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Ninth annual Kootenay whitewater festival hits waves in festival in Crescent Valley.

Over the June 22-23 weekend Endless Adventure and Borderline Boaters present the Kootenay Whitewater Festival in Crescent Valley.

The festival offers a variety of clinics for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of paddling, along with dry-land games, a Nelson Brewing Company-sponsored happy hour, and live night-time entertainment featuring Shane Phillips and Roy Has Fire.

For the first time ever, lunch will be hosted by the famed Whitewater Fresh Tracks food truck, resulting in some serious culinary delicacies over the weekend. Throw in the awesome prizes, auction items, free camping, and you have one awesome weekend in the West Kootenay.

The clinics throughout the weekend will be led by certified instructor, and offered at a low additional cost. Suited for both beginner and intermediate paddlers, they include: beginner basic skills, intermediate play boating, and advanced creeking.

Other highlights include the legendary boater cross, a free SUP clinic, and river running missions down the Slocan and Salmo rivers, and perhaps some other Kootenay river gems.

If you are one of the first 10 people to sign up you get entered in a draw to win a free NRS pin-kit, and the first 15 registered also get a free gift from Endless Adventure.

Your festival registration includes one festival T-shirt, guided river runs down the Slocan River, access to paddling races and events, two lunch vouchers, a chance to win some great prizes and entrance into after-party.

The cost for early registration is $55, with a deadline ending Wednesday June 19 at 6 p.m. Late registration continues into the weekend with an additional cost of $10.

To register, please call Endless Adventure at 1-877-FUN-8181, or email info@endlessadventure.ca. Proceeds from the festival will be used to help the Borderline Boaters club promote river safety and stewardship.