Archive for August, 2009

Boise Throwdown #5 is Tonight


2009
08.20

Our 5th of 6 Hometown Throwdowns is tonight at the gutter. 5:30 to register – 6pm get wet!

Check out pics from last weeks Throwdown HERE!

Another Weekend on the Lower Salmon


2009
08.17

salmon_peace4.jpgSince Tyler and I had such a blast last weekend I snagged Troy and we drove to Riggins on Friday for an overnighter on the Salmon. Alot of checking stuff out so we have a better feel for what we want to hit this fall.

First we hit couch even though it was about 1K from being ‘in’, and it wasn’t great, but still could catch a little surf in more of a hole.

Then ran back down the road to hit Peace Wave (Pic above is  Troy on Peace). It was about 500cfs on the high side, but still could catch some nice soul surfing. Troy caught some really nice rides. Hard to do moves on at 6.5K, but should be great fun at 5.5K-ish! But at this level you could front surf all day. The only catch to this sweet wave is the ‘eddie’ – which is actually just slower water that extends only about 50′ below the wave. Miss that and you catch the eddie below and make the short walk back up. I wasn’t sure, but turns out it’s woth the walks – I only made the first eddy once :-P

salmonr_camp.jpgSpent the night on a sandy beach – just threw our bags out and had a great night under the stars.

Saturday Morning we tried Machine Wave. Machine was at the top end of ‘in’ and was more of a fast ledge-hole. We each took a couple of spins and then decided to spend the rest of the time on Peace Wave.

So ready to go back already, I’m hooked on the lower Salmon!
salmon_machine1.jpg Machine Wave
salmon_peace6.jpg Peace Wave
salmon_peace1.jpg Peace Wave

Boise Throwdown #5 Thursday, August 20th


2009
08.17

cj2.jpgOur next Throwdown is Thursday August 20th at the Gutter.

5:30 for registration and hit the wave at 6pm. I’ll bring my grill, so bring you favorite grill food for after the event if you would like to stick around and enjoy the warm evenings that are here! As usual we will draw for prizes after the event.

Want to test out a new ‘10 Star series boat?? You can at the Throwdown! We are teaming up with Alpenglow Mountainsport in order to add Jackson Kayak Demo-Daze to the mix. Alpenglow will provide a slew of boats for you to test out during the evening including the 2010 Star series. Alpenglow also has all 2010 Star models in stock and available for Demos including the new MonStar!

If possible, please register for the event online at http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/register/ (then click on the link for Boise Throwdown #3). If you have ANY problems creating a login, registering, etc – let me know. I can fix you up pretty fast.

New Vid Up For Boise’s River Recreation Park


2009
08.13

The Ray Neef, MD, River Recreation Park is online to begin construction this fall :-) Hey – that’s Troy and Ethan at the 7:34 mark!

For More info on the park go HERE!

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Kickin’ back on the Couch


2009
08.10

couch_trolly1.jpgSunday the rest of the family went berry picking after church, so Tyler and I were kicking around where to paddle today – the Gutter (again…?), the Main Payette… But after checking the Salmon River gauge at Whitebird I saw that the Thursday, Friday, Saturday rains had jumped the Salmon up to 9,000! That means the Couch Wave is in :-) . So we hitched up the trailer and threw in a pile of smelly paddle gear and hit the road.

On the way up checked out Machine Wave, looked OK, but we really wanted to check out Couch.

Drove up the Big Salmon Road for about 16 miles and found the wave. Sweet – it was in! The drive up this road is worth the trip even if you don’t paddle. Rustic old buildings, impressive rock formations, one lane bridges, a beautiful valley….

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Walked down the driveway near the tram that goes to a house across the river. Talked with the owner as he was heading out for a minute – really nice guy, liked to watch kayakers surfing the wave in his front yard. He crossed over later as we were surfing and waved out the door. If you go there keep the good relationship and don’t park in his driveway – there is a good pullout across the road or just up from his driveway.

Couch was superb at 9k, and I’m sure it is even better at higher flows. Eddy service is very good at most flows, though at 9.5k to 12k you may have to pull above this flat rock that separates the service eddy from the staging eddy. Even at 9 we had to have a little speed to slide past the end of the rock.

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Afterwords we munched on the abundant blackberries for an Apres Paddle snack.

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All in all worth the drive and I’ll be back to kick back on the Couch soon!

Idaho’s Devon Barker Checks in from the World Surf Kayak Championships


2009
08.09

Check out this link on the Werner Blog for Devons report.

Please keep Devon and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Werner Blog – World Surf Kayak Championships

Boise Throwdown #3 Now Set For Thursday, August 13th


2009
08.08

Our next Throwdown is Thursday August 13th at the Gutter.

5:30 for registration and hit the wave at 6pm. I’ll bring my grill, so bring you favorite grill food for after the event if you would like to stick around and enjoy the warm evenings that are here! As usual we will draw for prizes after the event.

Want to test out a new ‘10 Star series boat?? You can at the Throwdown! We are teaming up with Alpenglow Mountainsport in order to add Jackson Kayak Demo-Daze to the mix. Alpenglow will provide a slew of boats for you to test out during the evening including the 2010 Star series. Alpenglow also has all 2010 Star models in stock and available for Demos including the new MonStar!

If possible, please register for the event online at http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/register/ (then click on the link for Boise Throwdown #3). If you have ANY problems creating a login, registering, etc – let me know. I can fix you up pretty fast.

That means we now have Throwdowns two weeks in a row since Throwdown #4 is on August 20.  :-)

Idaho:Safety Saturday on the Payette is 8/15


2009
08.06

Boating safety event for all paddlers

Join us on the Main Payette river for a day of safety education! We moved this event to the river in 2004 and have had great attendance each year. Test your skill throwing to a real swimmer in a rapid! As you float the river on Saturday stop at each station and and practice your skill. Practice old skills or learn new ones. This event is free and open to the public!

  • We will be providing information on Boat Wash Stations and Invasive Species Stickers at the Banks Put-in on the Payette River.
  • We will have several stations on the river, teaching / re-enforcing boating safety skills.
  • We will provide food and drinks at the takeout at Behive.
  • Join IWA in stressing safety, and have a good time.
  • Check out Idaho Whitewater Association website for more details – HERE!

    Boise Throwdown Canceled Tonight due to Severe Thunderstorms


    2009
    08.06

    Hey Everyone – I’ve been watching the radar and there are a series of storms coming up from Nevada similar to last night and this morning. The forecast is for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. I’m not afraid of a little rain, it’s all the lightning :-) So I’m going to cancel the Throwdown for tonight and reschedule for next Thursday – August 13. Just didn’t want everyone to drive over the hill and find no one there..
    Please spread the word if you run into others you know that were planning to attend.

    Sorry for any inconvenience. I am planning on rescheduling for next Thursday – 8/13. I’ll keep you posted.

    It’s going to be an early morning…Then the 4th Boise Throwdown!


    2009
    08.05

    Christmas in August for me! My daughter, Brooke, gives my new Monstar ‘two-thumbs-up’! Guess I’m going to have to get up early and hit a morning Gutter session tomorrow :-) I am really digging the new design AND colors….

    Check out Colin Kemps writeup on the Monstar HERE!

    Alpenglow will have all of the new ’10 star series at the Gutter at 6pm tommow for you to try at the Throwdown!