Revelstoke's Joey Vosburgh wins Jordan River kayak race
By Kate Devine
Local kayaker Joey Vosburgh was part of the winning team in the first annual Steep Creek Kayak Race on Revelstoke’s Jordan River last Saturday, Aug. 25.
Organized by local paddler Kate Devine, the event saw kayakers negotiating slides, chutes and boulder gardens on this technical class 4 section of the Jordan River.
The race course started above the locally named “#4” drop, which is adjacent to the Jordan River Gravel Pit, and finished at the bridge that crosses the river near the Boulder parking lot. Average times were between 7 and 8 minutes with the winning time at 6:47.
Competitors raced in teams of two, with 26 people coming out to race. The day was perfect with hot, sunny weather; medium water levels and high energy levels.
Spectators and volunteers cheered as racers dropped into the slide that marked the start of the race course. The competitors were excited to be a part of this new event.
The race was sponsored by Endless Adventure of Crescent Valley, BC; The Village Idiot, Stoke Roasted Coffee and Valhalla Pure Revelstoke.
The race was a great way to showcase what Revelstoke has to offer in terms of more difficult white water. We have a strong, but small local paddling community here in Revelstoke and many of our best runs are not well known outside of our community. We all know Revelstoke is about more than just great skiing, but this kind of event can really help to promote Revelstoke as a true four season adventure destination.
The top three teams were:
Joey Vosburgh and Peter Thompson – 6:47
Greg Dashper and Tim Loubier – 6:54
Sven Perschmann and Stephan Patsch – 6:56
For full results, description of the event and photos, please visit kayakrevelstoke.wordpress.com.