SARAPIQUI River Festival 2014, COSTA RICA

The Sarapiqui River Festival was born as a strategy to promote the importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful Sarapiqui River while promoting river sports and providing local youth and families the opportunity to get on the river and try out rafting and kayaking.

The 2014 Sarapiqui River Festival consists of three days filled with races of all levels and additional activities for the entire family. On Friday, November 21st, there is a Boater Cross Race on the Sarapiqui River, on Saturday, November 22nd, an Extreme Race on the Poza Azul River, and Sunday, November 23rd, an open race on the lower section of the Sarapiqui River, in addition to other competitions and family activities.  For the entire community we will have kayaking demonstrations, a kayak ramp, boats for use, local artists, informative stands, food vendors, and much more. A local Costa Rican band, Targua, will also be joining us for the fun.

The Sarapiqui River Festival  is presented and organized by a local community organization, Chilamate Activo, with generous support by local and international organizations, businesses, and people.

The meeting place for the festival is Chilamate Rainforest Eco-Retreat located in Chilamate, Sarapiqui, Heredia, Costa Rica. Lodging, food services, and tourism information are offered by the retreat. Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat is a family run conservation and sustainable tourism project that plays a major role in organizing this festival. The greater region of Sarapiqui also offers a wide range of accommodations, restaurants, and activities including zip lining, whitewater rafting, trekking, educational tours, and much more.

This year the grand prize award for the Master’s level race will be a flight to Mexico for the famous, internationally renowned Alseseca Race! Secondary prizes include paddles, helmets and much more!

For more information check out the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/festivaldelriosarapiqui4

PURA VIDA FROM COSTA RICA!

SARAPIQUI River Festival 2014, COSTA RICA

The Sarapiqui River Festival was born as a strategy to promote the importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful Sarapiqui River while promoting river sports and providing local youth and families the opportunity to get on the river and try out rafting and kayaking.

The 2014 Sarapiqui River Festival consists of three days filled with races of all levels and additional activities for the entire family. On Friday, November 21st, there is a Boater Cross Race on the Sarapiqui River, on Saturday, November 22nd, an Extreme Race on the Poza Azul River, and Sunday, November 23rd, an open race on the lower section of the Sarapiqui River, in addition to other competitions and family activities.  For the entire community we will have kayaking demonstrations, a kayak ramp, boats for use, local artists, informative stands, food vendors, and much more. A local Costa Rican band, Targua, will also be joining us for the fun.

The Sarapiqui River Festival  is presented and organized by a local community organization, Chilamate Activo, with generous support by local and international organizations, businesses, and people.

The meeting place for the festival is Chilamate Rainforest Eco-Retreat located in Chilamate, Sarapiqui, Heredia, Costa Rica. Lodging, food services, and tourism information are offered by the retreat. Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat is a family run conservation and sustainable tourism project that plays a major role in organizing this festival. The greater region of Sarapiqui also offers a wide range of accommodations, restaurants, and activities including zip lining, whitewater rafting, trekking, educational tours, and much more.

This year the grand prize award for the Master’s level race will be a flight to Mexico for the famous, internationally renowned Alseseca Race! Secondary prizes include paddles, helmets and much more!

For more information check out the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/festivaldelriosarapiqui4

PURA VIDA FROM COSTA RICA!

SARAPIQUI River Festival 2014, COSTA RICA

The Sarapiqui River Festival was born as a strategy to promote the importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful Sarapiqui River while promoting river sports and providing local youth and families the opportunity to get on the river and try out rafting and kayaking.

The 2014 Sarapiqui River Festival consists of three days filled with races of all levels and additional activities for the entire family. On Friday, November 21st, there is a Boater Cross Race on the Sarapiqui River, on Saturday, November 22nd, an Extreme Race on the Poza Azul River, and Sunday, November 23rd, an open race on the lower section of the Sarapiqui River, in addition to other competitions and family activities.  For the entire community we will have kayaking demonstrations, a kayak ramp, boats for use, local artists, informative stands, food vendors, and much more. A local Costa Rican band, Targua, will also be joining us for the fun.

The Sarapiqui River Festival  is presented and organized by a local community organization, Chilamate Activo, with generous support by local and international organizations, businesses, and people.

The meeting place for the festival is Chilamate Rainforest Eco-Retreat located in Chilamate, Sarapiqui, Heredia, Costa Rica. Lodging, food services, and tourism information are offered by the retreat. Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat is a family run conservation and sustainable tourism project that plays a major role in organizing this festival. The greater region of Sarapiqui also offers a wide range of accommodations, restaurants, and activities including zip lining, whitewater rafting, trekking, educational tours, and much more.

This year the grand prize award for the Master’s level race will be a flight to Mexico for the famous, internationally renowned Alseseca Race! Secondary prizes include paddles, helmets and much more!

For more information check out the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/festivaldelriosarapiqui4

PURA VIDA FROM COSTA RICA!

SARAPIQUI River Festival 2014, COSTA RICA

The Sarapiqui River Festival was born as a strategy to promote the importance of conserving and protecting our beautiful Sarapiqui River while promoting river sports and providing local youth and families the opportunity to get on the river and try out rafting and kayaking.

