Boise HomeTown ThrowDown #4

Here at Boise we’ve had our last Hometown Throwdown of the year. A big thank you to everyone thats helped make it such a fun year.

As usual our competition was on the second feature at the amazing Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho.

We had eleven competitors, two of which were all the way from Portland, Oregon.

Everyone had three rides, best two count, to show off their tricks. There were a few less ariels than before mostly because of the lower water that made the wave shallower than usual. There were still some impressive moves thrown and its great to see everyone progress through the year. Thanks again to everyone who has shown up through the year to make the Throwdown’s what they are. :)

 

Here’s the standings:

 

Mens K1:

1. Troy

2. Tyler

3. Warren

4 (Tie). Mathew

4 (Tie). Travis

 

Junior Mens K1:

1. Crosby

2. Skye

3. Ethan

4. Zeke

 

Junior Womens K1:

1. Paige

2. Roxy

 

Here’s some pictures from the event:

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Boise Hometown Throwdown #4

Here at Boise we’ve had our last Hometown Throwdown of the year. A big thank you to everyone thats helped make it such a fun year.

As usual our competition was on the second feature at the amazing Kelly’s Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho.

We had eleven competitors, two of which were all the way from Portland, Oregon.

Everyone had three rides, best two count, to show off their tricks. There were a few less ariels than before mostly because of the lower water that made the wave shallower than usual. There were still some impressive moves thrown and its great to see everyone progress through the year. Thanks again to everyone who has shown up through the year to make the Throwdown’s what they are. :)

 

Here’s the standings:

 

Mens K1:

1. Troy

2. Tyler

3. Warren

4 (Tie). Mathew

4 (Tie). Travis

 

Junior Mens K1:

1. Crosby

2. Skye

3. Ethan

4. Zeke

 

Junior Womens K1:

1. Paige

2. Roxy

 

Here’s some pictures from the event:

Chacos

Hi – my name is Gary and I hate socks… (Feel like I’m at a 12-step meeting). I wear my sandals and flip-flops a lot – daily from April through mid October.
When I first moved to Idaho 12 years ago I bought some cheep knock-off sandals and had to replace them every year. Three years ago I pulled the trigger and made the jump to Chaco Z1 sandal. I’ve been wearing those same sandals since. These things are bomber. The Vibram soles show hardly any wear and the foot bed is still in great shape , as are the straps. And I’m usually wearing these things in rough terrain.
So to add to my Chaco collection this year I got a pair of Flip-Vibe flip-flops. These are light and comfortable. They have the same quality feel as my Chaco sandals and I’m sure I’ll be getting years of use out of them as I am my Z1s.
So if your looking for great footwear that will work for town or out on the river check out the Chaco line-up at http://www.chacos.com/US/en or athttps://www.facebook.com/Chacousa
See you out there!
Gary Wilson
World Kayak Ambassador – Idaho

Idaho HomeTown Throw Down #2

Cascade had its second HomeTown ThrowDown this past Saturday. We had eleven participants that all competed in the second feature of Kelly’s Whitewater Park. The weather was in the high 80′s and the Payette North fork was a perfect temp.

 

Water levels are still above normal compared to last summer, which made the wave a little flushy, but nice and deep. Most of the tricks were loops and space godzillas. Wesley even did a few clean cartwheel paddle spin combos.

 

Three of our competitors were all the way from Bend, Oregon. And it was fun to have Sage Donnelly from Reno at the event.

 

The bad news is that Tyler had pics of everyone on his iPhone, but jumped in the river and had the charger port opened on his LifeProof case….it never recovered. We are still trying to find out if the pics synced to his photo-stream. If so we’ll post them later :-)

 

We have two throwdowns in August – hope to see you there. We may separate and have competition at both the upper and middle feature. So if you have been holding off ‘cuz you wanted to do something bigger than the middle feature, we are up for adding the top feature to the mix.

 

 

Results:

 

Mens K1 A:

1. Troy

2. Wesely

3. Kurt

4. Noel

 

Junior Mens K1 A:

1. Kyle

2. Skye

3. Crosby

4. Aaron

5. Jake

 

Junior Womens K1 A:

1. Sage

2. Paige

Idaho Hometown Throwdown #1 2013

Idaho’s first Hometown Throwdown of the year was finally on a warm sunny day and we had great flows at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Temps in the mid 70′s and warmer water meant no poggies or skull-caps.

With these flows the second feature is great for loops, space godzillas, cartwheels, pretty much anything you can throw in a wave-hole. We ran three hole rides and had a couple of swims. Swims to me mean people are getting out of their comfort range and LEARNING! So kudos to those swimmers :-)

We also saw some good aerial action from Troy Wilson and Mike Vorrhees. Connor Voorhees was our youngest competitor at 9 years old.

We had a bonus surprise when we got together for our prize drawing, EJ showed up and gave a tour of the new RockStar. Our next TD will be on July 27, again at Kelly’s Whitewater Park.

Hope to see you there!

 

Gary

Follow me on twitter – @rapidpirate

 

Placings:

Mens:

1. Troy Wilson

2. Mike Voorhees

3. Travis Tripp

 

Juniors:

1. Skye Titus

2. Crosby Crevett

3. Connor Voorhees

4. (TIE) Paige Wilson

4. (TIE) Ethan Tripp

5. Quinton DiLenge

Idaho Throwdown #1 2013

Idaho’s first Hometown Throwdown of the year was finally on a warm sunny day and we had great flows at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Temps in the mid 70′s and warmer water meant no poggies or skull-caps.

