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 From the Prez

By Jenefer Monroe
Welcome to Fall paddling!  Shorter days and colder weather challenge us to get organized and out the door earlier, but the stunning fall color and beautiful sunsets have been worth it.  Hope you are all getting out there!

Thank you to all volunteers and those who showed up to support the 2019 Hobuck Hoedown.  We are pleased to announce proceeds this year went to support the Makah Cultural and Research Center - and a total of $2500 was donated to fund upcoming youth programs! Great work everyone!

This weekend - Nov 9-10 - is the WKC Cedar River Slalom and Down River Races.  Join fellow whitewater paddlers for one of the last race events of the season at this exciting annual event.

For those of you who prefer warmer water - the pools have opened back up. Work on your roll for next season - or join Chris Brubaker and learn how to play Polo this season.  The polo team has been doing well and always looking for more players.

Or attend a warm indoor event: 
John Kuntz in presenting Eri's Adventure on November 13 
Kayak Academy is presenting Surf Survival to benefit WWTA on November 14

We just added 4 new Sea Kayak trips to the calendar!  Reserve your space today:

Crescent Beach Play day 11/9
Maury Is. circum. 12/1
Mercer IS. circum 12/1
Blake Is. from West Seattle 12/14

Check the  Events Calendar for the latest trips, training and events.  There is much coming up!  I hope to see you at these events this month, enjoy your waters!


 Featured Trip

WKC Cedar River Slalom and Down River Races: November 9-10

Come join the League of Northwest Whitewater Racers and the Washington Kayak Club for this year's exciting whitewater slalom event on the Cedar River!

When: November 9 -10

Where: Cedar River Slalom Gates
at Landsburg Park, Hobart, WA

 Register Here


11 am to 5pm (approx.) - Registration on site (even if you don’t race – sign the waiver! Paddling on the course is a WKC Trip) Please register and sign waiver before getting on water.

Course open for slalom practice
Late afternoon - Downriver race for Wildwater boats if flow is over 800 cfs. 


10:30 AM - Mandatory Racer’s Meeting 
11:30 – 12:30 Morning runs
1:30 - 3:00 Afternoon runs
3:30 (approx.) - Awards Ceremony

CAMPING: 8 miles away at Kanasket-Palmer State Park


 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

 2019 Hobuck Hoedown Surf Festival Wrap-up!

By Hamp All & Jameson Riser

Thank you to the WKC volunteers who pitched in to make the 2019 Hobuck Hoedown a success!  Proceed's from this year's Hobuck Hoedown went to the Makah Cultural and Research Center - a total of $2500 - will fund upcoming youth programs!

The Northwest coast welcomed this year’s Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival, held on September 28 & 29, 2019, with perfect sunny fall weather near Neah Bay on Makah Tribal lands. Luckily, this year, Cape Flattery protected Hobuck Beach for the contest, allowing surfers to avoid predicted strong Northeast winds, setting up the contest for great conditions with 3-4 foot surf. The 27 competitors included paddlers from up and down the West Coast of the U.S, many regular local competitors from both British Columbia and Washington/Oregon as well as paddlers from as far afield as Minnesota.

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Event Photos

Photo Credit to Sean Watson 

Learn to Play Kayak Polo! - November 10

 By Chris Brubaker

Come try out kayak polo this Sunday at the WKC pool session in Tukwila!

This a great time to try out a fun activity that is as challenging (or not!) as you want it to be, and we're open to people of all ages and abilities.

We'll try out a couple drills, work on some fundamentals, then play a couple games - should be a LOT of fun.

We'll have polo helmets and a couple polo boats and paddles to use.

Bring swim stuff, dry clothes, a PFD. WW boats are fine; sea kayaks are unfortunately too big.

Please plan to arrive about 5:45 at Tukwila pool. We'll finish up at 8, and there's usually some food and drinks afterwards, location TBD.

Hope to see you there!

Oh, and here's a video of some fundamentals

Register Here

 Eri's Adventure Presentation: November 13

Starting August 1st, 2018 John Kuntz, owner of Olympic Outdoor Center, paddled the entire length, 1250 miles of the Columbia River from source to sea in honor of Erica Reith (Eri), (a young person whom tragically lost her life at the age of 19) and in the name of teaching youth the art of adventure. Come join him for an evening devoted to paying it forward and learning more about John's fantastic adventure.

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November 13 at 7pm
Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church
925 N. Sequim Ave  Sequim, WA

Register Here

"Surf Survival" Presentation with Kayak Academy and WWTA: November 14

Join George and Barb Gronseth from Kayak Academy for an evening presentation to benefit WWTA: 

Surf Survival - how to avoid it and if you can’t, how to survive.

