The Miracle Slalom
Hosted by the Kern Valley River Council, a California Non-Profit Organization
The Miracle Slalom race is held each year at the new Miracle Slalom Course at Miracle Hot Springs. The race is usually scheduled near the end of the season on the Lower Kern, when the water is projected to drop below 1000 cfs. The date varies from year to year, depending on the water supply. The Miracle Slalom Course was constructed and is maintained by the Kern Valley River Council. The Kern Valley River Council is an Equal Opportunity Service Provider and a Permittee of the Sequoia National Forest
Miracle Slalom 2009
Date: August 22-23, 2009
Flow: Approximately 785 cfs Saturday and 685 cfs for the race on Sunday.
Miracle Slalom 2008
Date: August 23-24, 2008
Flow: Approximately 625 cfs Saturday and 600 cfs for the race on Sunday.
Miracle Slalom 2007
Date: August 4-5, 2007
Flow: Approximately 700 cfs Saturday, and then 850 cfs late Saturday afternoon & Sunday.
Miracle Slalom 2006
Date: September 16-17, 2006
Flow: Approximately 840 cfs Saturday, and then 785 cfs late Saturday afternoon & Sunday.
Miracle Slalom 2005
The Kern Tripletazo replaced the Miracle Slalom in 2005.
Miracle Slalom 2004
Date: August 21-22, 2004
Flow: Approximately 590 cfs Saturday & 545 cfs Sunday
Results - Photos
Yeaaa Rebecca! That's what all the paddlers are
shouting in this photo taken at the KVRC's Miracle Hot Springs Slalom. Much of Rebecca's on-the-water training in the year leading up to the Olympics was on the new slalom course. Sunday's inaugural
race was a celebration of Rebecca's dedication to the sport of kayaking, exemplary Olympic spirit, and Silver medal win.
It seemed most of the paddlers in the Miracle race were inspired by Rebecca's Olympic win. How else could you explain how playboater Paul Armes, in his first time on a slalom course, paddling a
7 ft. kayak, had one of the faster times on the course? Like the proverbial flight of the bumblebee, that doesn't seem possible!
Kernville paddler and photographer Dan Ocampo had the fastest single run time on the Miracle course, and claims to have only worked out with Rebecca "a couple of times." Kayak polo player
Rob Logan won the Expert Men's class, and Keith Kishiyama increased his Sierra Cup Slalom Series lead with another win in Men's Masters class. Forest Service River Ranger, Brian
Cosgrove, showed his versatility, paddling in both canoe and kayak classes.
Perhaps the most impressive were the Junior and Cadet racers, who seemed to relish the most difficult moves on the challenging course. Jessica Subido placed first & Emily Campbell placed
third in the Women's Expert class; and Alex Blum placed third in Men's Expert. Nick Wilkening made all the gates on both runs, finishing ahead of Grant Brady & William Schrodt in the Boy's
Cadet class. Sara Perales edged Sophia Blum & Jennifer Scarborough to win the Girl's Cadet class.