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September 2018  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Mike Germani
The time has come to change the guards of this fantastic club of ours. Thank you Jose, for being my right hand man as VP during the past 2 years. It has been a pleasure to serve one of the largest paddling clubs in the country and a wonderful opportunity to meet many new folks I may not otherwise have bumped into on the water. While it's time to pass on the Iron Paddle, I will not be far away and sure to be found on the salt, pools, and maybe even a river or two participating in a the great events that WKC offers each year.

Your new team includes Lynn Paquette as President and Jenefer Monroe as VP. Lynn has been with the club for many years, and is an active participant on the sea side, a great trip leader, and sea instructor, helping with many of our events. Jenefer has likewise been running the rivers with us for a while, and has done a phenomenal job as the whitewater Trip Chair over the past year. The two of them as a team are sure to do an outstanding job! Please join me in welcoming them to their new roles!

See you on the water!

 Featured Trip

Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival  - October 6 to 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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When: October 6 - 7
Where: Hobuck Beach
Contact: Hamp All 

Details & Registration


 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

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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 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

 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:
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.  

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
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety

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