Monday, October 11, 2010

...and much props to Cathy Federici!

Cathy Federici’s tender massaging hand, all toasty at a Seahawk game.

As advertised, Licensed Masseuse Cathy Federici made it out to the Hoedown and offered a day and a half of her time to curing your aching muscles pre- and post-paddling. All this with most of the proceeds going to the Smilin’ Dave Mottershead fund. You are a generous and wonderful friend, Cathy! Thanks again for being there!

You can reach Cathy for YOUR next massage, at her web site ,
phone 206-290-1942, or email

Hoedown wrap-up

The best thing about the Hoedown was coming home with this box full of $1,600 in your donations, which is now in Dave and Helaine’s very thankful hands.

The 2010 Hoedown is a wrap, but those of us who were out there are still talking about the awesome weather, sweet waves, amazing competition and the whole weekend full of friendship. All that plus an amount of generosity that really shows the heart and soul of the surf paddle community.

The Hoedown’s youngest-ever competitor, 12-year-old whitewater kayak surfer Jeffrey Steehler. You rock!

Here are some links to pictures and narratives of the 3 days we shared together.


Rob Casey is an amazing photographer, good friend and terrific guy. He would have been competitive in pretty much every event out there but he hung on the beach shooting with the camera. He culled out this amazing album from his 2,000-plus images of the weekend. Rob’ new love is SUP, including instruction as owner of Salmon Bay Paddle, so make sure you get with Rob for a lesson.

Inge and Sean Watson got some great pics too. Inge’s Picasa Gallery shows Saturday free surfing, Saturday competition, and the Sunday competition. Sean posted his best pics from Sunday right here.

Sean and Inge shooting together.

Heather Nelson and her husband Brandon each posted awesome narratives on their blog at Heather’s description of Saturday’s Scramble Race warrants another hearty shoutout to Heather and the other 12 racers (total 11 sea kayakers and 2 SUPers) who braved the surf for this inaugural event.

If you’re on Facebook, check the picture galleries from Heather Nelson and Deb Volturno.

Speaking of Deb, many many thanks to Deb, Hamp All, Rob Casey, Jameson Riser, all the judges and volunteers tallying points behind the scenes, but especially Deb who was so enthusiastic about this event, helping and encouraging this rookie organizer all along.

Thanks to Dennis Judson and the Santa Cruz crew who loaned us the jerseys for competition day.

And thanks as always to our sponsors. If you guys want another well-supported event with awesome prizes and a chance for everyone to win some really cool gear, GET OUT THERE and BUY STUFF from THESE PLACES…

Our presenting sponsor, Dave King at Olympic Raft and Kayak in Port Angeles

Major sponsors (those who made a financial commitment in time to get their logos on the event tee shirt):

Surfer Dave Agnew at, well, Surfer Dave, selling Mega Surf Kayaks

Wayne Horodowich at University of Sea Kayaking

Vicki Adams at Sound Bikes and Kayaks in Port Angeles

George and Barb Gronseth at Kayak Academy in Issaquah

Rob Avery at, representing Valley Surf Kayaks

And special additional thanks to our additional sponsors who stepped up at the last minute and offered their products and services:

Tammi Hinkle at Adventures Through Kayaking in Port Angeles

Rob Casey at Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle and Port Angeles

Kids, dogs, surf… just add boats, paddles, and a few dozen salty paddlers.

Bye! See ya next year. (Heather Nelson dancing in the surf, caught in the act by Inge Watson)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hoedown results!

Miz Deb, the brains behind Hoedown logistics, lays down the law to competitors before the surfing starts.


Thanks again to everyone who came out this weekend! What an awesome time was had by all, without a whole lot of carnage… and the weather, man, someone was watching out for us.


Thanks to your generosity, the Hoedown raised over $1,600 to help out our buddy Smilin’ Dave Mottershead and his wife Helaine as they work through his cancer treatments. That says a lot about our community, just a few dozen people caring so much about one of our own family.


Here are the finals results for the 2010 Hobuck Hoedown. Prelims will be posted separately.


Saturday events:

Sea Kayak/SUP Scramble:

Women’s Sea Kayak:

1st place: Karen Stevens, 28:50


Men’s Sea Kayak:

1st: Steve Hiegel, 20:02

2nd: Ed Hand, 20:28 (& hands-down carnage award winner!)

3rd: Jason Kiwi, 20:51


Women’s SUP:

1st: Heather Nelson, 25:11


Men’s SUP:

1st: Ken Campbell, 33:11


Women’s I.C.:

1st place: Jameson Riser, 59 pts.

2nd: Ayu Othman, 55 pts.


