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Test Your Skills at the Cedar River Slalom Race on April 6-7!

All kayakers in the Pacific Northwest, mark your calendars for April 6-7. It’s time for the exciting Cedar River Slalom Race hosted by the Washington Kayak Club. Frequently attended by members of our Youth Kayak Team, this event is a great opportunity for paddlers of all levels to challenge themselves on a thrilling whitewater course.

Slalom racing isn’t just about who gets down the river the fastest; it’s about precision and boat control. Racers navigate a course marked by gates that must be passed through in a specific order. Penalties are added for missed gates or touches, making it a true test of paddling technique.

Here’s how slalom racing can help you become a better kayaker:

    • Sharpens Maneuvering: Slalom courses require quick turns and precise maneuvers. Practicing for a race will hone your edge control and reaction time, making you more comfortable and confident on any river.
    • Boosts Boat Control: Successfully navigating gates demands a deep understanding of how your kayak responds to different strokes. Slalom racing will help you develop a feel for your boat, allowing you to move it exactly where you want it to go.
    • Improves Reading Rapids: Slalom courses are set up to challenge paddlers with different water features. Studying and planning your line through the gates will translate into better river reading skills, letting you anticipate upcoming obstacles and navigate them smoothly.

Whether you’re a seasoned racer or a beginner looking to up your paddling game, the Cedar River Slalom Race is a fun and rewarding event. For more information and registration details, visit the Washington Kayak Club website. Don’t miss out on this chance to test your skills and become a better paddler! Can’t make the race? you can still improve your paddling skills on our white water instruction courses and pool classes in Portland, OR.