james

July 9th “Learn to Surf” Clinic

james wrote 654 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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tommygunn

July 9th “Learn to Surf” Clinic

tommygunn wrote 654 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.



Categorized as:down-the-class  •  down-the-white  •  handed-out-some  •  northwest  •  northwest-park  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  white-salmon  •  workdown-the-class  •  down-the-white  •  handed-out-some  •  northwest  •  northwest-park  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  white-salmon  •  workdown-the-class  •  down-the-white  •  handed-out-some  •  northwest  •  northwest-park  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  white-salmon  •  workdown-the-class  •  down-the-white  •  handed-out-some  •  northwest  •  northwest-park  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  white-salmon  •  work

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james

July 9th “Learn to Surf” Clinic

james wrote 654 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.



Categorized as:down-the-class  •  down-the-white  •  lower  •  northwest  •  northwest-park  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  work  •  working-on-boatdown-the-class  •  down-the-white  •  lower  •  northwest  •  northwest-park  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  work  •  working-on-boatdown-the-class  •  down-the-white  •  lower  •  northwest  •  northwest-park  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  work  •  working-on-boatdown-the-class  •  down-the-white  •  lower  •  northwest  •  northwest-park  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  work  •  working-on-boat

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natefry

July 9th “Learn to Surf” Clinic

natefry wrote 654 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.



Categorized as:down-the-class  •  handed-out-some  •  lower  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  white-salmon  •  workdown-the-class  •  handed-out-some  •  lower  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  white-salmon  •  workdown-the-class  •  handed-out-some  •  lower  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  white-salmon  •  workdown-the-class  •  handed-out-some  •  lower  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  safety  •  safety-boaters  •  white-salmon  •  work

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Low water blues

natefry wrote 937 days ago:


Well as Fall arrives things are bleak out in the Northwest. River are pretty low and only a few are runnable. So you could work on your rain dance until the rains come, or you can head to the pool for some Kayak Polo. Both Portland ( https://www.facebook.com/portland.kayakpolo?fref=ts ) and Hood River ( https://www.facebook.com/Hood-River-Kayak-Polo-163053185802/timeline/ ) have Kayak Polo programs.

Hood River and Portland differ somewhat in their approach. Portland follows the rules very closely and several of the players compete in National competitions (yep they take it seriously). However Hood River is more laid back. They play in whatever boat you show up in (creek, playboat, whatever), don’t keep score and socialize after the games. All equipment is provided except kayak, paddle and PFD.

Hood River kayak polo starts Thursday, October 8th at 8pm at the Hood River Pool and runs for 10 sessions. Then it starts up again in January for another 10 sessions. Once play starts it runs pretty continuously for an hour. So you get a great workout in an indoor pool (warm in the winter!) and get to work on your boat control (even rolling).

So if you are sitting around this Fall/Winter and looking for some exercise in a kayak, give Kayak Polo a try in the Pacific Northwest.



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tommygunn

Low water blues

tommygunn wrote 937 days ago:


Well as Fall arrives things are bleak out in the Northwest. River are pretty low and only a few are runnable. So you could work on your rain dance until the rains come, or you can head to the pool for some Kayak Polo. Both Portland ( https://www.facebook.com/portland.kayakpolo?fref=ts ) and Hood River ( https://www.facebook.com/Hood-River-Kayak-Polo-163053185802/timeline/ ) have Kayak Polo programs.

Hood River and Portland differ somewhat in their approach. Portland follows the rules very closely and several of the players compete in National competitions (yep they take it seriously). However Hood River is more laid back. They play in whatever boat you show up in (creek, playboat, whatever), don’t keep score and socialize after the games. All equipment is provided except kayak, paddle and PFD.

Hood River kayak polo starts Thursday, October 8th at 8pm at the Hood River Pool and runs for 10 sessions. Then it starts up again in January for another 10 sessions. Once play starts it runs pretty continuously for an hour. So you get a great workout in an indoor pool (warm in the winter!) and get to work on your boat control (even rolling).

So if you are sitting around this Fall/Winter and looking for some exercise in a kayak, give Kayak Polo a try in the Pacific Northwest.



Categorized as:Hood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  after-the-games  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  starts-it-runs  •  then-it-starts  •  until-the-rains  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  after-the-games  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  starts-it-runs  •  then-it-starts  •  until-the-rains  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  after-the-games  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  starts-it-runs  •  then-it-starts  •  until-the-rains  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  after-the-games  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  starts-it-runs  •  then-it-starts  •  until-the-rains  •  winter

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james

Low water blues

james wrote 937 days ago:


Well as Fall arrives things are bleak out in the Northwest. River are pretty low and only a few are runnable. So you could work on your rain dance until the rains come, or you can head to the pool for some Kayak Polo. Both Portland ( https://www.facebook.com/portland.kayakpolo?fref=ts ) and Hood River ( https://www.facebook.com/Hood-River-Kayak-Polo-163053185802/timeline/ ) have Kayak Polo programs.