Men’s I.C.:

1st: Hamp All, 61.5

2nd: Jory Kahn, 51.5

3rd: Steve Hiegel, 48.5



Sunday events:

Men’s Sea Kayak:

1st: Brandon Nelson, 47

2nd: Steve Hiegel, 46

3rd: Tom Cromwell, 33.5


Men/Women combined SUP:

1st: Matt Zenobi, 40

2nd: Ellen DeBondt, 34

3rd: David Quasha, 27


Men’s Whitewater/Rodeo:

1st: Cameron Little, 52.5

2nd: Bryon Dorr, 52

3rd: Marc Emmons, 44.5

4th: Jeffrey Steehler, 36.5 *** Jeffrey, age 12, is our youngest competitor ever at the Hoedown. Hoping this starts a trend and we can rock a Juniors division next year!


Men’s Wave Ski:

1st: Ken DeBondt, 55

2nd: Mitch Zenobi, 52

3rd: Zack Zenobi, 47.5


Men’s Open HP:

1st: Hamp All, 71

2nd: Gary Korb, 58.5

3rd: Luke Spencer, 52.5


Women’s HP:

1st: Ellen DeBondt, 54.5

2nd: Ayu Othman, 46.5

3rd: Jameson Riser, 44.5


Men’s Masters (40+) HP:

1st: Gary Korb, 60

2nd: Hamp All, 51

3rd: Ken DeBondt, 38


Mahalo everyone and we’ll see you at next year’s Hoedown!




Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hoedown directions, camping and lodging

Here’s how to get to the Hoedown:

From Port Angeles, take US 101 6 miles West of town to the junction with WA 112.

Turn right to go West on WA 112.

After 38 miles, turn right at the stop sign to continue West on WA 112.

After 26 miles, enter Neah Bay WA. WA 112 Becomes Bayview Ave.


All participants must stop at Washburn’s Store on your left across from the marina, to pick up a Makah Tribal Recreation Permit for $10 per car – it’s valid through the end of the year.

Please remember we are guests of the Makah Tribe. Please respect the land, the beach, and local laws.

Thanks for your cooperation!


After picking up your Recreation Permit, follow Bayview to the end of town, turn left on Fort Street, right on 3rd Ave, and left on Cape Flattery Road.

Follow Cape Flattery Rd a little over two miles and turn left on the Wa’Atch bridge.

Cross the bridge and turn right on Makah Passage.

Hobuck Beach Resort, our event HQ, is less than half a mile ahead on your right.

You can camp at the Resort for $20 nightly per tent or $30 per RV with hookups, and there may still be some sweet cabins available if they’re not already reserved. Please contact the Resort directly for more information at 360-645-2339.

More beach access is on the right, just past the entrance to the Resort.

Exact location of the competition will be determined on Sunday AM, depending on surf conditions.

Schedule of events

Inge Watson photo – thanks!

Here’s the updated plan for Hoedown weekend:

Thursday at midnight – last chance to register on line for the event. It will cost you $5 more per event at the venue on Saturday. NO on-site registration on Sunday.

Friday – come on out, informal get togethers and planning sessions. J

Saturday – All day:

· “Expression Session” – practice your moves for Sunday

· Judges’ meetings

· Last day to register for your events. Cash or check only please. It will cost you $5 less on line.

· If you’ve already registered on line, you can check in for your events on Saturday or Sunday.

· Tee shirts, while they last, $20 on site. If you order your shirt with your on line event registration, it’s $15.

· Massages by Cathy Federici. Look for the blue pop-up tent, on the beach or in the campground depending on weather

Saturday events:

· 3pm – SUP Scramble race

· 4pm – Sea Kayak Scramble race

· 6pm – Dinner $10. Provided by a Neah Bay caterer, this should be awesome. If you pay for dinner with your on line registration, it’s only $5.


· 8am – competitors’ meeting

· 8:30am – heats begin for events requiring prelims.

· Heats are 19 minutes, with 1 minute for changeover and on to the next heat.

· After prelims are complete, finals begin for less-populated events that had no prelims.

· The day will end with final heats for events that had prelims.

· Awards will happen as results from each event are finalized.

Hoedown tee shirts ready to go

Check out the awesome logo designed once again by Ayu Othman for the 4th annual Hoedown.  As always, Ayu has outdone herself with the Queen of the Waves presiding over our happy festival.


And many thanks again to presenting sponsor Olympic Raft & Kayak as well as our five major sponsors – Surfer Dave, Kayak Academy, Valley Surf Kayaks, University of Sea Kayaking, and Sound Bikes and Kayaks – for all their support for this year’s event. Get out, share the love, man… and buy their stuff.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

On-site massage at the Hoedown!

This is only one of the two hands that will make your achin' muscles all good again at the Hoedown. Cathy promises to remove the glove... unless of course you request it...

Yep, that's right... fellow paddler, Seahawk fan, licensed massage therapist and all-around great person and good friend, Cathy Federici will give short (15 +/- minutes) massages at the Hoedown. She'll bring a tip jar and you can pay her what you want.

Thanks for stepping up, Cathy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sound Bikes & Kayaks is a Hoedown sponsor!

