I've been around whitewater for over ten years now and I'm lucky enough to have had amazing experiences due to the incredible paddles. I have met during my paddling career.Weather you're a class five boater with years of experience or a beginner kayaker who signed up for an intro class the river has this energy that can create a bond between anyone who has any sort of interest in whitewater. It's an extraordinary thing to be able to share my love and enthusiasm of white water with…Continue
Added by Tanner Griffith on May 9, 2013 at 3:38am — No Comments
There is nothing like watching it rain across the New River drainage and slowly the water builds up in the river until it finally dumps through the New River Gorge ending in the Dries. As I am writing this the New is coming through the 30,000 cfs range hopefully peaking at 50,000 tomorrow to create one of the most epic waves I have ever surfed!
The New is a unique big water run. Flowing North from North Carolina through Virginia finally ending in West Virginia when…Continue
Added by Shane Groves on May 8, 2013 at 12:12am — 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 Becker (Russell) on March 29, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments
Mark your Calendars! The 2013 Wind River Festival is on for March 16!
Racer's during the mass start of 2012's downriver…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on February 16, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments
Well I survived my first semester of college and made lots of great memories with lots of new friends. My favorite memory was helping teaching kayaking back in October during the weekend class at Feather River College. We had lots of students and Quincy locals come out to enjoy the whitewater and warm sunshine. Here is a short edit from my view
If I had to pick one river in the entire world that I though hosted the most number of kayak races per year ... it would have to be, without a doubt, the Kaituna River. We have mass starts, time trials, multi-sport, slalom, short boats, long boats, raft, swimming, and even inflatable races down this river ... so when Ben Robson came up with an idea for a totally new style of race to be held on the Kaituna, we were all interested in what he could have possibly thought…Continue
Added by Tyler Fox on December 17, 2012 at 8:19pm — No Comments
The merging of two rivers is always an auspicious place for rafters and kayakers, and one of my favorite confluences is that of the East and West Forks of the Hood River. Not only is this a beautiful place to go for a swim on a hot day, but it also serves as the put-in and take-out for several great whitewater runs.…
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on October 3, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments
Finally back on the Ottawa River ! After spending the past year and a half traveling back and forth from New Zealand, Quebec and California, hitting up all the amazing steep creeking these places have to offer, I must admit I was…Continue
Added by Tyler Fox on July 20, 2012 at 9:43pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 30, 2012 at 3:36pm — No Comments
Just wanted to drop a quick photo dump, as well as a video edit I threw together from some freestyle action this past week with Team "Captain Kirk." And by freestyle, I mean, flying by the seat of your pants. The week started at Tallulah fest where we showed off some of the latest and greatest to come form…Continue
Added by Chris Wing on April 26, 2012 at 9:39am — 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 Becker (Russell) on April 2, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments
Getting things in order for the upcoming season media wise. Myself and partner Sam Fulbright headed out to our backyard run the Green River. The "miracle mile" which sports the big three rapids that everyone knows has had its share of filming over the years, so we felt compelled to film the section from Sunshine down.
There is a plethora of quality whitewater on this "forgotten section" and it was cool to get out and spend a full day paddling a river and filming. Here are a few of the…Continue
Added by Chris Wing on March 26, 2012 at 8:57am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on March 6, 2012 at 6:30pm — 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 Becker (Russell) on October 5, 2011 at 11:12pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
The Crooked River is a Class IV river, that is only "in" every so often. The required flow is 2,000 + cfs, and it relies on dam release for…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on April 14, 2011 at 10:24pm — No Comments
It has been a good couple of weeks here in the Asheville/Charlotte region for me as I finally knocked off…Continue
Added by Chris Wing on March 23, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
I don't think it's a secret that everyone on the Wave Sport team is really excited about the new Project X. It's super loose, releases off of the water with ease, loops huge and is surprisingly stable and smooth on end. For a boat that is only 5'11" long I was shocked at how well it cartwheeled, much easier than any other short boat I've paddled. Even though it has more volume than the Project 52 it's easier to initiate cartwheels because of the slicy side wall and more retentive because of…Continue
Added by Kelsey Thompson on December 28, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments