Plenty of surf to go around at the Dries put-in.
This April is no exception. The month kicked off with arguably one of the best whitewater festivals in West Virginia, the Webster Wildwater Weekend! The festival is held the first weekend of April in the little town of Webster Springs (Addison), WV. Festivities usually include a downriver race on the Elk River, a slalom course, and THE best paddling festival party in existence. That's right, I said it. Better than CheatFest. Way better than GauleyFest. That's all I'm saying about the party, you'll just have to come experience it for yourself. Due to low water on the Elk River this year, the slalom course wasn't happening but the downriver race was still a blast. Everyone had a really great time bumpin' and grindin' down the Elk River with a few gentlemen's bets and six pack challenges taking place along the way.
Bryan Kirk showing off the big wave capabilities of the PX56.
The next week, southern Dub-V got a real good soak from some especially heavy thunderstorms. When I heard that Mill creek was RAGING, we knew just where to go... Pinch Creek! Only 15 minutes from my house, Pinch Creek is a tight, fast, slide-filled masterpiece that typically has a small, hard to catch window of opportunity. That day, we found it flowing at a nice medium-low level. Compared to the 1+ hr. hike in, the creek goes by in a flash. We had a solid crew with clean lines all around.
The log just to his left is in the normal line.