The latest news and events from Colorado Whitewater
VOLUME 71  January 2016
The Spray Newsletter for Colorado Whitewater
The First Day of the Next Paddling Season: A Frosty Beginning
by Peter Holcombe, CW Member

Each New Year’s Day paddlers from across Colorado and beyond converge on the banks of the Colorado River, near Glenwood Springs, CO to ring in the new year doing what they love most – kayaking. This year over forty people from four states showed up to brave the single digit temperatures. Read more on

Big Changes with The Spray

Big changes are happening with The Spray newsletter, as you can see. Instead of a PDF or a print version, we're switching to an email newsletter format and hosting the full articles on our website or linking to other websites of articles we feel is of interest to our members. Also, The Spray will be combined with The Happenings (the event listings) into one email, and our goal is to email out monthly.
River Trip Permit Deadlines - Many Due Jan. 31

It's always fun to go on remote, multi-day river trips throughout the year. Here's a list of trips requiring permits that we love... and encourage you to apply so you can experience these pristine, beautiful sections of river. Read more...
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Needs Your Input by Feb. 12

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), which provides facilities and manages use of the Arkansas River, is updating the Management Plan. This is your chance to let AHRA know what you think! Read more...
Trip Report: Kayaking in Ecuador
by Jessie Gunter, CW Member

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador for a week of paddling with the company Small World Adventures. Luckily, while I was at the National Paddling Film Festival in Frankfort, Kentucky, last February, I became very competitive with another bidder at a silent auction and impulsively bought the trip... Read more...

Remembering Larry Zuk

The boating community lost a passionate adventurer on December 11, 2015 with the passing of Larry Zuk, at the age of 92. As one of the founders of Colorado Whitewater, Larry Zuk has made a great impact on the sports of canoeing and kayaking. Read more...
Kayak Classes and Open Pool Sessions at Meyers Pool

Whether you are trying out kayaking for the first time, hoping for a bomb-proof roll, or itching to get into a play boat, winter is the best season to learn new kayaking skills in a nice, warm pool. 
Colorado Water Plan Is Historic Step Forward

American Whitewater is pleased that years of hard work on the State's’s first-ever water plan reflects Coloradans’ overwhelming support for conservation and river protection. Read more on
Thank You to the Stellar Solutions Foundation for Their $1,000 Donation

A big THANK YOU to the Stellar Solutions Foundation for their $1,000 donation to the club, and to CW member, Kim Lowe, for recommending us to receive this gift. Stellar Solutions, Inc. is a highly specialized provider of aerospace engineering services on significant national and international government and commercial satellite programs. They “give back to local communities” by supporting charitable, educational and community organizations where their employees live and work. Their employee, Kim Lowe, identified Colorado Whitewater as an important resource in her local community.
Upcoming CW Events

January 31 - Stroke Clinic: Instructors will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes.

February 7 - Roll Tune-Up Clinic: This clinic will provide you with direct feedback that should help you on your path to improving your roll.

February 7 - Boating Betties Class: A class for women, taught by women, to help tune-up or advance your skills before the season begins.

February 7 - Preparing for Class 4 Course: This class is for boaters who are confident on class 3 water, but want to step it up to class 4.

February 7 - Stroke Clinic: Instructors will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes.

February 28 - Beginner Kayaking Class: This course allows you to comfortably build your skills and gain confidence by the time you kayak a river for the first time. 

March TBD - Annual Spring Kick-Off/Movie Night: Get stoked for the 2016 paddling season with several adrenaline-rushing short films!

March 6 - Boating Betties Class: A class for women, taught by women, to help tune-up or advance your skills before the season begins.

March 20 - Stroke Clinic: Instructors will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes.

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