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October 2019  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Jenefer Monroe
Hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer!  Thank you all who came out last month to the 6th Annual WKC Luau.  It was a great success and enjoyed by many club members, including graduates of the 2019 Coastal Kayaking Clinic - and paddlers of the final leg of the H20 Team (who paddled from Olympia to Hobuck) as they completed their journey from Neah Bay to Cape Flattery.  Great to see so many kayakers out there!

I just had a chance to  look at participation numbers for 2019, and am pleased to share WW has already beat 2019 goals! And the club is close to hitting its overall targets for the year, if we continue to fill the calendar these next few months!  Great work!

Thank you, Chris Brubaker, for filling the Pool Chair position!  We appreciate your oversight of this program.

We are still looking for a new SK Trip Chair.  This person will ensure we offer a calendar full of Sea Kayaking opportunities for paddlers at a variety of levels. We especially need someone to lead the SJ7 program.  Todd Benevedes was the first paddler to complete the challenge (congratulations, Todd!) - and has offered to lead three SJ7 trips, if we can fill the other 4 slots. Contact Jenefer Monroe or Mike Germani to fill this open post - or to offer to lead additional trips.  Offering these popular SK trips will be a great way to meet our 2019 goals and get boats on the water in 2020.  

Don't miss this year's Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival - Sept 28-29.  There is something for every paddler and proceeds go to benefit Makah youth!

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

2019 Hobuck Hoedown Surf Festival: Sept 28-29

Don't miss this year's surf competition at Neah Bay! The Hobuck Hoedown was started in 2007 as the Pacific NW's first Surf and Sea Kayaking Competition. Over the years it has become a very successful event drawing participants as far away as Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, Texas, Sweden and Southern California, so the word is spreading and the stoke is building!

This is a not for profit event - staffed solely by unpaid volunteers - with a mission focused on benefitting Makah youth (language and arts program).  All proceeds above costs go to benefit Makah kids through the Makah Museum.

Check out the Skookum Class - new this year - it’s lower cost and designed for paddlers in any craft who are new to the sport! 

We encourage any club member interested to come out to paddle, enjoy the raffle and catered dinner Saturday night, to hang out and spectate, and to enjoy the camaraderie - Historically, the paddling on display is spectacular...
The Makah Tribe is proud to host the site of the Hobuck Hoedown at the Hobuck Beach Resort in Neah Bay, WA. The Resort is located on the west end of the Makah Reservation at the end of Highway 112 at the northwestern tip of Washington State.

When: Sept 28 - 29

Register Here

Also, volunteer safety paddlers with rescue experience are very much needed, volunteers are welcome in many other roles and spectating is highly encouraged - the surf paddling is world class!


 2019 WKC Roll Class: Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3

There will be four-morning classes Sunday mornings at the Evergreen Pool, 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. Contact Rhonda Schwab if you have questions at . Sign up quick as this class fills up fast and is limited to 14 paddlers per class.

Contact: Rhonda Schwab 

Register Here for ALL 4 Classes!

OR check Events Calendar to Register for
Individual Classes

 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

 6th Annual WKC Luau - Another Success!

The 6th Annual WKC Luau at Hobuck Beach was a great success, thanks in a large part to the organization and expert pig roasting skills of Tomas Tabisola.  It was attended by many club members, including hungry 2019 WKC Coastal Kayaking Clinic graduates who returned to civilization to enjoy a veritable feast.  Rhonda & Chris reported they had a great team and a great time. The water was almost flat and there was no wind. The Coastal Clinic kayakers joined the H2O team, who were finishing the last leg of their summer kayaking trip - which began months ago in Olympia.  Over a series of weekends, the team completed the long journey to Hobuck.  The whole group paddled the finale from Neah Bay past Cape Flattery - and had a great time enjoying the waves and caves along the way.  If you missed the fun - come join us next year!  

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 Sea Star Wasting Disease Update - 2019

By Gary Luhm

Over 20 species of sea stars succumbed to Sea Star Wasting Disease (SSWD) up and down the coast starting 2013. What’s the situation today?

