Clearwater hosts kayak fest

Paddlers from all over the world took part in Clearwater Kayak Festival 2013

Kayakers on the Clearwater River paddle past Spahats Creek during preliminaries for the downriver race at Clearwater Kayak Festival 2013.

Kayakers on the Clearwater River paddle past Spahats Creek during preliminaries for the downriver race at Clearwater Kayak Festival 2013.

Kayakers on the Clearwater River paddle past Spahats Creek during preliminaries for the downriver race at Clearwater Kayak Festival 2013. Paddlers from all over the world took part in the event, which was held the July 27/28 weekend.

Kayaks lined upLeft: Kayaks create reflections of many colors as participants get ready to familiarize themselves with the Clearwater River for the downriver race on Saturday, July 27 – part of Clearwater Kayak Festival 2013. Former Interior Whitewater guide Sam Ewing of Revelstoke was the overall downriver winner.

 

 

 

 

Right: A competitor appears to be laughing outLaffing loud as the whitewater roars around him.

 

 

 

 

Pink MtnLeft: What appears to be a small riffle in the Clearwater River just downstream from a pinkish colored cliff is generally recognized as one of the best standing waves for surfing in western Canada: Pink Mountain.

 

 

 

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Below: Micah Lyall of Enderby shows the style that won him first place in the rodeo event on Sunday, July 28. Kamloops resident James Huser came second, while Clearwater’s Andrew Bonney came third and James Huser’s son Pierce Huser placed fourth. About 150 attended a Shane Philip concert at Serenity on the Saturday night, and a total of about 30 competed. Organizers say they plan to hold the sixth Clearwater Kayak Festival in 2014.

 

Winner