Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Jim Rada Race Weekend

You couldn't ask for a better paddling get together in the Midwest this weekend on the beautiful Presque Isle River near Ironwood, MI. The event doubled in participants and spectators from a year ago. The Jim Rada Memorial Race was formed by Midwest paddler John Kiffmeyer to show appreciation and respect to Jim Rada who pioneered many of the North and South rivers of Lake Superior many decades ago. His spirit lives on and will forever be remembered and honored.

The weather was great with temps in the upper 50's and sunny on Saturday. The race was a huge success and all paddlers and spectators had a great time. This years trophy went to Joerg Steinbach who used his 28 years of experience to use the river currents to his advantage to dominate the competition.

All competitors and friends camped in the State Park overlooking Lake Superior which was a spectacular experience. New stories were created and old stories were told around a huge campfire.

On Sunday some paddlers packed up and went home while a large crew put on the amazing Black River. The weather was perfect. Sunny and 65. Many paddlers ran the entire river from Patowatomi to Lake Superior. To be on the river that day was incredible. Everyone was stoked and going big. Many paddled all the big drops: Patowatomi falls, Gorge Falls, and Rainbow falls with great lines.