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November 2018  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Lynn Paquette
Fall is here. That means colder days, shorter days, and warm-water pool sessions. 'Tis the season to work on your rescues and rolls without the threat of an ice cream headache. If you really want to dial in your directional skills, sign up for a polo session. You might just find yourself addicted.

This year we're encouraging folks to sign up for pool and polo sessions on-line when possible. This means you won't have to travel with cash and it will free up the pool coordinators to help with boats and questions during sign-in. Look for the new sign-in sheet when you arrive.

Volunteers from WKC, the Mountaineers, and Surf Sirens joined forces at the Hoebuck Hoedown surf competition in early October to provide a safety support crew. The skies were sunny, the temperature unseasonably mild, and the waves wicked. The safety crew was kept busy retrieving not only the occasional boat & paddler, but flotsam including FOUR broken paddles and several shoes. Watching the pros up close and personal on the water was an absolute rush. If you want a front-row seat next year, we'll be looking for volunteers.

Due to overwhelming demand, Nigel Foster is offering one more kayaking finesse class on Nov 17th at Golden Gardens, Seattle. It's not on our calendar, but you can contact Nigel at (Oh.. and just maybe you can apply those skills in polo to thrash the opposing team).

The events calendar has several whitewater trips as well as a cleanup on Lake Kapowsin posted.

Behind the scenes, the board of directors is working on plans for 2019. If there is some sort of training or event that you've loved (or not), or something that you'd like us to investigate, drop me a message.

Be safe out there,

 Featured Trip

Volunteer Event: Lake Kapowsin Fall Clean Up - Nov 10

Come join us for our winter Lake Kapowsin water clean up paddle with around a beautiful scenic lake tucked away near Graham, Washington.

When: November 10
Where: Graham, WA
Contact: Tina Marie

Register Here


 WKC Roll Clinic 2018: Oct 7 to 28

WKC’S annual Roll Clinic will be at the EASTSIDE COMMUNITY POOL this year.

There will be four morning classes on Sundays - you can take just one or two classes if you like but will be limited due to sign-ups for all four classes. There will be enough skilled instructors to accommodate both beginning students and those trying to improve their current rolling skills.

This is a Bring-Your-Own- Boat (WW or SK) program and pre-registration is required.

Sign up quick as this class fills up fast and is limited to 14 paddlers per class.

Eastside Community Center
1721 E 56th St
Tacoma, WA 98404

Rhonda G Schwab

WKC Pool Sessions: Shoreline, Tacoma, Tukwila

Continue to build your skills at weekly pool sessions offered by WKC in Tukwila, Shoreline, and Tacoma.
The fee for weekly pool sessions is $10 for WKC members and $15 for non-members.

 **Please use the ONLINE 
REGISTRATION to sign-up and pay.**
Check the Events Calendar for upcoming dates:
If you have any questions about pool sessions:

News and Events

 2018 Hobuck Hoedown Results

Volunteers from WKC, the Mountaineers, and Surf Sirens joined forces at the Hoebuck Hoedown surf competition in early October to provide a safety support crew. The skies were sunny, the temperature unseasonably mild, and the waves wicked. The safety crew was kept busy retrieving not only the occasional boat & paddler, but flotsam including FOUR broken paddles and several shoes. Watching the pros up close and personal on the water was an absolute rush. If you want a front-row seat next year, we'll be looking for volunteers. 

Here are the results and some images from the day.  More to come!

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Kayak Polo is Back!

Play kayak polo in the Tukwila Pool. All boaters welcome; you'll need your own boat, PFD, skirt, swimsuit, towel - we have everything else you need.  
All are welcome! Register in advance via WKC Events Calendar.

Contact:Chris Brubaker
Phone 5132388805
What is kayak polo? Here's a good video and description:

Watch Video

More Info

Ballard Elks Halloween Race and Haunted Paddle - Oct 28

The Ballard Elks 3rd annual Halloween race is back! Come ready to race in costume (or not) and have a good time, all for a great cause! The race course will be 5+ miles long and is open to paddlers of all craft and skill level.

This year will also feature a haunted social paddle for those who do not want to go all out in a race - something for everyone!

Race proceeds go to the Tall Elks, supporting services for children with developmental delays or physical disabilities.

Donation: $20 or $10 for BEPC members (payable via cash or check to ‘Ballard Elks’).

Register Here

Kayaking Finesse with Nigel Foster: November 17

Due to overwhelming demand, Nigel Foster is offering one more kayaking finesse class on Nov 17th at Golden Gardens, Seattle.

Get the maximum effect from the minimum effort. Learn how to make efficient turns and improve your except perhaps first timers. Nigel layers key details one easy step at a time so you can gain a comprehensive understanding of how paddle strokes work.

Nigel has something for everyone and will give you the information that you need at your level. His relaxed teaching style, supportive and non-confrontational, helps you master the nuances key to achieving maximum effect for minimum effort. Contact either Nigel or Kristin for more details.

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 Y.E.T.I. Students Circumnavigate Vashon

By Talia Hirsch

Over Labor Day weekend Y.E.T.I. students took on the challenge of circumnavigating Vashon Island, kayaking 30 miles in four days. The students began preparing for the trip the weekend before by participating in a kayaking skills day, put on by the Washington Kayak Club. Volunteers taught our student how to do a wet exit, T-Rescue, and how to improve their stroke.

This trip wouldn’t have been possible with out the support of the Washington Kayak Club volunteers who conducted the skills day: Todd Benevedes and Paul Tonella.

