4th Annual Riverhouse Rendezvous next weekend!


4th Annual River­house Ren­dezvous Slalom No. 3 will take place on Sun­day, April 1, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Deschutes River behind the River­house Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and Hotel in north Bend. Through­out the day, pad­dlers divided by age group, type of boat and gen­der will test their skills and endurance on the quarter-mile white­wa­ter course.

If folks would like to vol­un­teer, we’ll be set­ting the gates at Fri­day start­ing at 10 a.m. Come down for as much or as lit­tle as you can. As a tra­di­tion, we like to pad­dle the gates through­out the day, as well as mak­ing as many River­house Runs as pos­si­ble. Get as many runs in as you can before it stops run­ning for the sea­son. Fri­day after­noon and Sat­ur­day the course will be open and the Tumalo Creek vans will be run­ning shut­tle for the River­house run (This starts at the River­house and takes out near Tumalo State Park.) We will also be (ten­ta­tively) host­ing the Reel Pad­dling Film Fes­ti­val at the Tower The­atre on Sat­ur­day night to raise money and aware­ness for the Bend Pad­dle Trail Alliance.

The Press Release:

Cen­tral Ore­gon is a place where the moun­tain snow is trans­formed into gush­ing white­wa­ter play parks every spring — is known world-wide as a great des­ti­na­tion for the white­wa­ter kayaker, and slalom rac­ing has been a part of this tra­di­tion in Bend since the 70s.

Three years ago, kayak enthu­si­asts Bert Hink­ley (Pacific North­west rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the National White­wa­ter Slalom Com­mit­tee), and Geoff Frank (owner, Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe) worked together to revive the River­house Ren­dezvous white­wa­ter kayak slalom race, that time in it’s fourth re-incarnation. Draw­ing top pad­dlers from Ore­gon and Wash­ing­ton, the race is part of the North­west Cup slalom pad­dle series and is a Junior Olympic qualifier.

Pad­dlers don’t have to be highly skilled rac­ers to par­tic­i­pate,” said Hink­ley.  “Slalom is a great way to hone river run­ning tech­nique. The friendly com­pe­ti­tion can pro­vide an oppor­tu­nity to chal­lenge friends and see who can be fast, clean, and pre­cise in the gates using the flow of the water.”

White­wa­ter slalom kayak­ing as been a sport since the 1940s, when Swiss alpine skiers embraced the runoff from the moun­tains to race the rivers on their off-season. Today, this spectator-friendly sport is known to test not only the phys­i­cal skill of pad­dlers, but their knowl­edge of the river and their abil­ity to use cur­rents and river fea­tures to their advantage.

The League of North­west White­wa­ter Rac­ers is grate­ful to the River­house Resort for their gen­er­ous sup­port,” Hink­ley said. “The river pro­vides the tech­ni­cal chal­lenge and the Resort allows us to the chance to test our skills.”

For more infor­ma­tion on the race and vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties please con­tact Bert Hink­ley bert@webskis.com or Geoff Frank geoff@tumalocreek.com.

Course set up will start on Fri­day night and we are always look­ing for vol­un­teers. Com­peti­tors are wel­come to run the course on Saturday.

For more details past events, please see this excel­lent arti­cle by The Bend Bulletin’s for­mer sports reporter, Katie Brauns:


Or watch the video Joe Hite of Hellfish.

Tumalo Creek’s River­house Ren­dezvous from Joe Hite on Vimeo.


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