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October 2015  
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 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann 
Dear WKC members,
It's time again to "refresh" the WKC Board. We have amazing board members. Many of them have been supporting us for more than a decade. They continue to amaze me with their expertise and their willingness to donate time to the club.
We would love to have YOU on the WKC board. You have ideas how we could do better? There is something that you would like us to do and you want to lead the effort?
Join us for the next WKC board meeting on October 15th. We will meet in a restaurant, swap stories from the last year and discuss ideas for the next year. Share your ideas and consider joining the WKC board.
Check out the WKC Calendar for a list of upcoming events, including the Hobuck Hoedown on Oct 3-4, the Annual Roll Clinic, and pool sessions which begin this month.  There is also an Educational/Safety program on Oct 22 which will discuss the many uses of rope, lines, and tethers in river and sea kayaking.  
See you on and around the water!

 Featured Trip

 Wynoochee/Humptulips Weekend (II+/III): October 10 - 11

Saturday we'll do a class II+ skills refresher paddle on the upper Wynoochee or the Humptulips Falls section. Sunday we'll do a class III (P) paddle on either the Wynoochee or Humptulips gorge sections. Our group camping will be in an undeveloped area (TBD by what we find when we're out there), so plan accordingly.
When: October 10 - 11
Where: Wynoochee / Humptulips area of the Olympic Peninsula
Trip Leader: Jon Almquist


 WKC's Annual Roll Clinic: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

WKC’S Annual Roll Clinic is now on the calendar and we will be at the EVERGREEN POOL again this year.....

There will be four morning classes at the Evergreen Pool, you can take just one or two classes if you like but will be limited due to signups for all four classes.

When: 9:00 am to 11:00 am – OCT 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.
Where: Evergreen Pool, 606 SW 116th St, Seattle, WA
Cost: $50 per class, $200 all four classes WKC Members;
$60.00 per class, $220.00 non WKC Members (Membership to WKC $35.00 per year)
Contact:  Rhonda Schwab

 Pool Sessions: Tukwila, Shoreline, and Tacoma

Continue to build your skills at weekly pool sessions offered in Tukwilla, Shoreline, and Tacoma.  
The fee for weekly pool sessions is $10 for WKC members and $15 for non-members
Check the Event Calendar for upcoming dates: 
If you have any questions about pool sessions: 

News and Events

 Hobuck Hoedown: October 3 to 4

Registration is now open!
The Hobuck Hoedown is a 2-day Surf Paddling Festival at beautiful Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay, WA. There is lots to do for everyone! Family style camping, tour the Makah Museum, kite flying, evening entertainment & surf events for kids. Bring the entire family for a weekend of fun in the waves!

 Kayaking Blind: October 13

The No Barriers mission is to provide fully-funded, transformative outdoor experiences for wounded veterans, people of diverse abilities, and youth and believe that "What's within you is stronger than what's in your way"!
One of the founders is Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind adventurer to climb Mt. Everest, and more recently to kayaked the entire length of Grand Canyon along with Lonnie Bedwell, a fellow blind athlete and Navy veteran.

Join No Barriers and Galvanize for the Kayaking Blind event on Tuesday, October 13, and Wednesday, October 14.

Register Here 

Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium: Oct 16 - 18

Lumpy is a three day celebration of sea kayaking! With coaching aimed at advanced beginners, early intermediates, and advanced level paddlers; Lumpy provides an unparalleled opportunity to improve your skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Top coaches come from all over the world, making Lumpy Waters the premiere instructional destination for dynamic ocean paddling. 

Forward Stroke/Directional Control Class with Nigel Foster: October 24 - 25

If you want to improve paddling skills, why not join Nigel Foster for a Directional Control and Forward Stroke classes this fall? Nigel will go into the finer details of how to get the maximum effect with the minimum effort from your paddling.
Location: Golden Gardens

Saturday will focus on Direction Control, Sunday on the Forward stroke.

Fun, informative and no stress!

 Halloween Housewarming Party/Kayak Paddle with Tomas Tabisola: October 31

You are invited to a Halloween Party/Housewarming Party at Tomas Tabisola's new home in Kingston on October 31. This will be preceded by a paddle in Port Gamble (circumnavigate paddle about 5 nm) and/or Point No Point (possibly surfing the tide change) 10:00 am to 2:00 PM. BBQ and party afterwards. Attendees may paddle and party or just come to the party which will commence about 4:00 PM.
For those who missed the Hoebuck luau, a pig will be involved, roasted I mean. Paddlers may wash down/shower and change at the residence. Costumes encouraged but not necessary. 
R.S.V.P. (NLT 28 Oct) and for more information:

 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 WKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers.  Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:

 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.  

 Educational/Safety Program: October 22

There will be an Educational/Safety program on October 22, Thursday at 7pm at the Mercer Island Library.
The topic will be; The many uses of rope, lines and tethers for River and Sea Kayak.
George Gronseth will present examples of useful lines and rope tricks for sea kayak application, including good ways to hang food up high. Casey Garland will review rope and other gear to have along on trips of various natures, for rescue of people and gear. Z-drag and other applications will be reviewed. Bring a short piece of rope along and you can practice knots being discussed.

We are still looking for a good speaker for the November meeting. Please contact Mike Grijalva if you would like to make a recommendation.

 Recent Trip Reports

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

 Skookumchuck Surf: Class III-IV (Sept 5 - 6)

By Shanna Gachen 
A crew of whitewater boaters ventured north to Canada to visit the infamous Skookumchuck Rapids, to find out what all the hoopla was about. The Skookumchuck Narrows is located on the Sunshine Coast of B.C. and takes about 6 hours to get there from Seattle, which also includes a 40 minute ferry ride through some of the most gorgeous scenery.

 White Salmon Weekend (Aug 1 - 2)

By Shanna Gachen

A WKC fun-filled weekend on the White Salmon with a great crew! Thanks Ken Stallman for leading the annual club trip to Southwestern Washington. We usually try to hit the White Salmon on Labor Day weekend, but with the lack of water in Western Washington, we were all drooling to get on some whitewater sooner rather than later.

 Lummi Island Trip and Sterling Kayak Demo

By David Ortland
On May 16th 16 WKC paddlers set paddle around Lummi Island. For a special treat, Sterling Donaldson dropped off Five of his beautiful kayaks for us to try out that day. Many paddlers swapped boats to give multiple test drives. Such a long paddle is the perfect way to determine if a boat is right for you.

 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.

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

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