Monday, October 30, 2017

Whitewater Halloween

Halloween 3.0 River Warrior Family "Style." You cannot make this stuff up but have to go out and GET IT! The weather in Roseburg, Oregon was cloudy, wet and chilly. My iPhone app told me that Gold Hill was 72 degrees and sunny. Gold Valley Fellowship had a Trunk or Treat Harvest Party from 5pm-7ish pm. We went to the 0930 Redeemer's Fellowship Service and I asked one of the elders for prayer for our whitewater run on the Rogue later this day. Little did I know what was in store or our family.
The weather was absolutely perfect and autumn in full effect. Ashten (Battle Gorilla) at the stout age of 8 paddled through both Nugget and Powerhouse Rapids like a champ...being the youngest I know of to R4 this section of world-class river. We styled Powerhouse and drove around with the raft inflated on the truck, as we left for the Harvest Party.
I really wanted to Halloween Photo BOMB Sawyer Paddles and Oars. As we were deflating our raft at the Sawyer Station, Pete Newport walks up to us in the dark of night and asks me what length paddle am I using.
This leads to a walk to Sawyer's Corporate HQ and the River Warrior Family being gifted two (2) River Serpent Raft Race Paddles that were used in the World Championships in Japan earlier this month (3-9 OCT 2017). We are still on the high that Rogue River provides and the incredible gift to our River Warrior Family.
The flow is real and we cannot thank the following enough: Nichole Rufi for being humble and crushing these rapids with our family,
Sawyer Paddles and Oars, Forward Paddle Raft Company, Oregon Paddle Sports, Dirtbag Paddlers and Source One Serenity

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sawyer Hosts 2016 USRA R4 National Championships!

Sawyer Hosts
2016 USRA R4 National Championships!
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.
Get Involved!
If interested in volunteering, contact Sawyer's Beau Buckman at
(541) 535-3606 or
Pro Stick Guide Paddle
NEW Pro Stick
Updated Pro Stick Guide Paddle with a lighter, tougher blade and in a wider array of colors.
Ambassador Fabio Giacomini
NEW Venom II Paddle
Super light and tough raft racing paddle. Updated with a layer of Triax for extra durability.
Sawyer Paddles & Oars - 404 2nd Avenue - Gold Hill, OR 97525

Friday, September 25, 2015

Get Ready for Drip Fest 2015


OCTOBER 16 - 18, 2015

FRIDAY- Happy Hour Check in 4-8 pm
Register your used gear for the swap and enjoy Happy Hour Specials

 SALE ALL DAY 8am - 8pm



Friday, August 28, 2015

Sawyer Paddles and Oars joins TU as newest corporate sponsor

Aug. 28, 2015
Zac Kauffman, Sawyer Paddles and Oars (541) 535-3606,
Joel R. Johnson, Trout Unlimited, (703) 284-9413,
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

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Paddle Moments for the Soul

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