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Fun and safe kayaking through trips, education, skill development, and conservation


June 2019  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Jenefer Monroe
Welcome to spring kayakers!  The rain is slowly clearing away, leaving us with lots of water to paddle on, in addition to long, bright, sunny days.  

Check the  Events Calendar for the latest trips, training and events.  There is much coming up!

Come join us for WKC's 58th Annual Salmon La Sac Whitewater, Slalom and Music Weekend: June 1 - 2.  All are welcome to join the festivities on the Cle Elem River, which include races, music, a scavenger hunt, pot-luck desserts, and pizza party!

There is still time to register for Basic Sea Kayaking  - there are still a few spaces left in the June 7-9 course.  And registration is now open for Advanced Sea Kayaking and Coastal Kayaking Clinic, scheduled for later this summer.  Level 4 Surf Kayaking was also just added.  Please reserve your space - these courses fill each year. And those hopeful ACA L3 Sea Kayak Instructors who took the development workshop last month will take their Certification Exam May 31 - June 2.  Good luck!  

A big welcome to Gary Luhm who has, after a several year hiatus, accepted the role of Conservation Chair. We look forward to your leadership and more of your beautiful photography.

We are looking for a new Pool Chair to organize all WKC's pool sessions for the remainder of 2019 and 2020.  For details contact    

We are also looking for a Wednesday night Shoreline Pool co-coordinator.   If you sign people in, you get to roll for free.  Once again, contact  
I hope to see you at these events this month, enjoy your waters!

 Featured Trip

58th Annual Salmon La Sac Whitewater, Slalom and Music Weekend: June 1 - 2


SALMON LA SAC (aka: WKC Bottoms-Up Regatta)
Whitewater Races and Weekend Gathering

-  All are welcome. It’s not just for racers!
-  At the USFS Salmon la Sac campground (near Roslyn, in eastern Washington).
- On the Cle Elum River
-  It’s always the first full weekend in June!

Event Details
 Practice on slalom gates in class 2 whitewater
 Participate in a Downriver Race – open to all kinds of boats
 Join a group afternoon river run
 Kid’s Scavenger Hunt 7:00 pm
 Music Jammin’ around the campfire
 Potluck dessert chow-down


 Fun Slalom race for all boats - Racer’s meeting 9:30 am
 No-host Pizza night in Roslyn

Need more info? or
Contact Race Director, Jennie at:  206-713-0520


 ACA L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification: May 11 - June 2

For almost 40 years, the American Canoe Association (ACA) has been the leader in paddlesports education. The ACA's National Paddlesports Instruction Program is widely considered the "Gold Standard" in the U.S. and abroad. Through the certification process you will learn a specific and proven set of paddlesports best practices.

Deb Volturno is going to be running a ACA L3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Certification:

May 11-13 IDW: Instructor Development Week
May 31 - June 2: ICE (Instructor Certification Exam)

The Club is offering 50% off after satisfactorily completing the IDW/ICE. For the specific rules to be granted this, interested candidates need to contact Rhonda Schwab before sign up:

Register Here

 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Course: June 7-9 

Join us for a weekend of FUN and ADVENTURE as you develop your techniques and skills on the water!

This course will provide beginners with a safe and fun introduction to the sport of sea kayaking. You will develop, refresh, and improve basic skills which are essential to paddling:

- Effective Paddling Skills
- Safety and Hazard Awareness
- Capsize Recovery Techniques
- Navigation, Tides and Currents
- Gear, Equipment and Clothing

Register Here 

 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

SSTIKS 2019: June 14 - 16

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayaking Symposium (SSTIKS) is the Northwest’s premier event devoted to traditional kayaking skills and culture. SSTIKS is held in June every year in Twanoh State Park on the beautiful Hood Canal in Washington. SSTIKS is a family-friendly event featuring some of the best mentors in Greenland-style kayaking. SSTIKS is a volunteer-run event.

Registration is now open!

Event Details

 Save the Date: August 10 - 6th Annual WKC Luau!

DON'T MISS the 6th annual WKC Luau at Hobuck Beach - August 10!

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. Details to follow. Dress Hawaiian!


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:
June 1 - 2: WKC Salmon La Sac @ Husum Falls
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

Body Boat Blade is For Sale!

Shawna and Leon are seeking an interested party that has plenty of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to carry on the successful Body Boat Blade brand, paddlesports school, and retail business. Priced affordably, and sellers willing to negotiate sales package. Cheap rent in Eastsound, WA if the retail store stays in its home, but THIS business could be easily moved to operate successfully anywhere in the world!

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 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

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

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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