South Fork Opening Day

South Fork Opening Day, April 8th

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Opening Day 2017!


Big Water. This is the theme for Opening Day 2017.  California Canoe & Kayak’s 5th Annual Opening Day will be a drought busting celebration of rivers and whitewater. Sponsored by Jackson Kayak and Ninkasi Brewery, Opening Day is a major western fund raiser for American Whitewater ( who, on a national level, works tirelessly to protect rivers and our access to them. Given the environmentally destructive administration in Washington, AW’s work for us is more important than ever!



What: Opening Day 2017! Instructional Clinics during the day with Team Jackson; food, entertainment and raffle in the evening. 

Where: CCK Outpost, 7221 Highway 49 (next to Marco’s), Lotus, CA

When: Saturday 8 April. Clinic participants should arrive 8:30 am. Evening events begin at 4 pm.

How to Participate:

1. Take a clinic! Colin Kemp and Team Jackson is providing a stellar and talented teaching crew to take your paddling to a new and confident level. These folks are highly experienced, motivated towards your success, safety and FUN! Join Colin, Noah Fraser, Ruth Gordon, Greg Didriksen, Nick Troutman, Jessica Yurtinus, Phil Boyer and Evan Moore for the clinic of your choice. Sign up for classes listed at the bottom of the page Only $99!! It gets better: CCK is donating 100% of the proceeds to American Whitewater! Take a clinic, develop/improve your paddling skills AND help save our rivers!! You can’t beat that! Space is available but limited in all clinics.


2. Buy raffle tickets to benefit AW! Another amazing raffle. River loving sponsors have again thrown down to support AW at a time when support is needed the most! Here they are: 

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Jackson Kayak – plastic whitewater kayak of choice, value up to $1249. (Winner pays shipping est $80; excludes Dynamic Duo, Karma RG and competition lay-up boats)
NRS – Earl 6 Inflatable Whitewater SUP $1195
Werner – Premium paddle of choice, value up to $345
Accent – Pro Fluid or Pro Rogue paddle of choice $300
Kokatat – Hydrus 3L Stoke Drytop of choice $285
Thule – Kayak Stacker x 2 $169.95 each
Sweet Protection – Wanderer helmet $149
Astral – Layla or YTV PFD of choice, value up to $139.95
Stohlquist – Gift Card value $130.00
Snapdragon – Whitewater Reinforced Sprayskirt size of choice $125
Astral – Brewer or Brewess water shoe, size of choice $99.95


10 Donors! 12 items!! Prize donation value up to $4357.80!! You NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN!! There is no excuse not to buy a ticket, or 6, or 20 and support American Whitewater! You can be enjoying the North Fork, the Merced, the Kings or any of our beautiful snow-fed rivers on Saturday and wind up being the winner of a new Jackson kayak of your choice or one or more of 11 other great prizes by the time you wake up Sunday morning! Only 400 tickets will be sold. Buy yours today on-line direct from American Whitewater at AW 2017 Opening Day.  You can also buy tickets by calling 510 893 7833 or visit any CCK location. A limited number will be available at the event. Tickets are $10 each. 


3. Come party down Saturday night! This year we will again have an amazing BBQ food truck: North Border Taco out of Stockton is providing tasty fare reasonably priced. And finally, since Opening Day inception, Ninkasi Brewery from Eugene, Oregon, will be on hand providing fabulous liquid refreshment – donations 100% to American Whitewater!


That’s it. We are looking forward to another great Opening Day on the South Fork. Book a clinic and buy raffle tickets today and we will see you at the Outpost on the 8th!!


Cheers - Keith