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Tonight kicks off the 29th Annual Yampa River Festival and the Paddling Life Pro Invitational. The Steamboat Pilot & Today: River Festival starts today

Check out the Friends of the Yampa website here for details: Friends of the Yampa - dedicated to enhancing river recreation in the Yampa Valley.

29th Annual—Yampa River Festival
Friday Night:
5-7pm - Registration at Sun Pies
7-9pm - presentation by paddling enthusiast Eugene Buchanan about his descent into Peru’s upper Colca Canyon

10-1pm Kayak Freestyle
12pm raft race—meet at Fetcher Pond
1-2pm Tube Rodeo
2-2:30pm river board demo
3-4pm crazy river dog contest
7pm Saturday night bluegrass party—the depot - dinner, dancing, debauchery

10am Kayak Slalom
2pm Juniors Kayak rodeo

Paddling Life Pro Invitational 2009
May 25, 2009, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Presented by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association

Brought to you by Kokatat, NRS, New Belgium Brewing Co., and more!

Holy throwdown, Batman!

This Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) Steamboat Springs, Colo., is the place to be for the fourth annual Paddling Life Pro Invitational. Watch the best men and women kayakers in the world compete in a one-day, two-event competition for cash and prizes and year-long bragging rights.

Come see if two-time winners Stephen Wright and Tanya Faux can retain their titles three years in a row!

Who else will be on hand for the creek race/freestyle showdown?
Some of the top competitors in the world, with past participants including former world freestyle kayak champion Ruth Gordon, world kayak freestyle silver medalist Andrew Holcombe, Bryan Kirk, world freestyle kayak bronze medalist Nick Troutman, and more.

“It’s an awesome event,” says inaugural winner Jay Kincaid, whom other competitors won't have to worry about now that he announced his retirement. “Not many events test both creek boating and freestyle.”

With the top overall score determining the champion, the event will be followed by a post-event party at Sunpies Bistro featuring local bands, beer and other surprises. Last year’s event was a raging success for competitors and spectators alike, garnering TV from Resort Sports Network. “It’s an awesome event,” says inaugural winner Jay Kincaid. “Not many events test both creek boating and freestyle.”

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