The third annual Wild West River was a major success! Every summer local sponsors and an amazing team of volunteers makes the Wild West Riverfest possible. This year there were three different whitewater events. The first day started strong with the Stinky Slalom event. Paddlers from around Wyoming and Montana made their way to Cody to join in the fun. In all there was around 40 competitors. Over a quarter of those 40 were youth paddlers. The final results ended with Aaron Pruzan in first, Jerod Ready in second, and Nathan Danforth in Third. Following the Sinky Slalom was the first official Canyon Boatercross. This event was for expert paddlers only. With several safety boaters set up below the major drops, it was a spectacular demonstration of speed and technical paddling. Brining in the W for Jackson was Aaron Pruzan in his R-9. Nathan Danforth and Jerod Ready of Cody took second and third. All of the paddlers, volunteers, and spectators spent the evening listening to good music and enjoying some ice cold beverages.
Day two was all about the Six-Mile downriver race. This even held multiple classes from whitewater kayaks to paddleboards. With over 60 competitors, this event was HUGE. Cody’s Wild West Paddle Club youth members got out and gave it their all. The highlight of the day for me was that after the race, when several students just stayed on the river and practiced surfing a small feature above the observation deck.
What an amazing competition, and community event put on by the Wild West River Club. Huge thanks to all of the sponsors and volunteers who made it possible. Look out next year Rendezvous Paddle Club, our youth paddlers now have a hunger for competition!