It’s early August, and we’re paddling the NE Vancouver Island coast at Johnstone Strait. A minus tide allows a slow, intimate exploration of the intertidal, an exploration that only kayakers know. I take advantage of the minus tides to note intertidal changes since the Sea Star Wasting Disease (SSWD) hit the Pacific coast in 2013. It doesn’t look good. I’m disappointed to find very few colorful Ochre and Sunflower stars, and many urchins. Without predation from the carnivorous sunflower stars, here and elsewhere urchin populations have exploded, sometimes creating an “urchin barren” ̶̶̶̶̶ rocks scraped of algae and kelp. And because the herbivorous urchins eat bull kelp, they destroy protective fish habitat and the fisheries suffer. At Johnstone, while I wouldn’t call it barren, a wide swath of rocky intertidal, perhaps five vertical feet, appears scraped clean except for sponges. Large red urchins are everywhere.

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 West Seattle Boat Swap: Sept 14

The Second Boat Swap and Scratch & Dent Sale Is Approaching!

This community event is a great opportunity to buy and sell human powered watercraft (Kayaks, SUPs, Canoes) and accessories!
They will have used Kayaks and SUPs from Alki Kayak Tour's rental operation,as well as scratched and dented SUPs and Kayaks from Mountain to Sound for sale at amazing end of season prices!

Saturday, September 14th | 11am - 5pm

Mountain to Sound Outfitters
3602 SW Alaska St., Seattle WA 98126

Event Details

LaConner Paddle and BBQ with WWTA: Sept 15

Join WWTA Sunday, September 15th, at 11:00am, for a paddle from the La Conner Rainbow Bridge to Goat Island. There is still  time to register and join the other paddlers! 

At 4:00pm they will begin a BBQ and provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and possibly salmon (depending on availability).  

The Pioneer Park facility is covered and has a beautiful fireplace. There will be a fire and possibly marshmallows for smores.

Register Here

 CoastSavers International - Washington Coast Cleanup: Sept 19

Registration Now Open for the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC):

Join volunteers from all around the world who will be cleaning beaches as part of Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 21st, 2019.

Last September, over 1,000,000 people removed more than 23 million pounds of trash from over 25,000 miles of coast! This is your opportunity to join a greater global effort while helping our local waterways here in Washington.

The alliance of partners behind CoastSavers will be cleaning over 50 beaches along the entirety of Washington's Pacific Coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca. A few Puget Sound beaches will be cleaned near Port Townsend as well.

Event Details & Registration

 Lumpy Waters Sea Kayaking Symposium 2019: Oct 4 - 6

A Three Day Celebration Of Sea Kayaking!
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

  2019 7RC Update: Jim Hunter and Scott Shepherd Complete 7 Rivers!

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Congratulations, Jim Hunter, the 4th kayaker who completed all 7 rivers of the WKC 7 Rivers Challenge! Jim participated in the NF Nooksack trip on June 15 and received the Nooksack sticker as well as the Big 7 sticker presented to boaters who completed all 7 rivers – Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish, Wenatchee and White Salmon. It took Jim only a year and 13 days to make this accomplishment. Good job, Jim!

Paddling the Nooksack and the White Salmon this month, Scott Shepherd became the 5th kayaker who completed 7th river. Great job, Scott! From the “Completed 5” group, Scott snuck up so quietly that I didn’t have the Big 7 sticker when he told me he had completed 7 rivers at the White Salmon last weekend. He will receive it soon! ☺

Here are the current standings:
Completed 7: Doug Knapp, Kanako Iwata-Eng, Bill Petty, Jim Hunter, Scott Shepherd
Completed 6: Becca Nissley, Bob Menard, Eva Bailey, John Kelly, Mary Keppler, Seton Staples, William Aguilar
Completed 5: Bryan Fry, Celia Parker, Claire Hews, David Geeraerts, Pete Stevens, Jeremy Wells, Jon Almquist, Kathy McGee, Ken Stallman, Stephen Whipple, Tobey Seslar

 2019 SJ7 Update: Todd Benevedes is 1st San Juan Seven Circumnavigator!

By Sybille Fleischmann

We have the first San Juan Seven Circumnavigator! Our fearless SK trip leader Todd Benevedes took on the WKC San Juan 7 challenge and is the first to circumnavigate all seven San Juan that are part of the challenge.

Todd wrote he became a trip leader after learning of the San Juan 7 challenge: "Seemed like a worthy goal, but there weren't any trips going, so not really possible to achieve. So, out of the 7, I've actually lead 6 to get to this finish line."

With the circumnavigation of Lopez Todd is now the first WKC San Juan Seven Circumnavigator!
Congratulations Todd and thanks for leading these trips.

Todd says he is planning to tackle the WKC 7 Rivers Challenge next. Yeah!

Steve thanks for keeping track of the challengers!

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:
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:
Sept 7-9 - Stuart Island

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:
Sept 27: Sauk 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

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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