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Please note that effective Monday, 16-March-2020, all Washington Kayak Club-sponsored events are cancelled until further notice.

Please read the statement below from the Washington Kayak Club:

"It is becoming more and more apparent that COVID-19 can be spread unknowingly by people not showing symptoms. As you think about how and whether to participate in any activity, please consider the idea of "universal precautions."

"Universal precautions" is the idea that we need to assume that everyone is infected. Please consider what it would be like if you knew that everyone on your trip had COVID-19, including you. This is a disease that is very contagious, sometimes for weeks before people look or feel sick. There is a real risk that even if you are symptom free, you may pass the virus to someone who then gets sick or worse.

"Thank you for keeping the safety of our community a priority. Thank you for your cooperation during this health advisory period."

The Spring Cedar Race scheduled for March 21-22, 2020 is a WKC-sponsored event.

The League supports that decision and recognizes the severity of COVID-19 outbreak on our community but I am letting you, my paddling friends, know that we will be at the Cedar Gates this coming weekend following loosely the previously published schedule.

This is not an event.

There will be no registration fees, no insurance coverage, and no waivers.

There could however, be timing, bibs, judging, and prizes.

I trust all those out paddling the Cedar this coming weekend will practice and respect each other's social distancing tolerances.

The League of Northwest Whitewater Racers 

is featured on TV!

Jennie Goldberg teaches King 5 TV reporter how to whitewater slalom race.

In honor of the Olympics....How to Canoe Slalom

View it at:


Interested in slalom paddling in Canada? 

Check out this new Facebook page.



The 2020 Cedar Race

 WAS ON!!! But, see above!

Click HERE for info.

Course map HERE

Course gate layout HERE

10 AM racer's meeting Sunday March 22


Fall 2019 Cedar Slalom Race Course Map  (subject to change!) is HERE

and results are HERE

Cedar Race story HERE

Special appearance by Thomas Rex YouTube video is HERE:


Slalom clinic November 2, 2019 at the Cedar Gates. 11:00 AM. 

Free! Warm-up fun Slalom Race on November 2, 2019  3:00 PM.  


New to Slalom or rusty?? 

 Come to a free slalom clinic!

Join instructor, Dawn Meekhof at a WKC Slalom Clinic on the Cedar River gates November 2, 2019.

The clinic is geared to those in plastic play, creek, river runners, or open boats (or a race boat!).

Nov. 2, Saturday.  11:00 am

You'll then be ready for the WKC Cedar Races on November 9-10. 

Very Important.

If you can, register on-line at:


This class is geared to beginner slalom paddlers,

but paddlers should have basic paddling and rolling skills in class II.

A fun slalom race will then be held at 3:00 pm,

so all you rusty slalom racers, come out and join us!

The Aug. 24-25, 2019 Payette Slalom Race in Idaho was cancelled


The 58th Annual Washington Kayak Club Salmon la Sac Slalom Race 

Over 30 racers from as far as Idaho and Bend, Oregon, ages 9 through 70+, enjoyed hot, sunny weather.

And a fantastic slalom course designed by David Johnson. 

Many thanks to the hard-working course construction crew: 

David Johnson, Rufus Knapp, Bert Hinckley, Dawn Meekhof, Patrick Blackwell, Victor Kress, Peter Stekel, Jennie Goldberg, and Bob Duffner. 

The course was completed in record time on Friday. 

About 20 paddlers enjoyed the group paddle down the river on Saturday, too. 

 It was at a primo level for the play wave!

See you Next Year.   

All Race Results HERE:

2019 Race Info HERE [doc] or HERE [pdf]


20TH ANNIVERSARY RICH WEISS SLALOM RACE  MAY 4-5, 2019 - part of the NW Cup Series!!

Results HERE

The event is Saturday and Sunday, May 4/5.
Course will be set Friday evening with open training all day Saturday.

Brendan Curson is happy to do an adult slalom session at noon on Saturday.

The race is named for American Olympian Richard Weiss who trained at the Tamihi Rapids on the Chilliwack River throughout the 1980's and 1990's. Rich left us too early in an incident on the White Salmon River in Washington a year after placing 5th at the 1996 Olympics.

Open to all whitewater paddlers,
Competitive and recreational classes available. Camping near the course.  Motels and hotels within 20 minutes.

Email Brendan Curson for more information at ccekayakcoach@gmail.com

 Unlike WA and OR slalom races, PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE

Competitive event:

Recreational event:


Brendan Curson
Head Coach
CCE Paddling Club
1.306.250.7278 (c)


Riverhouse Rendezvous!
March 30 and 31, 2019.

Results HERE

Whitewater slalom race on class III - at the Riverhouse hotel at the north end of downtown Bend, OR on the Deschutes River.

