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August 2018  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Mike Germani
Hope you are all out enjoying the final mostly smoke-free days of summer on the water.

The 5th Annual WKC Luau was another success!  Thank you Tomas Tabisola for another delicious pig roast, and Rhonda Schwab, Chris Smith, Hamp All and so many others for contributing to make the training portion of the event happen again this year!

Get ready to roll!  The annual roll clinic is coming-up in October.  If you found yourself struggling with the second half of your roll this season, the pool is a great place to figure out what went wrong.  Rhonda will straighten you out.

And if you are looking to work on your finesse game, Nigel Foster is teaching two classes next month at Golden Gardens in Seattle.  Take your forward stroke to the next level and watch a master make it all look effortless.  Fun for all!

Save the dates: Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival will be October 6 -7.

See you on the water!

 Featured Trip

Tieten River - September 15 to 16

The annual end-of-summer run is upon us – woot woot! It’s called the Annual Flip-Flop when the Bureau of Reclamation begins releasing water from Rimrock Lake through the Tieton Dam in Yakima County, to aid in successful spawning and incubation of the Chinook salmon eggs in the Yakima Basin, it also helps serve irrigation interests downstream, which in turn provides good boating through much of September. It usually begins Labor Day weekend and they slowly increase the release throughout the month, hitting the peak near September 15th.

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When: Sept 15 - 16
Where: Tieten River 
Contact: Ken Stallman

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

News and Events

5th Annual WKC Luau - Another Success!

By Brenna McVety

We had another fantastic WKC Beach Party at Hobuck Beach - Aug 18 - 19! The coastal clinics went well - foggy conditions didn't allow a trip to Flattery, but paddlers made their way Anderson Point and enjoyed great surf conditions. And Tomas Tabisola roasted a delicious pig for the annual Luau!

Thank you to Rhonda Schwab, Chris Smith, Hamp All and Tomas Tabisola for making this year's WKC Beach Party another success.

Enjoy some video footage taken by Jose Reyes from the Anderson Point Trip.

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See you next year!

Kayaking Finesse & Forward Stroke with Nigel Foster: Sept 29 & 30

Nigel is offering a Kayaking Finesse class on Saturday, Sept 29th and Forward Stroke on Sunday, Sept 30th

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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 Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival: Oct 6 - 7

Got a paddle? Join the annual paddle surf competition at beautiful Hobuck Beach, on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Surf Kayaks, Sea Kayaks, and SUP heats. All Levels welcome. 

All profits go to Makah Tribal Youth. 

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 Lumpy Waters 2018: Oct 12 to 14

Lumpy is a three day celebration of sea kayaking in Pacific City Oregon! With coaching aimed at advanced beginners, early intermediates, and advanced level paddlers, Lumpy provides an unparalleled opportunity to improve your skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Top coaches come from all over the world, making Lumpy Waters the premiere instructional destination for dynamic ocean paddling.

Register Here

 WWTA Preserving Access to Cascadia Marine Trail

Washington Water Trails Association's Don Crook and Andrée Hurley were recently featured in a great article by the Herald featuring the Cascadia Marine Trail and the work that has gone into preserving this resource for all to use.  

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Photo credit to Lizz Giordano / The Herald

 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:
Oct. 13-14 - Mamquam Race, BC Championships, Mamqaum, B.C.
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:

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.  

 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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 Illinois River Self Support Trip

By Kanako Iwata-Eng


The Illinois River in Oregon had been on my bucket list for a few years. As this is a challenging Class 4 32-mile stretch, we were aiming for the optimal 1000-1500 CFS range and a nice warm weather. Bill Petty, Doug Nicholson, Bob Metzger and I chose April 20 as our launch date and headed to Grants Pass, OR the day before. Bill has run the river about 10 times, Doug has several times, Bob once about 20 years ago, and this was my first.

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 Team Petty Adventure: Humptulips

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

The Olympic Peninsula is known for its rain, but whenever I go to the Humptulips Narrows (Class 3), it is sunny, and my fourth visit to this river on November 18, 2017 was no exception. Captain Bill Petty, Bob Metzger from Olympia, and I launched around 12:30 p.m. under the bright sun.

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 Team Petty Adventure: British Columbia 2017

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

This is our fearless leader Bill Petty’s 40th year of paddling. He has been leading annual whitewater road trips to British Columbia almost every year for the past 28 years, and BC continues offering endless rivers he has never run. To paddle unknown rivers again this year, the Team headed to the northern capital of Prince George this time.

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 Fall in the Wall for First Timers

By Shanna Gachen

Shout-out to one of our lifetime members, Jon Almquist, who never stops volunteering his time to help others adventure and experience our beautiful rivers. Whether it's helping out with the whitewater class, heading up skill builder trips right after class, leading adventure trips to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula or pushing any level paddler to their next level - he's always game!
Thanks Jon for all your guidance!

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