Monday, February 20, 2012

New member to WCK Whitewater Team - Steve Arns

There are very few whitewater paddlers in BC that give as much back to the community as Steve Arns. Aside from being a very accomplished whitewater paddler with over 300+ rivers and creeks under his belt in 8 different countries Steve has also started one of the most valuable resources for river beta in BC. Steve started the hugely popular site in 2009. Since then he has added dozens of river guides and blog posts. The site focuses mainly on BC but has lots of good beta for the east coast and California as well. It is the online bible for class 4+/5 whitewater kayaking in BC with amazing photos and accurate beta.

- Steve on the Homathko Portage, Day 2.

Aside from his online exploits Steve spear heads the Callaghan Creek Race in Whistler. Steve has also been one of the most active paddlers in the fight to preserve recreation on the hundreds of creeks in BC currently under threat of hydro development. This is a battle that consumes a lot of time and often has little or no reward. Either way, we really appreciate his efforts on this front.

- Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River, WA

Steve has been paddling since 2002 "Learned to paddle in Newfoundland. Slowly migrated to Ottawa, where the boating was better, then to BC where the boating is the best..." - Steve Arns

- Upper Stave River, BC

We are super stoked to have Steve as part of the team. Check back here, and on the site for updates on river conservation, trip reports and even some product reviews. If you see him on the river be sure to thank him for the beta and efforts to keep water in our creeks.

WCK Paddle Team

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reel Paddling Film Festival - Fraser Valley

Join us and Valhalla Pure Outfitters for the annual Reel paddling Film Festival.

Date: March 09, 2012

Venue: University of the Fraser Valley,
33844 King Rd
Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M7

Show Time: 7:00pm

Tickets: $10.00 in adv or $12.00 at door
Tickets are available at Western Canoeing & Kayaking & Valhalla Pure Outfitters

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Slalom Ice Breaker

This past weekend the Chilliwack Center for Excellence hosted the first IceBreaker Slalom race and it was a great success! 10 new racers, and lots of enthusiastic parents enjoyed the day at the Hope Slough in Chilliwack. The morning started with registration and a 2 hour slalom clinic and after a lunch break the races started. Winners included: Barb Taylor, Sam Fletcher, Isabel Taylor and Finley Capstick.

For more information about slalom whitewater competition contact Shonnet at

The next 2 races are on Saturday February 18th at Ft Langley and Sunday February 19th at the Highway Gates.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Kayak Fishing Seminar

Join WCK for our first ever Kayak Fishing Seminar
Friday March 16 @ 7pm

We will have factory reps and sponsored kayak anglers on hand to answer all your questions about the industries best lines of fishing kayaks.

We will have some never before seen footage from a new Kayak Fishing Show featuring Sturgeon Fishing on the Fraser River.

Chat and share ideas with other up and coming kayak anglers. Come check out why kayak fishing is the fastest growing side of both kayaking and fishing. WCK stocks 4 makes of fishing specific canoes and kayaks as well as full selection of accessories to help customize your ride to your fish and your area.

Admission: Free
Door prizes and raffles with proceeds donated to the Wilderness Committee
Address: 1717 Salton Rd Abbotsford - Western Canoeing & Kayaking Factory store
Time: 7pm