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July 2018  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Mike Germani
Looking forward to putting June-uary behind us and enjoying some warmth and sunshine on the water!  

Congratulations to recent graduates of the 2018 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Course!  Thank you to Rhonda and Chris for introducing another class of paddlers to the sport.  We have added several new sea kayaking trips suited for beginners to the Events Calendar to get you started.  Welcome to the club!

If you would like to further your skills in ocean water, there are two surf kayak training opportunities coming up at Hobuck Beach:

- Level 2 - 4 Surf Kayak - July 14 - 15
- Surf Zone Mini Classes - August 18 - 19

Register early.  These classes fill every year!

Our website provider, ClubExpress, is updating their privacy / emailing policy.  As part of this update, please review your member settings. To get club emails, the box on the member's contact page must be checked. By default it is checked, so please don't uncheck because you are getting too many club emails. By unchecking this box, you will no longer receive the newsletter, notifications of upcoming trips, or communications from trip leaders for trips you are signed up for.  INSTEAD, email preferences can be changed in your Personal Profile settings. Pick and choose which emails you would like to receive here.  

Also, our trips are booking quickly.  As a courtesy to other paddlers, if you can't make it to an event that you have signed up for, you must contact the organizer or trip leader directly to tell them that you can't make it. They can then take you off the roster. The online cancellation tool does not currently notify trip leaders automatically.

Finally, SAVE THE DATE: 5th Annual WKC Luau will be August 18!  This could be the best weekend of your life.

See you on the water!

 Featured Trip

5th Annual WKC Luau & Surf Clinics - August 18-19

Photo credit to Gary Luhm
DON'T MISS the 5th annual WKC Luau at Hobuck Beach!

August 18: Come enjoy a pig roast with a Caribbean flair. A tender slow cooked brisket is also on the menu. Pot luck, BYOB, and children welcomed. Please register so we can get an idea how many will be attending. Dress Hawaiian!

August 18 - 19: Surf Zone Mini Clinics with Hamp All, Linda Beltz, Ken DeBondt, Brian High, Steve Jones, Jameson Riser, and Deb Volturno will allow paddlers to practice and polish specific techniques for having fun in the surf zone.

 Register for Surf Clinics

When: August 18 - 19

Where: Hobuck Beach

Tomas J Tabisola

Please Register for the Luau so Tomas knows how many to plan for at the pig roast!


 Surf Zone Mini Clinic - August 18 - 19

Photo credit to Gary Luhm
Description: These four hour clinics are designed as opportunities for the Washington Kayak Club paddler interested in an introduction to surf zone skills, safety and maneuvers with ACA certified surf and sea kayak instructors. A roll would be helpful for the closed deck boater.

Objective: To practice and polish specific techniques for having fun in the surf zone.

Instructors: Hamp All, Linda Beltz, Ken DeBondt, Brian High, Steve Jones, Jameson Riser, Deb Volturno

Location: Neah Bay WA (Hobuck Beach)

Register Here

News and Events

Save the Date - August 18:  5th Annual WKC Luau!

DON'T MISS the 5th annual WKC Luau at Hobuck Beach - August 18!

Come enjoy a pig roast with a Caribbean flair. A tender slow cooked brisket is also on the menu. Pot luck, BYOB, and children welcomed. Please register so we can get an idea how many will be attending. Dress Hawaiian!

- Surf Zone Mini Clinics with Hamp All, Linda Beltz, Ken DeBondt, Brian High, Steve Jones, Jameson Riser, and Deb Volturno will allow paddlers to practice and polish specific techniques for having fun in the surf zone.

REGISTER EARLY for these clinics, as they fill every year!

Congratulations 2018 Basic Sea Kayaking Graduates!

By Rhonda Schwab

The WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Class of 2018 was another success. We had 20+ students and 10 lead instructors and 8 helpers. The format this year changed a bit for Friday night and we found that it worked better getting everyone a chance to have a one on one in our talks on Body, boat, blade and essentials. The time was spent well and all were able to ask questions and hopefully learn about the key points of kayaking from the land perspective.

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Short Boat Surfing Fun

By Hamp All

On the weekend of July 14 and 15 a group of Washington Kayak Club members spent two days at Hobuck Beach Resort on the Washington coast learning and improving surf zone skills in or on short, surf-specific kayaks. A group of WKC instructors who teach surf clinics for both surf and sea kayaks under the Fluid Moves banner led the clinic. During the weekend, several students made the transition from sea kayaks to surf-specific craft, most using Kaos Sit-On-Top surf kayaks loaned by the instructor group.

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 Kayak Polo Continues into Summer!

By Chris Brubaker 

We had a small group of people go to play in a team at the Kayak Polo National tournament in San Francisco in June. We ended up in 4th place in the B division.

Polo is playing every Wednesday from 6:30-7:45 with Kayak Academy at Tibbetts Beach in Lake Sammamish State Park. It’s free but bring something for the potluck dinner afterward. This is a perfect time for WW and sea kayakers to come out and work on your skills and try some polo. We'll have nets set up and extra polo boats and gear to play. It's a ton of fun, and great for all skill levels.

We are having a 2-day kayak polo extravaganza August 18 & 19 on Lake Sammamish. It’ll be Polo! BBQ! Camping! Coaching! Drills and Skills! Games!
Details - 8/18-19, 10a-5p both days, 480 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Bellevue 98008. More details in the August newsletter.