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 Following Freya: Circumnavigation of North America

Last year Freya Hoffmeister began her legendary circumnavigation of North America in Seattle, kayaking north to Kodiak, then returning to Seattle and paddling south to Oregon. She plans to paddle south for three months to California before returning to Alaska and continuing through the Northwest Passage.  She will repeat south and north legs yearly, until she arrives in New York.

Freya is inviting qualified paddlers to join her on various legs of the trip.  Check link below to see itinerary and availability.

Follow Freya

Bon Voyage, Freya!

2018 NW Whitewater Salom Cup Race Dates

The Northwest Whitewater Slalom Cup continues with the best whitewater slalom races west of the Rockies. Come out and compete or just learn some whitewater slalom moves and have some fun!

Upcoming Races:
Nov 10-11 - WKC Fall Cedar Whitewater Races near Maple Valley, WA
Nov 24, 25 - Bull Run Race Fall Race near Sandy, OR

Event Dates

 WKC San Juan Seven Challenge

We love circumnavigating islands and want to encourage more paddlers to join the fun, so we have launched the San Juan Seven Challenge. 
The seven islands selected for the San Juan Seven challenge are San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Cypress, Guemes, Lummi, and Stuart

You can circumnavigate the islands in any order that you like and can take as much time as you need or want to circumnavigate each island. To qualify for badges you need to circumnavigate the island during a WKC trip that has been announced on the WKC website.

Upcoming WKC Trips:
San Juan Island - Oct 13-15

Contact Steven Exe for more information.

San Juan Seven Challenge

WKC Seven Rivers Challenge

WKC members who participate in club trips to the seven designated rivers will receive collective paddle/boat stickers designed by a whitewater kayaker and artist Zeus Rudner.
Challenge yourself to get all seven stickers! When a member completes all seven rivers, he/she will receive a finisher’s sticker. To make it easy to keep track, participants must register for the club trip online.

The designated rivers and in Seven Rivers challenge are: Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish,Wenatchee, and White Salmon
Upcoming WKC Trips:

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Seven Rivers Challenge program, contact:
Kanako Iwata-Eng

Looking to Buy/Sell Used Paddling Gear?

Maybe kayaking isn't your sport.Need to sell some gently used gear? Looking to purchase some paddling treasure? Check out the WKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers. Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:

Schedule for ACA and PNA (formerly BCU) Paddler Certifications

Thinking of taking your paddling skills to the next level? Become ACA or PNA (formerly BCU) certified this season. Special awards signify specific paddling, safety and leadership skills at different levels and in various craft. These awards provide a way to track your own progress as a paddler, and give others a reliable indication of your preparedness for trips and further trainings. Improve your skills or become a certified coach and lead others on the water:
ACA Certification
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling.River, coastal, and surf kayaking certifications offered.

PNA Certification
Paddlesports North America (PNA) was formed in 2013 to provide access to British Canoeing (formerly known as the British Canoe Union or BCU) paddler awards and coaching certifications in North America, including canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard.

Recent Trip Reports

Check out the Trip Reports tab to see more WKC kayaking adventures.

 Team Petty Adventure - Metolius

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Occasionally, people describe a river as a “gem”. For me, no river is more gem-worthy than the Metolius. Its headwater bubbles up from the ground; crystal clear cold water creates a small pool and starts the river. This spring water guarantees enough water for boating even in the dry months of the year.

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 Turn Island

 By Tina Marie

My trip began Thursday evening car camping in Washington Park. The smoke from the BC wildfires created a stunning crimson sunset. Concerned about wildfire smoke I bought everyone a N95 respirator, glad to say it wasn’t needed.

Friday morning we caught the 9:35 am ferry to Lopez Island, stopped off at the Lopez bakery in the village. We continued onto our launch location in Fisherman’s Bay at public beach access located in Lopez village off weeks road.

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Turn and Shaw Island

By Mark Steward

Day 1 we launched from Lopez Island and paddled up the coast to cross to Turn Island. It was one of the most fun crossings I’ve had. There was a lot of confused water and good conversation on the way. Upon landing on Turn, we discovered that Tina’s raccoon fears were real.

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Snoqualmie River Trip

By Karen Heath

This section of the Snoqualmie is a great teaching run. While we did it at a low water level of 418 cfs, a higher level would be even better for teaching. There was no shortage of things to do. The eddy hop game, ferrying, attainment and just plain wave trains are all good, even at this level. I can see, as the river gets more water, these games would become even better and more demanding.

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Green River thru the Gates of Lodore

By Mike Grijalva

In August we drove to the East side of Utah to run down the Green River thru the Gates of Lodore. There was smoke in the air all the way across eastern Wa, Idaho and some in Utah as well. On the river we could see smoke in the air but down on the river it didn't seem unhealthy. The river was very good to us with rapids and camps and adventures.

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South Fork of the Salmon Self Support

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Having heard the South Fork of the Salmon is fantastic whitewater, this river had been on my bucket list for a few years. Rated Class 4-5, it was more challenging than other multi-day trips I had done, and I wanted to go with someone who is familiar with the run. The opportunity suddenly came up.

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Nisqually River Clean-up - 2,080 lbs Trash was Collected: April 21

By Greg Provenzano

I wanted to thank you for your support of the Nisqually River Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, 2018 and give you a quick recap of this Event. The river was at a great level, approximately 2180 cubic feet per second (cfs) at McKenna. The weather was fantastic, plenty of sunshine and no rain. More importantly, the volunteer turnout was great!AND 2,080 pounds of trash was collected!

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President: Lynn Paquette
Vice President: Jenefer Monroe
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
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