2013 Upper Wind River Festival

Mass Start at the 2012 Wind River Festival

It’s almost the end of February and the 2013 Upper Wind River Festival is soon upon us! 

Saturday, March 16, 2013 is the 2013 Wind River Festival, the kickoff to this year’s Western Whitewater Championship Series! The series is comprised of about 17 races over 7 festivals throughout the Northwest between March and October. Racers receive points for their standing at the end of each race, and at the end of the series, the individual with the most points wins. Categories include: Women’s K1, Men’s K1, Cataraft Men, Cataraft Women, Raft Men, Raft Women.

2012 Wind River Festival Racers at “Balls to the Wall Right”

Saturday’s event features a mass-start downriver race for all categories on the class IV “Upper Wind”. The Upper Wind, located near Carson, WA has everything from boulder gardens, to ledge drops, and is full of fun little boofs and rapids such as Initiation, Ram’s Horn, Balls to the Wall Right, and Climax. The race itself is about 3 miles long, from the Stabler put-in to shortly below “Climax”, and takes on average between 22-27 minutes.

Racers at the 2012 Wind River Festival

Racers at the 2012 Wind River Festival

Race Details:

Start and registration at Stabler put in.
Registration begins at 10:30.
$20 per paddler.
Safety boaters depart at 11:40.
Registration ends at 11:45.
Mass start long boat kayak at high noon.
Longboat class has no length restriction.
Mass start kayak 5 minutes after that.
Boat length restriction is 8’11” ft. This length restriction allows all current creek boat designs.
Mass start R2 raft 5 minutes after that.
Any length.
Mass start cataraft 10 minutes after the R2 start.
1 or more Catarafts will be designated as sweep boats.
All safety boaters will sweep the course with this final group.
Awards ceremony will be at the top of the take out road.
For more information, visit: http://upperwindfestival.blogspot.com
See you on the river,
Kim Becker

About Kim

Kim Becker is a professional whitewater kayaker with a passion for any form of river play. A Bend, Oregon native, she grew up paddling (11 years ago!), and will always have a soft spot in her heart for the Deschutes River. She is 2010 and 2011 Women's Champion of the Western Whitewater Championship Race Series. She paddles for Wave Sport Kayaks, AT Paddles, Kokatat Watersports Wear, Snap Dragon Designs, and FiveTen.