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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

Upper Trout Creek, WA

We are lucky as paddlers to live in the Columbia River Gorge. During the rainy season,…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on October 27, 2014 at 9:36am — No Comments

My year in a nutshell...

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Sometimes shoulder rehabilitation goes well, while other times it's completely and utterly depressing, and feels like you've fallen off the face of the Earth. Maybe not completely, but mostly……


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on August 19, 2014 at 1:15am — 1 Comment

First Impressions: The Mobius

Being July in the Northwest, we're a tad short on water and play, but we're still high on stoke (did I really just say that?)! My shoulder rehab has been a long process, but I'm officially back in my boat, and able to do the important things like boof, cartwheel, and wave wheel! YES!…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 5, 2014 at 7:11pm — 1 Comment

2014 Northwest Creeking Competition

The Northwest Creeking Competition is an annual two-day gathering of paddlers from all over the Northwest, offering them a chance to test their speed and skill navigating Class IV/V whitewater on the East Fork of the Lewis and Canyon Creek.…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on May 8, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

FLUX: See No Limits


Girls just want to have FUN!


Flux is a collective of adventure-sports athletes from charger to professional with a vision to…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 4, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Top Six of 2013

2013 was an Awesome Year.


Lots of firsts, a few checks off the bucket list, and too many adventures to count. Here's my Top 6 of 2013!


1. Competition:


This year was a rowdy year of competition. The Wind River Festival started the season off with a bang in March, which…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on January 4, 2014 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Surgery: a mental game: How To Recover from a Labral Repair

On Monday, I will be celebrating my one month anniversary of my shoulder surgery. While a difficult decision to make, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made, as we were able to catch things before my shoulder exploded, so to speak. 

Down the road, my shoulder should be…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on November 7, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Post–Op Day Four

There's something strange, yet comforting about having surgery where you work.  Once you get over the initial, "They're going to see my boobs!," it's awesome.  I knew exactly where to go, where to get the warm blankets, and who my nurses were. Turns out, the anesthesiologist was a paddler, as well as the OR nurse. Not to mention, my surgeon is just plain rad. I couldn't have felt in better hands.  When the time had come, I waltzed in, plopped down on the OR table and passed…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on October 18, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

S is for Surgery


This would be easier if I had just had a traumatic injury. There would be no questions: I would simply schedule surgery and be on my merry way to rehab. Unfortunately, the last two and a half years have been full of pain, discomfort, frustration, and a whole lot of questions.



Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on October 4, 2013 at 1:25pm — 2 Comments

How To: Kim Becker’s Top Notch Torso Tricks:

Kim Becker paddling the Wave Sport Recon 70 (Photo Heather Herbeck)

As whitewater paddlers, our torso’s are our powerhouses. It’s where we get our “oomph” to boof, sweep, and forward paddle our way through the biggest and even smallest of rapids. …


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on September 13, 2013 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Selway River Self-Support

The "Wild and Scenic" Selway River, flows 47 miles through the heart of the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness to the confluence with the Lochsa River near Lowell, Idaho. From the put-in at Paradise, to the Race Creek take-out, the river drops an average of 28 fpm, featuring class III-V rapids such as…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on August 16, 2013 at 2:57pm — No Comments

The Ohanepecosh River, Washington

The Ohanepecosh River is a spectacularly beautiful Washington classic, located just outside Mt. Rainier National Park. 

From Secret to La Wis Wis Campground, the Ohane is generally class IV/V, depending on water levels, and is filled with rapids of all kinds: mini boulder gardens, ledge…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 18, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments

2013 Little White Salmon Race

The Little White holds some of the most pristine class V whitewater in the Northwest, possibly the entire West Coast, its rapids known worldwide: Gettin' Busy, Boulder Sluice, Island, Sacriledge, Double Drop, Enchanted Forest, S-Turn, Backender, Bowies, Wishbone, Horseshoe, Stovepipe, Spirit.



Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on June 14, 2013 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment

2013 Clackamas River Festival

The 30th annual Clackamas River Festival took place this year the weekend of May 18/19 2013. The two day event is part of theWestern Whitewater Championship Series, a summer long series of races across the Northwest.…

Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on May 24, 2013 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Recap: 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition: Day 2

Day 2 of the Northwest Creeking Competition came as racers woke misty eyed from the nearby Macklemore dance-off. Breakfast was cooked for the Hood River Gorge-ians by The Kayak Shed (Special thanks to John Hart and the crew!), and we were off to an early…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 27, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Recap: 2013 Northwest Creeking Competition: Day 1

The Sea Otter Classic is to mountain biking what the Northwest Creeking Competition is to whitewater paddling. This event draws hundreds of paddlers and spectators alike as folks have the opportunity to compete in three downriver races in two days. It is also the second event of the Western Whitewater Championship Series, the NW's premiere whitewater racing series. This was my fifth year attending the event, and one that will always…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 26, 2013 at 5:29pm — 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

A Paddler's Guide to Canyon Creek, Washington

The Columbia River Gorge is a paddler’s paradise with over 20 runs in a half hour radius of Hood River, Oregon. This number swells with the wintertime rain, as paddlers giggle at the thought of what to paddle the next day.

Recently a group of us chose to rally Canyon Creek, a Washington classic. Canyon Creek is a class IV/V waterfall playground, with a handful of boulder gardens, and fun boofs. With names such as Swizzle Sticks,Terminator, Prelude, Thrasher, Kahuna, Champagne…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 3, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments

2013 Upper Wind River Festival

Mark your Calendars! The 2013 Wind River Festival is on for March 16! 

Racer's during the mass start of 2012's downriver…


Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on February 16, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments

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