Larissa Naplra paddles the Columbia on a sit-on-top kayak.

Paddlers hit the water at festival

Kayakers flock to 10th annual Kootenay Whitewater event.

Paddlers of all sorts took to West Kootenay waters last weekend making the 10th annual Kootenay Whitewater Festival a success. Hosted by Endless Adventure in Crescent Valley, the festival raised $750 for Borderline Boaters.

“It was a great weekend with over 78 kayakers from all over BC participating,” said owner Andrea Ryman.

Clinics covered play boating, creeking, and beginner clinics for those just starting to explore the unknown world of whitewater. The event also had river runs on a variety of the local rivers lead by experienced volunteers and staff.

There was also a free stand up paddle board river clinic plus raft trips down the Slocan River.

The sun was out making their dry-land games a huge success with the throw bag tosses and the caber toss. It continued to be a great evening with live music, a silent auction and a late night retro boat auction.

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