Archive for February, 2010

Update From Devon Barker Regarding Junior Team Trials


Devon sent me this today – thought it was good to post. Hoping to have a pack of juniors at the Team Trials!

Here are some pictures of the Missoula wave.  They were taken in mid-May during the Best in the West event.  I look forward to seeing all of you in Missoula, Montana for USA Team Trials.  If you can, plan a little time for paddling in Idaho before or after the event.  You can paddle the Lochsa, Salmon, and the Payette between Missoula, Montana and Boise, Idaho!  Kelly’s Whitewater Park is hosting a July 4th concert and freestyle event for July 5th.  Cascade, Idaho is between McCall and Boise, Idaho on the North Fork of the Payette.

Paddle with you soon!  Devon

USA Freestyle Kayaking is pleased to announce that US Team Trials for the 2011 Freestyle World Championships in Plattling, Germany will be held June 30-July 2, 2010 in Missoula MT. Choosing an event to host the trials has been a difficult task. With the World Championships likely being held around the beginning of June, 2011, holding Team Trials in 2011 would have been difficult with regard to avoiding school conflicts with Juniors, making arrangements for the team to travel to Germany, and risking adverse weather conditions. We believe that the Missoula event offers the best option for selecting a team that will continue our dominance at the World Championships. Our event partners in Missoula are working hard to welcome paddlers for the 2011 Team Trials, which will also serve as the final event in the first ever USAFK point series National Championships. USAFK looks forward to seeing our nation’s best freestyle competitors in July!

-USA Freestyle Kayaking Committee

Kelly’s Whitewater Park – Cascade, Idaho


kwp meetingI don’t even know where to start. Last year at this time when I heard that Cascade was on board to open a whitewater park I though – “yea, there going to throw a couple of rocks in the river and call it a park”. I could not have been more wrong about Kelly’s Whitewater Park!

With 6 main features, a visitors center, changing room/facilities, expansive viewing areas, and park atmosphere I’m totally impressed. I don’t think anyone could have put together a better team to make this happen. The visionary approach taken by Mayor Carter, Mark and Kristina Pickard, Jim Litchhfield, Gary Lacy, Devon Barker and others is what will catapult this to be the best whitewater park in the country – seriously. The community spirit behind this project was evident at last nights meeting. With a standing-room-only crowd of several hundred, many with more gray hair than I, only a hand full even paddle – they see the benefits this will provide the community in addition to paddlers.

The park is slated to open this spring- not bad when construction only started this fall!! We are scheduled to host 4 Hometown Throwdows there this summer and I couldn’t be more excited. I see my family spending lots of time at KWP this summer :-)

Pics are from our drive up. Our car and ice at the bottom of the Cabarton Run, and the Legion Hall sign for the Town Hall meeting.

kwp signcabarton carcabarton ice

Dates Set For Idaho Hometown Throwdowns


gutter5.jpgHope to see you there!

May 1 – Cascade, KWP (Saturday)
May 20 – Horseshoe Bend, Gutter (Thursday)
June 12 – Cascade, KWP (Saturday)
June 24 – Horseshoe Bend, Gutter (Thursday)
July 5 – Cascade, KWP (Monday)
July 24 – Horseshoe Bend, Gutter (Saturday)
Aug 6 – Cascade, KWP (Friday)
Aug 19 – Horseshoe Bend, Gutter (Thursday)

If Your boating in Idaho Don’t Forget Your IIS Sticker


2010NonMotorIf your an Idaho paddler, or visiting Idaho to paddle – don’t forget to get your  Idaho Invasive Species stickers. Cost is $5 for the year. Go HERE for more info!