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May was a very busy month for Shasta Paddlers

Joe Arbuckle - Wednesday, June 04, 2014
On May 3rd it was the demo day at Brandy Creek where approximately 100 people came to try kayaks from Headwaters Adventure Company. From the Hobie and Jackson Fishing fleet to Eddyline touring and sea kayaks and Jackson whitewater kayaks. 

Michael Blaser was there putting people on the stand up paddle boards. Shasta Paddlers volunteered at the event and did everything from signing people in to provide safety for paddlers out on the water.

Then from May 12th through May 15th a group from Shasta Paddlers was able to kayak the Green River in Moab Utah.  Canyon Voyages provided the guides and exquisite meals. Everyone had a wonderful time.  The scenery was beautiful with the cacti in full bloom!

On May 17th, Rivers For Change and Headwaters Adventure Company held a community paddle from Posse Grounds to Anderson River Park as a precursor to the Cal 100.  Shasta Paddlers and Just Kayak More provided safety boaters and Ginger and Don BBQ'd the most delicious hot dogs and hamburgers for a group of thirty hungry paddlers!

Also the weekend of May 17th was Gimme Shelter 8 at Shelter Cove. Our own Jeff Baker placed ninth out of 218 kayak anglers.

May 24th - 26th

The 2nd annual Cal 100 organized by the Rivers for Change crew is a 100 mile river race that begins at the Sundial Bridge in Redding and finishes near Chico. It is open all paddlers who paddle everything from surfskis, marathon canoes, sea kayaks, standup paddleboards, even prone paddleboards. 

Again Shasta Paddlers, Headwaters Adventure Company and Just Kayak More provided volunteers as safety boaters, volunteers at the check points and finish. As a competitor it was very comforting to receive a comforting hug and lots of encouragement from them at every check point and finish! I am so proud to be a part of this community!  There were four local paddlers that competed this year!

Tom Crackel and Jason Montelongo competed in the competitive class and came in 2nd and third in their division.

In the Adventure Class George Williams Sr. and myself competed in the Adventure class.



George Williams Sr. placed 4th place in his division and I placed third in my division.

Tom Crackel at the finish!

Jason Montelongo at the finish!

George Williams Sr. at the finish!

George Williams Sr. awarding me my medal at the Shasta Paddlers meeting!

I can't say enough about our paddling community! The support for each other is wonderful! Thanks to all who volunteered their time!
Upcoming events for June:

June 4th is the Eddyline will be at Oak Bottom with the latest gear. There will be mini clinics on learning what to look for when test driving a kayak to a strokes clinic and open paddle.  There will also be door prizes for those that are pre-registered.

June 6th-8th is the surf zone trip at South Beach in Crescent City.  For those that RSVP'd campsite #36 awaits you at the Orman Guest Ranch.  This is the second annual surf zone camping trip for Shasta Paddlers!

June 10th is the start of our river sections. We will begin with a posse to Bonneyview run this time.  Every Tuesday will be a different section of the Sacramento River.

June 21st is the fishing demo day at Lake McCumber near Shingletown at 9:00 am. There is no cost for this demo day.  Just bring, your lunch and favorite tackle and a valid fishing licence. The kayak, pfd and paddle will be provided. Contact Headwaters Adventure Company at 223-2411, in person to reserve your kayak for that day.  If you have your own kayak feel free to join in on this demo day.

Also on June 21st for those that need to complete their ACA instructor certification there will be and Instructor Trainer to check off the skills needed for those that were continued.

Of course there is the ongoing Friday night Social Paddle at Oak Bottom beginning at 5:30pm. Michael Blaser with Royal Paddle Adventure an Headwaters Adventure Company would like to invite all SUP paddlers to the Friday night social paddle.  so bring your paddleboard and PFD and join us!
If you need to rent a SUP, or schedule lessons, demos or tours with Michael please contact Headwaters Adventure Company 223-2411.
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