Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2013 Festival and Race Details

For the sake of simplicity, let's break this up into two parts: The festival/party and the downriver race. Here we go:

Festival Details

After a great day of paddling, we're going to fire up the grill and start the post-river-running festivities around 3 or 4 pm on Saturday, April 27. Everyone and their dog is invited! You don't have to have paddled that day or even be a kayaker to come and enjoy the festivities.

Unlike 2010, the event will not be held in the parking lot of the take-out. The actual festivities will be held one mile down the road from the take-out on a property managed by the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust (see the map below or click here). Just follow the dirt road south of the power plant and you won't miss it (we'll also have signs up). We'll also be providing a shuttle van down to the site to leave more room for parking. If you do drive down, park alongside the road or in the small gravel parking area. We'll be set up in a field right there. Bring a lawn chair if you have one!

Any and ALL profits from the event will be donated to First Descents, a non-profit organization that takes young adults fighting cancer on outdoor adventures like kayaking, climbing, and surfing trips. Last time we held the event we raised about $2,000, and we're planning to double that amount this year! In fact, we've lined up a matching sponsor, Earthfax Engineering, that will match every dollar we raise up to $2,500. Talk about doubling your money! You can't even get that good of odds in Vegas.

$10 will get you your meal, beverage, and initial raffle ticket. Additional beverage can be obtained for a suggested donation of $3. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $2 a piece or 3 for $5. We've lined up some freaking awesome raffle prizes, including grand prizes like a week-long kayaking expedition in Ecuador with Small World Adventures, a $300 Suunto Core watch, a Yakima roof rack, and much more including new spray skirts from Snap Dragon, helmets from WRSI, PFDs from Stohlquist and Astral, sun glasses from Smith Optics... the list goes on!

We'll also have a very informal gear swap at the festival. So if you've got some gear you'd like to trade or sell, please feel free to bring it. We won't charge a swap fee or anything like that.

View Black Canyon of the Bear River in a larger map

Race Details: The Boo Boo Boogie?

Cash Prizes! Bring your A-game! The race will be a whitewater sprint from the top of Boo Boo rapid (Class V) to the take out, approximately 2 miles of challenging whitewater. Racers will launch every 30 seconds from the top of Boo Boo and have one shot to make the best time. 

The Race fee is $30. This will cover the prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place as well as insurance and a free t-shirt. We will provide safety for racers at Boo Boo as well as additional locations down river.

The "Good Samaritan" rule is as always, in effect. If another paddler in your field of vision is in distress, minimally, you must ask if they need assistance. If none is needed you're off the hook. If it is needed and not given, disqualification will be the result. Boaters assisting others will be refunded their entry fee without forfeiting their shirt. There will be no other refunds awarded (i.e. if you get to Boo Boo and decide not to race).

Race registration will be from 9:30 - 10:30 AM and the race will begin around noon at Boo Boo. All racers will need to paddle the upper stretches of the canyon to reach the race location.

Unfortunately there will not be a long boat class. This is something we're interested in doing next year if there's enough interest, so if you'd like to see it in the future please let us know.

Boo Boo Rapid. Photo: Will Taggart
A word on Safety:

This should go without saying, but please keep in mind that this is a very challenging, Class IV and V stretch of river and should only be attempted by expert paddlers with a competent crew. We reserve the right to deny participation in the race to any racer for any reason. Obviously everyone is allowed to run the canyon and we can't regulate that. But if you’ve never paddled a Class IV or V river this is NOT the place to try it out. There are plenty of other rivers for that. This is a remote canyon. Sure, it runs right through the heart of Potato Land, but the canyon is extremely inaccessible and when people run into trouble it’s very difficult for them to get out. Don’t risk it.

The Whitewater Festival will set safety for the RACE ONLY at Boo Boo. We will not set safety at Grace Falls, and safety other than at Boo Boo will be minimal (we don't have the volunteer numbers to do otherwise), so paddle smart! Please, for the love of God, set your own safety and paddle with a competent crew. 


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