Last Boise Hometown Throwdown for 2015

Idaho had our 6th, and last, Hometown Throwdown of the year on Saturday. Idaho, Oregon and Washington are on fire, and that resulted in a smoke filled sky in Cascade, Idaho. Not a lot of people are traveling out of Boise due to the fires.

After a brisk morning we had warm temps for our event. We ran 3 rides this event and really had a lot of fun. A great air show put on by Connor Voorhees, Mike Voorhees, Crosby Crevelt and Troy Wilson. Everyone had some good moves up their sleeves – so a good show by all.

A special thanks to all of our WK sponsors and to our local shops (Alpenglow Mountainsport, Salamander Paddle Gear, and River Gear) that donated prizes as well. Also a big thank you to Kelly’s Whitewater Park for allowing us to hold events at this world-class park! All of these guys help make our events more fun!

Last Boise Hometown Throwdown for 2015

Idaho had our 6th, and last, Hometown Throwdown of the year on Saturday. Idaho, Oregon and Washington are on fire, and that resulted in a smoke filled sky in Cascade, Idaho. Not a lot of people are traveling out of Boise due to the fires.

After a brisk morning we had warm temps for our event. We ran 3 rides this event and really had a lot of fun. A great air show put on by Connor Voorhees, Mike Voorhees, Crosby Crevelt and Troy Wilson. Everyone had some good moves up their sleeves – so a good show by all.

A special thanks to all of our WK sponsors and to our local shops (Alpenglow Mountainsport, Salamander Paddle Gear, and River Gear) that donated prizes as well. Also a big thank you to Kelly’s Whitewater Park for allowing us to hold events at this world-class park! All of these guys help make our events more fun!

Last Boise Hometown Throwdown for 2015

Idaho had our 6th, and last, Hometown Throwdown of the year on Saturday. Idaho, Oregon and Washington are on fire, and that resulted in a smoke filled sky in Cascade, Idaho. Not a lot of people are traveling out of Boise due to the fires.

After a brisk morning we had warm temps for our event. We ran 3 rides this event and really had a lot of fun. A great air show put on by Connor Voorhees, Mike Voorhees, Crosby Crevelt and Troy Wilson. Everyone had some good moves up their sleeves – so a good show by all.

A special thanks to all of our WK sponsors and to our local shops (Alpenglow Mountainsport, Salamander Paddle Gear, and River Gear) that donated prizes as well. Also a big thank you to Kelly’s Whitewater Park for allowing us to hold events at this world-class park! All of these guys help make our events more fun!

Last Boise Hometown Throwdown for 2015

Idaho had our 6th, and last, Hometown Throwdown of the year on Saturday. Idaho, Oregon and Washington are on fire, and that resulted in a smoke filled sky in Cascade, Idaho. Not a lot of people are traveling out of Boise due to the fires.

After a brisk morning we had warm temps for our event. We ran 3 rides this event and really had a lot of fun. A great air show put on by Connor Voorhees, Mike Voorhees, Crosby Crevelt and Troy Wilson. Everyone had some good moves up their sleeves – so a good show by all.

A special thanks to all of our WK sponsors and to our local shops (Alpenglow Mountainsport, Salamander Paddle Gear, and River Gear) that donated prizes as well. Also a big thank you to Kelly’s Whitewater Park for allowing us to hold events at this world-class park! All of these guys help make our events more fun!

Last Boise Hometown Throwdown for 2015

Idaho had our 6th, and last, Hometown Throwdown of the year on Saturday. Idaho, Oregon and Washington are on fire, and that resulted in a smoke filled sky in Cascade, Idaho. Not a lot of people are traveling out of Boise due to the fires.

After a brisk morning we had warm temps for our event. We ran 3 rides this event and really had a lot of fun. A great air show put on by Connor Voorhees, Mike Voorhees, Crosby Crevelt and Troy Wilson. Everyone had some good moves up their sleeves – so a good show by all.

A special thanks to all of our WK sponsors and to our local shops (Alpenglow Mountainsport, Salamander Paddle Gear, and River Gear) that donated prizes as well. Also a big thank you to Kelly’s Whitewater Park for allowing us to hold events at this world-class park! All of these guys help make our events more fun!

 

Results:

Men:

1.Troy

2.Crosby

3.Mike

4.Devin

5.Jacob

 

Juniors:

1.Connor

2.Quinton

3.Paige

 

 

Boise Throwdown Recap

We had our 5th Hometown Throwdown of the year Friday evening. It was 98 degrees so the water felt reallllly good.

Boise Throwdown Recap

We had our 5th Hometown Throwdown of the year Friday evening. It was 98 degrees so the water felt reallllly good.

 

We ran two freestyle rides and saw some great rides for our 12 paddlers.

 

Our final Throwdown is Saturday August 15th at 11am. Join us if you can!

 

 

RESULTS:

Men:

Troy – 347

Crosby – 179

Mike – 168

Peter – 122

Casey – 96

Phillip -  75

Paul – 31

 

Women:

Kathy – 20

Brenda – 15

 

Juniors:

Connor – 166

Paige – 64

Abby – 21

 

Outside Games in Bend, Oregon

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Part of the Outside Games, the Meadow Camp Kayak Race is set for Saturday on the Deschutes River in Bend. The race takes kayakers through Class IV whitewater.

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James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week. –>

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James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week. –>

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Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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The Bend Paddleboard Challenge, part of the Outside Games, is set for Saturday at Riverbend Park.

Get your paddle on at Outside Games

Bend’s Outside Games feature several events on the Deschutes River

<!– returnByline =By Mark Morical • The Bulletin

–>By Mark Morical / The Bulletin / @MarkMorical

Published Jun 21, 2015 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 21, 2015 at 06:39AM

<!– returnText2 =The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–> <!– zz22The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–><!–The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

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<!– zz22Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–><!–Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–>Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

Outside Games in Bend, Oregon

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Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin

Part of the Outside Games, the Meadow Camp Kayak Race is set for Saturday on the Deschutes River in Bend. The race takes kayakers through Class IV whitewater.

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James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week. –>

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Joe Kline / The Bulletin

James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week. –>

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Joe Kline / The Bulletin

Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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The Bend Paddleboard Challenge, part of the Outside Games, is set for Saturday at Riverbend Park. –>

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The Bend Paddleboard Challenge, part of the Outside Games, is set for Saturday at Riverbend Park.

Get your paddle on at Outside Games

Bend’s Outside Games feature several events on the Deschutes River

<!– returnByline =By Mark Morical • The Bulletin

–>By Mark Morical / The Bulletin / @MarkMorical

Published Jun 21, 2015 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 21, 2015 at 06:39AM

<!– returnText2 =The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–> <!– zz22The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–><!–The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

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<!– zz22Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–><!–Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–>Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

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Part of the Outside Games, the Meadow Camp Kayak Race is set for Saturday on the Deschutes River in Bend. The race takes kayakers through Class IV whitewater.

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James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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The Bend Paddleboard Challenge, part of the Outside Games, is set for Saturday at Riverbend Park.

Get your paddle on at Outside Games

Bend’s Outside Games feature several events on the Deschutes River

<!– returnByline =By Mark Morical • The Bulletin

–>By Mark Morical / The Bulletin / @MarkMorical

Published Jun 21, 2015 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 21, 2015 at 06:39AM

<!– returnText2 =The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–> <!– zz22The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–><!–The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–>

<!– zz22Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–><!–Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–>Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

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