Saturday, September 30, 2006
North Coast Wilderness Bill
Much thanks goes to Representative Mike Thompson, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Senator Diane Feinstein for their efforts and compromises that allowed this bill to pass. Now let's hope that Bush signs it.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Raft Building and Race!
On Tuesday, two teams were left competing. Team Blue and Team Green were the only teams left with their engineered rafts. They paddled from point A to point B and back again successfully.
Project Adventure, founded in 1971 was a co-sponsor to this event along with Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools. Project Adventure grants are available to schools and other entities. These grants provide tools to bring "effective experiential programs" to schools and corporations. Behavior management is also offered for at-risk youth; a similar program that W.E.T. River Trips has provided for some of our teen rafting programs.
What a glorious way to educate young minds! Encouraging our youth to work together on a difficult project with a specific goal in mind helps to allow these young kids to better prepare themselves for their future. And to incorporate an outdoor aspect, helps these same youth to "get off the couch" and develop their bodies for an active lifestyle. See if your school can develop something similar!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
South Fork American River
The group came and met their college-aged son in the valley and then drove through Sacramento to the South Fork American river. The foothills are just starting to cool into a hint of fall. The flow was 1,700 cfs and hardly anyone was on the river today. The people just loved it and were surprised that this was the river that everyone says is sooo easy. It's not. Not really. Class 3 to 3+ rapids and some say that the Chili Bar section is Class 3 to 4... that's a river that requires technical expertise. Kayakers love this section because it is challenging to navigate and surf the rapids through this area.
The beginning of the run has a surfing section that is well-known in the paddling community. The Chili Bar Hole is home to the annual kayak rodeo and the spectators love watching the kayaker antics at this recycling hole. Even the rafters like to surf this rapid!
Well, we're back to square one again... hardly anyone out here except for private boaters, kayakers and an occassional commercial rafting companies. We love the fall... river is beautiful at this time of year!
Monday, September 25, 2006
Surf News:Cowell & Huntington Beach
And further south, we hear that Huntington Beach is still bickering with Santa Cruz over the official title "Surf City, USA." The US Patent & Trademark Office has given Huntington Beach the official and exclusive title. Huntington Beach is notorious for serious surfers, the surf museum and the surfing hall of fame. First order of business was to send cease & desist letters to any entity infringing on their official title. One of the first letters to go out went to Noland's on the Wharf in Santa Cruz. Noland's was selling t-shirts with the words "Santa Cruz" and "Surf City." Instant notoriety gave these t-shirts a collectability status that has surfing and paddling communities clamoring for the shirts. Geesh, can't we all just get along?
Post by Surf Goon
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Middle Fork American is Back!
Last night the flow was ramped up as we watched the flow chart show 1,100 cfs on the river. Yeah!... it's about time.
Monday, September 18, 2006
More Ralston Fire News!
And over on the South Fork American, not a nary of warning was given this past Sunday, as outfitters geared up for a normal Sunday of rafting. Hundreds of rafters lined up on shore as we watched the flow trickle downstream into nothing. No water, no warning. Water managers for this reservoir did not communicate not a single word to anyone. Not even the governing agencies on this river knew what was up. What a sorry state for a bunch of agencies that oversee our industry...
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Vote for the Environment!
Ralston Fire is at 65% containment and CDF is estimating total containment by September 17th! Rafters may be able to see the Middle Fork American before the season ends... we'll see how the road access shapes up in the next week...
Patagonia, the retailer that produces sustainable clothing and gear for climbers, rafters, paddlers, surfers and just plain ol' outdoor enthusiasts, has set up their stores to distribute Voter Registration packets for new voters in this upcoming election. They will also have League of Conservation Voter info for those who would like to review the voting records of the politicians that are currently up for re-election.
All of you who spend a lot of time in the outdoors, keep in mind the power you hold in your sweet hand... get out of the kayak for one day and get yourself into the voting booth. The power is in your hands!
W.E.T. River Trips
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The Ralston Fire Sept 2006
Mosquito Ridge Road access is currently closed and rafting outfitters have had to reschedule or modify their Middle Fork trips to accommodate this latest blow from Mother Nature.
Information from California State Parks, Yubanet and W.E.T. River Trips