We rolled into camp and ran into former ORT paddler Matt (Bulldog) Farrow. Bulldog and crew helped with safety and photos throughout the weekend in their Noah’s Rafting boats. Timber ran his first class V ever with Noahs on the Cal Salmon 20 years ago. His 3rd trip down he actually stayed in the boat through Freight Train!
Hittin the boof at the top of Cascade on our practice lap.
Splash tops at 5pm in May? Sweeeet.
Paul Gillingham did a nice job on race day by prompting all racers every 5 minutes that the race would begin at 1:23pm. Everyone started at once! Super fun mass in the mass start. Not sure why the kayakers chose to start upstream of us maybe they just wanted to pass a raft. That strategy didn’t work well with everyone as we were rubbin with plastic for the next 6 miles.
Jeff and Paul lead the way through Last Chance.
Last Chance near the end of the race. Trying to repass that poor kayaker we had been hassling for miles.
Last Chance was big at this level, about 4 feet.
Saggy, Grizz, Professor, and Timber gettin er done.
Charging into Freight Train. What a great climax following 6 miles of grueling paddling!
Preparing to get blown up in the Bomb “Shelter”. Shelter my stern.
Kayak racers getting ballistic in Freight Train’s Bomb Shelter.
Wes and his topo duo partner do a duo booty beer after a duo swim in Freight Train:)
Stopping for a drink on the amazing Cal Salmon.
Ninkasi helps the West Coast whitewater community celebrate another great race in the Western Whitewater Championship Series.
Our Go Pro shut off after 25 minutes into the 50 minute race but yall will get an idea of the passing and fun class IV drops at the top end of the course:
HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors who support not only ORT but the entire Western Whitewater Championship Series. Next Adventure sent a scorer and 4 radios down for safety while Ninkasi provided ice cold beverages at the take out!
Stay tuned for dates and series scoring updates on the WWCS site: http://www.wwchampionship.org/
We hope to see you at the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival May 18-19 then in Montana May 25-26 at the Big Fork Whitewater Festival!