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Gore Canyon Festival 2019 (CO) Review

Posted: 09/09/2019
by Hattie Johnson

Gore Fest 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the Gore Race, our banner event. Both the race and festival had all time turn out. The event fulfills our mission of enjoying these resources we love and work so hard to defend. Gore Fest was born out of the work AW has done and continues to do to protect and restore flows on the Upper Colorado River. This year proved our community is ready to enjoy it. We had 66 folks renew their memberships and got 53 brand new folks dedicated to our work! 


The carnage was minimal with 75 kayakers and 13 raft racers in Gore Canyon. There were 13 paddle board racers in Little Gore Canyon and 6 freestyle participants throwing down the whitewater feature at Pumphouse on Sunday. The community turned out for film screenings of Fat Tire's Finding Common Ground the Kayaker x the Angler and the debut of Yaw the movie, featuring impressive raft descents of run typically only seen by expert kayakers. Ponder the Albatross brought down the house Saturday night. We raised critical funds to continue our important work on the Colorado River, and throughout the region and country. Plus, we had a special guest, founder of Wave Sport Kayaks and the Gore Race, Chan Zwanzig, who's message was simple - "use it or lose it, and you all are definitely using it". All in all the weekend was a success and has us energized to continue the work to protect this awesome place!


Photo credit: Brant Smith Paddler: Cody Beach, winner of the 2019 Gore race


Thanks to Abe Herrera and Boof Sessions for this awesome edit!


American Whitewater
Hattie Johnson
Phone: 970-456-8533