POOL SESSIONS


IN the paddling news we have Castlegar Pool Sessions back up and running again.  Sunday’s 12-1 at the Castlegar Aquatic Centre for $15/paddler and bring a family member to enjoy the steam room, hot tub, or kiddy pool.  For more information click here.

 

 

Trail wave has come into play early this year so it’s time to dust off the kayak and get it out there! The level has been hovering around 3.5-3.6 on the BC hydrometric data website so it means a wave-like hero hole and a solid front surfing platform on Tail wave.

 

The cold water season CLOSING party is happening at Rock Island in Trail Saturday March 9th from 12-3 with dinner party to follow.  contact Chris Ryman for more details.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

POOL SESSIONS


IN the paddling news we have Castlegar Pool Sessions back up and running again.  Sunday’s 12-1 at the Castlegar Aquatic Centre for $15/paddler and bring a family member to enjoy the steam room, hot tub, or kiddy pool.  For more information click here.

 

 

Trail wave has come into play early this year so it’s time to dust off the kayak and get it out there! The level has been hovering around 3.5-3.6 on the BC hydrometric data website so it means a wave-like hero hole and a solid front surfing platform on Tail wave.

 

The cold water season CLOSING party is happening at Rock Island (water level dependant, stay tuned) Saturday March 9th  Come out for some paddling to kick the season into gear and we will get together afterwards for some grub and stories, be sure to RSVP for a spot at the dinner table that night.

 

The first of many World Kayak Hometown Throwdown Competitions will be held at Rock Island as well on March 31st from 12-3.  Hopefully we will have the feature for the whole month so we can practice.  contact Chris Ryman for more details.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Kootenay Hometown Throwdown #2- INDY WAVE!

Spectator view of Indy Wave

The second HTTD to hit the koots came after wrapping up the highest water Kootenay Whitewater Festival in history on Sunday evening.  The competitors were soggy after surviving the rainy flood level festival and it seemed like the World Kayak HTTD would produce a weak turnout.  Lucky for us the sun found it’s way through the clouds and the record high water produced a surf wave in Trail that blew everyone out of the water, some literally.

 

 

Industrial hole was in last season for the first time in over 12 years as an aggressive wave hole with a 15 foot ledge hole paddlers had to cross to exit the feature.  This year due to EXTREME heavy rain, warm weather and a plentiful snow pack , Indy hole was transformed into a Skookumchuck style wave that had competitors flying high.

 

The expert class was a head to head arial assault by Mike G and Sven P who were nailing clean blunts, donkey flips, flashbacks and the occasional combo.  Sven came out on top after styling some consistent rides and going big. Honorable mention goes to Sam Butler and Wyatt Riegel for joining the experts and testing out the wave with decent rides and sick boat control.

 

It was anyones game for the intermediate event as most entries were just trying to navigate the wave  without getting tossed around by the sometimes surging hole that took the place of the usually green wave.  Two of the competitors had  lengthy swims after the wave decided to turn into a hole and chew them up but our solid safety team lead by novice kayaker Nick K had them out of the water and picked up with shuttle vehicle in no time flat.   Shout out to Abby for braving the wave in a 6’11″ Badfish SUP board retuning to try it again with nothing but smiles on her face.

The second Home Town Throwdown was a great success thanks to the sun for finally appearing, high water for giving us a remarkable wave and all the participants and spectators for coming out after a looong weekend of extraordinary rain and high water paddling.

Abby trying the new SUP on a giant indy wave

 

Thanks to Jason K and Kel S for the photos!

 

Results- Hometown Throwdown #2- Brilliant Wave

BA Belton playing the paddle banjo

BA Belton playing the paddle banjo

RESULTS

1. Mike Grant                                    165 pts.

2. Brian Jameson                             140 pts.

3. BA Belton                                        90 pts.

4. Sydney Gillman (wmns.)            75 pts.

5.  Dave Vanderveen                     65 pts.

6. Dragan                                        60 pts.

7.  Andy Lane                                  30 pts.

With the sun shining down on the emerald green Kootenay River, Brilliant wave appeared to be a place of magic and intrigue. In the last twenty-four hours both the Kootenay and Columbia dropped a staggering amount making the powerful and fast wave more gentle and forgiving. The trough of the wave was glassy green with reflections of the fist shaped rock underneath. The foam pile was gentle as a cotton ball but still big enough to land some arial tricks. Spectators lined the smooth rock shore with video and photo cameras waiting for the throwdown to go down.

In traditional Kootenay style the competitors were showing up at random times and for most part late. The call to judge paddler rides in a more relaxed first come first scored fashion was a good one as some competitors were over an hour late. Despite the small wave seven competitors hit Brilliant for both goofy and impressive rides. Paddle tricks, arial loops, blunts and enders were just a few of the many tricks laid out. Paddlers certainly made the best of the conditions and spectator stoke!

Spectators enjoy the sun

BA Loop SUP

Local freestyle guru Mike Grant won the event with some snappy loops, back stabs, blunts and McNasty attempts. Washington visitor Brian Jameson placed second with some impressive air loops and flashbacks. Kootenay Kayaking’s Bachelor of the year BA Belton rounded out the podium with a solid third place finish after hopping in the new Jackson Rockstar from his WS EZG! Once again the only female competitor Sydney Gillman placed fourth.

Kelowna paddler Dave Vanderveen and Amundson Stand Up Paddle rep brought out a 10′6” board for some Brilliant wave SUP surfing. Almost everyone had a chance to test their balance on the SUP either surfing or practicing stylish falling. Thanks a bunch Dave for bringing the new toy! Thanks again to all the competitors and sponsors including World Kayak and Endless Adventure.

Andy

Sydney Surf

Veteren Spectator "Whisper" watching the comp!

Veteren Spectator "Whisper" watching the comp!

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