2011 VKC Festival

The last weekend of April was the fourth annual VKC Festival on the Chilliwack River and once again the club put together a great event.  This year’s festival was a unique experience for me as it was the first time that I have been able to be there all weekend. In the past I have always been working on the Saturday so I have only made it out in the evenings, and for the day on Sunday. This year however I am on maternity leave which enabled me to be at the festival the whole weekend.  It was fun to see everyone getting organized and loading up for shuttles in the morning, and coming back to the campsite in the afternoon eager for more.

Once again festival volunteers lined up an impressive line of sponsors and prizes for the weekend and I spent a lot of my time Saturday hanging out at the Western Canoeing and Kokatat sponsors booths with Curtis and Eden since one of us had to watch her while the other paddled. It’s really an impressive thing to see all the sponsors lined up with their demo boats and dry suits ready to go out on Saturday morning. There must have been at least 50 + Demo boats available for people to try between all the sponsors.

There were a number of events that took place throughout the weekend including a downriver race from the top of Tamihi to the campground on Saturday afternoon, and a World Kayak Throwdown run by Kay from Purple Hayes on Sunday afternoon, and an organized run down Tamihi Creek so everyone could watch some real creeking first hand.   The volunteers that worked so hard to put this event together deserve a huge thank you, for organizing another great festival.

Paddling through Tamihi photo; Darryl Wotzke

Paddling through Tamihi photo; Darryl Wotzke

Tamihi Creek run for the VKC Festival

Tamihi Creek: Photo Curtis McHale

Western Canoeing and Kayaking with Kokatat

Lots of boats brought by Western Canoeing and drysuit demos by Kokatat: Photo Darryl Wotzke

Old school Kayak moves

Got treated to some Old School moves: Photo Ryan Bayes

Laura Demers does some River SUP for the Throw Down

Laura Demers does some River SUP for the Throw Down: Photo Ryan Bayes

Mike Grant trying some low water moves for the Throw Down

Mike Grant trying some low water moves for the Throw Down: Photo Ryan Bayes