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10/18/01 to 09/10/02

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THANK YOU FROM THE STAFF AT SIERRA SOUTH! Click!
THANK YOU FROM THE STAFF AT SIERRA SOUT!

THANK YOU FROM THE STAFF AT SIERRA SOUTH! - 09/10/02

A big THANK YOU! to all of our wonderful customers that came to the store or bought boats and used gear on-line. Even if you couldn't make the sale, we greatly appreciate all the business throughout this year from everyone. Without you, we wouldn't be here!

17th Annual End of Summer Blowout Sept. 7th & 8th Click!
17th Annual End of Summer Blowout Sept. 7th & 8th

17th Annual End of Summer Blowout Sept. 7th & 8th, 2002

The 17th Annual End of Summer Blowout was held September 7th & 8th, 2002 at Sierra South in Kernville, CA.

17th Annual End of Summer Blowout Sept. 7th & 8th Click!
1-Rebecca GIDDENS (USA), 2- Mandy PLANERT (GER) and 3- Cristina GIAI PRON (ITA). Photo courtesy of World Canoe-Kayak Slalom Championship 2002.

World Champion Rebecca Giddens - 08/26/02

Congratulations to U.S. (and Kern) paddler Rebecca Giddens in her 1st place finish in the Women's K1 at the 2002 World Canoe-Kayak Slalom Championship at Bourg St Maurice, France!

Rebecca overcame a 1.33 second deficit that resulted from a gate touch in the Semi-finals, with a blazing fast run in the Finals that was more than 3 seconds faster than Silver medallist Mandy Planert of Germany. Rebecca's husband and coach, Eric Giddens, was 9th after qualifying to lead the U.S. men's kayaks against a very tough International field. Only 10 boats go to the Finals, and a gate touch in his Semi-final run put him just out of the top ten. For more info about Rebecca and Eric see our Kern River Gallery #18.

McNally Fire Burning Near Limestone - 07/22/02Click!
McNally Fire Burning Near Limestone - 07/22/02
From USFS Fire Info Site

McNally Fire Burning Near Limestone - 07/22/02

The McNally Fire started near Roads End Resort, which was destroyed by the fire, and then advanced to the north, west and east, eventually burning more than 100,000 acres. River reaches in the burn area include Fairview, Limestone, Brush Creek, Dry Meadow Creek and the Forks. This USFS photo from July 22, shows the fire burning near Limestone.

Run-out on Highway Rapid on the Richbar RunClick!
Run-out on Highway Rapid on the Richbar Run.

Run-out on Highway Rapid on the Richbar Run - 07/15/02

This photo was taken on the Lower Kern Below Democrat Dam. It shows the river immediately below Highway Rapid on the Richbar Run. Highway Rapid is a big class III or III+ rapid around the corner and a couple of rapids upstream of the Nude Beach take-out.

Kern River at Kern Falls - 07/03/02Click!
Kern River at Kern Falls - 07/03/02

Kern River at Kern Falls - 07/03/02

The following photos were taken July 3rd on a "short" version of the Kern Headwaters Run that starts at Grasshopper Flat. The flow at Kernville was in the 500s.

 

Below Island Falls, Richbar Run - 06/26/02Click!
Below Island Falls, Richbar Run - 06/26/02

Below Island Falls, Richbar Run - 06/26/02

Gary Gunder below Island Falls on the Richbar Run on the Kern below Democrat. Here's an overview of the rapid, and another shot of Gary running the drop. Many boaters prefer running the rocky channel on extreme river left.

Lead-in to Upper Salmon Falls - 06/08/02Click!
Lead-in to Upper Salmon Falls - 06/08/02

Lead-in to Upper Salmon Falls - 06/08/02

Boater scouts the lead-in to Upper Salmon Falls. The flow in Kernville was about 1500 cfs.

Brett Valle -Lower Salmon Falls - 06/08/02Click!
Brett Valle -Lower Salmon Falls - 06/08/02

Brett Valle -Lower Salmon Falls - 06/08/02

Bow of a blue Dagger GT, paddled by Brett Valle, emerging from the depths below Lower Salmon Falls this last Saturday. Here's the sequence: Top - Middle - Bottom. The flow in Kernville was about 1500 cfs.

Kern River Flow at Kernville - May 2002Click!
Kern River Flow at Kernville - May 2002

Kern River Flow at Kernville - May 2002

Hot weather in Southern California last week melted snow in the highest cirques of the Kern River basin and resulted in new peak flows for the 2002 runoff. Preliminary data from the Corps of Engineers showed hourly peaks on the Upper Kern of 1856 cfs (5.06 ft.) at 1:00 pm on May 31, and then again at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on June 1. The day with the highest average flow was June 1, with a flow of 1744 cfs. These flows exceeded the previous highs of May 18-19.

