FREE Demos will run from 3 – 6 pm
Years ago some of Bend’s whitewater crew began having little get-togethers after a long day of work and paddling. You can picture it? A little fire pit, some barbecue and beverages, combined with some Blue Grass styled funky jams? This is the Pickin’ &’ Paddlin’ movement. What started out a few friends sharing songs and stories on the banks of the Deschutes has remained true to its roots, and grown through the years. The vibe is inspiring and motivating. The event has become one of Bend’s most popular evenings.
Despite it’s humble beginnings, this event has become a huge community celebration helping raise funds for Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (BPTA). The BPTA is on a mission to establish a navigable “paddle trail” within Deschutes County, to enhance river and lake recreation opportunities and promote water safety, education and stewardship.
The Outside Games had a chance to speak with Jason Bowerman from the BPTA, and given that he is also one of Bend’s most recognized musicians, we felt it would be appropriate to have him describe the vibe and energy at the event.
“Everyone has a great time at Pickin’ and Paddlin’ from young children up through grandparents. The bands especially love the home-grown feel and intimate connection they feel with the audience, feeding on the crowd energy once the sun goes down and the dancing begins. Its no wonder that many locals say that in a calendar stuffed with events, this is the one they try not to miss each month.”
Headline Band is: The Ben Larsen Band
Openers: Skillet Head, Pete Kartsounes (solo sets)
Special Guests: CJ Neary (fiddle), Benji Nagel (Dobro)
Tickets are pre-sold in order to manage capacity. Pre-sale tickets are available through the Tumalo Creek website only and will soon be available. Bring your receipt and ID to get in. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door on a first come first serve basis. This popular event will sell out so please purchase tickets early!
Please Walk, Bike, or Carpool!
Parking is extremely limited at this popular event. Help us reduce our impact on our neighbors by taking alternative transportation. There will be additional bike racks available for your convenience. Parking alternatives: from The Pavilion or Miller’s Landing and walk past the Bend Whitewater Park and under the new tunnel (also known as The Portal to Pickin’).
*Due to OLCC restrictions, sorry, no outside alcohol*
FREE Demos will run from 3 – 6 pm
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Race the river, cheer from the shore, or just join the party! Grab a picnic basket and head up river from the Bill Healy Bridge on the river trail for an amazing view of this Meadow Camp Kayak Race.
The Meadow Camp Kayak Race will cover a continuous 2 miles of section of class 3 and class 4+ Whitewater with easy spectator access and viewing throughout the run. The Meadow Camp run is starting to achieve some national recognition. The whitewater run is of high consequence so racers will be starting in 2min increments, racing purely against the clock. If attempted by inexperienced paddlers the run can end with tragic results. This section of the Deschutes River is powerful, rugged and demanding.
The visuals alone are worth the hike in. The competitors will earn your cheers and admiration by dancing with some of Mother Natures most powerful forces. Grab some cold ones, throw in some snacks, then head out on a little adventure to a part of the river you may have never seen. Come and join some of the NW region’s finest boaters as they mob down this amazing section of the Deschutes River.
Proceeds go to BPTA.
More info available at:
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JD Platt Sups & K9 Kings, beers and more!
Sunday July 28th Elk Lake Resort’s Sups & Pups is an event that the whole family as well as your four legged friends will all enjoy! The day starts out with a Dog Paddleboard Race. Bring your K9 companion and try to beat last year’s champions around the spectator friendly lakefront course. Later that day bring your best choreographed routine and show Elk Lake spectators your moves in the Freestyle Paddleboard Competition. The day rounds out with one of Central Oregon’s most beloved entertainers and most avid supporters of the Humane Society of Central Oregon, JD Platt and his K9 Kings! They put on a show that your family will not want to miss! Starting at 11 a.m. there will be a BBQ Food Booth and Beer Trailer where Humane Society volunteers will be pouring beers from all of our brewery sponsors.
All proceeds from the event go to support the Humane Society of Central Oregon.
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White Water Park Celebration – Sunday, July 28th
9:00-11:00 Registration – $10 registration for unlimited events
Rec release in passageway – 8:00am-11:00am
10:00-11:00 Freestyle Expression on the Wave
11:00- Throwing buckets surf comp
11:30-1:00 Freestyle Kayak comp
1:30-1:50 King of the Wave
1:55-2:10 Queen of the Wave
2:30-3:00 Kayak Downriver Race
3:05-3:25 SUP Downriver Race
3:30-4:00 Eddy’s Raft Freestyle
4:15 Mass Start Tube Race
Since inception, the four standing waves of the central channel in Bend’s landmark White Water Park have ushered and welcomed river goers novice to expert. The Subaru of Bend Outside Games and the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (BPTA) invites one and all to the second annual White Water Park Celebration where paddlers can celebrate and showcase their skills.
Home town throw down style, a judge will be at each feature grading for categories like best rider and trick. Spectators will enjoy play by play announcement, identify competitors by bib numbers and see SUPers on Jason’s, surfers and boogie boarders on The Green and kayakers on all waves. The surf community has shared that the Green wave is usually optimal in the winter; thus most advanced tricks and moves can be seen then.
“Bend’s is a Whitewater Festival is a reflection of the kayaking and surf culture; A fun and informal expo of the talented water enthusiasts in Central Oregon,” says Geoff Frank, lifelong kayaker and Owner/Operator of Tumalo Creek. “It has been amazing to see the swell of positive energy created at Pickin’ & Paddlin’ over the fundraising years barrel roll over into the comradery and inclusive energy felt when paddling in the park. Celebrating the river, celebrating the transformation of the dangerous Colorado Spillway into a community asset for novices, families and elite paddlers, that’s what this event is all about.”
Michelle Healy, of Bend Parks and Rec echos this sentiment saying, “[the White Water Park Celebration] demonstrates and shares with the public the uniqueness of the feature[s] and the amazing community of users and their relationships at the park. There is a camaraderie and special culture developing down there.”
It may surprise some Bendites to know the story of the White Water Play Park started approximately fifteen years ago. Through a staple fundraiser and cult-classic local concert series Pickin’ & Paddlin’, the BPTA was able to raise over a million dollars of private funds to contribute to bond measure 9-86, one of the largest cash donations to a public project in Bend’s history. Among the spillway renovations the bond measure included other community building projects like the skating rink, a southeast area park, Pine Nursery recreational fields expansion and and various trail connections.
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