This footage from 1993 shows how old school boaters shredded the Little White Salmon before most of today’s pro kayakers started paddling. Ron Reynier, Bill Bowey, Jeff Bennett, Phil Unsworth, and Bill Pooley went for the first descent in 1990 and, by 1993, boaters had run every rapid except for Stove Pipe and Spirit Falls. The water was low in this video by modern standards, but their style definitely shows.
These days the Little White Slamon is a Class V classic, known to whitewater paddlers around the globe for its clean drops and astounding scenery. For the modern day creek boater, the Little White is a playground of infinite boofs and astounding scenery. As modern equipment and technique advance, boaters are pushing the river’s limits with higher flows and creative lines, but it’s important to remember who styled it first and showed us the way.
—Watch Todd Wells paddle the Little White Salmon at record high water on CanoeKayak.com
—Information contained in this article is from Little White Salmon History / Paddling Era.