saskia

2017 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip

saskia wrote 331 days ago:


This past Saturday (8/19/2017) was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) annual river trips on the Nolichucky Gorge geared for first timers.  This river trip has been a staple event almost every year for the club since its establishment all the way back in 1986.  The APE’s also leads a trip on the Lower Nolichucky during this event for an easier whitewater river trip option.

For the past 6 years the APE’s Cruise Director has had the pleasure to work with USA Raft to make this trip run like a well oiled machine.  USA Raft provides the APE’s a great place to stage and use their facility for the put-in/take-out for both the gorge and lower river trips.  They also provide shuttle service using one of their raft buses and a trailer to haul all the kayaks to the gorge put-in.  After the river trips, the APE’s picnic is hosted back at USA Raft in their café facility.  All this together makes for a fantastic river experience for all the paddlers thanks to USA Raft!

This year’s gorge trip was once again another good time for all who joined!  The group had a nice 825 CFS river level and the weather was warm & sunny.  23 paddlers were in the group that included: 13 kayakers, 1 ThrillKat and three raft crews.  The group only has two first timers this year, so the trip was modified from year’s past.  Part of the group focused on guiding the first timers in a successful descent.  Another group worked and played the run in every possible way.  This made it a thrilling run for everyone!

After the river trips, both the gorge paddlers and the lower paddlers came together with other who could not make the river trips in one large group to have a wonderful gathering at the annual APE’s picnic.  During the picnic, Rahual Subramanian, was awarded the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many PFD and progression through this paddling season.  Good food and fellowship were had by all in attendance! 



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saskia

2017 NoliFest Hometown Throwdown

saskia wrote 520 days ago:


World Kayak proudly announces the 9th annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region.  The World Kayak Hometown Throwdown is a series of FUN & FREE whitewater paddling events aimed at friendly competition on the Nolichucky River.  Event rules are easy and prizes are only given out for participation… we draw names from a hat!

All boaters/paddlers are welcome to participate!  Our World Kayak region has teamed up with local Sponsors & World Kayak Partners to have this special event at NoliFest with prizes!  Look for other HTTD events over the course of the 2016 summer paddling season also.  This event will be participants choice with either: a 1.5 mile downriver boatercross or team slalom survivor course on the Lower Nolichucky (Class I-II rapids)!



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tommygunn

2017 NoliFest Hometown Throwdown

tommygunn wrote 520 days ago:


World Kayak proudly announces the 9th annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region.  The World Kayak Hometown Throwdown is a series of FUN & FREE whitewater paddling events aimed at friendly competition on the Nolichucky River.  Event rules are easy and prizes are only given out for participation… we draw names from a hat!

All boaters/paddlers are welcome to participate!  Our World Kayak region has teamed up with local Sponsors & World Kayak Partners to have this special event at NoliFest with prizes!  Look for other HTTD events over the course of the 2016 summer paddling season also.  This event will be participants choice with either: a 1.5 mile downriver boatercross or team slalom survivor course on the Lower Nolichucky (Class I-II rapids)!



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james

2017 NoliFest Hometown Throwdown

james wrote 520 days ago:


World Kayak proudly announces the 9th annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region.  The World Kayak Hometown Throwdown is a series of FUN & FREE whitewater paddling events aimed at friendly competition on the Nolichucky River.  Event rules are easy and prizes are only given out for participation… we draw names from a hat!

All boaters/paddlers are welcome to participate!  Our World Kayak region has teamed up with local Sponsors & World Kayak Partners to have this special event at NoliFest with prizes!  Look for other HTTD events over the course of the 2016 summer paddling season also.  This event will be participants choice with either: a 1.5 mile downriver boatercross or team slalom survivor course on the Lower Nolichucky (Class I-II rapids)!



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bozemankayaker

Lean to Surf Clinic #2

bozemankayaker wrote 699 days ago:


We had our 2nd learn to surf clinic on the White Salmon river (WA). We ran the lower section which is about 3 miles and had a great surf wave on it. We had a smaller turn out than last time, but one couple (father / daughter) drove 150 miles EACH way to join us. Just for the clinic. So I think something is going right. We worked a lot on eddy turns, ferries, peel outs and and even a “S – Turn” before arriving at Cave wave. One of our paddlers managed to get on the wave and surfed like a champ.

After the paddle we handed out a little SWAG and enjoyed some Ninkasi beers! Good times in the Columbia Gorge!



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natefry

Lean to Surf Clinic #2

natefry wrote 699 days ago:


We had our 2nd learn to surf clinic on the White Salmon river (WA). We ran the lower section which is about 3 miles and had a great surf wave on it. We had a smaller turn out than last time, but one couple (father / daughter) drove 150 miles EACH way to join us. Just for the clinic. So I think something is going right. We worked a lot on eddy turns, ferries, peel outs and and even a “S – Turn” before arriving at Cave wave. One of our paddlers managed to get on the wave and surfed like a champ.

