The Leavenworth, WA area is one of the best weekend paddling destinations around when the water is running. The list of runs goes on and on including runs such as the “play run” and Tumwater on the Wenatchee, Icicle Creek, Nason Creek, and many more. It’s this abundance of awesome whitewater that makes the drainage the perfect setting for the annual PP Ball (that’s the Professor Paddle Ball to those who aren’t familiar with Seattle’s premier kayaking forum www.professorpaddle.com).
The PP Ball (aka Professor Paddle Ball) was an excellent event hosted on the banks of the mighty
Darcy navigating holes and wood (2 pretty typical obstacles on Icicle)
Sunday Rob and Ben took us down the Middle Icicle. We started out on the Upper section with some new friends we met at the festival. Due to some time constraints and cold weather, most of them got out before the Middle really kicks into gear. Once we dropped into the Middle, I was pretty wide-eyed. That shit is steep in there! And the water felt super pushy. Even the Legend Rob McKibbin said it was “pretty high.” From Ricochet on down to below the Plunge is some pretty full on boating at higher flows, but Rob was an excellent guide and we had another kick ass day in the
Besides all the great local whitewater, the PP people organized some fun events as well. One particularly popular event at the PP Ball was the kayaker hucker ramp. It’s pretty crazy how much momentum the huck ramps have gained lately…but I have to admit, it’s kind of fun to watch–especially with characters like Rob, James, and JP around. See below for some more good ramp photos and a video of the hucking.
If you like really great rivers, fun people, and a super cool festival, go to the Professor Paddle Ball (PP Ball) someday. One of the better events we’ve been to this season.
And here’s a little video of the hucking action that Don put together. Enjoy, and turn up the volume, Rob’s commentary is not to be missed.
And, now, for the important stuff…Casey W. didn’t claim his 1-year subscription to Kayak Session Magazine so we’ve drawn a new winner for this prize–Congratulations to Dan B. who we met at the Chilliwack Paddling festival in BC. You’ll now be reading cool kayaking stories for the next year.
We’ve also drawn the June 1st winner who is now the owner of an IR Thin Skin. Perfect paddling layer. Congrats to Katie M., and thanks for being a part of our contest. Don’t forget, you are still eligible for all our other summer prizes, so keep up with the blog and website.
Happy Paddling to everyone