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Hometown Throwdown #4
August 19, 2014, 2:51 pm
Filed under: Boise
Our last Hometown Throwdown for Idaho took place under a beautiful clear sky (no smoke, ya-hoo), and warm temps in Cascade. We had 10 paddlers show up ready to go, then 6 SUPs asked if they could compete. We threw together a quick score sheet to award points for some SUP skills – and bam – 16 paddlers hit the warm, clear water at Kellys Whitewater Park. Was great fun to see some of our long time pals like Willard, Travis, Mike and Tara show up. Plus a bunch of kids which always makes an event more fun. And a group from Bend, Oregon – always good to add new blood and make new friends.
SUPs added some nice diversity and cool to see the skills they had aquired.
Next year we plan to have a full-fledged SUP catagory and run their event right after the kayaks. So stay tuned for that.
Thanks everyone for making it a great season – BIG PROPS to our sponsors!
Catch you next year!
  1. Mike
  2. Mike C.
  3. Travis
  4. Willard
  1. Tara
  2. Joyce
  1. Ethan
  2. Quinton
  3. Blake
  1. Paige
  1. Stiehl
  2. Aiden
  3. Brad
  4. Kai
  5. Tim
  1. Meghan

Hometown Throwdown #3 2014
August 4, 2014, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Boise

We had another great Throwdown at Kelly’s Whitewater Park on July 26th. There were 11 competitors who all competed on the middle wave, like we usually do, then went up and did a boater cross at the end. Since the river has dropped a little, the wave was stickier and wider, though a little shallow if you weren’t careful.

It was great to see some people new to the the Throwdowns, including two students from the Kelly’s Kayak Academy, a school that teaches local kids to paddle.

This month’s competition saw a few more moves thrown than usual, since the sticker wave allowed for these and we had some very experienced kayakers there.

Overall, another great event. Its so neat to have these low-key events where you can challenge yourself and still have fun! Thanks for a great event guys!





Boise HomeTown ThrowDown #2 2014
June 30, 2014, 8:01 pm
Filed under: Boise

This months HomeTown ThrowDown included people from Alabama and Oregon, as well as the local Idaho paddlers. We had the twelve competitors out on the middle feature here at Kelly’s Whitewater Park, which had been cold the week before, but we were lucky enough to have warm weather and sunshine.

The wave was a little flushy, but not too bad, as long as you landed your tricks right and paddled after each one. Tricks from spins and shuv-its, all the way to loops and Space-Godzillas were thrown, making for an impressive show.

Everyone did two rides, and then went up for a boater-cross. Lucky for us, we had the Payette River Games last weekend, so the ramp was still up. Most of the boater cross competitors slid down the ramp, though  few chose to launch off the bank.

It was a great group, who really made it a fun time for everyone. Thanks to all who showed up. Can’t wait for the next ThrowDown on July 26th. :)


Here are some pics of the day:

Payette River Games 2014
March 5, 2014, 11:42 am
Filed under: Boise

As you all start to get ready to get boating and training again, keep in mind that the Payette River Games is kicking off on June 20th. This year at Kelly’s Whitewater Park, the events will include freestyle, boater cross, and 8-ball. Check out more info at their website HERE.

Bear River Dam project rejected
July 30, 2012, 12:17 pm
Filed under: Boise

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Water Resources has rejected a proposal to build a dam on the Bear River in southeastern Idaho’s Franklin County.

The Twin Lakes Canal Company applied with the agency in 2007 to build a 108-foot-high dam in the Oneida Narrows near Preston.

Read more HERE

KKA Afternoon Session 07/23-27/12
July 27, 2012, 5:59 pm
Filed under: Boise

This last week was the final week of KKA for 2012. What a great way to finish it off too! Great times all around. This group worked on getting used to their boats, edges, and paddles. They learned their strokes, eddie turns, how to surf, and how to run through waves. I wish I’d come as far as them in my first week! Good job everybody!

Here’s some photos:

KKA Morning Session 07/23-27/12
July 27, 2012, 5:31 pm
Filed under: Boise

This last week was the final week of KKA for 2012. What a great way to finish it off too! Great times all around. This group worked on surfing and rolls all week. We did some ferries and a couple even surfed the bottom wave. Everyone of the kids made great progress this last week!
Here’s some pictures for you guys:

KKA Morning Session 7/16-20/12
July 23, 2012, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Boise

Another successful week for KKA. The six kids in the morning session all got their rolls down solid in the eddy and even a few rolls in the current. They got plenty of surfing in while they learned how to get on the wave, switch their edges, and practice T-Rescues.

Here are a few pictures of what we did last week:


KKA Afternoon Session 7/16-20/12
July 23, 2012, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Boise

Ten KKA students had their first kayaking experience here at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. They all learned eddie turns, edging, and how to surf. Most of them even got their rolls down in the eddie. I wish I’d gotten as far in my first week of kayaking as they did! It was amazing to see them catch on to the lessons so fast. Way to go guys!

Here are some pictures of the group:


KKA Graduation and Throwdown Reminder
July 22, 2012, 10:26 am
Filed under: Boise

Dont’ forget, next Saturday (July 28th) there will be a Throwdown and the Kelly’s Kayak Academy graduation at KWP. For some of the kid, this will be their first competition. Make sure to cheer them on and encourage them! The Throwdown will start at 10am sharp, so be sure to come early so you’ll have time to sign up and get in your gear. See you on the water!