Paddlers test extremes on White Salmon

Fisher wins second Gorge Games kayaking title

Steve Fisher finished what he started last Friday, taking down Big Brother Falls and the entire extreme kayaking field with two near-perfect runs.

On the heels of a big head-to-head kayaking win on July 17, Fisher, of Montreal, Quebec, posted a combined time of 97.08 seconds to beat out former world champion Scott Shipley of Atlanta, Ga. (98.01) and Andrew Holcombe of Bryson City, N.C. (100.50). Ryan Casey of Challis, Idaho, took home fourth with a time of 100.83 seconds.

Fisher also netted $10,000 of the $30,000 purse, joining Nicola Kelly of Pete Speirs, Calif., in the big money.

Kelly easily outpaddled the women’s field with a combined time of 110.01. Her nearest competition came from Anna Levesque of L’Orignal, Ontario (116:09) and Sara Mullett of Hood River (123:49). Head-to-head champion Shannon Carroll of Raleigh, N.C., rounded out the money spots for 2002.

The Green Truss section of the Upper White Salmon is considered the river’s most treacherous, taking competitors over the 30-foot tall Big Brother Falls, as well as Little Brother Falls. The classic Class V run also offers plenty of other insane drops and boulder gardens.

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