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!
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1. Troy Wilson
2. Mike Voorhees
3. Travis Tripp
1. Skye Titus
2. Crosby Crevett
3. Connor Voorhees
4. (TIE) Paige Wilson
4. (TIE) Ethan Tripp
5. Quinton DiLenge
Here’s a great guide for those of you that haven’t been down the Staircase section on the South Fork of the Payette. It includes all the lines for the rapids that you’ll encounter.
Sorry for the late writeup but I’ve been replacing my roof that blew off in a storm
Yeah – our first Hometown Throwdown of the year that it didn’t snow or ‘snain’ on us! Plenty of water, weather in the 90s, and pumped-up paddlers made for a super fun day.
We were honored to team up with the Kelly’s Kayak Academy (KKA) for their graduation from week long clinics at KWP with Devon Barker-Hicks, Brent LaFay and Troy Wilson. KWP offers free (yes FREE) kayak lessons to Valley County kids grades 5 – 12. I was amazed to see the progress of these young paddlers from the three – 1 week classes. Devon has really put together a great program for accelerated learning in order to get the fun out of paddling. Many of these kids had only five days of paddling under their belt but were already surfing and most have pretty good rolls.
We had 22 paddlers show up and a gaggle of parents and spectators. Everyone enjoyed the show from the adult paddlers to the inspiring new kayakers. We not only had paddlers from Valley County, but Boise, Oregon and Montana. Afterward we met in the KWP visitors center and drew for prizes, then had a ceremony for the KKA students while we munched on free hotdogs provided by KWP. We were pleasantly surprised to have Mark and Kristina Pickard in town and catch the end of the event. Mark and Kristina funded the construction of the park and Kelly’s is named in memory of Kristina’s sister.
It was a great ending to a busy month! Props to our event sponsors and our loyal local sponsors. And a big thanks to Devon, Brent, Troy and Daniel for running safety.
Looking forward to seeing many of these kids back at our next Throwdown on August 18th. Join us if you can
64 competitors will be competing this weekend at KWP! If you need any information, check it out HERE (All info will be in news or on the right hand side bar.)
BOISE — Experts say Idaho’s rivers are the go to place for rafting this season. Steve Stuebner with the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association says due to a lack of snowfall and weather conditions, states like Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico will have lower flowing rivers and shorter rafting seasons. That won’t be the case in Idaho.
“There’s still plenty of snow in the mountains to melt and keep rivers at ideal levels for the whole summer,” said Stuebner.
Kenneth Long manages Cascade Raft and Kayak along the Payette River. He’s expecting a busy season.
Read more HERE.
The Payette River Flatwater Trail is an easy river float through the lower end of Long Valley, combined with a mountain bike ride on a gravel road as a shuttle.
It offers a gentle (no rapids) 12-mile float that takes three to six hours to paddle from the Idaho 55 bridge on the southside of Cascade to the Cabarton boat ramp off Cabarton Road.
This section is ideal for families in kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards.
Sometimes the wind blows upstream, so adjust your time schedule to allow for a slower trip.
Expect to see lots of birds, including a great blue heron rookery, ducks, eagles, ospreys and other birds. There is also an elk-viewing area on the river.
Read more HERE.
The 55-year-old New Hampshire man who died while paddling the North Fork of the Payette River Sunday afternoon was a senior executive at one of the nation’s largest mutual fund companies.
Boyce Greer was head of Fidelity Investments’ institutional-investments unit and an investor and major investor in Legacy Paddlesports, according to published reports.
Read more HERE.
Kayakers running the upper river will want to stop and take a look. A large log is across the entire river and looks to be about chest high off the water. It’s easily visible from the road and probably easy to spot from upstream, but with the continuous nature of the whitewater, getting out before it and portaging could be a challenge. I couldn’t tell how many branches were submerged, but it’s a nasty looking log that could cause some serious problems if a boater isn’t prepared to deal with it.
Read it HERE.
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Youth Name Tanner Griffith 1 Troy Wilson 2 Connor Jackson 3 Mens K1A Mark Cecchini 1 Brian Ward 2 Tristin McClaran 3 Daniel Dixon 4 Mens K1B Tyler Wilson 1 Andrew chamberlain 2 Womens Kate Beaver 1
Last Friday we had our first Idaho Hometown Throwdown of the year at the gutter. We had a good turn out for a chilly April evening, 10 competitors and a bunch of spectators Alpenglow was nice enough to bring a gaggle of demo boats for whoever wanted to try them, including the new Rock Stars from Jackson kayak which drew lots of “Oooo’s and Ahhhh’s” from those that tried them out.
The wave wasn’t the best for aerial tricks, but a great front surf and spin wave. Mychal Hayes was the only one to throw a big move, a sweet aerial loop – but we saw some cartwheels other advanced moves from Jackson paddler Devon Barker and regional paddlers Micah Kneidl and Alec Voorhees. It was good to see a couple of kayakers new to surfing out there, one of them threw the biggest window shade I’ve ever seen – getting blasted under the wave and shooting vertically out. Big cheers and worth some ‘That-was-Awesome’ points from the style judge Where else can newbie surfers rub elbows and compete with veteran world class paddlers like Devon Barker and Jim Grossman? After two hole rides we held a boatercross. Then wrapped it up because it was getting chilly. Overall it went well and it was a great time. I hope we’ll see you at the May Throwdown at Kellys Whitewater Park in Cascade!
On Saturday we had a booth at the Whitewater Expo / boatswap at Alpenglow. This was a first of what I hope to be many Put on by Chuck and Anne Cremer. Quite a few vendors were there and educational seminars were held. They even had a drawing for a Jackson Star as well as a bunch of other WW gear. If you missed it this year make sure and check it in 2012!
Here are the scores:
1: Mychal Hayes
2. Devon Barker
3. Micah Kneidl
4. Jim Grossman – Boatercross only
1. Gary Mattos
2. Will Howerton
1. Alec Voorhees
2. Hayden Voorhees – Troy Wilson
2. Connor Voorhees