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


August 2015   
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 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann 
 luau collage web
Dear WKC members,
The WKC Hobuck Beach Party and Luau was a huge success. We had a fabulous week-end on the Olympic Peninsula. Thanks to all the amazing volunteers who made this event happen! Thanks to our hosts Tomas and Monet who have been planning and preparing for the Luau for weeks and brought it all together to give us a wonderful evening with new and old kayaking friends. Thanks also to the many volunteers who hosted clinics, provided safety, music and entertainment or a helping hand in many other ways. Thanks!
For all sea kayakers and white water kayakers who missed it this time: Come join us for our next party. The more, the merrier!
Check out our Events Calendar to see what is happening next. See you on and around the water!

 Featured Trip

WKC Hobuck Beach Party and Luau: August 15 - 16

Come on out to our second annual WKC Hobuck Beach Party and Luau and have fun playing in the ocean with boats at Hobuck Beach (Makah Bay). This event is intended for all WKC boaters - whitewater, surf, and sea kayakers.  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. Please register for one of the surf clinics scheduled to learn how to paddle safely.   And remember to bring your helmet!
Tomas Tabisola is organizing a pig roast, so please register below so we can get a head count. A pot luck dish would be appreciated. We are also in need of small tables.  And please dress Hawaiian!
Please check in with David Ortland when you arrive and share a beer.
When:  August 15 - 16
Where:  Hobuck Beach
Trip Leader: David Ortland



 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

 Intro to Surf and Rock Gardens: August 16

Photo credit to Gary Luhm
Introduction to kayak handling skills and strokes in moving water along a coastal environment - where the sea meets the shore. Learn how to read the water, develop skills to maneuver your kayak through some surf, and in moving water in rocky environments. Learn to identify safe zones, play zones, transition zones, and hazard zones.
When:  August 15
Where: Hobuck Beach
Contact: Deb Volturno

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.

 Volunteer Your Time with San Juan Preservation Trust

Bella French is looking for volunteers to assist with activities for the SJPT.  
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: August 4
Location: Mercer Island Public Library
Instructor: Michael Silence, a volunteer naturalist with the Cedar River Salmon Journey will be the discussion leader.
Rendezvous Paddle: August 8
Location: The Ship Canal/Lake Union
Paddle: This trip is well known to anyone who paddles in the heart of the city. We will take a break for refreshment at Aqua Verde and see the engineering project that lowered the level of Lake Washington by about 9' in 1915.


 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.  

 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.

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

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