The 2014 Sarapiqui River Festival consists of three days filled with races of all levels and additional activities for the entire family. On Friday, November 21st, there is a Boater Cross Race on the Sarapiqui River, on Saturday, November 22nd, an Extreme Race on the Poza Azul River, and Sunday, November 23rd, an open race on the lower section of the Sarapiqui River, in addition to other competitions and family activities.  For the entire community we will have kayaking demonstrations, a kayak ramp, boats for use, local artists, informative stands, food vendors, and much more. A local Costa Rican band, Targua, will also be joining us for the fun.

The Sarapiqui River Festival  is presented and organized by a local community organization, Chilamate Activo, with generous support by local and international organizations, businesses, and people.

The meeting place for the festival is Chilamate Rainforest Eco-Retreat located in Chilamate, Sarapiqui, Heredia, Costa Rica. Lodging, food services, and tourism information are offered by the retreat. Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat is a family run conservation and sustainable tourism project that plays a major role in organizing this festival. The greater region of Sarapiqui also offers a wide range of accommodations, restaurants, and activities including zip lining, whitewater rafting, trekking, educational tours, and much more.

This year the grand prize award for the Master’s level race will be a flight to Mexico for the famous, internationally renowned Alseseca Race! Secondary prizes include paddles, helmets and much more!

For more information check out the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/festivaldelriosarapiqui4

PURA VIDA FROM COSTA RICA!

2014 Lord of the Fork Race

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Post your name on the face book event page no later than October 23rd if you plan to race, and we’ll put together a start list the day before. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day, we’ll be hanging out at the Ratliff Hole pavilion that morning. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send Jack Ditty a message and He’ll try to contact them. Also message Jack if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

Facebook Event webpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/338989182935841/

2014 Lord of the Fork Race

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Post your name on the face book event page no later than October 23rd if you plan to race, and we’ll put together a start list the day before. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day, we’ll be hanging out at the Ratliff Hole pavilion that morning. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send Jack Ditty a message and He’ll try to contact them. Also message Jack if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

Facebook Event webpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/338989182935841/

2014 Lord of the Fork Race

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Post your name on the face book event page no later than October 23rd if you plan to race, and we’ll put together a start list the day before. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day, we’ll be hanging out at the Ratliff Hole pavilion that morning. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send Jack Ditty a message and He’ll try to contact them. Also message Jack if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

Facebook Event webpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/338989182935841/

2014 Lord of the Fork Race

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Post your name on the face book event page no later than October 23rd if you plan to race, and we’ll put together a start list the day before. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day, we’ll be hanging out at the Ratliff Hole pavilion that morning. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send Jack Ditty a message and He’ll try to contact them. Also message Jack if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

Facebook Event webpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/338989182935841/

2014 Lord of the Fork Race

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Post your name on the face book event page no later than October 23rd if you plan to race, and we’ll put together a start list the day before. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day, we’ll be hanging out at the Ratliff Hole pavilion that morning. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send Jack Ditty a message and He’ll try to contact them. Also message Jack if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

Facebook Event webpage: https://www.facebook.com/events/338989182935841/

Cartecay River – Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

It was a perfect summer Saturday with the sun shining bright. Super excited about our day on the river Jackson (3) and myself started our trip with our fun tradition of #Madlocking (selfie post to Facebook of all river goers in the vehicle adding hand expressions and goofy smiles. I am sure it has been done before but my buddy  Nathan Madlock gave it a Hashtag for a place in history.

I am posting the overused Brown Claw. I asked Jackson what he was doing and he said “ its a rain cloud Daddy” . Brilliant.

We arrived at the river around 1pm and Jackson was ready to hit the water.

Our paddling partners William and Chris arrived on time. We anxiously set shuttle and got started down the river.

The water level was low. It was perfect for the boys to enjoy some river exploration in the shallows.

They searched for crawfish and minnows up and down the shoreline finding several giggling with delight.

Skipping rocks is a MUST!  you have to try at least once.  I think they tried at least 100.

Once we started down the river again I was really surprised that it had so much fun to offer at such a low level. There is a lot of gradient that still made for some exciting rapids.

The boys had huge smiles on their faces the entire trip. The rapids were gentle and friendly for the youngsters. Jackson looked forward to each one as we approached them and announced “ another rapid Daddy” as we approached the faster sections.

Chris rocked his sit on top the entire trip and didn’t have a single spill.

William was good company and I enjoyed seeing another father son team sharing an unforgettable adventure.

I don’t have to tell you how much fun Jackson was having.

William didn’t stop smiling either. He was flawless in his open canoe.

one of the highlights of the trip was meeting this guy. Jackson has spotted several turtles on our paddle trips.

Surprisingly this was the first one not in a hurry to get away from us.

Nothing beats a hands on experience.

Peek a boo

Another “ Best Day Ever”

Thanks William Gatling for inviting us along……..SYOTR  very sooner  - Lower Lower – DNR to Cartecay River Experience

Written by Rick Thompson

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