2002 Whitehorse Whitewater Rodeo

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The Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club

11th Annual Whitewater Rodeo

Wed, July 24th, 2002, 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Yukon River by Selkirk Street in Riverdale (the Intake)


Derrick Law competes in the Advanced Freestyle event at the breakwater by the city pump house on the Yukon River last night during the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club’s White Water Rodeo.


GRIT IN THE WATER – Kevin Daffe makes his way through the giant slalom in Wednesday evening’s kayak rodeo on the Yukon River by the Whitehorse Rapids Dam. Kayakers and canoeists competed in freestyle as well near the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club’s recently-modified standing wave. It’s located at the breakwater by the city pumphouse in Riverdale.


SLALOM: a difficult course of 7 gates threaded through a wild stretch of whitewater, this course challenged all the paddlers who put on a great show for the spectators who lined the river to watch. Time was added for gates touched, and for gates missed.

Top 3 finishers Men: Women:
1. Jamie Furness 1. Theresa Landman
2. Scott Burrell 2. Toni Stanojevic
3. Kevin Daffe 3. Violet van Hees

Mens Slalom Open Canoe: Louis Pelltier

FREESTYLE RODEO: here is where the paddlers get to show their "tricks", throwing out spins, surfs, cartwheels, blunts, roundhouses, and just plain great moves for the crowd to appreciate and admire. This event attracted both kayaks and canoes, and gave the spectators lots to cheer about.

Competitors got points for the difficulty of the moves they did, and the variety of different moves, as well as crowd appreciation. 

Mens: Womens: Canoe:
1. Kevin Daffe 1. Toni Stanojevic 1. Louis Pelletier
2. Jamie Furness 2. Theresa Landman 2. Mike Turleski
3. Scott Burrell   3. Steve Hahn

DOWNRIVER RACE: a mass start just below the Whitehorse Dam, the finish line was half a kilometer downstream at the rodeo hole.

Mens: Womens:
1. Yannick Bedard 1. Theresa Landman
2. Jamie Furness  


River Race: Rodeo:
1. Dean Bennett 1. Dean Bennett
2. Curtis Murray    2. Connor Beebe
3. Brendan Zrum 3. Brendan Zrum

A BIG thanks to all the Whitehorse businesses who donated prizes or provided other forms of support for this rodeo. And a BIG thanks to all the volunteers who make events like this a reality in the Yukon - we couldn't do this without you!

A particular thanks to Nikki for taking the lead in setting up and organizing the event.

Be sure to get out there and try out the slalom course - it is exciting, and will only be there for a while!

Rodeo Prizes or services donated by:

Yukon Ski Club
Orienteering Yukon
Dave's Trophy Express
Sport Yukon
Total North
Midnight Sun
Yukon Brewing Co.
Up North 
Valhalla Pure

Other contributions by:

Yukon Energy Corp: use of their waterway, and funds for club equipment and program supports
City of Whitehorse: support in Rock the River, to improve the Intake area


Happy paddling one and all -

Violet van Hees
President, YCKC