 Outdoors for All Foundation Offers Adaptive Kayaking: June 29 - Sept 5

Outdoors for All provides a variety of recreation activities for individuals with disabilities. These activities are designed to accommodate a broad range of individual skill levels; from individuals who want to try something new to athletes who aspire to compete.

They strongly believe in the therapeutic benefits associated with maintaining a full and active lifestyle and provide 1:1 instruction and adaptive boats for all participants.

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 Following Freya: Circumnavigation of North America

Last year Freya Hoffmeister began her legendary circumnavigation of North America in Seattle, kayaking north to Kodiak, then returning to Seattle and paddling south to Oregon. This month, she resumes her trip.  She plans to paddle south for three months to California before returning to Alaska and continuing through the Northwest Passage.  She will repeat south and north legs yearly, until she arrives in New York.

Freya is inviting qualified paddlers to join her on various legs of the trip.  Check link below to see itinerary and availability.

Follow Freya

Bon Voyage, Freya!

2018 NW Whitewater Salom Cup Race Dates

The Northwest Whitewater Slalom Cup continues with the best whitewater slalom races west of the Rockies. Come out and compete or just learn some whitewater slalom moves and have some fun!

Upcoming Races:

July 30-Aug. 5 - Canadian National Championships, Canoe Meadows, Kananaskis

Aug 11-12 - Payette Slalom Races (class V and III slalom), near Banks, ID

Aug 25-26 - Roaring River Slalom, on the Clackamas River, near Estacada, OR

Event Dates

 WKC San Juan Seven Challenge

We love circumnavigating islands and want to encourage more paddlers to join the fun, so we have launched the San Juan Seven Challenge. 
The seven islands selected for the San Juan Seven challenge are San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Cypress, Guemes, Lummi, and Stuart

You can circumnavigate the islands in any order that you like and can take as much time as you need or want to circumnavigate each island. To qualify for badges you need to circumnavigate the island during a WKC trip that has been announced on the WKC website.

Upcoming WKC Trips:

Contact Steven Exe for more information.

San Juan Seven Challenge

 WKC Seven Rivers Challenge

WKC members who participate in club trips to the seven designated rivers will receive collective paddle/boat stickers designed by a whitewater kayaker and artist Zeus Rudner.
Challenge yourself to get all seven stickers! When a member completes all seven rivers, he/she will receive a finisher’s sticker. To make it easy to keep track, participants must register for the club trip online.

The designated rivers and in Seven Rivers challenge are: Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish,Wenatchee, and White Salmon
Upcoming WKC Trips:
Aug 11: Sauk Bedal To Whitechuck 2/3
If you have any questions or suggestions about the Seven Rivers Challenge program, contact:
Kanako Iwata-Eng


 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:


Schedule for ACA and PNA (formerly BCU) Paddler Certifications

Thinking of taking your paddling skills to the next level?  Become ACA or PNA (formerly BCU) certified this season. Special awards signify specific paddling, safety and leadership skills at different levels and in various craft. These awards provide a way to track your own progress as a paddler, and give others a reliable indication of your preparedness for trips and further trainings. Improve your skills or become a certified coach and lead others on the water:
ACA Certification
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling.  River, coastal, and surf kayaking certifications offered.

PNA Certification
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, including canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard.

 Recent Trip Reports

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

 South Fork of the Salmon Self Support

By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Having heard the South Fork of the Salmon is fantastic whitewater, this river had been on my bucket list for a few years. Rated Class 4-5, it was more challenging than other multi-day trips I had done, and I wanted to go with someone who is familiar with the run. The opportunity suddenly came up.

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 Nisqually River Clean-up - 2,080 lbs Trash was Collected: April 21

 By Greg Provenzano

I wanted to thank you for your support of the Nisqually River Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, 2018 and give you a quick recap of this Event. The river was at a great level, approximately 2180 cubic feet per second (cfs) at McKenna. The weather was fantastic, plenty of sunshine and no rain. More importantly, the volunteer turnout was great!  AND 2,080 pounds of trash was collected!

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 Illinois River Self Support Trip

By Kanako Iwata-Eng


The Illinois River in Oregon had been on my bucket list for a few years. As this is a challenging Class 4 32-mile stretch, we were aiming for the optimal 1000-1500 CFS range and a nice warm weather. Bill Petty, Doug Nicholson, Bob Metzger and I chose April 20 as our launch date and headed to Grants Pass, OR the day before. Bill has run the river about 10 times, Doug has several times, Bob once about 20 years ago, and this was my first.

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 Team Petty Adventure: Humptulips

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

The Olympic Peninsula is known for its rain, but whenever I go to the Humptulips Narrows (Class 3), it is sunny, and my fourth visit to this river on November 18, 2017 was no exception. Captain Bill Petty, Bob Metzger from Olympia, and I launched around 12:30 p.m. under the bright sun.

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 Team Petty Adventure: British Columbia 2017

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

This is our fearless leader Bill Petty’s 40th year of paddling. He has been leading annual whitewater road trips to British Columbia almost every year for the past 28 years, and BC continues offering endless rivers he has never run. To paddle unknown rivers again this year, the Team headed to the northern capital of Prince George this time.

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 Fall in the Wall for First Timers

By Shanna Gachen

Shout-out to one of our lifetime members, Jon Almquist, who never stops volunteering his time to help others adventure and experience our beautiful rivers. Whether it's helping out with the whitewater class, heading up skill builder trips right after class, leading adventure trips to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula or pushing any level paddler to their next level - he's always game!
Thanks Jon for all your guidance!

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