Katharine Haines running Limestone in a Wildwater kayak. 05/19/02Click!
Katharine Haines - Limestone Rapid - 05/19/02

Katharine Haines - Limestone Rapid - 05/19/02

In June 2003, paddlers from 30 countries are expected to come to Kernville for a series of World Cup Wildwater Races. The Kern Valley River Council (KVRC) is hosting the event and preparations are already underway. The goal of wildwater racing is to paddle a stretch of river as fast as possible. Racers use sleek, 15 ft. long boats that are fast, but difficult to paddle. Today's Camphotos are of Sierra South instructor Katharine Haines and co-owner Tom Moore running Limestone Rapid at about 1800 cfs this last Sunday, May 19th. If you've run Limestone, you know the standing waves can get big, even at a moderate flow. In this sequence, Tom blasts through one wave, and then prepares for the next. Katharine's run was equally exciting. Tom and Katharine are sure World Cup racers will love the rapid!

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2002 Kern River Festival Photos

2002 Kern River Festival Photos

Photos from the 2002 Kern River Festival have been added to our Festival photo archive.

Tom Johnson - 2002 Kern River Festival -Click!
Tom Johnson - 2002 Kern River Festival - 04/21/02

Tom Johnson - 2002 Kern River Festival - 04/21/02

Kayaking pioneer Tom Johnson, helping out at the 2002 Kern River Festival. Tom is the "TJ" in the Festival's TJ Slalom. Tom and the Haystackers paddling club started the Kernville whitewater races in April of 1965. Among other firsts, Tom is credited with making the first fiberglass canoe in 1942, a fiberglass version of the Malia outrigger canoe in 1959, and the first rotomolded plastic kayak, the "River Chaser," in 1974. Tom won National championships in whitewater K-1 in 1967, OC-2 Slalom in 1976, and C-2 Masters Slalom in 1980. Over a three week period in Spring of 1972 he arranged with the Corp of Engineers and other agencies to create a slalom training site at Riverside Park. This created the features we paddle, play and race on today. Eight of the 13 members of the 1972 whitewater slalom Olympic team trained at the Kern. This handsome bronze bust of Tom, created by Marjorie P. Carroll, was displayed in the Park at this year's Festival. If you paddle the Kern, you've probably paddled with Marjorie and Bruce Ray; and know their scarlet macaw, Percy.

Kern River Festival Slalom Clinic - 04/20/02Click!
Kern River Festival Slalom Clinic - 04/20/02

2002 Kern River Festival Slalom Clinic - 04/20/02

Two very popular activities at this year's Kern River Festival were the Freestyle and Slalom paddling clinics. Freestylers did a 2 hour run on Powerhouse with pro boaters Macy Burnham, Shane Benedict, or Brooke Winger. The Slalom clinic was done by U.S. National whitewater slalom team members Rebecca & Eric Giddens, Jason Beakes, and Mary Marshall-Seaver, with the help of coach and boat designer John Brennan. Paddlers got the beta on how to do (and not to do) the T.J. Slalom course. Everyone that participated in the clinics learned a lot and had a great time!

TEVA Tour Kern Festival Mens Pro Freestyle Winner Eric JacksonClick!

TEVA Tour Kern Festival Mens Pro Freestyle Winner Eric Jackson - 04/19/02

E.J. demos moves prior to Friday's Freestyle Preliminaries.

Brush Creek 04/03/02Click!
Brush Creek  - 04/03/02

Brush Creek  - 04/03/02

This RiverPhoto was taken early in April on Brush Creek, as the water was starting to come up. It's time to get it, while the getting's good! Kudos to Brian Cosgrove & Co. from the Forest Service for removing the big log and many branches on Brush Creek. "I always dreamed it would be cool to be paid to run Brush Creek and now it has finally happened, joked Brian. "Of course, I certainly don't need to be paid to run it... it is just way too much fun." Beware, Brush Creek got its name from lots of brush, much that gets in the way of some great boating. Especially when the runoff starts. Keep your eyes open and scout well. Brian would also like everyone to know that there is now a register at the Brush Creek put-in. "I need data to support this run as an off-shoot of the Upper Kern. It will help legitimize the Brush Creek run and keep it open. We concur. Please do your part to help support keeping Brush Creek open. P.S. Don't park on the Helipad when you run Brush.

