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August 2014   
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 From the Prez

 By Dave Ortland 
One of the missions of WKC is to support conservation efforts related to paddling. We do this through support of American White Water, Washington Water trails Association, and the San Juan Preservation trust. Volunteer participation with these organizations is encouraged.

Get involved. Get inspired. Encourage others to participate. A small contribution of time makes a big difference to those organizations committed to protecting the waters we enjoy...

 Featured Trip

White Salmon River Weekend: August 28 - September 1

Photo credit to Thomas O'Keefe

We've rented the huge group camping site right in Trout Lake from Thursday through Monday. Come on down, relax, and have some fun running beautiful class III-IV! Take some time to check out Hood River, local farmers markets, windsurfing, hiking, and local breweries, and water permitting, we may check out other local rivers, too. Feel free to bring family, the site can accommodate up to 60 people and there's lots of outdoor recreation for everyone!

When:  August 28 to September 1
Where:  Trout Lake
Contact: Reina Garcia

 Upcoming Training

 Deception Pass Currents Training

Come out and learn how to manage the currents at Deception Pass. We will be camping at Deception Pass State Park. Discover Pass required for vehicles. We will meet on the Sept 13th at 9:30 a.m. at Bowman Bay. Dry suit & Helmets required. Please bring a tow belt and lunch for the day.
When: September 13 to 14
Where:  Deception Pass State Park
Instructor: Rhonda Schwab

 Intro to Paddling in Moving Water in a Coastal Environment

Introduction to boat handling skills/strokes in moving water along a coastal environment - where the sea meets the shore. Learn how to read the water to negotiate your kayak through some surf and water movement in rocky environments. Learn to recognize safe zones, play zones, transition zones, and hazard zones.

When:  September 20
Where:  Hobuck Beach
Instructor:  Deb Volturno

 News and Events

 San Juan Preservation Trust is Requesting Volunteers: August 23

Bella French from the San Juan Preservation Trust is requesting volunteers for the summer season. Please join her stewardship team and sign-up for volunteer work days scheduled this summer.

August 23: Waldron Field Trip

 Legendary Paddler Nigel Foster to Demo New Whiskey 16 Kayak: August 26

Legendary paddler and Point 65 Kayak designer Nigel Foster will be at Mountain and Sound Outfitters for an in store Q & A from 4-6pm, and then at Alki Kayak Tours for an on water Demo demo with the new Point 65 Whiskey16.

Come up to the store to learn about the nuances of this particular kayak, or general info on gearing up for touring and playing in the NW waters. At 6:00 pm, we will head down and get on the water for some skills work and demoing different kayaks to see what the best option is for your paddling lifestyle. This is a great opportunity to learn more about kayaking and finding the perfect kayak for you and your family. Don't miss out on this fun event!

 Bay of Fundy Sea Kayak Symposium: September 12 - 15

Improve your skills by paddling in some of the toughest water in the world.  Flatwater. Moving Water. Surfing. Rock hopping and more. You will find something to suit your paddling interests at this event.  Sign up soon.  Space is limited and courses are filling fast.

WKC Hobuck Beach Party and Luau: September 20 - 21

It could be the most fun weekend of your life.
Lets bring back an old WKC tradition, and plan to hang out at Hobuck Beach (Makah Bay) Sept 20-21. We'll party together and have fun playing in the ocean with our boats. There is also a rumor there may even be a luau.
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 clinics offered by Hamp All, Deb Volturno, and Jameson Riser.
For sea kayakers familiar with ocean paddling, we plan to do a day paddle to Point of Arches and/or Cape Flattery. Intermediate clinics will also be available on topics of interest.
Hope to see you there!

 Autumn Gales Rough Water Training: October 10 - 12 

Join Kayak Waveology and Internationally known BCU Coaches, including Nigel Dennis, for the 6th Year of the Autumn Gales event in Stonington, Connecticut. Autumn Gales is a rough water sea kayak training event for intermediate and advanced paddlers. The event is timed with the higher current flows of Fishers Island Sound to take advantage of the tide races in the area.

BCU Training: October 8 - 12
Main Event: October 10 - 12

 Canoe & Kayak Calendar of Events for 2014


Check out cool kayaking events going on around the rest of the country.  

Link to Events

 Safe Passage: Solo Kayaking Trip from Maine to Guatemala

Deb Walters is paddling 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala over the course of the next year to raise awareness and funds for the Safe Passage charity; a non-profit organization devoted to helping poor children in Guatemala attend school. Follow her progress, volunteer time, or provide a donation below:  

 Recent Trip Reports

 Paddling Panama’s Pacific Coast - The Gulf of Chiriqui

By Colin Reedy
Mandatory non-disclosure agreement.
This article reveals little known exotic locations for epic kayaking yet to be developed or even much populated. By reading this information you promise to do your utmost to maintain their confidentiality... and get there someday soon. That being said, check this out.

 Lake Chelan Shakedown

By Brenna McVety 
Lake Chelan has long been on my list of kayaking adventures. This summer, I finally had the time and weather window to to make that trip happen. I checked in with Dave Ortland, WKC President, shortly before departing. I let him know I was heading to Lake Chelan. I would load my kayak onto the ferry and ride to Stekehin, then paddle 50 miles back to Chelan. Simple lake with lots of campsites. No big deal, right? He indicated there was a very good chance I would not make it...

 Nisqually River Delta Paddle

By Tomas Tabisola
We launched on an ebbing tide and were able to paddle only about a half mile upstream on McAllister Creek before it became too shallow to paddle anymore. We saw our first bald eagle as it flew across the creek into the trees. It looked like it was carrying nesting material.

 San Juan Island Exploration and Whale Hunt

By Dave Ortland 

I’ll cut right to the chase: On Saturday we were surrounded by orcas. In addition, this trip was about islands, currents, wildlife, tide pools, flowers, beaches, peaceful solitude, and spam.

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 The Rush of Whitewater


By Mike Grijalva
What is it about the rush of whitewater that seems to grab people and make them want more?  Mike shares images and experiences from several recent whitewater trips.  And recommends some good areas to paddle.


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 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Class: Deception Pass

Led by Rhonda Schwab, the Basic Sea Kayaking Class practiced effective paddling skills, capsize recovery techniques, and hazard awareness while having fun paddling in Deception Pass.


Copyright 2014 Washington Kayak Club

President: Dave Ortland,
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety,

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