All posts by Amy Graves

2017 Paddling Season Starts!

Welcome to the start of our 2017 paddling season.

We will meet on Saturday, April 1st at Tumalo Creek Canoe and Kayak where we will rig our boats.  We need many hands to lift the boats off the trailer!

Our first practice is that Monday, April 3rd 5:30 pm at the same location.  Practices throughout the season are Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 pm and Saturday at 9:00 am.

Please join us, all old and new paddlers!

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Camping and Paddling at Crescent Lake

Memorial weekend , May 23 – 25th,  Bend Outrigger will be camping at Contorta Point Camground on Crescent Lake.  Saturday night is a Potluck Meal!  The weather should be sunny but probably pretty cold in the evenings. Camping is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights!  Come any night you can or stay all weekend!  Friends and Family welcome.

Here is a link for more info

Contorta Point Group Site


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2014 Season About to Begin

Hands rigging
Many hands make light work!

Bend Oregon Outrigger is getting ready for the new 2014 paddling season.  We are meeting Sunday March 30th to clean and rig our boats.  First meet at KIALOA where our boats are stored to wash and load one canoe onto the trailer.  Then down to the paddle site (Tumalo Creek Canoe and Kayak on the grass) where we will polish and rig 2-3 canoes.  Bring layers to be prepared for any weather.  We may even get to paddle if its nice!

First practice is Monday the 31st at 5:30 pm.  Wear layers and wind breakers and a hat, it is likely your feet will get wet so wear water proof boots and or wool socks.

Contact if you have questions or an interest in our club. See you there!

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After a disappointing defeat at rooster rock two weeks ago, it has been decided that we need to work together to perfect our performance. We have a great team with allot of strong paddlers. Lets put the pedal to the metal in the next few weeks so we can show those other teams that Bend is not just a bunch of laid back loungers.

New rules.

-Show up early to races and help unload and rig boats.

-Plan to stay a while and party with the team after the race. BYOB or better yet bring me one too.

-Always stay and help load boats and clean-up after races.

This is for fun, so lets all have a good time together!

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RATI victory!

June 1st, 2013

It was a rainy Portland morning when BOO showed up for the Race Around the Island on the Columbia river. Our mixed team of novice and experienced paddlers entered the race as an mixed open crew.  Our friends at mountain home loaned us what must have been greased lightning for the race. As we left the starting line our boat surged ahead almost immediately, putting Bend in a strong 3rd. Only a few yards from the start, a strong eddy forced another boat to run into the side of us. Un-faised we continued on, now in a tentative second place.

At the second buoy, another boat decided to cut inside, causing a quick reaction from John, who jumped onto the amma saving the boat from a huli. Still un-deterred our boat moved quick to regain ground lost in the incident.  Now the hot sun poured down on the boat as the rain clouds dissipated. It became a close battle for first against an expert team from Seattle. As we rounded the island it became a matter of feet separating our canoe and first place. A quick decision was made to try and shave some distance by going strait across the river instead of following the bank of the island behind Seattle. But the strong current made for a rough journey across the river. By the time we rejoined the rest of the boats we where locked in 4th place. But still first for our division. We finished strong and had a great time doing it!

Thanks to all that participated in the Race and thank you to mountain home for loaning us greased lightning. See you next year!

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