Spring boating season has arrived! Rivers levels are up, the sun is shining and we are excited to be kicking off the season by hosting the US National Rafting Championships March 30th - April 3rd.
April 2nd Slalom & Sprint - R4 (four member) teams will compete in Slalom & Sprint events on the exhilarating & spectator friendly Class IV section of the Rogue River at Powerhouse/Ti’lomkh Falls in Gold Hill, Oregon.
April 3rd Down River Race - A Class IV Down River Race will be held on the Upper Klamath River Sunday.
Registration is still open to all interested teams, but all competitors must have run the Upper Klamath stretch at least once prior to race day. For more information visit: 2016 USRA R4 Nationals Details.
Sawyer Paddles and Oars joins TU as newest corporate sponsor
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Trout Unlimited and Sawyer Oars and Paddles announced a partnership today that will benefit TU members across the country by providing quality boating products at a discount, and by donating 15 percent of the company’s sales of TU-branded paddles and oars to TU’s conservation work all across America.
“This is a great partnership for us,” said Zac Kauffman, sales manager for Sawyer. “It allows us to interact with the vibrant Trout Unlimited community and provide members a 20-percent discount on TU-branded products, and it helps us give back to the resources we all cherish—America’s rivers and streams.”
Sawyer was founded by legendary canoe racer Ralph Sawyer in 1967 in Rogue River, Ore., where the company immediately began producing white-water rafting oars. Ever since, the company has been at the forefront of the oar and paddle industry. Today, Sawyer is owned by Pete Newport, a long-time competitive white-water kayaker with a passion for boating and for putting the best oars into the hands of dedicated river runners.
“We’re very happy to collaborate with Zac and the Sawyer brand, and thrilled that they’ll not only be supporting important conservation work on America’s rivers, but they’ll be encouraging another way to connect with our nation’s waterways by extending a discount on their high-quality products to our membership,” said Joel R. Johnson, TU’s chief marketing officer. “Anglers and boaters—often one and the same—are both passionate about our rivers. This new partnership is mutually beneficial, but the real winners are the nation’s rivers and streams.”
Trout Unlimited is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds. Follow TU on Facebook and Twitter, and visit us online at tu.org.
There comes a time in life when things just get super busy. Day-to-day routines get marred by unexpected events. Work gets ramped up with deadlines, new initiatives, and the incessant pressure of succeeding. And it's usually during these stressful times when the demands of work, family, and life coincide with a fresh swell and offshore winds. Paddle time gets forfeited, chips and beer become the release, and as the belly gets a little bigger, a few new gray hairs pop up top. It’s called getting old, right? But taken in stride, it’s just a temporary sidetrack; a hurdle that will be overcome. The best cure, at least for those who seek peace and happiness in the water, is of course, getting wet.
And so it was the other evening, when I finally got back to the Source. After missing early morning dawn patrol (sleep is sometimes more important) and then missing a late afternoon sesh (parent conference and dinner), I was able to get down to the beach for an evening sunset session.
Having lived away from the beach for the last few years, I almost forgot the simple beauty of the beach during that golden hour (or 2) before the sun goes down. The strong sea breeze of the day relented to glass. Beach roses in full bloom smelled of tropical glory. And the gentle crash of the small swell drowned all thoughts in my head of the month’s stresses.
After a brutal winter of ice, snow, wind and cold, it felt liberating to shed the wetsuit for board shorts. Putting in and diving under the first line of whitewater stopped all train of thought dead in its tracks. From that moment on, and for the next hour, all I cared about, thought about and acted on was how I responded with each new wave, each new set. I temporarily transcended my reality of being, and simply flowed with the ocean. This meditative state instantly put me at ease with my life- the stresses at work, the responsibilities to my family, and that voice inside my head.
As the sun set, the ocean grew calmer. Beachgoers, surfers, and paddlers alike were soaking in the moment. The sky went pink, then purple, and as I rode my last wave in, I gave thanks to the greater presence that provided a much needed recharge to my soul. Composed By Ambassador Shawn McDonald
Mo Freitas has just won
the 2015 Payette River Games following a hugely entertaining three days of
racing here in Idaho.
In one of the best all round performances we’ve
ever seen, Mo made it a clean sweep by claiming both the super technical “SUPer
G” time trial and the mildly chaotic SUP Cross event. It has been quite impressive to watch Mo define being a true waterman with the triple threat of distance, surf and now a river SUP champion.
RESULTS: 2015 Payette River Games
Overall Event Standings
Champion: Mo Freitas (40 points) Runner-up: Dane Jackson
(33) 3rd: Zane Schweitzer (31) 4th: Sean Poynter (31) 5th: Eric Giddens
(29) 6th: Slater Trout (29) 7th: Bernd Roediger (27) 8th: Masayuki ‘Yacu’
Takahata (26) 9th: Toby Cracknell (25) 10th:
MEN’S SUP CROSS
(1st place = 20 points, 2nd place = 19 points,
20th place = 1 point)
Mo Freitas 2nd: Dane Jackson 3rd: Fernando Stalla 4th: Bernd Roediger 5th: Eric
Giddens 6th: Sean Poynter 7th: Toby Cracknell 8th: Masayuki “Yacu”
Takahata 9th: Zane Schweitzer 10th: