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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Bird Day to all!

We want to say thanks to all and hope that you are having a great Thanksgiving day!

Mirror Pond redevelopment could become a river park

After a decade of unproductive discussions, a plan to remove the power generating dam in the middle of Bend is beginning to gel.  With a 16 foot drop local whitewater enthuses are hoping for a permanent slalom course and an extensive river park.  This plan would also maintain the level of the pond, but reduce its size so that deposits of silt would not collect.  We could also see one more obstruction to fish passage removed if this plan goes forward.  This seems to be at the beginning of the conceptual stage and more planning is needed, but we are headed in the right direction.

Building a Whitewater Park in Bend, Oregon

The Colorado Street Project in Bend, Oregon should be ready for use next spring.  There will be four features and a separate float channel.  The Bend Paddle Trail Alliance has raised over one million dollars to fund the bladder controlled waves.   The bladders will help shape the waves for various users and flows.

WCYB News On Report: Volunteers teach veterans to kayak

Our local Team River Runner Johnson City Tn Chapter was featured by WCYB news at their weekly pool session yesterday evening!  Click on the link below for the video report:

2014 Winter Series at Rockisland Event #1

It’s less than 2 weeks until the first event on Nov 29  at Rockisland  Tn.

thoughts on the Unlimited, new Karma from Jackson Kayak

So I just finished a ten day self support of the Grandest of canyons floating the Colorado River.   I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to paddle the new Karma Unlimited due to the generosity of 4Corners Riversports , thanks guys !!  I was able to hop right in this design and paddle it effectively, even though my experience with longer boats is minimal, the similarities in performance from the Jackson play boats and creek boats that I am regularly paddling made it an easy ‘new feeling’.   Obviously the boat performs differently when fully loaded with equipment for 10 days, but its easy to get your practice in when you are covering two hundred and twenty-five miles in that time.

SARAPIQUI RIVER festival 2014

 Check out the official website for the 2014 Sarapiqui River Festival in COSTA RICA coming up this November 21,22 and 23!! The Sarapiqui River Festival was born as a strategy to promote the importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful Sarapiqui River while promoting river sports and providing local youth and families the opportunity to get on the river and try out rafting and kayaking. The 2014 Sarapiqui River Festival is dedicated to the local firefighters and consists of three days filled with races of all levels and additional activities for the entire family.


World Class students visiting with Sarapiqui River School students before taking out after their first run down the Sarapiqui River World Class Kayak Academy is back in Costa Rica paddling hard for 60 days. Starting in la Suiza de Turrialba they have now made their way to SARAPIQUI! Starting with the Sarapiqui River and the Sucio River

Vernon Hills, IL winter open pool schedule

2014-2015 Vernon Hills High School Open Pool Saturday Nights 6 to 8pm December – 6 and 13 March – 7, 21 and 28 January – 10, 24 and 31 April – 11 and 18 February – 7, 21 and 28 Cost: $10 + $5 if not an ACA member. Kayak rentals available for $5

East Race This Weekend!

Hey Everyone, East Race is Running This weekend so be sure to check it out! For more info, visit their website I know it’s getting cold but it’s not as cold as Spring Thaw yet so toughen up! You’re not paddling alongside Ice