Wondering whether you should head out to this weekend’s annual Kern River Festival? If the entries at the Hooligan Build Your Own boat race, or the fact that the whitewater races are celebrating their 47th anniversary aren’t enough to lure you to Kernville, allow this video of paddlers Austin Nickell, Dave Krog and Brandon Sweet to give you a little liquid courage as they fire up California’s classic Southern Sierra stretch of Brush Creek, where Saturday’s creek race will be held (see shots from past races HERE). See more of the raft posse at WhiteWaterAssault.com. — Tim Mutrie