Riot BoosterClick!
Riot Booster 50, 55, 60 - 04/04/02

Riot Booster 50, 55, 60 - 04/04/02

Riot has been busy putting its cutting edge design team into an entry level boat for everyone. The result, the Booster series. Looking for boat that is easy to paddle and roll? The Booster is designed to be predictable, comfortable, and stable. It's one of the boats we'll be using in our kayaking classes this season. Riot's new Device 4 seat is comfortable and adjustable. The new Easy Exit Thigh Brace system is a ratchet type that releases in a snap and is very comfortable. Three sizes are available. Click on the following links to see what we have in-stock in the New Boat Barn: Booster 50 (50 gal.), Booster 55 (55 gal.), and Booster 60 (60 gal.). All the Boosters are 7'2" x 24.5". Wt. 35lbs. If you have never tried a Riot boat before, you need to demo this boat.

Mrs. Tito's Kernville Elementary Kindergarten and 1st grade class Click!
Raft Class of 2013!

Raft Class of 2013!

Mrs. Tito's Kernville Elementary Kindergarten and 1st Grade Class made a field trip around Kernville, CA and stopped by Sierra South last Friday. These 5 and 6 year-olds were captivated by whitewater videos and bouncing in the Hyside Mini-Me raft. All of them got to sit inside a whitewater kayak, put on a lifejacket, and hold a kayak paddle, many for the first time. Everyone had a great time. Thursday's rain & snow in the high country was not lost on them either. Quinn Bohn, age 5 said, "This means the river is going to be really good this year, doesn't it?" Smart kid!

River Runners for 2002Click!
River Runners for 2002 - Super Sonic, Sonic, GTX, GT, & Mutant

River Runners for 2002 - Super Sonic, Sonic, GTX, GT, & Mutant

So, what are you going to paddle this year? Lots of new cool choices for everyone. For the river runners out there, you should definitely look at the Sonic & SuperSonic, and the GT & GTX. These flat bottomed, shorter river runners perform better than RPMs and the like. In our opinion, these are the boats to finally upgrade to. Maybe you're not interested in cartwheeling, and we understand. These boats allow you to run bigger, harder water, and extend the paddling season, because they're shorter. But they still have good foot room, and storage for lunch, first-aid, rescue gear, and a throwbag.

Kernville Snow 01/29/02Click!
Kernville Snow - 01/29/02

Kernville Snow - 01/29/02 

We awakened to snow in Kernville! Of course it is just one of the many reasons why we live in such a great place. February 1st snow course measurements estimated the snowpack in the Kern River basin at about 115% of normal for the date.

Western States Visible Satellite 01/03/02Click!
Western States Visible Satellite 01/03/02

Sierra Snow - Western States Visible Satellite 01/03/02

The Sierra snowpack was reported to be at about 140% of normal for the date when this satellite photo was taken.

Low Water Playboating - Paul Armes at Lower BailmoreClick!

Low Water Playboating
Paul Armes at Lower Bailmore

Sierra South's very own store dude/instructor/guide, 300+ days-a-year boater Paul Armes, and local Kernville boaters Tracy Vietta and Mike Spradlin have been staying wet. They've found playspots at just about any flow. Today's RiverPhoto (by Mike Spradlin) is of Paul Armes in a Dagger Ego at Lower Bailmore. Rumor has it that Paul got 33 ends on one of his rides! Check out our Low Water Kayaking on the Kern River page for additional info and pics.

Intellicast Radar Summary 10/30/01 2145zClick!
Intellicast Radar Summary 10/30/01 2145z

Intellicast Radar Summary 10/30/01 2145z

The HPC was pretty much on the money in the Southern Sierra with yesterday's precipitation forecast. Some forecasts suggested that less than 0.5 inch would fall south of Sequoia. Based on preliminary data from snow sensors and RAWS stations, Kernville recorded about 0.6", Johnsondale 1.2", Upper Tyndall Creek 1.3", Crabtree Meadow 1", Pascoes 0.9" and Beach Meadows 0.9" of precipitation. That's a great start to the Winter season!

New Wave Sport Kayaks for 2002Click!
New Wave Sport Kayaks for 2002

New Wave Sport Kayaks for 2002

Check out the new 2002 Wave Sport whitewater kayaks with superb F.A.T. 2.0 outfitting! The boats pictured are (from left to right) the Mutant, Ace 5.1, Ace 4.7, and Siren. Not pictured but also in stock is the new Super EZ.

The Mutant is a creek boat like none other. The Siren, Ace 4.7 and Ace 5.1 build on the popular EZ series of run-the-river freestyle boats. For full specs and descriptions see the Interactive Kayak Comparison Chart, or the New Boat Barn.

F.A.T. 2.0 outfitting includes a wide, adjustable backband, a contoured padded seat, hip bolsters, adjustable padded thigh braces, and an innovative in-the-boat adjustable footrest system. Just unlock using a thumb tab and either push with the feet to lengthen, or pull the adjustment strap to shorten.

Kern River Photo Gallery 10/12/00 to 09/09/01


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