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2012 Clackamas River Festival

This year was the 29th annual Clackamas River Festival, a two day festival on the Upper Clackamas River outside Portland, Oregon. The two day event features various drift boat, cataraft, raft and kayak races, such as: R4 and Kayak Downriver races, an oar boat…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 30, 2012 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Upper Trout Creek, Washington

Myself boofing on Upper Trout Creek (Photo: Bryon Dorr)

We are lucky as paddlers to live in the Columbia River Gorge. During the rainy season, within a half hour drive it is possible to be at over a dozen different rivers. Each and every one, unique, and…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 21, 2012 at 11:40am — 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…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) 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…

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

2012 Northwest Creeking Competition is almost here! TWO DAYS!

Get ready because on April 21 and 22, the 2012 Northwest Creeking Competition in ON! 

If you're a paddler in the Northwest, and looking for something to do this weekend, come on out to the Northwest Creeking Competition! Whether you decide to race, or decide to paddle down with a group of friends, the event is always a BLAST!

Saturday: East Fork of the Lewis River, WA - Kayak and Raft Races

Individual Timed runs, and a mass start from…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on April 19, 2012 at 3:43pm — 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…

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

2012 Upper Wind River Festival

Myself in the first rapid on the run, Initiation Photo by Tim Brink)

 

Are you ready for the Upper Wind River Festival in less than two weeks? On March 17, Northwest paddlers will flock to the Upper Wind River near Carson, WA for a day of whitewater racing. 

 

This will be my third year racing the event and I am stoked! Should be even bigger…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on March 6, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Floodlust: Conestoga Wave, Oregon

"When the forecast calls for a solid week of rain, Facebook and Twitter updates roar alive, "Skiers and weather nerds start at the beginning; kayakers, skip to the last paragraph. Stoked!" For more photos, and the rest of the write-up, check out my post on Five Ten, here: …

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on February 15, 2012 at 1:21pm — 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!…

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

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! …

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

River Etiquette

A low water time of year in the Columbia River Gorge, I am reminded of the great numbers of people that manage to paddle the same river, on the same day, at the same time. Don't get me wrong... as far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier!…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on December 13, 2011 at 9:59pm — No Comments

2011 Halloween Truss Paddle

 

Every year on Halloween, Hood River-ites get together for a costume paddle down the "Green Truss" section of the White Salmon River. This year Jesse and I weren't sure if we were going to make it as we decided to try our hand at racing bikes for the first time ever in the Day of the Dead Super D in Bend, OR the day prior. Turns out it is pretty fun, and worked out pretty well as I placed 1st in the Women's Under 34 category, while my friend and fellow paddler, Rachel Crowder rode…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on October 31, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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.…

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

How To: The Cartwheel

 

I'm not going to lie...cartwheeling is hard. It's one of those moves that is hard to teach, hard to learn, and requires a lot of technique. It's one of those moves that you have to try and try and try until you get the "Feel" of throwing an end or two. Some people learn in flatwater first, where as others do better starting out in a hole. I, myself, learned in flatwater and it took me a little while before I could even double pump (initiate the bow and stern in flatwater). In other…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on September 17, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments

Washington's Gem: The Cispus River

Mt. Adams, the headwaters of the Cispus River

 

After nearly 11 weeks of no creeking this summer, my shoulder has finally started feeling good. Good enough to get in my Diesel 80 and "off the couch" it on the Upper Upper Cispus, a class V…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on September 4, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments

The Top 5 Things I wish I knew as a Beginner Paddler...

 

Photo Copyright Robin Carleton of Off Route Photography

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on August 21, 2011 at 6:11pm — No Comments

How To: Recover from a Rotator Cuff Injury

 

For the last 7 weeks, I have been working to rehabilitate a bum shoulder, the result of going over the bars on a waterfall. The Verdict: Rotator Cuff Strain/Tear or Torn Labrum. I've got two more weeks before I get an MRI, and know for sure what is wrong. Hoping to heal up and feel better before then. Currently, I'm on a conservative rehabilitation program, am on the mend, and working hard to follow a solid strengthening program balanced with plenty of rest. This has meant no…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on August 6, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Overcoming Nerves

The author at Wishbone Falls

 

The Little White Salmon River has one of the most notorious reputations on the West Coast. It's hearty class V, and it's been known to hand out its fair share of beatdowns and swims to some of the best paddlers in the world.…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on June 16, 2011 at 11:55pm — 3 Comments

CKS Paddlefest Wrap-up and BV Pro Rodeo Results

 

CKS Paddlefest is a three-day event located at Colorado Kayak Supply of Buena Vista Colorado. The main event is a huge sale and gear swap at the store where athletes and rep's are available to the general public for assistance in purchasing the latest, greatest equipment. This year, AT's Lila Marie Thomas, and Chuck Morris were on hand to answer questions.

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on June 1, 2011 at 12:06pm — No Comments

2011 BV Pro Rodeo Prelims

Last night was the prelims for the BV Pro Rodeo. Wave Sport was out in full force: Tanya Faux, Haley Mills, Elaine Cambell, Bryan Kirk, Chris Wing, and myself. Everyone rallied some great rides!

 

 

My first of two prelim rides

 

Finals are today, as well as open and junior class prelims, so come out the competition and cheer on the…

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Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 27, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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