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Fun and safe kayaking through trips, education, skill development, and conservation


July 2015   
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 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann 
Dear WKC members,
Our WKC Hobuck Beach Party and Luau is coming-up August 15 - 16.  We scheduled this in conjunction with several costal clinics for surf, SOT, whitewater, and sea kayaks beginning August 13.  Links to registration for all events are included in this month's newsletter.  Please register and join us as we improve our paddling skills while having fun on the beach.  
Check out our Events Calendar to see what is happening next. See you on and around the water!

 Featured Trip

Payette Class III - IV: July 10 - 15

Photo credit to Mike Leeds
Originally settled by the Shoshone, Nez Perce, Paiute and Bannock Native American tribes, the Payette River is famous for its whitewater. Experts call the North Fork Class V run one of the most challenging river reaches in North America, if not the world. Camp in the arid grasslands, enjoy the wild Camas flowers, then paddle six different sections of whitewater along the river. The plan is to leave Thursday evening, drive half way and camp.
When:  July 10 - 15
Where:  Payette River
Trip Leader: Bill Petty



 WKC Coastal Clinic: August 13 - 16

 Photo credit to Gary Luhm
This is a 4-day Coastal Kayaking Clinic led by Rhonda Schwab, Steve Exe and David Carlson. It introduces the skills required to experience the beautiful, remote, and challenging waters of Washington State and Vancouver Island’s open coastline. The clinic is designed to improve sea kayaking skills and confidence, which will lead to increased enjoyment of your sea kayaking experience.

Clinic requirements are the WKC Advanced Sea Kayaking Class or equivalent skills.
When:  August 13, 14, 15, 16
Where:  Neah/Makah Bay
Contact: Rhonda Schwab

 Surf Zone Clinics for Surf, SOT, Whitewater, and Sea Kayaks: August 15 - 16

Photo credit to Gary Luhm
These clinics are designed for the kayaker who is interested in learning to surf their choice of kayak (surf kayak, sit-on-top, whitewater kayak or sea kayak) safely or to safely paddle out, approach and land their kayak in surf zone conditions. 

Highly qualified and experienced ACA certified instructors will provide individualized training at all skill levels in both group and one-on-one settings in your personal kayak. Advanced skills can be taught as students progress.
When:  August 15 - 16
Where:  Hobuck Beach
Contact:  Hamp All

News and Events

 WKC Hobuck Beach Party and Luau: August 15 - 16

Last year the Luau was such a success we are going to do it again. So come on out to party together and have fun playing in the ocean with our boats at Hobuck Beach (Makah Bay).

If you've never paddled on the ocean before before, we'll show you how! Paddling opportunities will be available for all club members, including surf clinics and the Coastal Clinic that starts on Thursday the 13th.

 Will YOU Accept the WKC San Juan Seven Challenge?

Picture seven unique and beautiful islands nestled in the Salish Sea. While the first rays of the sun rising in the east strike the golden seas and the snows on Mt. Baker glisten, the paddle blade rhythmically glides through the water. These islands could be your next paddling destination if you decide to accept the San Juan Seven challenge.
WKC is offering recognition to paddlers who complete the circumnavigation of seven islands located in the greater San Juan archipelago. To receive this highly coveted and much rumored San Juan Seven award, each island must be circumnavigated while on a WKC sponsored trip.

 Congratulations Graduates of Basic Sea Kayaking Class of 2015!

Rhonda Schwab and her team of volunteers successfully taught another class of new kayakers the basics of sea kayaking.  Welcome new paddlers!  We look forward to seeing you out on the water.  Thank you to Kayak Academy and Ship to Shore for your generous assistance with this effort.  

 Volunteer Your Time with San Juan Preservation Trust

Bella French is looking for volunteers to assist with activities for the SJPT.  
July 18: Discovering Vendovi
July 24: Volunteer Stuart Island
August 14: Volunteer Henry Island

Washington Water Trails Association: Rendevous Program

Stimulate your child-like curiosity with study groups about the current state of salmon and rivers in Western Washington, then go paddling on these special waterways! Six classes/trips scheduled are between April and September:
Study Group: July 14
Location: Mercer Island Public Library
Jeff Dickison, assistant natural resources director with the Squaxin Tribe, will be featured guest.
Rendezvous Paddle: July 18
Location: Luke McRedmond Park, Redmond, WA
Paddle: The Sammamish Slough


 Paddle Oregon: August 17 - 21

Registration for Willamette Riverkeeper's 15th annual Paddle Oregon adventure is now OPEN!

