21, 2011 at 10:21pm — 1 Comment

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