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While here at the Outdoor Retailer show I have started to collect gear as give aways for a safety kayaker raffle at the Gore race. I know Tim Kennedy has been working hard to gather a crew for race day and hopefully this will help. Manufacturers like IR, nrs, at, astral, wrsi and others have offered to donate gear for the raffle. So if you are available on race day and can spare a couple of hours you may very well win some cool stuff. I will have a full list Monday of the gear up for grabs. See you at the race.
 

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While here at the Outdoor Retailer show I have started to collect gear as give aways for a safety kayaker raffle at the Gore race. I know Tim Kennedy has been working hard to gather a crew for race day and hopefully this will help. Manufacturers like IR, nrs, at, astral, wrsi and others have offered to donate gear for the raffle. So if you are available on race day and can spare a couple of hours you may very well win some cool stuff. I will have a full list Monday of the gear up for grabs. See you at the race.

How about saftey rafters.

I tried to e-mail tim/timberline about saftey but no reply.

We are still going to be up there for the race, though.
 

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While here at the Outdoor Retailer show I have started to collect gear as give aways for a safety kayaker raffle at the Gore race. I know Tim Kennedy has been working hard to gather a crew for race day and hopefully this will help. Manufacturers like IR, nrs, at, astral, wrsi and others have offered to donate gear for the raffle. So if you are available on race day and can spare a couple of hours you may very well win some cool stuff. I will have a full list Monday of the gear up for grabs. See you at the race.

How about safety rafters.

I tried to e-mail tim/timberline about safety but no reply.

We are still going to be up there for the race, though.
 

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yes. It will be for everyone that helps with safety. A raffle style drawing for the safety crew. I'm literally walking the show now loading up!
 

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Hobie, Thanks for doing the leg work on this! And please thank all the manufacturers donating gear. Those interested in helping with safety coverage, please email me charlie.ebel at gmail or Tim Kennedy tkoakley at gmail. Thanks

Charlie Ebel
 

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im interested, i dont feel like vomiting before gore and running with jello arms ill be glad to help with some safety. what time is the race start sat?
 

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No worries Charlie and yes, no doubt thank you to the following sponsors for their huge contribution. OR was a great place to talk to all of them about the return of the Gore Canyon race and they were all eager to help out the safety crew raffle. I got some great stuff.

1. Jack’s Plastic Welding – their top of the line $300 sleeping pad! Like four inches thick and ultra comfortable.

http://www.jpwinc.com/index.php?page=products&item_no=4260

2. AT paddles – Nate, Jesse and heather at AT paddles are good friends and great padlers. The sweetened the pot with a new paddle.

http://www.atpaddle.com/WhitewaterProducts/AT4Play.html

3. WRSI helmets – Yeah Crystal and Nick! Donated two helmets and 4 of their brand new Hail Mary throw bags.

http://www.whitewaterhelmet.com/helmets.asp

http://www.whitewaterhelmet.com/throw.asp

4. GO PRO hero cam – Nicholas (the founder) gave me their yet to be released wide angle digital camera. Waterproof, small, records video and sound, attaches to anything and records at a high quality.

www.goprocamera.com

5. NRS – Palm Equipment – A big ole’ super beefy throw bag. This thing is a rafter’s dream rope. One of the beefiest rescue ropes I have ever seen. Palm Europe as well. Don’t see many of these over here.

http://www.palmequipmenteurope.com/gear/throwlines.html

6. Snap Dragon skirts – The best skirt available in my opinion. Implosion bar, Kevlar and a super strong rand. Snap Dragon is awesome and the threw in a $190 skirt!
Features 4mm Armortex neoprene, rim guard reinforcement, heavy duty extreme shock cord, and implosion bar.

http://snapdragondesign.com/products-page/?product_id=22/

7. Several Autographed WHITEWATER KAYAKING: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE 2ND EDITION. Ken Whiting is a pretty amazing paddler, he even saved my life from a sieve years ago. His latest book is a tell all of kayaking from start finish and answers just about any question you may have. Plus he and Brandon Mark signed them. Pretty cool.

http://www.helipress.com/product/whitewater-kayaking-the-ultimate-guide-2nd-edition-90.cfm

8. An autographed Going Vertical, The Life of an Extreme Kayaker book. Tao was there doing a book signing and penned his name on the inside. The book just came out and is a pretty good read. His book signing was the largest the publisher has had at OR.

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?r=1&ean=9780897326520

9. Source DVD from YGP. If you have not seen this movie, get it. One of the most beautifully shot and high action kayak films ever made. Rush was there and contributed one to the safety boater raffle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw2RohBFa70

10. Keen footwear – Mark Cohen gave us a couple dozen pairs of Keen’s latest socks. He won’t be there but sends his best.

http://www.keenfootwear.com/

11. Kokatat – A TBD item of winner’s size. They were not sure what it would be but said it will be sized. My guess is a top of some sort from Kokatat but I can’t confirm 100%. I will know more once they are home from OR and check availability. The winner will contact them and order their size.

http://www.kokatat.com/

So those are the items I have in hand and ready for the race. About $1,500 worth of the best paddling gear made. I also spoke with NRS who said they will ship me something this week and both Yakima and Thule have said they would send me a pair of their kayak stackers. When I have them I will confirm it but so far we have some great stuff for the safety raffle. Hopefully this will help inspire paddlers that are not racing that day to help with the safety. Please see Tim Kennedy’s post about volunteers if you are interested.

And to all of the sponsors Thank you so very much for the help and belief in the Gore Canyon race. It is more then appreciated.


 

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Hell yah! I love free shit for helping out.
 

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Jay Kincaid also sent me a full Glacier Glove kit complete with gloves, poggies, hood and hat. Full on cold water gear for next spring.

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I got home today and found a box from Smith with sunglasses and hats, and boxes from Yakima with their new kayak stackers and a bunch of pairs of bar pads!! Awesome and thanks to Smith and Yakima for helping out with the safety raffle. So stoked to see them as well as all the other manufacturers helping with Gore Canyon this year.
 

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Nike just tossed in a $150 golf bag and four pairs of Tokatees.
Folks should Remember this next time someone wants to flame Nike and the "corporate culture." Those guys came up huge for me repeatedly on fundraising raffles during kayak and ski films and the Gore race appears to be no exception.

I feel better now....
 

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more swag

Also gonna have some Oakley sunglasses, snow goggles, boardshorts and t-shirts. Astral and Immersion Research t-shirts as well.

TK
 

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Yeah NRS and Kokatat !! Just got these two emails.

From NRS:

Hobie,
I’ve got a goodie bag for you, but where do I send it? Thanks!
-Blake
Blake Longworth
NRS Specialty Account Manager

And from Kokatat:
Hobie,
Kokatat would like to donate a GORE-TEX Knapster semi-dry shortie Kokatat Watersports Wear - GORE-TEX® Knappster . Just have the winner email me with color, size and shipping address.

Matt Porter
Kokatat Watersports

Again, thanks Kokatat and NRS!! The sponsors of this event have been so generous and on such short notice. They are not getting a ton of exposure from this but rather want to help out the Gore race. I just got one of these Kokatat shorty tops and it is SICK. So light and dry you won't believe it. Thanks again!
 
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