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November 2015  
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 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann 
Dear WKC members,
Orcas IslandWe are launching the San Juan Seven Challenge. Circumnavigate San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Stuart, Cypress, Guemes and Lummi island with the WKC - on separate trips, in the sequence you like and the time you need and want to enjoy the circumnavigations. Read more.
Whitewater kayakers, your challenge is coming next! Send us your ideas.
Thanks to Karen Bertram, Aaron Shaw and Jose Reyes for joining the WKC Board and thanks to all the "oldtimers" on the board who agreed to serve another year. Reach out to a WKC Board Member with comments or suggestions for our work. 
We are also pleased to announce that Nigel Foster will be presenting at the WKC General Meeting on November 22! Please join us for an evening with Nigel while he shares his adventures kayaking in Taiwan.  The event is open to all.
See you on and around the water!

 Featured Trip

 Matheny Creek Weekend (III w/optional IV): November 21 - 22

Each day we'll run the class III middle section, giving class III paddlers two days of fantastic paddling. Assuming there's interest from some, we'll also tack on one of the two class IV sections each day as well. Camping will be "undeveloped" local to the vicinity, so come prepared. Or, you can drive the 45 minutes back to Lake Quinault and stay in the lodge...
When: November 21 - 22
Where: Deepest, darkest far side of the OP
Trip Leader: Jon Almquist


 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

 WKC General Meeting: Nigel Foster Presents Kayaking in Taiwan

Attend a WKC General Meeting.  Learn more about the club.  Meet fellow paddlers.  And enjoy an evening with Nigel Foster. Nigel will share photos and stories from his recent trip to Taiwan.  
Event is open to all.
When:  Sunday, November 22 
 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Shoreline Library
 345 NE 175th Street
 Shoreline, WA 98155
When Nigel visited Taiwan he had no idea what to expect. With tech industries and manufacturing in Taiwan, he imagined something like Shanghai in China, kayaking in grey canals surrounded by towering buildings, but that’s not what he found. He was soon ferry bound for an island off the southeast coast of Taiwan, to a coastline of contorted volcanic rock backed by lush vegetation, surrounded by clear blue water. On his second visit he explored another tropical island where natives still row to sea in traditional wooden boats to catch flying fish, and live in semi-subterranean houses: where giant hermit crabs crawl the streets at night. Hot and humid as a Finnish sauna, the only respite is to dig into giant dragon-fruit ice-cream. So as winter approaches, join Nigel and remember what is to be warm.

 Body Boat Blade Celebrates Grand Opening at New Location: November 21

When: Saturday, November 21 from 1 - 6 p.m.
Where: 434 Prune Alley Rd, Eastsound, WA

Celebrate the grand opening of Body Boat Blade's new location with Shawna and Leon. They will be hanging out in their cute reading nook with paddling friends and sharing the stories of the past season. Stop by for hors d'oeuvreas and a drink!

Each visitor gets a raffle ticket for a chance to win some cool items from the shop, and a store wide 15% discount to boot* (see website for details).

Oak Harbor's One Heck of a Holiday Ride: December 5

That's an OH OH OH from your friends at the Chamber of Commerce in OHTown.  Open to all human-powered craft, outriggers, surfskis, kayaks, SUPs, come on out!

Start and finish at Windjammer Park on the Oak Harbor waterfront. Pick a 6 mile short course, or 12 mile long loop.
Entry fees will all be paid on race day Rates per paddler will be $40, or $30 if you are preregistered by November 27.

 10th Annual Deception Pass Dash: December 6

Organized by Outdoor Adventures, this annual Northwest paddling tradition is open to paddlers ages 16+. The challenging 6 mile race course takes paddlers through the swirling waters of Deception Pass!
The race will be held on the morning of Sunday, December 6th, 2015. Check-in will begin at 8:30am, and the race will start at 11:20am.
You can register here or by calling 425-883-9039. See you there! 

 Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival: 2015 Results

By Hamp All and Barbara Dekeyser
Sunshine, blue skies, a bit of offshore breeze and clean, consistent 3–4’ swell with the occasional 6’ green wall out in the lineup! For both competitors and spectators alike, the weekend of 3–4 October provided the 2015 Hobuck Hoedown Paddle Surf Festival with near perfect conditions on the beach, in the water and around the campfire.

 2016 Sea Kayaking Events

Don't miss out on these great opportunities to enjoy the water.  Start planning your 2016 sea kayaking adventures now!
2016 Event Links and Dates:  
 Paddle Golden Gate  February 5 - 7
 20th Annual Florida Gulf Coast SK Symposium  February 26 - 28 
 Baja Kayak Fest  April 15 - 18
 Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium  May 2 - 8
 SSTIKS (S.Sound Trad. Inuit Kayak Symposium)  June 10 - 12
 Hobuck Hoedown  October 1 - 2 
 Gales Storm Gathering - Michigan  October 6 - 9 
 Lumpy Waters - Oregon  October 7 - 9 

 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.  

 Who Ya Gonna Call?

By Mike Grijalva
If you have an emergency situation on a King Co. River, you are the first to be able to do something about it and get a person out of danger. After that, your backup is the King Co. Marine/River Rescue Unit, dial 911, and be connected. Be prepared with accurate site location description and details of the situation. Be aware that it is likely to take at least an hour before they can respond and get to your site.

 Recent Trip Reports

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

 Wynoochee Humptulips Weekend (Oct 10 - 11)

By Jon Almquist
On Oct 10-11, a lucky number of us (13) enjoyed a fantastic weekend of paddling and camping on the southern Olympic Peninsula. With the Wynoochee gorge take-out access road gated by Green Diamond Resource Co., we were a little worried that our normal early-fall / low water favorite – the Wynoochee Gorge – wasn’t an option with the dry conditions we were experiencing.

 Team Petty Adventure: Bridge River, BC (Sept 29)

By Kanako Iwata-Eng
Stats: Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Class III+ - IV (V), Medium level flow, 16.5 miles, 9 hours from put-in to take-out, 5 kayakers, 6 swims, 1 broken paddle followed by a 30-minute struggle to assemble a 4-piece paddle, numerous scouting, a few portages including one over a high cliff, and an extremely difficult takeout climbing out the 100 feet sandy cliff.

 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. 

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

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