Monday, April 22, 2013

The Northwest Creeking Competition is a grass-roots volunteer run event.  This year's race was no exception.  Community groups and paddlers teamed up with local retailers, vendors, and other organizations to put on a whitewater family reunion like none other.  Yes, we all hope for fast lines and that feeling of glory when you crush through the last big hole between you and the finish on your way to victory, but we all really show up for the family reunion.  With 131 racers and a record 14 women racing in the event the Northwest Creeking Competition is growing fast!  Way to represent ladies!  It was awesome to see so many women stepping up to the challenge and crushing many of the men's times.

The course was at a great water level this year producing fast times and major carnage on occasion.  The on water safety team was AMAZING!  It was great to have such dedicated and professional support crew on the course.  Everyone was back at the party by Saturday night (some just had a few more stitches than others). Overall folks did really well with the pushy water level.  

Like many sports whitewater has a culture all it's own.  The Northwest Creeking Competition brings together many of the best boaters in the West for a celebration of that culture and the places we call home...the river!  Enjoy a few photos of this year's event followed by a short list of a few results.  Full results will be out soon.  Be sure to visit http://northwestcreekcomp.blogspot.com/ for all the details and other blog posts on the event.

Un-Official Results:
East Fork Lewis (Saturday)
 Long Boat
1) Darren Albright
2) Louis Geltman
3) Mike Gotleib

Men's PRO
1) Evan Garcia
2) Louis Geltman
3) Andrew Mcewan

Women's Pro:
1)Kim Becker
2) Katrina Van Wijk
3) Nicole Mansfield

Raft (R-2)
Winners:  Tim Brink & Jamie Weaver

Canyon Creek (Sunday)

Men's K-1:
1)Louis Geltman
2) Gerd Serrasolses
3) Dan Rubado

Women's K-1 Overal All Champion was Kim Becker winning Canyon Creek and EFL!!!  Nice Work Kim!


Oregon Rafting Team members dropping in!  

Local Sponsors of the event.  Not shown here was Andy & Bax, Kayak Shed, the Oregon Kayak and Canoe Club, and more vendors than we can list here.  Thanks so much for EVERYONE's support to make this event a success!!


R-2 team pulling HARD.  Jeffrey Steehler and Greg Babikoff 

Louis Geltman boofing to victory as Ross Henry looks on in the Long Boat race.

Carnage happened even ABOVE the course this year.  Everyone was ok though.  Nice one Matt.  That is NOT a warranty issue!

Sunset Falls Start Line drop

Paddlers line up at the start lookin ready in the eddy!



Topo Duo BOOF!


Hope to see ya'll back next year!!!



1 comment:

Julia Angel said...

very nice, i love such type of thrills. really a nice blog. you guys must have enjoyed a lot out there.
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