World Kayak presents the Whitewater Family Fun Day

Saturday, June 22nd
11:00 am at Northwestern Park
Kayak Clinics
Kayak race held at Husum Falls
Free to All!
Raft rides, kayak clinics, BBQ, kayak races, throwbag golf and much more. Great prizes proivided by our sponsors. Demo boats will be provided by the Kayak Shed, Wet Planet is hosting the kayak clinics and the Oregon Rafting Team is providing rafts and safety equipment. We will also have some IK’s on hand as well.
The cost is free, but if you would like to bring a dessert or a side, we will have Ninkasi and brats.
Clay Ross with the University of Puget Sound Kayak Club will also be on hand with some of his club members to answer questions about kayaking and college. Local teen kayaker and Oregon Rafting Team member, Jeffery Steehler will be there as well to answer questions about kids and whitewater.
Come on out and participate because “Whitewater is Community”
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Take A Friend!

Until May 27th, our friends at Yakima Racks are providing an incentive to get a rack on your car so you can pick up some buddies on the way to the put in/trail head/launch/etc. The “Take More Friends” Promotion gets you $30 back on a $300+ purchase, $40 back on a $400+ purchase and $50 on a $500+ purchase. Pretty sweet deal! Additional details and rebate forms available at

So get that rack you’ve been drooling over, send in the form & you’ll have a little extra cha-ching to pick your crew up with!

Kayak Shed . .

Fishing Modifications to a Hobie Revolution 11 : Part 1

Recently we were given the very exciting opportunity to do a custom modification for a customer on a Hobie Kayaks Revolution 11, transforming it into one of the meanest fishing kayaks out there! The Revolution 11, the little brother of the always popular Revolution 13, is a new addition this year to Hobie’s line up. Though it’s smaller size allows this boat to be more nimble and easier to transport than the Revolution 13, it hasn’t taken away from it’s stability and has only slightly reduced it’s on-water speed. With fishing accessories already built into it’s DNA, such as two molded-in rod holders and a location for Hobie’s Livewell system, it was the perfect boat to use as our customization platform! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking you along with us as we install the following (and more!):
* Lowrance Structure scan
* Lowrance HDS Fish Finder
* Lowrance Sirius Satellite
* Lowrance Sonic Hub
* Ram Fly Rod Mount
* Hobie Anchor Trolley
* Hobie eVolve Motor

Kayak Shed . .

We’re Getting Kids into Kayaking!

This Summer, the Kayak Shed is teaming up with the Columbia Gorge Kayak School to get kids into Kayaking. The Kayak Shed joined the Hood River County Library for a kid-oriented river recreation and safety demonstration, where attendees learned about kayak equipment, the difference between swimming in a river and pool, and how to use throw bags.

To beat the heat, the Kayak Shed and Columbia Gorge Kayak School are sponsoring affordable kids kayak lessons, which take place July 14, 21, 28, and August 4th from 10am-2pm at the Kayak Shed’s on-water location. Kids can attend the whole series for only $80 each or $20 per session. If you want to sign up, contact the Columbia Gorge Kayak School at 541-806-4190 or

Kayak Shed . .

Wednesday Night Happy Hour

We went out paddling with the Wednesday Night Happy Hour crew last week, had a GREAT time (thanks again for the hospitality, Scott!) and thought that with the sun coming out more and more these days, this might be a good time to send out a reminder in case some of you don’t know about it.

What: Kayak Shed Wednesday Night Happy Hour
Who: All skill levels welcome – there’s typically a group on the Lower White Salmon (II) and the Middle White Salmon (III)
Where: Meet at the Husum bridge
When: 5:15pm-ish
Bonus round: Most of the group heads to Beneventi’s for pizza afterwards

We’re always stoked to help new paddlers into the sport… but if you feel like you need some extra one-on-one time before hoppin’ in with the group, give our friends over at Columbia Gorge Kayaker a holla’.

Kayak Shed . .

CPR First Aid Class 5/3/8

CPR and First Aid Class for White Water Paddlers!

The class is an American Heart Association certification that’s good for two years.

Class will CoverAdult CPR with use of an AED and First Aid. First Aid covers Chest pain/heart attacks, strokes, seizures, shock, bleeding control, snake bites, spider bites, burns and hot and cold emergencies. Class will take about 5 hours dependent of number of students. I attempt to tailor the class to the white water community. Its fun and painless !!!
Safety is no accident. I love saying that. Check out for a list of Kayak Safety Gear
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Sunset Falls Waterfall Clinic & Pyranha Demo

Columbia Gorge Kayak School Presents:
Sunset Falls Waterfall Clinic & Pyranha Demo
When: Sat March 15th
Where: EF Lewis Sunset Falls
What: Creeking Clinic- Waterfall running technique and setting safety.
Cost: $65 includes a dvd of yourself through out the day.

Todd Anderson and Ryan Scott will spend the afternoon with you at
Sunset Falls. We will discuss proper waterfall running technique,
setting safety, and give you a dvd of your runs down the falls.

