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The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers is an all-volunteer group of paddlers in the Pacific Northwest. Under the auspices of the American Canoe Association, USA Canoe&Kayak, and the Washington Kayak Club, the League organizes wildwater races as well as races and training clinics in whitewater slalom. Come and join us!


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Fall Cedar River Slalom/Downriver Practice & Races - November 5 and 6
RESULTS (corrected): HERE

Photos were taken by Richard Ivey who was there all weekend for his annual “practice taking photos of whitewater kayaking!” and can be found here. You can copy and download them from the links.  If you want photos without his watermark, just contact him at rgivey61@gmail.com

 Saturday  https://www.rgi-images.com/Galleries/Athletics/Kayaking/Cedar-River-20221105/

 Sunday https://www.rgi-images.com/Galleries/Athletics/Kayaking/Cedar-River-20221106/

The 61st Anniversary of Washington Kayak Club's FABULOUS Slalom la Sac Slalom Race held June 4-5, 2022

was made more fabulous by higher than "normal" flows

due to a deluge of rain that made Noah's flood look like a drizzle.

These images were taken by James Wakeling - click the thumbnail to make them bigly.

SLS 2022 Race info HERE or HERE.

Results are HERE or HERE

The 61st annual Washington Kayak Club sponsored Salmon la Sac (aka. Bottoms-Up Regatta) whitewater races were held on the Cle Elum River, Saturday-Sunday, June 2-3, 2022 during numerous intermittent heavy downpours that had boaters wondering if Noah's Flood had indeed arrived for a second go-around.

SLS Trophy winners included: 

Fastest boat:  Marcel Potocny and Shaun Smith tied

Fastest Woman:  Boo Turner

Best Run by Someone New to Slalom:  Kirk Tickell

Tip-Over Trophy:  Lucas Nelson

Cutest Dog:  Ethel (owner:  Dane Anderson)

OC-1:  Marc Leonard

Fastest Junior:  Hayden McGowan

Full results can be found

Prizes this year were 12 ounce drinking glasses with a beautifully rendered and colorful sticker of  jumping salmon. Course Set-up crew devoured a full batch of chocolate chip cookie bars and Katie provided race day refreshments to competitors and their friends.

The annual Clive Lister Memorial Toast was hosted by the race director in Campsite #2 on Saturday night. This is an event that allows us all to not only remember the passing of slalom race enthusiast and promoter, Clive Lister, but all the other boaters who have passed away over the years.

The Salmon la Sac slalom race is a fun, family-oriented, annual tradition sponsored by the Washington Kayak Club. It has been held the first full weekend of June since 1961, making it the longest continuous slalom race in the world. Mark your calendars for next year because 2023 is going to be a great time!

Bull Run 2022 results HERE

Record turn-out and record warm temperatures for the best 2022 Spring Cedar Slalom Race ever!

Spring Cedar Race results HERE (PDF) or HERE (Numbers)

Spring Cedar Race video by Kanako Iwata-Eng

Kyle’s blog post about the spring cedar 2022 race:


Also, see our Facebook page for Jacob’s pics and story about the race!


April 2-3, 2022 Bull Run, Oregon, Slalom info HERE

March 26-27, 2022 Spring Cedar Slalom Race info HERE

Final    2022 Whitewater Race Schedule

The Chilliwack Slalom course was destroyed by the November flooding. 
 If you can, please support their "Build Back Better" campaign.

The Cedar course is fortunately in good shape.  We'll be back out there "Training" as soon as the level drops.  Stay tuned.  And the Bend crowd has been training into the winter months. http://www.nwwhitewater.org/training.htm

Cedar Whitewater Races November 6-7, 2021 Results!

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this page updated on: Friday December 23, 2022 09:31 AM -0800