Forward motion, headfirst & horizontal to gravity!
The Kern River is Southern California's premier whitewater run, and offers something for every level of riverboarder! Whether you're into big, pushy, technical boulder gardens, steep narrow waterfalls and drops, or just fun wave trains, the Kern has sections of it all.
This year's Kern River Festival will be the kickoff for the 2009 Face Level Riverboarding Championships (FLRC). It's appropriately the home of defending FLRC champ Alex Koutzoukis, whose win in the overall series in 2008 earned him a surfing and riverboarding trip to Costa Rica!
You can bet that Alex will be back to kick the season off right on his home turf - but he's not the only one stoked to get the riverboarding competition season started! A number of Alex's CORE Team FLI teammates are making the trek to sunny So Cal as well, and are geared up for the competition which looks stronger than ever before!
The Kern River is in Southern California, but the water is not "balmy" by any means, and the Kern event will be early in the year. So bring your cold-water wetsuit and your fastest board, because you'll need both!
Outside of the races, there will be plenty of opportunity for you to experience more of this great river drainage on your own or with a group. Test your mettle on Brush Creek, a shallow cascade of drops, some as high as 18 feet! Or experience the geological beauty of the area and do as much as 20 miles in a day through massive boulder gardens and pushy holes. The Lower Kern, depending on how much is releasing from the dam, has some sections that will make even the most experienced boarder - the Kern's own "Fast Eddie" go white knuckled.
But if you're just getting into the sport, there is plenty of Class III as well, and the races will be held on predominately Class III / III+ whitewater.
So come join the fun, kick off the riverboarding season with some adrenaline, and maybe even take home some prizes! Not to mention, points toward the overall championship and a riverboarding trip to some exotic location!
Schedule of Events
10am- Cable to park in Kernville
4pm- Cable rapid, or wave above Ewings
9:30am- In the park
Plan to officially register race weekend, prior to the events. You may submit your tentative RSVP on Team FLI to let us know you may be coming.