Dave Nissen is the the “Madcatr”, inventor of the Wind River Tunnel frame. Class V boatmen from around these parts credit Dave’s frame for keeping them in the boat in some tough stuff. Custom made to fit each customer Madcatr frames and accessories are an up and coming force in the whitewater world.
Madcatr is appropriately sponsoring this years very popular Cataraft Slalom Race. This race is open to all comers and features some pretty crafty rafters slicing and dicing the gates at Carter Falls. With the gates wickedly placed in the meatiest parts of the rapid the folks running Dave’s frames are sure to have an advantage.
Be sure and check in with Dave “Madcatr” Nissen in the festival vendors area.
2015 Cataraft Slalom Video
Slalom Race Rules
Note: All boats must be a minimum of 12′ long and 5’wide with the exception of kayaks.
Race staff have the final decision on all boating and safety equipment suitability. All participants must be wearing appropriate personal floatation devices (PFD), helmet and clothing (wet suit or dry suit) appropriate for the weather conditions.
RACE EVENT RULES
There will only be three penalty categories for this year’s races: 10,20 and 50 second penalties.
Scoring is as follows:
1. CLEAN GATE: 0 PENALTY – a gate is passed correctly if all team members are in the raft
and their heads pass between the poles.
2. TOUCHED ONE POLE: 10 SECOND PENALTY- boat, paddle, oar, frame, paddlers, rower
or anything associated with the boat touches’ pole while at least one crew member passes
inside the poles while in the boat. Note that once you have touched a pole, no additional
penalties will be assessed for that gate unless there is a touch on the second pole.
3. TOUCHED BOTH POLES: 20 SECOND PENALTY – boat, paddle, oar, frame, paddlers,
rower, or anything associated with the boat touches both poles while at least one crew
member passes inside the poles while in the boat. Note that once you have touched both
poles no additional penalties will be assessed for that gate.
4. MISSED GATE: 50 SECOND PENALTY – a boat passes a gate without all crew members
passing between the poles. If a pole is intentionally moved so as to make a missed gate
intoa touched gate this will be considered a missed gate and be given a 50 second
Incomplete teams crossing finish line = 1 fifty (50) second penalty
Upside down through a gate = 1 (50) second penalty
Please note that a complete set of rules will be available at the registration counter and will
be explained prior to the event. It is up to the competitor to be familiar with the rules as
there will be no adjustment to penalties for not knowing the rules. Decisions by the judges
The best and most exciting place to view the course is just up river of Carter Bridge.