Hood River and Portland differ somewhat in their approach. Portland follows the rules very closely and several of the players compete in National competitions (yep they take it seriously). However Hood River is more laid back. They play in whatever boat you show up in (creek, playboat, whatever), don’t keep score and socialize after the games. All equipment is provided except kayak, paddle and PFD.

Hood River kayak polo starts Thursday, October 8th at 8pm at the Hood River Pool and runs for 10 sessions. Then it starts up again in January for another 10 sessions. Once play starts it runs pretty continuously for an hour. So you get a great workout in an indoor pool (warm in the winter!) and get to work on your boat control (even rolling).

So if you are sitting around this Fall/Winter and looking for some exercise in a kayak, give Kayak Polo a try in the Pacific Northwest.



Categorized as:Hood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  after-the-games  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  then-it-starts  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  after-the-games  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  then-it-starts  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  after-the-games  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  then-it-starts  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  after-the-games  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  then-it-starts  •  winter

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Low water blues

james wrote 937 days ago:


Well as Fall arrives things are bleak out in the Northwest. River are pretty low and only a few are runnable. So you could work on your rain dance until the rains come, or you can head to the pool for some Kayak Polo. Both Portland ( https://www.facebook.com/portland.kayakpolo?fref=ts ) and Hood River ( https://www.facebook.com/Hood-River-Kayak-Polo-163053185802/timeline/ ) have Kayak Polo programs.

Hood River and Portland differ somewhat in their approach. Portland follows the rules very closely and several of the players compete in National competitions (yep they take it seriously). However Hood River is more laid back. They play in whatever boat you show up in (creek, playboat, whatever), don’t keep score and socialize after the games. All equipment is provided except kayak, paddle and PFD.

Hood River kayak polo starts Thursday, October 8th at 8pm at the Hood River Pool and runs for 10 sessions. Then it starts up again in January for another 10 sessions. Once play starts it runs pretty continuously for an hour. So you get a great workout in an indoor pool (warm in the winter!) and get to work on your boat control (even rolling).

So if you are sitting around this Fall/Winter and looking for some exercise in a kayak, give Kayak Polo a try in the Pacific Northwest.



Categorized as:Hood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  starts-it-runs  •  until-the-rains  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  starts-it-runs  •  until-the-rains  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  starts-it-runs  •  until-the-rains  •  winterHood River  •  Kayak Polo  •  differ-somewhat  •  games  •  northwest  •  pacific  •  provided-except  •  starts-it-runs  •  until-the-rains  •  winter

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Northwest Whitewater Racers Event

james wrote 986 days ago:


On August 9th, the Slalom race on the Clackamas river (Roaring River influence) in Oregon was held. This was a race in the Pacific Northwest Slalom championship which includes races in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. This race site was very beginner friendly being held on a class II- section of the river at a very low (550 cfs) level. Ideal for first time racers. World Kayak supported this race with the intent to introduce people into the fun and challenging world of slalom racing. Racing of all classes was supported including very expensive carbon fiber racing kayaks, canoes and a lot of recreational plastic boats. We even had a separate class for kayak polo boats this race. As an added incentive World Kayak supported the event with some SWAG for first time racers and winners. 5 first timers were there to collect the bounty. One racer had only been on moving water 3 times before this race!

So if you haven’t tried slalom racing give it a try. Many races are held on “easy” class II whitewater. This gives you a chance to be challenged by tough ferries and eddy turns without the consequence that harder rapids provide. Anybody can try it and the experienced racers are VERY encouraging to newcomers and love to give pointers.



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Northwest Whitewater Racers Event

james wrote 986 days ago:


On August 9th, the Slalom race on the Clackamas river (Roaring River influence) in Oregon was held. This was a race in the Pacific Northwest Slalom championship which includes races in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. This race site was very beginner friendly being held on a class II- section of the river at a very low (550 cfs) level. Ideal for first time racers. World Kayak supported this race with the intent to introduce people into the fun and challenging world of slalom racing. Racing of all classes was supported including very expensive carbon fiber racing kayaks, canoes and a lot of recreational plastic boats. We even had a separate class for kayak polo boats this race. As an added incentive World Kayak supported the event with some SWAG for first time racers and winners. 5 first timers were there to collect the bounty. One racer had only been on moving water 3 times before this race!

So if you haven’t tried slalom racing give it a try. Many races are held on “easy” class II whitewater. This gives you a chance to be challenged by tough ferries and eddy turns without the consequence that harder rapids provide. Anybody can try it and the experienced racers are VERY encouraging to newcomers and love to give pointers.



Categorized as:been-on-moving  •  british  •  clackamas  •  consequence  •  experienced  •  oregon  •  pacific  •  roaring-river  •  separate-class  •  the-consequencebeen-on-moving  •  british  •  clackamas  •  consequence  •  experienced  •  oregon  •  pacific  •  roaring-river  •  separate-class  •  the-consequencebeen-on-moving  •  british  •  clackamas  •  consequence  •  experienced  •  oregon  •  pacific  •  roaring-river  •  separate-class  •  the-consequencebeen-on-moving  •  british  •  clackamas  •  consequence  •  experienced  •  oregon  •  pacific  •  roaring-river  •  separate-class  •  the-consequence

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