June 22nd 2013 4:00pm- Indy wave or Ace hole, Castlegar or Trail, BC
After the Kootenay Whitewater festival we will be hosting another WK HTTD. Last year the crew rallied after a big weekend of flood water kayaking to strut their stuff in a thrilling competition at Indy Wave. Competitors and spectators all agreed the after festival event was a success. Due to unknown snow pack and water levels we will announce the location closer to the event but rest assured we will be hosting the comp on the Industrial feature or Ace hole near Brilliant. contact Chris Ryman (250) 304-7569 or register on the World Kayak web page.
March 31st 2013 1:00pm- Hero Hole and Trail wave, Rock Island BC
This HTTD marks the beginning of the Kootenay Paddling season and the closing of the cold weather paddling scene. Every year we have been celebrating this weekend the end of cold winter paddling and the dawn of our amazing spring kayaking season. The competition is of course a friendly one with points scored for paddle twirls, smiles, and getting the crowd going. After the event, stick around for a dinner get together location TBD contact Chris Ryman (250) 304-7569 or register on the World Kayak web page.
The first ever World Kayak Home town Throw down was a super success with ideal levels and enthusiastic participants. A team from Endless Adventure travelled 10+ hours to the location for a fun filled weekend of playboating, event judging and meeting new people. Eric Albert from The Rocky Mountain Canoe and Kayak Club put on a stellar event with some of the best food, prizes and venue of any White Water event attended this year.
Be sure to check out the event next year for some amazing playboating, warm water, and awesome people!
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.
Thanks to Jason K and Kel S for the photos!
The Results are in! The first Hometown Throwdown of the season brings excitement, camaraderie, and lots of smiling faces to the Slocan River.
With three divisions, Long Boat, Expert, and intermediate paddlers had ample categories to showcase their skills. We even had a R-2 Raft team that placed third in the longboat group. Sven P grabbed the first spot in the expert category placing first in all heats while the intermediate group was a neck to neck match with loving couple Ian and Heather battling it out. The long boat group was won narrowly by Endless Adventure young ripper, Sam the Hammer.
- race time!
After the event the group met at Whisper’s Take out for some delicious smokies and good friends.
Stay tuned for the next HTTD event on June 24th!
Be sure to stop by Endless Adventure to claim your prize on Wednesday May 23rd.
This Saturday September 3rd World Kayak will be hosting a fun-loving competition at our famous Brilliant Wave. In true WK style there will be a feature for the eager beginner on the entry eddy of Brilliant wave and for the daring intermediate paddlers the surf off will take place on Brilliant itself! Two categories for double the fun and something for everyone.
Date: Saturday August 3rd
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Brilliant Wave, Castlegar BC, below Brilliant Dam on the Kootenay River
Directions From Nelson or Slocan Valley: Drive West towards Castlegar on Highway 3A from Nelson. Before entering Castlegar over the Kootenay River Bridge take a right towards Robson. Your next left is Brilliant Rd. Take this over the railroad tracks and another left on Brilliant Rd. This road will turn into a dirt road after passing through the Brilliant community, don’t speed please. Once you are on a dirt road you will pass under the Kootenay River Bridge and past the Doukabour Bridge. Park at the roads dead end and walk further upstream just past a white temporary building walk towards the river and find a gravel trail built for the 1998 Nationals. take this trail past the wave and switch back to the wave for a perfect spectator and put in for the eddy.
Directions from Trial, Rossland, Castlegar: Drive from Castlegar East on Highway 3A towards Nelson. Take a right switchback on the Highway to Robson and left on Brilliant Rd. Follow above directions from this point.
Scoring: Do your best, be playful and smile, you will be rewarded for your fun factor!
Ranking: If you wish to be ranked on the World Kayak Circuit for a chance to win a Jackson Kayak annual $10 fee is all you need. If you do not want to be ranked the event is FREE!!!
Prizes: Of course!
Contact Information: Endless Adventure , Chris Ryman (250) 359-8181