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Mon., May 9, 2011, 1:31 p.m.

Best in the West kayakers converging on Clark Fork

Best in the West kayak competition poster. (Courtesy photo)
Best in the West kayak competition poster. (Courtesy photo)

PADDLING -- Top paddlers are zeroing in on Montana's Clark Fork River this weekend for the Best in the West kayak competition, one of the longest standing kayak events in the U.S.

Every year in the middle of May, kayakers converge in Missoula to surf Brennan’s Wave and the “Comp Hole” on the Alberton Gorge --one of the best playspots in North America (10,000-15,000 cfs, USGS Clark Fork below Missoula gage).  Paddlers say this venue provides the canvas for the best of what the true freestyle kayaking lifestyle has to offer.

Contact: Zoo Town Surfers, 1001 E Broadway #2-401, Missoula, MT 59802, (406) 546-0370 or emal waves@zootownsurfers.com

Read on for details.

Event Schedule

Missoula, Montana, Saturday, May 14th

BRENNAN'S WAVE, noon to 6 p.m.: Watch some of the best kayakers in the region compete for the legendary belt buckle. Local fest will be going on at Caras Park as well. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for The Max Wave

Registration and practice rides: 10 a.m.-noon (registration is $25 or $35 w/a t-shirt.

Competitors meeting: 12:30 p.m.

Competition starts:  1 p.m.

Competition ends:  6 p.m.

Contact: Zoo Town Surfers, 1001 E Broadway #2-401, Missoula, MT 59802, (406) 546-0370 or emal waves@zootownsurfers.com

 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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