Hoedown HQ got an email today from Vicki Adams at Sound Bikes & Kayaks in Port Angeles, asking to sponsor the Hoedown. Thanks Vicki!


SBK is a very cool little shop, with Mitch & the bike tech crew always toiling on someone’s ride in the back, and Vicki working the front of the shop to get her guests into the best kayak or onto the right bike for their tastes and budget. Just a block from the harbor in downtown Port Angeles, Vicki’s place keeps it down-home and friendly with everyone who stops by.



...and two more sponsors!

Two of the top-rated kayak instruction programs in the Northwest and beyond have stepped up to support the Hoedown. Many thanks to Wayne Horodowich at University of Sea Kayaking, , for being a part of the event. If you’ve been into any real paddlin’ shop, you’ve seen Wayne’s awesome videos – “ABCs of the Surf Zone” “Capsize Recoveries & Rescue Procedures”, and newer ones on bracing and essential strokes. Wayne came out of nowhere to beat all the sea kayakers in the deFuca Downwind, so at 60 years old he’s still not to be messed with!


Also our thanks go out to George and Barb Gronseth at Kayak Academy, who teach kayaking adventure skills first hand, taking students all over local waters and to Alaska every year. Their upcoming Greenland Week will feature skills, competition and entertainment in the mode of traditional Greenland paddling, from rolling competitions to ropes techniques, to private instruction from some amazingly talented kayakers.


Thank you to our sponsors and supporters! It’s going to be a tremendous weekend!


Another sponsor -- Valley Surf Kayaks!

Many thanks to Rob Avery of Valley Sea Kayaks USA, who has agreed to sponsor the Hoedown with Valley Surf Kayaks as our second major sponsor! Rob is an awesome coach, expeditioner and adventurer who’s well known to paddlers and paddlesports business people alike. He lives the life he sells and it’s an honor to work with him. Maybe you’ll even see him on the water competing in the Hoedown!



Friday, September 10, 2010

2009 Hoedown images

Inge Watson took dozens of awesome shots last year while her husband Sean (in the red sea kayak above) was competing in the Hoedown. Sweet stuff, Inge! Check 'em out here!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First major sponsor -- Surfer Dave Agnew!

Surfer Dave Agnew, an extraordinary paddler and always an active and friendly member of the Northwest paddlin' family, has stepped up as a major sponsor of the Hoedown. Dave is your source for Mega surf kayaks, and he's always happy to let you try one out on the water.

Please show the love for Surfer Dave! Contact him through his web site at , call him at 253-222-4273, or email him at

When he's not getting you on the water in the latest, hottest gear with all the instruction you'll need to be safe and happy... Dave's out there, looking for the next awesome wave.

Monday, September 6, 2010

2008 & 09 Hoedown pictures

If you need some adrenaline to get yourself pumped for the Hoedown, dig this -- from Hoedown Founder Rob Casey. Thanks for the support and awesome shots, Rob!

Another sweet day at the beach.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hoedown events update

Thanks to ideas from Hoedown Founder Rob Casey, we're adding a couple exciting new challenges to the 2010 Hoedown.

On Saturday the 2nd, grab your board or kayak and "scramble-start" carrying your craft across the beach and into the surf, then paddle out and around the rocky island half a mile from shore and back again. We'll have separate races for SUPs and kayaks, so if you're really tough you'll enter both races and kick some A*&!!

Sunday's judged surf events, as in 2009, will be for men and women, Open and "Masters over 40" per US Surf Kayak sanctioning guidelines. The events are as follows:

International (IC) - Finless kayaks 3-4 meters
High Performance (HP) - Sit inside kayaks under 9 ft.
Waveski - Sit on Top Kayaks, with fins.
Whitewater / Rodeo - Sit inside, finless plastic kayaks
Sit on top - plastic, finless SOT kayaks
SUP - 8-12 ft. Standup paddle boards.
Sea Kayak - Any sit inside kayak 13' or longer

Please contact Race Director Bill Walker at Ruby Creek Boathouse, 206-940-6269 or , with any questions about the Hoedown.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Line Registration is up!

Howdy Hoedowners,

The 4th annual Hobuck Hoedown, an awesome, uniquely Washington celebration of all things paddle surfing, is set for October 2nd and 3rd at Hobuck Beach. Registration is on line right here so please get over there and sign up now.

$10 registration fee plus per-event fee of $12.50 for early birds through 9/7/10.

Your per-event fee goes up to $15 if you register between 9/8 and 9/30.

On site registration on Saturday 10/2 will be $10 plus $20 per event.

So this means, all together now... SIGN UP NOW!

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Walker, Ruby Creek Boathouse Race Director. I'm at 206-940-6269 or .

Stay tuned here for more details including sponsors, special stuff we have planned for Saturday's festivities, lodging, camping, and much more. See you out there!