The race organizer is Topher Robertson of the Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe paddlesport shop in Bend.  Topher can be reached at: 541 317 9407 or topher.r.tumalocreek@gmail.com    https://tumalocreek.com/

There are  discounts rates for lodging at the Riverhouse Hotel for racers.  The code can be found on the Event website https://tumalocreek.com/events/riverhouse-rendezvous/

What a treat to have a slalom course hanging right outside your hotel room!  You can change in your room where it's warm and cozy.  It's Bend in the spring, so it could be sunny or snowy

They are still looking for more volunteers, so let Topher know if you can help out!  In particular are looking for people to cover:

Entry Fee: Adults $25, $20 for ACA Members

Juniors $15, $10 for ACA Members

 In addition, Tumalo Creek is hosting an ACA Instructor Development Workshop, Exam, and Instructor Update the week of spring break, March 25-29. This course coincides perfectly with the Riverhouse Rendezvous race, in Bend, taking place March 30th & 31st. You can come for the week, participate in the ACA course or recertification, take a rest or practice day Saturday, and race Sunday.

ACA Course Details

Instructor Development Workshop and Certification Exam $550, March 25-29, 8:30am - 5pm

Instructor Update $250, March 28-29, 8:30am - 5pm

Instructors - Glenna and Earl Alderson, Hampshire College

Reservation Link, https://tumalocreek.com/tour/aca-instructor-development-workshop/

WKC SPRING FLING - Cedar River Races   March 16-17, 2019

Details: PDF | DOCX


Race Results HERE

FALL CEDAR RACE 2018  Nov 3-4, 2019
Race Results HERE || Details here:  {PDF HERE | DOCX HERE}

Are you a Student??

The 4th annual Collegiate Whitewater Fest is Nov. 3, 2018. Set on the beautiful Skykomish river, free, and open to anyone attending high school or college at least part time.

Sponsored by World Kayak, Outdoor Adventure Center, and many others.

 This event is among the very few races for students only and brings boaters from all over the northwest! IF you're going, please register online so we can have enough food and prizes for everyone.

registration link:
bit.ly/collegiatewhitewaterfestregistration2018Collegiate Race on the Skykomish

Facebook event page

Then head over to the Cedar River for a slalom race on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018.  Open to all ages and types of whitewater craft!  www.nwwhitewter.org





Update 10/1/15

The Nooksack race has been cancelled.  This was due unfortunately to a lack of commitment in setting up the course.  So mark your calendars (October) for next year so we can make this race happen!

Update 9/26/15

Nooksack Race is upon us.  October 3rd and 4th!  Check HERE for the flyer.

Update 7/25/15

tThe Roaring River slalom is on for August 8th and 9th.  Lisa Day had to jump through a lot of hoops to make this happen, so try to make it!  Gate hanging will be the week brefore August 1st and 2nd.  There won't be a slalom clinic this year but if you are a first timer come on out the other paddlers will be glad to help you out.  Also John Lechmanik (World Kayak Ambassador - Hood River) will be providing some SWAG for first timers.  So if you haven't raced before, come on out.  You might be taking something home with you.  Information is HERE

Update 7/8/15

Lisa Day says the Roaring River Slalom is a go on August 8th and 9th.  The course will be set up the weekend prior (Aug 1st and 2nd) so if you are free come on out and help set up the course.  More information including course set up and start time will be coming soon.  But mark your calendar and come on out.  Campsites go REAL fast so make sure you get online and reserve yours now...

Update 7/3/15

Slalom and downriver races on the Chilliwack River - July 23-26!!

Downriver is 1 pm on Thursday.  Slalom open class is Sunday, July 26 at 9 am.


 Note - you must register on-line:


NOTE, you do not have to be from Canada to enter :-)

Update 6/16/15
Just a reminder that the Blackfoot River Challenge is next weekend June
27-28.  the link below will have the pertinent info.  Tell your friends.


Update 5/14/15

The 2015 Salmon LaSac race info has been posted.  Check it out HERE

Update 4/29/15

Cedar River race has been cancelled due to low water

Update 4/24/15

The Bull Run races is postponed again.  It seems the flows aren't quite enough to warrant a race on the course.  We hope to reschedule for May, stay tuned for updates.

Update 4/16/15

It appears the predicted flow for Bull Run will be in the 400 range this weekend which is too low.  So the race has been postponed to the following weekend.  We will post updates as we find out more.

Update 4/7/15

The results from the Riverhouse Slalom event are posted.  So far, the Riverhouse Slalom Race is in the lead for the most participants for the 2015 NW Whitewater Cup Series!  Over 50 runs were posted and 42 people signed up and many paddled more than one class. We even had Junior boaters from Canada. 

Good coverage by the local Bend paper:


Also the Bull Run Slalom Race is scheduled for April 19th with a practice date of  April 18th.  This race is very flow dependant (Goldilocks, not too high, not too low) so we will be watching the flow and making the call on April 16th.  Check out the full description here.


Update 3/3/15
Chilliwack Slalom and Boater Cross race is on for the weekend of March 21 & 22nd.  You can find more info here


Update 3/3/15
2015 Riverhouse Rendezvous Slalom is coming up March  28 & 29th.  You can find more info Here

Update 1/4/15

Happy New Year everybody.  Looks like things are getting ready to get started.  The 2015 race schedule is up, so make sure you mark you calendars and get out there and practice!