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,…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 23, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments
“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…Continue
Joel Fedak enjoying the entry…
Added by Chris Baer on April 4, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 29, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Tyler Fox on February 17, 2013 at 9:26pm — No Comments
Mexico Part 2.
Added by Kyle Hull on November 26, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kyle Hull on November 8, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 6, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 3, 2012 at 10:49pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 29, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 2, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Tyler Fox on February 21, 2012 at 3:27am — No Comments
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!…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Tyler Fox on February 1, 2012 at 5:31pm — No Comments
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! …Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on January 10, 2012 at 10:36pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on October 5, 2011 at 11:12pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 21, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue