Free Advanced Kayaking Clinic with the Pro’s!
April 1st at 9:00 am at Wet Planet Whitewater
Pre sign up required
Start off your spring right by learning some new tips and techniques from your local Team Dagger paddlers! Wet Planet and Brendan Wells (Wet Planet and Dagger sponsored professional kayaker) are teaming up to deliver the best opening weekend for the Wet Planet 2017 whitewater season with a free advanced kayak clinic. This will be a great opportunity for the local Columbia River Gorge community to gather for a fun day of kayaking on the White Salmon River, casual instruction, and some food, drinks, and video review at Wet Planet afterwards.
Meet at Wet Planet Whitewater at 9:00am. We’ll get geared up, load boats, and head up to the Green Truss section of the White Salmon River. One group will paddle the Truss, meeting the other group to paddle the middle White Salmon down to Husum.
Local badass cinematographers Nate Herbeck and/or Adam Elliot will be joining the kayak clinic to film throughout the day. After paddling, we’ll take out at Wet Planet around lunch time, and review video from the day on the big screen to break down and analyze people’s lines and find ways to improve. Wet Planet will throw in some food, and Ninkasi beer will be provided.
Get your race on!
With the many upcoming races, including the Northwest Creeking Competition on the following weekend, we will have a special focus on ways to train for racing and improve your speed, which is great for the rest of your boating skills too!
We’ll have a limited supply of Dagger kayaks you can demo for the day. If you’ve been wanting to try out the Green boat, the new Nomad series, the Jitsu, or the Axiom, this is the perfect opportunity. Please bring your own boat in case there is not one available. We’ll try to share as much as possible so that people can have a chance to try every boat they want, but this will be dependent on what is available and how many people attend.
This is intended to be a free event, and casual get together of our local community where we all look out for each other on the river. We will all take part in setting support for one another, but as always, use your own best judgment. Depending on flows, we may change to different sections of the White Salmon. Please only join groups on sections that you are already familiar with. We want to help you master the skills that you already have, not push you to go out of your comfort zone.
You MUST RSVP for the kayak clinic at least three days before to ensure that there are enough people, boats and beer to make this possible!
How to RSVP:
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Put in the subject line: Free Whitewater Clinic
- Include your name(s)/number of people
- If you would like to demo a boat, what are your top three choices and size: Mamba, New Nomad, Axiom, Jitsu, Katana, Green Boat
- What section would you like to paddle (assuming a mediumish flow): Truss or Middle
If you’re not quite ready for a pro clinic, Wet Planet offers beginner and intermediate kayak courses throughout the summer. Join Wet Planet’s experienced instructors for a multi day course to learn the basics or to help improve your skills. There will also be creeking kayak clinics this Spring on April 9th and May 7th and boofing kayak clinics hosted on June 4th, July 9th, and August 30th.