Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival
Raft Masters rafting teams take home winnings!
This isn't our first rodeo! Last Saturday, June 22nd Raft Masters' rafting teams placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 2013 Raft Rodeo at Centennial Park during the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. All three rafting teams are employed by Raft Masters. Teams "Up In Ya" and "Man Bear Pig" have been dominating the whitewater rafting sport for the many years. A total of 13 rafting teams entered the event.
A raft rodeo is a competition between raft teams with at least one paddler and up to as many additional rafters as you can fit in the boat. Teams are typically made up of a paddler and less than 4 additional team members. Teams paddle into the hole or hydrolic and surf the wave, much like surfers do in the ocean, only the wave is stationary. Rafting teams attempt different tricks to dazzle the crowd. The crowd usually responds best to boats that show control in the wave and then violently capsize.
The whitewater Raft Rodeo winnings were as follows: