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Cartecay River Clean Up and Throw Rope Throw Down

29 April 2011 No Comment


The Cartecay Clean up has been an annual event that I have attended ever since I started kayaking. This year being able to team up with the Cartecay River Experience outfitter in the clean up as well as host the throw rope throw was super fun. It was my vision to start off the World Kayak season with some good river karma and a small lesson in river safety – a winning combination!  I had a feeling that this event would go down in history as unforgettable – and it did!

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It was about 9:30 am when the Jackson Kayak RV pulled in to the Cartecay River Experience. Shrieks of disbelief and joy were heard coming out of Jenny Janssen – one of the owners of the Cartecay River Experience (CRX).  The rest of the crowd gathered and pointed at the RV loaded with kayaks as it came to a stop in the parking lot. Yes – It was me who had mentioned to EJ about this awesome event,  but never did I imagine that he would show up. OMG! Eric, Dane, and Emily exited the RV and began shaking hands!


Eric didn’t need much of an introduction and was swamped with handshakes and fans wanting autographs. Eric, Dane, and Emily signed autographs and posed for pictures.

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 After the pictures I explained the Throw Rope Throw Down to them and they were eager to give it a try.

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Eric pretended to be a swimmer. Emily threw the rope to him perfectly.

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 Dane somehow got stuck with repacking the rope.

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Eric gathered the group together and gave a big thanks to all the people participating in the clean up and reminded us all how important it is to take care of our rivers.

As the Jackson RV pulled away the crowd began to prepare for the work ahead of them.

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 The excitement of the Jackson’s visit was still being shared as the Clean up volunteers as they headed to their clean up destinations. There were three separate cleanup sections. Each section had about 20 volunteers – most in kayaks and some in canoes.

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 The garbage was collected in a team effort as they paddled along the river. It was a beautiful spring day – perfect for cleaning up trash.


throw rope throw down 123The shuttles returned back from the river about 4 hours later having taken a little longer than expected. The amount of trash that each group had collected was amazing.

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 It started with a few bags collected around the outfitter to a huge pile as big as a short school bus.

Wow. Great work every body.


The volunteers headed for the smoking grill for some delicious hot dogs and hamburgers.


With full stomachs and cold beers in hand – throw bags soon began appearing. practice throws were being tossed across the lawn. It was almost time for the fun to begin.

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Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the First Annual World Kayak Throw Rope Throw Down I announced as the group of anxious paddlers circled me.

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The rules were simple – pretend the target was your buddy in the middle of the river and aim for the center. 

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 Four at a time they began to throw.

throw rope throw down 171 A total miss of the target

throw rope throw down 152 A rope too short to reach the target.

throw rope throw down 166A bullseye. 

throw rope throw down 82Some people threw the ropes like a baseball.

throw rope throw down 153Some people threw them underhand.

 throw rope throw down 191 Some threw them like a girl.

 25 throws later every one had thrown the rope at least once. Most two or three times. Surprising to me the bullseye was rarely targeted accurately. This is the real world. To succeed in life we have to practice to become good at things. We have to practice with our throw ropes to be good with them.  Once every one was done throwing it was time to show everyone how to do it right. I walked thru the steps of the throw and also the correct rescue technique if you’re on the wet end of the rope. A lot of participation from the crowd ensued as others added useful information on throw ropes and using them.


The drawing for the prizes was the moment that everyone was waiting for.  Our first winner was Diane Neisler winning the IR ghetto river booties.


 The Ghetto Booties consisit of a 3 mil neoprene inner bootie for warmth and insulation, and a removable/replaceable rubber outer sole to protect the bootie from wear and tear.

 Diane and Mark Neisler teaming up on some garbage for the clean up.

 She paddled the Canoe in the clean up with her husband and they had an impressive pile of trash in their boat.

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Our next winner walked away with this Kool Kokatat tee shirt. Kokatat makes some awesome gear for on and off the river.

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Nice Smith Eyewear ball cap Chuck! I was hoping to win that one.


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Scott told me that he had his throw rope for a while and had never even thrown it. Keep practicing Scott and in the mean time learn some new playboating moves with Eric Jackson’s Playboating Basic’s DVD. 

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Not all of our participants owned boats. Winning Eric Jackson’s Advanced playboating DVD is a great way to go from 0 to Hero. (He will learn that move when he watches the DVD – It really is a cool move)

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Mr. Bullseye will be keeping up with his paddling trips with Chaco’s log book.

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Heath Poston walked away (and will continue walking) with a Chaco Gift Certificate for $110.

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Some special thanks go out to the Chef. Those burgers and Dogs hit the spot. Yummy!


throw rope throw down 89The band was really cool playing some Jake Johnson and other cool songs as we tossed ropes. Nice Touch!

throw rope throw down 17Helping me out with the event was my lovely wife Francheska. She put together the sign up sheet and raffle numbers, helped me assemble the targets, loaned me her throw rope, and volunteered to be the photographer. It was with her hard work that I was able to make this event so much fun. I couldnt have done it without her. I am so thankful to have her help and support!


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