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June 2019  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Jenefer Monroe
It's officially summer!  It's time to take advantage of all the PNW has to offer.  Sign up for a paddle, get out on the water, and enjoy the sunshine.  Check the  Events Calendar for the latest trips, training and events.  There is much coming up!

Congratulations to recent graduates of the 2019 Basic Sea Kayaking Course!  We look forward to seeing you on upcoming trips!  Thank you to Rhonda, Chris, and all those who volunteered their time to teach others to safely enjoy this wonderful sport.

And congratulations to our new ACA L2/L3 instructors!  This rigorous certification process prepares students to safely lead and instruct others.  We appreciate your dedication to the sport and look forward to your leadership on upcoming trips.  Thank you to Deb Volturno and Melinda Moree for sharing your skills and instructing this course.  

If you want to keep improving your skills, there is still time to register for Level 4 Surf Kayaking and Coastal Kayaking Clinic, coming up later this summer.  Please reserve your space - these courses fill each year. 

Remember to save the date - August 10th - for the 6th Annual WKC Luau at Hobuck Beach.  Contact Tomas Tabisola to see what he needs help with at this year's feast.  And Register Here for the Luau, so Tomas can get a head count for food.

I hope to see you at these events this month, enjoy your waters!

 Featured Trip

6th Annual WKC Luau & Coastal Kayaking Clinic! - August 8 - 11

Photo credit to Photo credit to Gary Luhm
The 6th Annual WKC Luau at the Hobuck Beach Resort will be held in conjunction with the WKC Coastal Clinic!

Come enjoy a pig roast with a Caribbean flair. A tender slow-cooked brisket is also on the menu. Pot luck, BYOB, and children welcomed. Please register so we can get an idea how many will be attending. Aloha shirts and muumuu dresses preferred!  

Register for Luau 

And there are still some spaces left in the 4-day Coastal Kayaking Clinic!  Learn the skills required to experience the beautiful, remote, and challenging waters of Washington State and Vancouver Island’s open coastline.

Register for Coastal Clinic

This could be most fun you have in your life!


 WKC Advanced Sea Kayaking Class: June 27 - 30

Photo credit to Gary Luhm
This class is planned to be a fun, entertaining, and challenging learning experience designed to develop and expand your current Sea Kayaking skills and judgment.

In this class, you will learn efficient paddling and boat handling technique, effective capsize recovery skills and correct bracing techniques, which includes the Eskimo roll. The class is structured so you will have many opportunities to practice your newly developed skills in a positive, supportive environment before we move into more challenging conditions.

Register Here

 Level 4 Surf Kayak Clinic: July 13 - 14

Photo credit to Gary Luhm
This weekend long clinic is designed for the beginning, intermediate or advanced surf kayaker who is interested in learning to surf their choice of kayak (surf specific kayak, sit-on-top, or whitewater kayak) safely and for maximum fun and with efficiency.

In this class you will learn to have fun playing in the surf zone in high performance kayaks.

Register Here

 WKC Coastal Kayaking Clinic: August 8 - 11

Photo credit to Gary Luhm 
This 4-day Coastal Kayaking Clinic introduces the skills required to experience the beautiful, remote, and challenging waters of Washington State and Vancouver Island’s open coastline. The clinic is at Neah/Makah Bay and is designed to improve sea kayaking skills and confidence, which will lead to increased enjoyment of your sea kayaking experience.

Register Here

News and Events

 Congratulations 2019 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Graduates!

This month, Rhonda Schwab, Chris Smith, and their team of volunteers led the annual Basic Sea Kayaking Course designed to teach new paddlers the skills needed to safely Sea Kayak on Puget Sound!  Thank you for dedicating time each year to introducing others to the sport and waters we love.  And welcome new WKC members!

We look forward to seeing you on the water!

WKC Basic Class of 2019

Photo credit to Jason Learned 

 Congratulations to our New ACA L2/L3 Instructors!

By Jose Reyes

ACA L2/L3 Instructor Certification is a rigorous process which requires 3 days of classroom instruction (IDW) followed by 2 days of on-water testing (ICE).  The skills and techniques required to improve coaching are discussed and practiced, then those techniques are tested and certified at the appropriate level as outlined by ACA guidelines.

This month's ACA L2 - L3 Instructor Certification Exam was a great success! Congratulations to our new instructors: Bob Nash, Chris Brubaker, Jeannie Nahan, Romuald Thorn, and  Steve Mohr. And to our wonderful ITs: Deb Volturno and Melinda Moree - our graduates learned from the best of the best. Thank you so much to all of you!

We look forward to having you lead WKC trips!

2019 NW Whitewater Slalom Cup Series

The Northwest Whitewater Slalom Cup continues with all 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:
July 13 -14: Slalom Training Camp @ Chilliwack River
Aug 24 - 25: Payette Slalom Race
Oct 12 - 13: Mamquam Race, BC Championships
Nov 2-3: WKC Fall Cedar International Races

Race Calendar

 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:
June 22: Middle Sauk River II/III
July 13: Middle Sauk II/III
Aug 16-18: White Salmon Weekend II/III

Check Events Calendar for more dates

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:

Recent Trip Reports

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


 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

On the misty morning of Sunday, May 26, 2019, Jim H and I started scouting the Chiwaukum Creek, near Leavenworth. Camping at the Chiwaukum Creek Trailhead the night before, we were tempted to run the small creek not listed in the Bennett book or the American Whitewater website. Walking up a little, there was a log jam...

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By Kanako Iwata-Eng

The Jarbidge (a Shoshone word meaning “monster” or “devil”) is a privilege, primarily for self-supporting kayakers with solid paddling skills and willingness to portage fully loaded boats through the land of poison ivy and rattlesnakes. The stunning deep narrow canyon through the Southwestern Idaho desert, combined with the exciting whitewater, made the four-day Jarbidge/Bruneau trip priceless.

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 Team Petty Adventure – Statlu Creek & Chehalis River

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

On March 30, 2019, twenty-eight boaters gathered at the Chehalis River Campground in British Columbia. One third of the group was the WKC crew, and the rest were the Vancouver Whitewater Club (VWC), to which I also belong.

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 Wiener Roast 2019

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Despite the low water, the cold weather, or the put-in blockage, a fearless wiener roasters – on 11 hard-shell kayaks, a tandem canoe and a solo canoe - gathered on Saturday, March 2, to run the Skykomish from the Big Eddy to Sultan, Class 2.

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 Thanks for 20 Years!

By Mike Grijalva

Thanks, WKC, for 20 years. I moved to Issaquah and joined WKC more than 20 years ago, and have paddled many days, with about 100 different WKC members. I've enjoyed them all and could not imagine a better bunch of boaters. We are so lucky to have the Middle/middle, the Green and Skykomish in our backyard. I have racked up many days paddling them every year.

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 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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President: Mike Germani
Vice President: Jenefer Monroe
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety

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