Recognized as the premier paddling event on the Willamette River, Oregon's only National Water Trail, Paddle Oregon is one of the most fun, educational, and affordable multi-day supported river trips available.

For Inspiration, Trip Details, Equipment Lists, and more, visit today!

 Build a Kayak at the Center for Wooden Boats

The Aleut Ikyak, also widely known as the Baidarka, has been used for thousands of years as the primary method of transportation in the Aleutian Islands. It is the acme of Arctic Native design. Build your own boat, designed to fit your skill level and body type. No experience required!

Session 3: September 12-19 at South Lake Union

Looking to Buy/Sell Used Paddling Gear?

Maybe kayaking isn't your sport.  Need to sell some gently used gear?  Looking to purchase some paddling treasure?  Check out the new WKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers.  Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:

Washington State Ferries Now Accepting Reservations

The WSDOT is now accepting reservations for the following ferry routes:
- Port Townsend/Coupeville
- Anacortes/Sidney B.C.
- Anacortes / San Juan Islands 
Reservation holders are prioritized.  Up to 80 percent of sailing capacity can be allocated to reservations, which means drive-up passengers may wait through multiple sailings for space, if they did not make reservations ahead of time.  Keep this in mind for upcoming kayaking trips and plan ahead.

 Paddlesports North America: BCU Assessment Calendar

Thinking of earning a BCU paddling award this year?  Paddlesports North America (PNA) was formed in 2013 to provide access to British Canoeing (formerly known as the British Canoe Union or BCU) paddler awards and coaching certifications in North America. PNA emphasizes paddler proficiency and safety as well as environmental awareness while promoting broader participation in paddlesports, including canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard.

 Safety Corner

Steve Exe and Mike Grijalva are the Safety Co-chairs for the WKC. Contact them if you have safety concerns for our rivers. Please read and use the River Hazards Forum on WKC Forums page.  
Klickitat River New Signage

This sign was sponsored by the WKC, the River Safety Council, and Mike Grijalva, Andy Gross, and Jerod Bartholomeu. The sign was made in Kent and transported to the Klickitat at the area of Leidl Falls, river mile 3. It was placed in position on a structure built of concrete, rock and 4x4 posts and cross bars. We wish it to last a long time and stop people from stumbling into Leidl Falls.

 Recent Trip Reports

 Check out the new Trip Reports  tab to see more WKC kayaking adventures.  

Adjusting River Running to Climate Change

By Mike Grijalva

My favorite run in our area, of all the choices we have within a reasonable radius, is the lower Green River gorge. I have run it at many levels, from over 2k, down into the few hundreds. Some people like it large, maybe over 2k, but in the future we may not see levels like that very often. 

 Swiftwater Rescue with Casey Garland

By Mike Grijalva

Fourteen paddlers attended the first Swiftwater Course of the season, taught by Casey Garland. The in-the-river portion of the class was taught at the Cedar River at Landsburg, and we spent lots of time in the water.

 2015 WW Basic Course

By Rick Schoen

The Whitewater Basic Class was a great success again this year from 2/28 thru 3/21. Lots of learning, experience, and growth seemed to occur for all – students, instructors, and helpers alike.

 Easter BC WW Trip

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Led by Bill Petty, Doug Knapp, Jennie Goldberg, Andy Meyers, Chris Knorr and I paddled Statlu Creek (Class 3+) and Chehilis River (Class 3+) on Saturday and Coquihalla River (Class 3) on Sunday.

 Larch Madness at Diablo Lake

By LaVerne Woods
Nine paddlers met at Colonial Creek Campground on the morning of October 18, 2014 as the mist was lifting off of Thunder Arm in the North Cascades. We paddled north to Diablo Lake in smooth water and headed east up the channel to visit Horsetail Falls, past vine and bigleaf maples in their autumn colors.

Guemes Island Circumnavigation

By David Ortland

Seven WKC paddlers spent a beautiful day circumnavigating Guemes Island on Feb 22. The goal of the trip was to learn how to navigate San Jaun currents. This was a day with a southward strong ebb of 3.5 knots through Bellingham Channel, producing moderate eddies and rips to play around in. 

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Copyright 2014 Washington Kayak Club

President: Sybille Fleischmann
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety,

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