Clackamas River Festival

Clackamas River Festival 2010

Don Beveridge, Darcy Gaechter and Jesse Becker rocking their matching IR plaid drytops–looking stylish for the Clack Fest.

After getting skunked on the Upper Middle Consumnes in CA, Don and I hustled back to Oregon to make the Clackamas River Festival. This is a cool event that boasts tons of races and activities for both rafters and kayakers drawing a large crowd from the Portland area.

They had tons of different events ranging from a cataraft slalom to a mass start boatercross, but by far the most exciting spectator sport was the ramp for the kayaker huck fest. For some reason, those spectators just can’t get enough of watching kayakers land on their faces off a big ramp.

Here’s a nice series of photos of one competitor.

Damn! He was so close to sticking it!

Don and I paddled a couple laps on the fun Class III play fun with our good friends from Hood River Jason Schroeder and Jesse Becker. Here’s me and Jason enjoying a little Oregon sunshine at the put in.

No one is too young to enjoy the Clackamas Fest or Next Adventure’s kayaking school. If you live in the Portland area and are looking to learn how to kayak, talk to Dave from Next Adventure, he’s the man!

The other big news is that we’ve drawn our winner for the 1 year subscription to Kayak Session Magazine …Congratulations to Casey W. You’ll be enjoying the industry’s premier paddling magazine for the next year!

Now we are chilling in Hood River for a few days paddling after work laps on the Green Truss, Farmlands, and Little White.

Next we’ll be heading back up north to hit up the Professor Paddle Ball on the Wenatchee.

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