After the paddle we handed out a little SWAG and enjoyed some Ninkasi beers! Good times in the Columbia Gorge!



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saskia

Lean to Surf Clinic #2

saskia wrote 699 days ago:


We had our 2nd learn to surf clinic on the White Salmon river (WA). We ran the lower section which is about 3 miles and had a great surf wave on it. We had a smaller turn out than last time, but one couple (father / daughter) drove 150 miles EACH way to join us. Just for the clinic. So I think something is going right. We worked a lot on eddy turns, ferries, peel outs and and even a “S – Turn” before arriving at Cave wave. One of our paddlers managed to get on the wave and surfed like a champ.

After the paddle we handed out a little SWAG and enjoyed some Ninkasi beers! Good times in the Columbia Gorge!



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saskia

July 9th “Learn to Surf” Clinic

saskia wrote 739 days ago:


On July 9th, 2016 we kicked off our Pacific Northwest (Hood River area) World Kayak season with a “Learn to Surf” clinic. This clinic was designed to help people develop better boat handling skills (eddy turns, peel outs and ferries) to prepare them to learn how to get on a river wave from an eddy and stay on it. 11 brave participants were accompanied by 7 safety boaters and we headed down the White Salmon River from Husum falls to the Northwest Park (commonly known as the Lower White Salmon run). The run starts off with a short class III drop known as Rattlesnake rapid. Several participants were challenged by this rapid and the safety boaters had their work cut out for them. From there we continued slowly down the class II river working on boat handling skills till we got to “Cave Wave”. This wave is well known around the Pacific Northwest and most boaters spend some time surfing away. The river level was a nice 2.6 feet which made the wave very stable. One by one the paddlers worked their way out onto the wave and tried to surf. We saw a lot of people trying which was evident with the rolls and swims. Once again the safety crew had their work cut out.
We finished the paddle 4 .25 hours later (for a normal 1 hour run) at Northwest Park and enjoyed some Ninkasi refreshments and handed out some World Kayak swag (or schwag if you prefer).
Good Times.



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james

July 9th “Learn to Surf” Clinic

james wrote 739 days ago:


On July 9th, 2016 we kicked off our Pacific Northwest (Hood River area) World Kayak season with a “Learn to Surf” clinic. This clinic was designed to help people develop better boat handling skills (eddy turns, peel outs and ferries) to prepare them to learn how to get on a river wave from an eddy and stay on it. 11 brave participants were accompanied by 7 safety boaters and we headed down the White Salmon River from Husum falls to the Northwest Park (commonly known as the Lower White Salmon run). The run starts off with a short class III drop known as Rattlesnake rapid. Several participants were challenged by this rapid and the safety boaters had their work cut out for them. From there we continued slowly down the class II river working on boat handling skills till we got to “Cave Wave”. This wave is well known around the Pacific Northwest and most boaters spend some time surfing away. The river level was a nice 2.6 feet which made the wave very stable. One by one the paddlers worked their way out onto the wave and tried to surf. We saw a lot of people trying which was evident with the rolls and swims. Once again the safety crew had their work cut out.
We finished the paddle 4 .25 hours later (for a normal 1 hour run) at Northwest Park and enjoyed some Ninkasi refreshments and handed out some World Kayak swag (or schwag if you prefer).
Good Times.



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james

July 9th “Learn to Surf” Clinic

james wrote 739 days ago:


On July 9th, 2016 we kicked off our Pacific Northwest (Hood River area) World Kayak season with a “Learn to Surf” clinic. This clinic was designed to help people develop better boat handling skills (eddy turns, peel outs and ferries) to prepare them to learn how to get on a river wave from an eddy and stay on it. 11 brave participants were accompanied by 7 safety boaters and we headed down the White Salmon River from Husum falls to the Northwest Park (commonly known as the Lower White Salmon run). The run starts off with a short class III drop known as Rattlesnake rapid. Several participants were challenged by this rapid and the safety boaters had their work cut out for them. From there we continued slowly down the class II river working on boat handling skills till we got to “Cave Wave”. This wave is well known around the Pacific Northwest and most boaters spend some time surfing away. The river level was a nice 2.6 feet which made the wave very stable. One by one the paddlers worked their way out onto the wave and tried to surf. We saw a lot of people trying which was evident with the rolls and swims. Once again the safety crew had their work cut out.
We finished the paddle 4 .25 hours later (for a normal 1 hour run) at Northwest Park and enjoyed some Ninkasi refreshments and handed out some World Kayak swag (or schwag if you prefer).
Good Times.



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