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Alzar School Fundraiser – ‘Call of the River’


Come for a fun evening of live music, great refreshments, and the Boise premiere of Whitewater Hall of Famer Kent Fords new documentary on the history of whitewater kayaking and canoeing.

Date: Friday, June 12th
Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Muse Building, 1317 W. Jefferson St, Boise ID 83702 (Map)
Admission: $10, benefiting the Alzar School and a scholarship fund for Idaho teens.

There will be door prizes for oldest kayak on your car, oldest kayaking t-shirt, and more. Live music is from Travis and Ali Ward of Hillfolk Noir, a great local Boise band. There will also be a silent auction on some amazing desserts. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Alzar School (a local Boise 501c3 nonprofit) and a special scholarship fund for Idaho students.

Movie Description:
The Call of the River: The Twisted History of Whitewater Paddling
The story of whitewater is a collage of unexpected influences. The canoeing roots of the sport were in summer camps, explorer scouts, and clubs. Early exploration of rivers was in elegant wood and canvas boats. Early kayaking participants were often chemists, scientists, and engineers unfazed by the barriers presented by newly evolving resins that it took to build boats.

In the early days you had to be willing to build your own boat, teach someone to paddle so you had a shuttle, mail 30 cents of stamps in exchange for a water level, and attend races to obtain paddles and other gear. A sixpack of beer could persuade a damkeeper for a water release.

Growth of paddling in the US exploded in the 70andrsquo;s, spurred by the movie Deliverance and the Olympic Games, and more recently by indestructible plastic kayaks. Now nearly 16 million participants crave the outdoor sport lifestyle.

Featuring old school canoeing and kayaking footage, and riveting interviews with the early pioneers andldquo;The Call of the Riverandrdquo; provides a behind the scenes look at the ingenuity that made kayaking, from the European emigrants escaping communism to the American entrepreneurs who build the boats of today. We meet many of the wonderfully eclectic personalities involved in the evolution of paddling, and watershed moments of how paddling became one of the premiere outdoor sports of today.


Boise Hometown Throwdown #3 Moved to June 10th


We have changed our June Throwdown to Wednesday June 10th. 5:30pm : Registration 6:00pm – Get Wet!

We moved the event in order to participate in the kickoff party for the new Boise River Recreation Park .

So we will see you at the Throwdown on June 10 and the kickoff party on June 11!


Idaho: Kickoff For River Recreation Park In Boise


What: Rally for River Recreation
Where: Quinn’s Pond, at the end of Pleasanton Avenue, between Idaho River Sports and the Greenbelt
When: 6 to 8 pm, Thursday, June 11

This is the first of what we hope will become an annual kickoff to the paddling season on the Boise River. Weandrsquo;d like to get as many paddlers as possible to show their support and join us for a photo shoot in Quinnandrsquo;s Pond at 6 pm, followed by a short update on the status of the Ray Neef, MD, River Recreation Park and some exciting announcements. At this point we are coordinating some other details, but we hope to have entertainment and are inviting food vendors, and retailers and other organizations to set up displays. Idaho River Sports is donating raffle prizes for those who participate in the photo shoot.

For more information:

SPECIAL NOTE: I feel it is important to show our support for the park. We are likely reschedulig the Hometown Throwdown scheduled for this evening to the previous evening – June 10. Stay tuned…

If You Are Boating In Idaho – Ya Gotta Get A Sticker


The new law is currently in affect, however I’m not sure exactly when they are going to begin enforcement.

The new law is supposed to protect Idaho waters from the invasive ‘Zebra Mussel‘. If you live in-state or are a visiting paddler you have to get a sticker to paddle in Idaho. The only non-motorized boats exempt from this law are inflatables 10 feet and under. (So I guess a 9 foot inflatable will not transport mussels, but a 5 foot playboat will…?).

I, however, am not going to stick it on my boats – stickers tend to come off. I laminated mine and zip-tied them inside my cockpit.

Anyway – you can order them online at for $5 each.

Boating with Munchkins


Fun artical written by our pal Link Jackson for American Whitewater.

Check it out HERE !

Hometown Throwdowns go big time!


The open event at this years Reno River Festival wil be a World Kayak Hometown Throwdown!

World Kayak is happy to announce that the open at this yearandrsquo;s Reno River Festival will be a Hometown Throwdown (HTTD). The open event will be held on Friday May 8th. The event will be conducted and scored like all other HTTDandrsquo;s. The top three paddlers from the K1-A, K1-W, and K1-JR will be carried on to the invitational event on Saturday. As always there will be a K1-B category so that all boaters of every skill level will have an appropriate peer group to compete with. Bring the heat and all of your freestyle skills, but do not forget to bring your style as well. We always give points in the HTTDandrsquo;s for style. All prizes will be raffled off based on participation, and believe me that when I say our fantastic sponsors have stepped it up for this very special event, I mean it!

There will also be a secondary competition that will start now and end Thursday evening at 10PM. All you have to do is pre register for the event at Once you are registered online send an email to with your prediction for the flow of the Truckee River in the whitewater park at noon on Friday the 8th of May. At the mandatory competitors meeting we will award the competitor whoandrsquo;s guess comes closest to the actual flow without going over with a very nice prize. In the event of a tie we will rock, paper, scissors for the win. The prize will be a VIP bracelet for the kickoff party on Friday evening. This VIP bracelet will get you all the food and drink you can stomach from 7-9PM. You will also win a pair of Smith Sunglasses, a pair of Mtn. Khakis, and a full tube of Nuun active hydration. Not a bad way to start the river festival weekend! F or a great video of the Hometown Throwdowns go to

Idaho : Boise Premier of Hotel Charley 4


7pm Thursday, April 23rd at O’Michael’s Pub across the street from Alpenglow

Tickets $5 at Alpenglow, $7 at the door

Limited seating available Kids free with paid adult!

Idaho:Cascade Whitewater Park Gets $500,000 Donation


Got this great news from Devon Barker

This has been a great week for Idaho. The Friends of the Cascade Whitewater Park have been given $500K donation by Mark and Kristina Pickard to design and build a whitewater park in Cascade, Idaho. Damon from Gear and Grind, JK Dealer, is located just 30 minutes away. We are all very excited in Idaho. Here is a link to the article.

Riggins, Idaho has also completed a feasibility study and I am hosting, as Co-Chair with the Mayor, Bob Crump, a state wide meeting this Thursday. I will be presenting a film I made that highlights the types of improvement that can be made by building a whitewater park in Riggins. You can view the feasibility study and the video at Come paddle in Idaho! Devon

Boise makes Forbes ‘Top 10 Best Towns for People Who Love to Paddle’


Along with other great paddling communities like Kernville and Chattanooga, Boise is in the top 10.

And while we do have class V - we also have tons of great class III and IV !

Check out the full article HERE.

Idaho and Out of State Boaters Will Now Pay to Paddle in Idaho


If you live in Idaho, or even if you are just visiting you will now have to pay to paddle.

It definitely looks like Idaho boaters will be paying extra fees before they can launch on Idahoand#39;s waters to prevent the invasion of invasive mussels.

Whether you have a drift boat, touring kayak or motor boat, youand#39;re going to being paying an extra fee in the future.

The mussel sticker bill flew through the Idaho Senate Tuesday with a vote of 34 to 1. The popular bill will require that motorized boats registered in Idaho have a $10 annual sticker. Boats coming into Idaho but registered out of state would have to pay $20. The cost for nonmotorized boats would be $5 annually. Boaters caught on Idaho waterways without the sticker would be subject to a $100 fine.

Check out the full article by Pete Zimowski HERE!