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Old 02-11-2012   #1
 
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North Fork Championship

June 8 & 9. Banks, Idaho. The top three finishers in the open three-person heats from Otters' to Banks will go on to the main event: giant slalom through Jacob's Ladder featuring a hand picked field of thirty chargers. Shit's gonna be spicy.


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Is there a raft category?
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The website (Race Information | North Fork Championship) doesn't specify that it's a kayak-only race, but I think that's a safe assumption. Keep in mind that this event will likely take place during high water and that NF raft descents are infrequent and sketchy even at medium-low water. Then again, the only boat-related requirement I see is:

"Boat Length: Any Boat the Competitor feels they can control through Jakes. Or the boat the Wild Card used in Expert Division."

So, you're probably better off racing a SUP than a raft--I hear SUPs are the fastest craft available for racing class V. If racing isn't your bag, you could always join the "Stoke Float" after the race: The Stoke Float | North Fork Championship
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Is there a raft category?
Yes, as always I will be happy to judge your run thru jacobs in a raft. There will be 5 classes this year. Std paddle boat, sb paddle boat, std row boat, sb row boat, and my fav dirft boat. At the end of the comp, we will rename "golf course" to "ship wreak." Let me know when your putting in so I get the best seat..
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Just read the rules. Sounds legit going start training now...
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hmmm... Doesn't sound like there is much of a chance of getting into the second round without a specific category....
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Very excited about this one.
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Setting safety should be interesting. Is this the most dangerous downriver race yet? (depends on the level I guess).
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Is this the most dangerous downriver race yet?
Level dependent for sure.

A few years ago we did a mass start with ~20 people from Otters to Banks at about 3,500. That felt pretty dangerous, as the only people who didn't have a stern in their face and a bow at their back were the guys in first and last. No safety besides the racers and some spectators either. The Whitewater Grand Prix had a pretty dangerous-looking race this year (). The Green Race seems to have more and more carnage every year.

My point is that racing class V at any water level is, by definition, dangerous. The competitors know that and accept it. Plus, only the cream of the crop will be eligible to race the hardest stuff. That's the direction downriver racing needs to go if we want to progress the sport. If folks are concerned about safety and have the skills, then by all means volunteer to help line the banks.
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Yeah I can see both sides. I think this one will eclipse the Grand Prix race though on Day 2. Don't want to be Debby D, but I am sort of surprised that people are fired up to race Jake's at likely highwater after last season. The wild card race sounds great tho.
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