Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Some nice California Poppys we saw in Kernville.

The slalom boaters generally use these very sleek and lightweight kayaks.

The slalom "gates" are PVC pipes hung from strings hung across the...

For some of the gates the competitors must turn upstream and paddle...

There were competitors of all ages and skill levels.

We saw a few get "upside down" and I'm sure they were...

The current is very swift and it takes some skill to avoid...

 

 

 

There were a few vendors selling related equipment.

The first Hooligan entry was a raft made of life jackets strapped...

Next a log raft.

A raft made of 5 gallon plastic buckets. Thier paddles were made...

These guys made a raft using a few styrofoam ice chests and...

But they salvaged the chests and passed out the cold beers to...

Looks like Huck and Tom on their log raft.

They made it all the way standing up or kneeling down.

Air mattress raft.

Cardboard box boat - not a good idea!

It fell apart ...

... and left them without a boat.

Another raft.

Who needs an expensive kayak. This guy built his own out of...

The last entry also fell apart in the rapids.


(Ron Writing) The Kern River Festival Whitewater Races is being held this weekend. There were two venues for this event; one was the section of class 2-3 rapids in the town of Kernville and the other was several miles north in Brush Creek, a fairly remote tributary of the Kern River. We spent most of the day in Kernville watching kayakers make their qualifying runs for the slalom race which is held tomorrow. We also enjoyed the first annual “Hooligan Parade”. There were 11 entries in the parade. Entries had to be homemade out of materials not otherwise used for building boats. Some made it to the finish, some disintegrated going through the rapids, but everyone had a good time.

We had a very enjoyable day and the weather was perfect. The event up at Brush Canyon would have been fun to watch but we didn’t know what it was all about until after the event. It would have been difficult to see much of it as a spectator anyway. But check this website to get a sample of what kind of river running the pros were doing up there today.



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