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Washington Kayak Club
Fun and safe kayaking through trips, education, skill development, and conservation

Slalom Racing

The Washington Kayak Club provides a series of slalom and wildwater races to challenge and entertain river paddlers of all levels.

At a whitewater slalom race, slalom gates hung over the river provide 'must make' moves on what might otherwise seem an easy rapid.  It gives you the chance to hone your whitewater skills and prove to yourself that you can put your boat where it needs to be the next time you're up against that new scary rapid.  In slalom, 'must make' means that you'll face a time penalty if you don't quite make the move; on the scary rapid the penalties can be a bit harsher!

If you're a speed demon and love the pure joy of bombing down the river as fast as you can, wildwater racing is for you.  There are no gates to maneuver, simply a timed run from the start and to the finish.  A wildwater race will have two heats: a short one the length of a typical rapid, and a long one that will be 3-5 miles.

Several times a year, the Washington Kayak Club holds racing weekends.  They are typically held at a campground next to the rapid.  The slalom course is put up on Friday, and then paddlers practice on the slalom course, run the river, and/or compete in the wildwater race on Saturday, with the slalom competition held on Sunday.  WKC's longtime classic racing weekend is held near Cle Elum Washington, at the Salmon La Sac Campground the first weekend of June.  Saturday night a group campfire includes our 'Salmon La Sac music festival' and paddlers bring out their guitars, mandolins, flutes and fiddles.

Clinics and informal practice sessions are held sporadically.  Permanent slalom gates are located near  Issaquah on the Cedar River at Cedar River Park in Ravensdale.   You do not have to be a club member to participate in these WKC events.

2020  Slalom Cedar Workouts at the  Cedar Slalom site:  every Thursday after work: 4:30-7:30 pm.  Any type of whitewater boat works fine!  Come join us.  Free instruction on paddling skills available.  See also facebook page

If you are interested in joining us for informal practice sessions or want to learn more, please send our Slalom Chairperson an email.

2020 Northwest Cup Schedule of Local Events:
Whitewater Slalom Clinic
Every Thursday from 4:30-7:30 PM in March and April

 See WKC Trip Schedule to sign-up!
Cedar River
Maple Valley, WA
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Spring Cedar River Races

March 21-22, 2020
     Cedar River
   Maple Valley, WA       
Salmon La Sac Races

June 6-7, 2020
Salmon La Sac
Cle Elum River
Roslyn, WA

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Rich Weiss Memorial Race
Chilliwack River
British Columbia

         April 5, 2020

APRIL 4-5, 2020   Riverhouse Rendezvous Slalom, on the Deschutes River in downtown Bend, OR, at the Riverhouse Hotel, Bert Hinkley  See for information flyer
Whitewater Slalom


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