 

With these flows the second feature is great for loops, space godzillas, cartwheels, pretty much anything you can throw in a wave-hole.

 

We ran three hole rides and had a couple of swims. Swims to me mean people are getting out of their comfort range and LEARNING! So kudos to those swimmers :-)

 

We also saw some good aerial action from Troy Wilson and Mike Vorrhees. Connor Voorhees was our youngest competitor at 9 years old.

 

We had a bonus surprise when we got together for our prize drawing, EJ showed up and gave a tour of the new RockStar.

 

Our next TD will be on July 27, again at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Hope to see you there!

 

Gary

Follow me on twitter – @rapidpirate

 

 

Placings:

 

Mens:

1. Troy Wilson

2. Mike Voorhees

3. Travis Tripp

 

Juniors:

1. Skye Titus

2. Crosby Crevett

3. Connor Voorhees

4. (TIE) Paige Wilson

4. (TIE) Ethan Tripp

5. Quinton DiLenge

Throwdown Coming Up

Coming up, this Saturday (June 15th) is our first HomeTown Throwdown of the year! :D Starts at 11am on the island at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. Be sure to show up for some great prizes and fun times. Hope to see you there. :)

 

 

Throwdown Reminder

Don’t forget, coming up on the 15th is Cascade’s first Hometown Throwdown of the year. Meeting on the island at Kelly’s Whitewater Park. The event starts at 11am and everyone is welcome. Great prizes for all competitors, you don’t have to place for any prize, its all raffle.  Look forward to seeing everyone there. :)

DARE to Kayak 2013

Dare to Kayak
Teach a kid to paddle- change their perspective forever!
I just had the pleasure of taking 30 students to Zim’s Hot springs to learn to paddle. I teach jr. high school and my co-instructor, Brent LaFay, teaches fourth grade.  The fourth, seventh, and eighth grade students participated in Dare to Kayak this year.  I created Dare to Kayak in 2002 as a way bring a positive message to schools.  I wanted to encourage kids to begin paddling as a healthy activity to steer them away from drug and alcohol abuse. I share an interactive video with the students on paddling and then we visit a local pool to learn to paddle.
Gary Wilson, World Kayak Ambassador, and his kids, Tyler, Troy, and Paige, all helped instruct at Zim’s.  This way the fifth year they have been helping to make Dare to Kayak a great success! This year they created the Dare video.  It shows our day more than, I could ever describe here.
Click HERE for the video
We had about 15 kayaks in the water all at the same time; our students each had a partner. We covered wet exits, sweep, draw, forward, and reverse strokes.  We played some fun games in and on top of our kayaks.  I think my all time favorite game is when we turn the kayaks upside down and run across as many as you can before bailing off into the water.  All of our fun games help the students to become more and more comfortable in the water.
It is amazing how much the students can learn in one day.  By the end of the day they could flip over and hold their breath before wet exiting.  They were all coming up with smiles on their faces.  Each student demonstrated their skills for all the strokes they learned. As an educator, it is so wonderful for me to see those students who do not always excel in academics, shine when paddling. If only, I could take them paddling everyday, I might get them to turn in their homework.
Our final day focused on river safety, conservation, fish habitat, and proper use of PFDS.  This year we visited the Alzar school campus, www.alzarschool.com, for our water safety day.  Alzar is an amazing school for 10th and 11th grade students who are interested in leadership and of course, kayaking.  Their students created six stations for our students to particpate in.  Students learned how to float in the water, nose and toes, and how to watch out and be safe when approaching river hazards.  The dry land foot entrapment and strainer station was very effective.  Students also learn how to use a throw bag, properly fit PFDs and how to pull each other back into a raft. The Alzar students created fun transition for the students to engage in between stations. The canoe challenge was a big hit. We wrapped up the day with lessons on habitat, a tour of the campus, and a picnic lunch. All of the Alzar students did an amazing job leading their stations.  Three of the leaders were students that I taught to paddle in the past.  I am so proud of you!
Dare to Kayak was made possible for the last three years through funding from the Wild Rivers License Plate Fund from the Idaho Department of Commerce in conjunction with my awesome school, Meadows Valley School District in New Meadows, Idaho. I cannot thank everyone enough who has supported me and values water safety education and paddling. I cannot thank Zim’s hot springs enough for their support and use of their pool.  Thanks NRS for all the kid paddling gear, Werner for the paddles, and all our friends who graciously loaned their kayaks to our students!
Here is a quote from our week.  They students come up with new ones daily.
 
Dare to be who you want to be.
Activities are better than drug and alcohol abuse.
Risk losing so you can reach your goals
Everything can be achieved with hard work, dedication, and a deep, down drive that guides you…
To KAYAK.
Hope to paddle with you soon.
Devon Barker-Hicks
GALLERY:

Water Levels projected to be low this year

BOISE — Water Specialists in Idaho say March added little accumulation to Idaho’s snowpack.

Ron Abramovich, a Water Supply Specialist, says snowpack percentages have decreased again due to three straight months of below normal precipitation.

Northern and Eastern Idaho are faring well with 80 to 90 percent of average water supply.

However, Southern and Central Idaho are ranging at much less at about 35 to 65 percent.

 

Read more HERE

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