Trinity River Whitewater Festival
Whitewater Festival photos by Robin Stocum
Last year, Crowds witnessed tough competition and performances by reigning Mens and Womens World Champions, Jay Kincaid, from Reno, and Brooke Winger, from Eugene, Oregon, and reigning Junior
World Champion, Rush Sturgis (now 19), from nearby Forks of the Salmon. Less skilled antics were seen in the
Cardboard Kayak Competition, and if the winner is the one keeping the kayak afloat the longest, our hats
are off to John Wright, of Bridgeville, CA. Another colorful class is Riverboard Boardercross. Contestants kick with fins
while laying prone on their boards. Kids and adults found humor and style in a miniature Foamie Kayak Rodeo,
the creative brain-child of Emily and Coleen at Adventures Edge.
The Pigeon Point Hole, where
the hole riding event is held, is located on the far upstream end of
Pigeon Point Campground. The hole can be paddled to by going up an eddy
from the top of Pigeon Point Campground. No shuttles are necessary. One
nice thing about this hole is that it is playful at a broad range of water
levels--so go out there and have fun! The best levels are probably between
2,000 and 3,300 cfs on the
Cedar Flat guage. The hole
resumed its optimal retentiveness thanks to the efforts of a local boater who cleaned out debris that
had washed in behind the ledge forming the hole.
Even if you are not a kayaker, it is fun to walk upstream on the trail from Pigeon Point Campground and check out kayakers having fun and practicing their acrobatic moves.
The Whitewater Festival is sanctioned by the
American Canoe Association,
and is part of the West Coast
Championship Series. The non-profit Festival benefits river conservation and access.
Look to American Whitewater,
Friends of the River,
and Friends of the Trinity River
for updates on issues and opportunities for your favorite rivers including our beautiful
2004 Festival Results
2003 Festival Results
2002 Rodeo Results
2001 Rodeo Results
The Trinity River Whitewater Festival is a sanctioned event of the American Canoe Association, and operates under permit by Shasta-Trinity Nat'l Forest. The Festival is an equal
opportunity service provider.
Site last updated 12-10-05.