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With over 1,135,141 feet (39 sea to summits on Mt. Everest) dropped between May 15-June 15, the 3rd Annual EddyFlower Vertical Challenge draws to a close and another successful year. A BIG shout of thanks to all of the competitors who stepped up to get out and paddle more while raising donations for First Descents. Dam I am amped up with what people have done!

Thanks to all of our sponsors for their partnership in the event: Boquete Outdoor Adventures, Fluid Kayaks, Keen, Kokatat, NRS, Aquabound, Kayak Session, Gaia, Red Bull, Level 6, Smith Optics, Predator Waterproof cameras, Tech 40, Loki, Shred Ready, Face Level and Alpenglow

- Currently over $30,600 in donations have been raised in the name of First Descents. This sends 30 young adults with cancer to camp for a week.
- 182 competitors on 43 teams represented 13 states this year, including our first International runs from Costa Rica
- Check out the standings page. http://www.eddyflower.com/VerticalStandings.aspx Use the drop down on the upper left to view various reports from the event. Official winners for Vertical and Donations will be announced next week, but we wanted to get the word out about the party in Colorado. So mark your calendar!

PARTY DETAILS:
- When: Wednesday July 22nd
- Where: Blue Canyon Grill in Golden CO
- Time: 6:30 til Close … prizes will be awarded around 8 and video to follow
- What to do before the party: Rally your crew and paddle what is left on your favorite stretch of Clear Creek
- More event party information: http://www.eddyflower.com/EventDetail.aspx?EventId=131
- Here is a link where you can view all the video teasers created for this year's event: http://vimeo.com/4523544
 

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Hey Hey -

The VC party is less than 2 weeks away. All paddlers are welcome! Whether you competed, donated to First Descents ... or just like a good reason to meet up to drink, eat and watch some kayaking porn, get to this party!

Blue Canyon Grill will have a limited amount of beer sold at either a $1.00 a cup or a $1.00 a bottle ... with all the money raised going to First Descents.

They have great food so come hungry and rally your crew for what looks to be like some mankish level Black Rock, and Lower CC action before the party. Or dial in a surf session before heading over.

See ya there!
 

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Along with awarding prizes to all winners in Colorado, we will be raffling off a sweet waterproof video camera (Value $800), from our sponsor Predator. Go here to read about it: http://www.dogcamsport.co.uk/predator-vx360.htm ...

Raffle tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased online or at the party. This camera was originally WON by Tracy Patten. Paddler from NC, who passed away last week due to a heart attack. His wish was for this prize to be raffled off and all donations go to First Descents. Here is an article he contributed to before the event: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/726826.html

If you are unable to attend the party but would like to purchase a raffle ticket, for your chance to win, please go to this link - http://www.eddyflower.com/MakeDonation.aspx and make a donation in my name, step 1(Brian Copanas).

If purchased online, I will send your raffle number(s) via e-mail. 1 ticket = $5, 4 tickets = $20, 20 tickets = $100, etc

*** All raffle donations MUST be submitted by 3pm MST on Wednesday, 7-22-2009, to be entered into the drawing. ***

Prize will be shipped to the winner from Predator.
 

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Hey all -

Party is in full swing tonight. Looking forward to seeing all boaters that can make it, whether or not you competed, at the Blue Canyon Grill. Get yourself some of what's left in Clear Creek before coming over.

For the raffle mentioned above, we will most likely give the camera to First Descents to raffle off at their annual ball. So we are not collecting any additional donations for this prize. With the recent passing of Derk, most boaters are focusing their donations toward the several funds established for him. RIP Count! Donations to the funds set up in his name can be taken at the party tonight.

Also there will be additional drink specials. Vodka/Red Bull type drinks. Plus Beer for a 'Buck a Cup' til its gone, with all money going to First Descents. Get's tapping at 6:30.

- Where: Blue Canyon Grill in Golden CO
- Time: 6:30 til Close … prizes will be awarded around 8 and video to follow
- More event party information: Vertical Challenge Party

So come thirsty, come hungry! Bring stories from your highlights of the season so far.

See you there - Brian
 
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