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December 2016
The Spray Newsletter for Colorado Whitewater
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Lessons from an Ice Boofer
Words and Photos by Peter Holcombe

Over ten years ago, the annual onset of winter in Colorado became something I
dreaded. Not because of snow or cold, but because of the absence of paddling opportunities after the end of the much-too-short run-off season. When I learned that there was a group of paddlers meeting on New Year’s Day to go kayaking . . . Read more.
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2017 President's Message

2016 was a great year for Colorado Whitewater in so many ways. 2017 looks to be shaping up nicely, as well. The 2016 CW board of directors was an energetic crew who took on a number of new projects in addition to all the standard awesomeness of our instruction program, social events, and river events. Read more. 


Register Now for 2017 Kayaking Classes!

Join us in the heated Meyers pool to practice and learn new skills with CW's ACA-certified instructors. Classes and open-pool sessions take place on Sundays beginning January 8, continuing through May 7. Read more. 


2016 Fall Dinner Recap

This year’s Fall Dinner, held at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, was well-attended and highlighted by a presentation on the Peaks to Plains Trail. Read more. 


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Locals' Guide to Colorado Winter Paddling

Winter is here in Colorado, but there is still paddling fun to be had! Here’s a list of the CW board members’ favorite winter paddling and paddling-related activities. Read more.


Meet CW's New Instructors

This year CW certified four new instructors. All CW instructors are volunteers and are certified by the American Canoe Association, which is the national standard for professional kayak instructors. Read more.


Welcome New Members—
October & November

Franz Auerbach, Mike Bannister, Daniel Barton, Erik Corkan, Justin Keener, Vanessa Logsdon, Bruno Lutz, Casey McKaig, Hollis Pirkey, Michael Smyth, Martin Vanha


2017 Calendar Now Available
                                              
Enjoy a full year of awesome boating photos when you purchase a Colorado Whitewater 2017 calendar.

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Take the Survey: Browns Canyon National Monument Landscape
                                              
The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service in cooperative with Colorado Parks and Wildlife invite you to share your views about the Browns Canyon National Monument landscape. Learn more.
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Upcoming CW Events

JANUARY

January 1: Après New Year's Day Paddle Get Together: After a New Year's Day Paddle on Shoshone, CW will finish the day at Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood. 

January 8, 3:005:00 p.m. Roll Tune-Up Clinic: If you are looking to brush up on your roll or are looking for feedback on why you are lifting your head, this two-hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that will help you on your path to improving your roll.

January 8, 1:005:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

January 15: Meyers Pool is closed. 

January 22, 3:005:00 p.m. Roll Tune-Up Clinic: If you are looking to brush up on your roll or are looking for feedback on why you are lifting your head, this two-hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that will help you on your path to improving your roll.

January 22February 2, 3:005:00 p.m. Roll IntensiveEver tried to roll a kayak before? Tried but just didn’t quite get it? Come learn the basic steps in mastering this essential whitewater kayaking skill during this three-pool session class. 

January 22, 1:005:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

January 29, 1:003:00 p.m. Strokes ClinicThis class will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes. Knowing where your boat should be is only of value if you can get there. 

January 29, 1:005:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

FEBRUARY

February 5, 1:003:00 p.m. Strokes Clinic: The class will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes. Knowing where your boat should be is only of value if you can get there. 

February 5–May 5: 3:00–5:00 p.m. Kids Paddling Team: This series of classes is intended for youth, ages 8-18, and will provide a progression of skills designed to develop safe, strong and confident white water paddlers. This class is suitable for the brand new, intermediate and advanced youth kayakers. 

February 5, 1:005:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

February 12: Meyers Pool is closed.

February 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Roll Tune-UpIf you are looking to brush up on your roll or are looking for feedback on why you are lifting your head, this two-hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that will help you on your path to improving your roll.

February 1926, 1:003:00 p.m.: Intermediate Fundamentals Course: This class will reinforce and polish a wide variety of skills over two weeks at the intermediate level in a fast-paced boot camp format. 

February 19, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Strokes Clinic: The class will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes. Knowing where your boat should be is only of value if you can get there. 

February 19–March 5, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Beginner Kayaking Class: This introductory course is comprised of 3 separate sessions to provide a safe, gentle introduction into the world of whitewater kayaking. The classes progress through topics over the course of three 2-hour sessions in the warm pool.

February 19, 1:005:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

February 26, 3:00–3:00 p.m. Roll Tune-Up ClinicIf you are looking to brush up on your roll or are looking for feedback on why you are lifting your head, this two-hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that will help you on your path to improving your roll.

February 26, 1:005:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

MARCH

March 5, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Roll Tune-Up ClinicIf you are looking to brush up on your roll or are looking for feedback on why you are lifting your head, this two-hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that will help you on your path to improving your roll.

March 5March 26, 3:005:00 p.m. Roll IntensiveEver tried to roll a kayak before? Tried but just didn’t quite get it? Come learn the basic steps in mastering this essential whitewater kayaking skill during this three-pool session class.

March 5, 1:005:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

March 16, 7:00 p.m.: National Paddling Festival. Oriental Theater, Denver. Two hours of the best, insane whitewater films out there! Food trucks, cash bar, door prizes. $10 members. $12 nonmembers.   

Pool instruction classes and open pool sessions run through May 7. Sign up now. 


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