Wednesday, June 3, 2009

White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium

Last weekend was a super fun but very tiring weekend. Saturday, my brother drove to Husum to throw some moves in the playboat on Rattlesnake then registered for the White Salmon River Extreme race. The race was part of the White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium. There were many events including rafting, inflatable kayak, and hardshell kayak races. Although there wasn't a huge turnout for the extreme race on the Green Truss section of the White Salmon River, probably because of the crazy high water levels, it was still a great group of people. With the gauge in Husum at about four and three-quarters the Truss was raging. Everything was very managable at that flow except everyone did walk around Big, and Little Brother. There were HUGE standing waves throughout the run that I've never seen before and that made it a ton of fun and the run seemed very quick with the high water. The race consisted of 3 teams with 3 people on each team. Each team started about a minute after the other and your time was stopped when the last person on your team got to the finish (put in of the Orletta) Having teams made it a ton of fun and I felt very safe the hole way down. On my team was my brother, Tao Berman, and myself. The Truss made for a crazy fun race and it felt even better that our team won. After the Truss race was over, there was and Orletta race that was fun and everyone started 5sec. apart so that made it a ton of fun. After the races everyone headed back to the B+B in Trout Lake for a great party.