The Little White Salmon is a place I hold super close to my heart and I have spent more time on this river than almost another in the world. I have had my sights set on the LW race for a long time now. Years ago I hurt my shoulder on Metlako the day before the race. Last year I had a slow partner haha jk ;) However this was my year...I decided to race with Isaac Levinson from Atlanta, GA! I have know Isaac since the spring of 2009 and we have shared some super good and memorable times all around the world since then. He is a slalom paddler, which means he’s fast, but is also easily one of the most talented kayakers around!
With all the time I have spent in White Salmon this spring I was pretty solid out on the LW, and we had been running the river up to 4.7 feet! So the race levels were chill and fun in comparison. After about 15-20 laps in the 2 weeks before the race I had the lines dialed in and was in shape. The day of the race came and there were 27 teams of 2 racing! That was a huge step up from last year at 13 teams (I think). So twice as big of an event and way more organized we set off for Willard and the Put-in of the LW. Teams went in 3 minute intervals and Isaac and I were the 25th team to go. We went fast had smooth lines and Isaac was behind me giving me little quick...Go Go Go’s on the way down the river! Through Getting Busy, Boulder Hoose, Island Drop, Sackers, Double Drop, S-Turn, Bowies, a ton of in-between water, and then we came into Wishbone and the finishing line hot...It was cool to boof the perfect 15 foot falls and see close to 70+ people just chilling on a river I rarely I company on! We were beatdown!!!!! People started the rumor mill and said that we won...I didn’t claim at all because I know how that stuff goes! We all bombed down the rest of the river (Which is for sure the hardest part) I can pretty much say without a doubt that Spirit Falls had by far the most runs in a day that it has ever seen...and it lived up to its stories. A bunch of people swam, a broken nose, lots of gnarly Chaos action! (Chaos is the substantial slot drop right below Spirit falls with a terrible recycling eddy hole at the bottom) Overall it was a great day and everyone came to the take out stoked and ready to party this night away! In the end Isaac and I did take the honors and all the cash ;) A dream come true for me to compete super well on my favorite river! I had my sights set for a long time and I’ll be back to go fast for years to come! We had a great party way up in the woods and the LW Race 2012 was a huge success! Thanks Capo. Check out the results and some pic...
All Photos by Reid Morth
Getting ready for the race, thanks to World Class for helping out and shuttling people!
|Dillon and Baby Bird routing fast over Boulder Sluce!|
|Beavers Max and Ljah getting very busy!|
|Beaver Max killing a stout boof, even dogs like kayaking!|
|This makes Boulder Hoose look BIG...|
|Myself roosting off Spirit Falls...this is the icing on top of the cake that is known around the world as the LW!|
|Uncle Ty on his $80 scooter...don’t underestimate this puppy goes 30+MPH...|
|In the Pool of Jah Falls!!!! Voke Helmet!|
|The Boys watching at Spirit.|
|Doing what Spirit does best...kick ass and take names and break kayaks!!!!|
|High levels of stoked pledged the day!!!! :)|
|All the boys at the Takeout getting organized trying not to lose all our gear.|
|Hesh and Chomps!!!! B.D.|
|Awards up in the mountains sick spot to get rowdy!|
|Isaac and I taking winning shots...my night became blurry after that.|
Ok, can’t wait until next year. I’m sure the competition is going to be even more stout and the field even more stacked than this year, which is saying something! Once again a huge shout out to all the people who made it out, helped out, showed respect and support!!!!!