In June 2012, some of the world’s best whitewater kayakers gathered on Washington’s Little White Salmon River for some friendly (despite the trash talking) competition. Squaring off in teams of two, paddlers raced each other and the clock down this classic stretch of Class V water, providing plenty of highlights and carnage for the camera.
About the Little White Race
The Little White Race is a celebration of the Pacific Northwest kayaking culture. Steep drops, a tight community, and one of the most beautiful river corridors in the World await those who want to step it up and not just run the Little White….. but race it. The Little White Race is an annual event that is put on by World Class Academy. The first official event took place in June 2011.
The Little White Salmon race was developed to celebrate the community of kayakers whose church is the Little White Salmon and whose attendance is not limited to Sundays. Running the Little White is not just about you, but the group you are with. For this reason, and to use a model that closer represents actual creek boating, the Little White Salmon Race is a team competition.
Editor’s Note: A big thanks to Adam Mills Elliott, Aaron “Capo” Reddig and World Class Academy for putting this event, and this Little White Salmon Race video project, together. Props to Rush Sturges for the supreme edit and Adam Mills Elliot, Matt Baker and Ryan Scott for their camera work.