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2012 American River Festival Slalom Races

To whet your appetite for the next American River Festival, here are some photos from the slalom races at the Nugget, September 9, 2012. Photos by Donna McMaster.


2012 American River Festival Downriver Race

Lars Holbek Memorial Downriver Race, from Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park to Henningsen-Lotus Park, September 8, 2012. The field was small, but included some talented young people and champion paddlers. Photos by Donna McMaster.

Junior kayaker

American River Festival Whitewater Rodeo 2004


Chili Bar Rodeo 1988

Some classic photos taken by Donna McMaster at the 1988 Chili Bar Rodeo, April 1988, on the South Fork of the American River in California. In those days, the boats were too long to do most of the spins and aerial maneuvers that are so common today. Tricks generally involved paddle tosses or twirls, hand paddling, or controlled rolls with or without paddles.

Bob McDougall

Other Galleries

Though not affiliated with the ARF, you might enjoy Alex Koutzoukis’ photos from the American Riverboarding Festival held at Chili Bar in September 2010.