We will have all of the newest Pyranha Boats on hand for you to try.
Including the Everest, Burn, and Ammos.
Questions? Contact: 541.806.4190

Kayak Shed . .

The Anti-Boof: Perfecting the Plug

The Anti-Boof: Perfecting the Plug (aka the Oregon Tuck) – by Lane Jacobs

The NorthWest is a great place to practice running vertical waterfalls. We have quite a few large falls that I have seen people run and often I see the same mistakes. Over the years I have come up with a few things that help me when I want to style a waterfall without boofing or trying to stomp it.

Generally any falls over 25 feet should not be boofed. People have broken backs on falls as small as 15 feet. My personal preference is to plug or 45 anything 25 feet or above. Plugging a big waterfall does not always ensure a soft landing but it is usually softer than boofing it. Plugging waterfalls also adds a few sketchy variables to the run: skirt implosions, broken paddles, pitons, lost paddles, cave encounters, temporary loss of control/composure, blown eardrums, seeing stars upon impact etc. The main reason I began plugging drops recently is to save my back from discomfort, which it usually does.

Here are a few tips I have compiled that may help any meat-huckers or future huckers out there.

Water Awareness: Reading the water precisely is the first step and is essential to styling a plug. You need to know how fast the water is approaching the lip and whether you want to detach from the falling water or melt inside of it. If it is into a big mellow pool melting is generally the way to go. The melting technique also produces a lot of behind-the-curtain surfaces so make sure this won’t be a problem. Some falls have small ‘pocket caves’ behind or beside the cave so be aware of this as well.

Be aware of any seams or curlers at the lip which are usually a sign that it will want to melt you in the falls. In my experience, these features help a softer landing because you will get ‘sucked’ into the seam and falling water. If you are enveloped in the falls you will generally go way deeper but in many cases you won’t even feel the hit. Generally, my personal preference is to be enveloped depending on the falls and pool.

Watch carefully what the water is doing in the pool below so that you can anticipate where you will be rolling up.

Approaching Speed: Too often I have seen people all jacked up and crazed on adrenaline and hit the lip of a falls going faster than the water. What usually happens next is either a mega-boof or over-the-handle bars run into a very hard landing because the person totally detatched from the falling water. From my personal experience moving the speed of the water or slightly slower is the best option. What usually helps me do this is taking a couple strokes well above the lip of the falls and then just holding my blade in the water all the way to the lip so I don’t change my speed. Generally detaching from the falls and not being enveloped results in a much harder landing.

Body Position: Something that I see quite a bit on Spirit Falls, for example, is people sitting in an upright neutral position and only until after they hit they lip do they aggressively lean forward. What this does is lift the bow of the boat resulting in a boof. Instead, people should generally be leaning aggressively forward while approaching the lip. Stay in this position until you begin your freefall. Once you begin to fall your bow should gradually drop. When it drops enough so that you can spot your landing you need to keep looking at your landing spot and keep leaning forward until the last possible moment you can tuck. By delaying the tuck, this will keep the boat from over-verting. (If you tuck right as you start to fall your body momentum will most likely cause you to go over-vert – unless the lip is a very gradual roller.) At this point ‘hug’ your deck and turn your head so you don’t get an unexpected kiss from your cockpit. You want to be tense when you hit the water so you don’t get ripped out of your boat and this should help you from injuring yourself.

Paddle Position: Keep your blade in the water until you are totally freefalling and then make a very delayed, if needed ‘boof/pull’ stroke. You want to be leaning forward with your blade controlling the angle of entry. Once you go over the lip of the drop, your bow will fall and while it is falling you want to pull on the blade so your boat maintains the same entry angle. Be sure not to pull before the lip or you will surely boof. Once your angle is set, spot your landing, wait, wait, wait, tuck and put your paddle to the side.

Common mistakes:

Not watching the speed of the water when you approach the lip.

Letting the adrenaline take over, not thinking calmly and charging the lip.

Paddling up to the lip too fast.

Tucking too early/Tucking too late.

Not getting your paddle to the side.

Not leaning aggressively forward before you reach the lip.

***The more waterfalls you run, the slower everything happens and it becomes easier to control. That being said, many waterfalls have difficult lips which make it very hard to control your entry angle. Gradual, rolling lips are much easier to perfect your entry angle than an abrupt curtain style lip. Make sure the pool is plenty deep before you run any large waterfalls.***

A few photo examples:

At the top I am aggressivley leaning forward, waiting to freefall and begin pulling my stroke.

The second frame I am spotting my landing and getting my paddle to the side.

The last frame I am tucking, turning my head and tensing up for impact.

A sequence of Rush Sturges styling a 10-45 footer.

The entry to this drop shot you into the top of the 45 footer fast…

so Rush detached from the falls a bit.

Notice in the 2nd and 3rd frames that he is leaning forward aggressively trying to keep his bow down.

Thanks for the beta on perfecting the plug Lane!


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