2014 Moke Races

This past weekend was the 2014 Moke Races. The race is an annual event put on by the Loma Prieta Paddlers. It takes place on the electra section of the Mokelumne (Moke) River just south of Jackson California. I have been to the races before but this was the first time in a few years that I made it down for the event. Saturday was practice day on the slalom course.  The course consisted of 20 gates spread over a class II+ rapid. Fast times were just under two minutes and the fastest time was just over one and half minutes. Saturday afternoon I lined up with more than 50 other boats for a mass start 3 mile down river sprint. It was chaos at the start line but we were spread out soon enough. There were some great battles for position as we charged down stream. I managed to secure a third place finish in my class and 6th overall. Sunday I was able to borrow a slalom boat from Tim Canavarro and enter my first slalom race in at least four years. It felt great to be back in a slalom boat after so long away. I surprised myself by taking 4th in the slalom race. There was a lot of talent that turned up for Sunday’s race and I’m stoked to have been able to do that well. Since the race I’ve been thinking I may have to get a slalom boat again. Just what I need, more boats in the garage. If you have one or know of one for sale for cheap send me a message. There is going to be another race on the South Fork American this weekend. I may have to race again now that I remember how much fun it is. IMG_0496

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