Special Guest Presentations at Headwaters Kayak by Paul K. Redd and Doug Lunsford
Come learn what it takes to paddle class I and II rivers. Bring your enthusiasm and your questions for this one hour presentation.
We will cover:
- How rivers differ from flat water, from easy rivers to full-on whitewater
- The skill you will develop as you do more rivers, and ways to speed that up!
- The boats and gear you may want to consider if class I and II rivers interest you
- The trips and local rivers already on the calendar you can join (American 3/30, Trinity Aug 7)
- See slides and videos of the most scenic rivers in California, Trinity, Eel, Klamath, Stanislaus
- Pathways/gear to go beyond class II if serious whitewater is your goal
Paul and Doug from Sacramento will bring to Lodi Paddle Club the opportunity to do what has been building in Sacramento area and beyond for 4 years. Meetup members who NEVER thought they would be splashing through whitewater are racking up hundreds of miles of fun. YOU CAN DO THIS!! Young, old, retired? Doesn't matter, come learn what your capable of. See the pictures on this page of our prior trips and people just like you enjoying them. Or, go to Doug Lunsford's really cool you tube channel with fun videos of trips in class I to II+ rivers.
More about Paul and Doug below.
Paul is a 30 year paddler: Most recent 4 years includes 1100 miles of class I & II rivers all over NorCal with 100+ days on-river, including hosting/leading trips to the Trinity 5, Klamath 4, So. Fk. Eel 5, Stanislaus 2, Lower American 8, Bear 9, Yuba, Feather, Smith/Chetco 2, Navarro, Russian, South Fk. American 20+. From 1987 to 2007 he was a whitewater kayaker including 4 years as an instructor in the 1990's. He was a founding member of Gold Country Paddlers (whitewater) and paddled/led many trips from class II-V.. Paul switched to canoes full-time in 2007 due to a back issue. Lot's of flatwater paddling followed until the draw of rivers brought him, Doug, and other Meetup members into the easier parts of rivers Paul had done the harder parts of years earlier.
Four years ago Doug was retired and took up flat water kayaking in local paddling clubs. Then he started doing rivers and bought some new gear. Now Doug has paddled 850 miles of rivers on 80 river days. He paddles class II whitewater regularly, and has multiple trips to the Stanislaus 2, Trinity 3, Smith/Chetco, Eel 4, Klamath 4, Yuba, Feather 3, Lower American 10+, South Fk. American 15+, Bear 7. Doug does really fun videos of all our trips on his You-tube channel.