Learn how to identify and avoid dangerous surf, how to start developing surf skills safely, and gain judgement needed to survive a landing in surf.

Date: November 14, 2019
Time: 5:30-9:30pm

Evening Details:
5:30pm - social with pizza, potluck appetizers and beverages
6:00 - 9:00 presentation with time for questions or mingling afterwards

Handout included.

Address: 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Room 202, Seattle/Wallingford.

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 Deception Pass Challenge 2019: Dec 7 or 8

The Deception Pass Challenge is the same 6 ish mile course as the Deception Pass Dash. The DP Challenge is the new official version of this classic NW winter race in the tidal rapids of Deception Pass but under new management.

The race starts at slack (before ebb) where participants race from Bowman Bay around Deception Island then through the main Pass (south channel) before the ebb current becomes too strong to paddle against. The ‘crux point’ is the last somewhat doable eddy on the SE corner of Pass Island before open water leading to Strawberry Island. Many don’t make it past this point. If you do, you’ll go around Strawberry Island, then through Canoe Pass (north channel) back towards Deception Island then finish at Bowman Bay.

Register Here

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:
Nov 2-3: WKC Fall Cedar International Races
Nov 9-10: Cedar River Slalom & Down River 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 (7RC)

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:
Nov 17: Sauk or Stilly 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.

 Sea Kayak Instructors Hit the Water

Shown Left to Right: Chris (Sea), Ross, Barry (Sea), Jose (Sea), Matt, Mike (Sea), Arieal, Jon, John (blue), and Rick (behind John). Nicole behind the camera!
By Rick Schoen

Some of the sea kayakers had a bit of river experience and some none. We brought boats and some gear for the sea kayakers. Even getting them outfitted was fun! Since they were instructors their strokes were good and they were pretty excited to do the river! We didn't spend a lot of time instructing but working on river skills like ferry and eddy turns, river features, dangers, and the differences in strokes and how they are used. Then we started working the river.

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 Blake Island Weekend

   By Julia Otani

The October 4th – 6th Blake Island weekend trip began with partly sunny skies and variable winds. Tina, Julia, Jim and Gail met at the Southworth Ferry launch site at 9:30am, packed our kayaks, and by 11am began our 1 NM crossing to Blake Island. Adding excitement to the beginning of our trip, we unintentionally launched our kayaks while a series of wakes approached the shoreline. Water poured over the sterns of our kayaks filling our cockpits with water. Emptying the water out, we quickly got into our boats paddling away from the shoreline. The wind kicked up creating a bumpy paddle to the campsite.

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 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

In the late August, while Washington rivers are trickling, thumping glacier rivers in British Columbia start to calm down. I drove for 10 hours to join the Vancouver Whitewater Club’s Chilko River trip over the Labor (or Labour, as Canadians spell) Day weekend.

We camped at the Chilko-Taseko Junction Recreation Site, our take-out and camp site. It is where the Taseko River pours bluish white water into the green water of the Chilko. Even in the Google Maps, you can see the magnificent view. (52°00'29.7"N 123°40'42.7"W)

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 Deschutes Self Support

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

On August 20, Bill P, Bob S, Mary K, Larry G, Scott S and I launched on the Deschutes River from the Trout Creek Campground, near Maupin, Oregon. We were to boat 42 miles over 3 days. As any other multi-day trips, it took us longer to pack and leave in the first morning. We left the camp around 10 am, and the sun was already high and hot. The river was mostly flat at the beginning but moving pretty fast. We soon started noticing squeaking ospreys and their nests on top of the man-made platforms. Some made a minimal nest on the platform, while some built a gigantic mansion using colorful plastic materials.

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 Turn and Shaw Island

 By Tina Marie

Mark, Amy and I all camped out at Washington Park Thursday preceding the trip where we watched an amazing sun setting over the San Juan Islands. Friday we launched near the Lopez Village on the end of the ebb. We crossed over San Juan channel to Turn Island were we camped at site 4.

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 Cispus River: Kayak Camping Adventure, Self-Support Primer Trip

  By Erika Baxter and Michael Deckert

Rain poured down. Darkening skies beat back against an optimistic forecast for a sunny day and a drying trend in the weather. The steady drumbeat of rain on the windshieldsounded like a winter rain settling in for a prolonged period of liquid sunshine.

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 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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Vice President: Jenefer Monroe
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
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