We have a boat load of WALLACE to Spread all over the States and all over THE WORLD this year! DBP has grown by leaps and bounds, but we’ve only begun to realize our dreams of paddling and partying up the globe! This weekend faithful dirtbags will be bearing the standard in Tena, Ecuador at Jondachi Fest, our first event of the year , in an attempt to save this awesome river from a death by damming. Along the way we get to enjoy some Class V treats!! Daniel T Young will be paddling and reporting back to us all who are unable to attend, so stay tuned for his article in an upcoming DBP MAGAZINE ONLINE post…
DBP looks all over the globe for Admins to share their stories. Our Dirt Bag Paddlers Facebook Admin team is from every region of The States and on every continent: Chile, Costa Rica, Brasil, Peru, Panama, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Bulgaria, Greece, the Philippines, Romania, Nepal, India, Iran, Kenya, Uganda, France, Turkey, Germany, England, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Iceland, Canada… And we continue to grow.
Dirt Bag Paddlers is all about sharing with the world our celebration of The River, and the paddling lifestyle, as well as bringing together all types of people and cultures with whitewater. We are free out there, free from the imaginary boundaries that try to separate us from each other. DBP is raft guides, kayakers, open boaters, shredders, squirt boaters, river boarders, SUPers; we are outfitters, racers, photographers, artists, writers, musicians… Just like our people who like and share with us. We’ll paddle all day with you, and smack your beer outta your hand afterwards cuz we love you. We’re here to Wallace, enjoy life to the fullest, and take you along for the ride. One Love, One River! Cheers!
So we thought we’d publish our full list of events so far for the 2015 paddling season. If there’s something you think we should attend please hit us up, AND SEE YOU ON THE RIVER!
DIRTBAGGIN’ at JONDACHI FEST
Friday, January 16 at 12:00pm
Join DBP Admin Daniel Young to paddle Class V gnar, or compete in the downriver event, and come together with the local community and worldwide paddlers to highlight the efforts to save the Upper Jondachi River from extermination by damming, and give it one last try to save it! Great times after hours, camaraderie with fellow dirtbags, and doing something good for the people? WINNING! Daniel will be reporting on the event for DBP MAGAZINE ONLINE as well, so come hang out and be a part of the article! Go to Jondachi Fest on Facebook for more info https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=465069230302070
GANGA FEST DIRTBAGS
February 17 – February 19
Feb 17 at 8:00am to Feb 19 at 8:00pm
Join DBP Admins Deepak Rana, Vijay Pundir, Rozali Mohamad Saad, and Surjan Tamang (who will be paddling with Team Nepal) at the biggest whitewater festival in India! The Ganges River is one of the truly great rivers of the world, like our Colorado and Mississippi in scope and measure, and the race course is situated at the Class IV section outside of Rishikesh. This is the second year of an event that will def become one of the main festivals in whitewater! Come join us for the paddle and the fun !
DBP @ NATIONAL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Friday, February 20
Come drink bourbon and craft beer with the pros while watching the best films out there! DBP will unveil our own first movie… Prob on our iPhones! Hahah! Paddle, Hang with us, pick up some DBP merch and free swag from the back of our Dirtbagmobile, check out DBP MAGAZINE ONLINE, and be the envy of the DBWorld hahah!
CANOECOPIA SPREADING THE WALLACE
Sunday, March 15
Alliant Energy Center
DBP Admins “Chicago” Mike Toughill, Willy Heindel, and Jake Ring will be roaming around in DBP gear ( look for the DBP Logo!) with free swag for you Dirtbags, and some goodies in the trunk for sale : hats shirts etc. We will be pressing the flesh with the top companies in paddle sports and shopping and talking shop like the rest of the Midwest at an awesome three day event! Prob find us chilling with our homies at Kayak Chicago, or Tarka’s Whitewater Journeys, or (surprise..!) the free beer sample booth. Gonna even catch a few symposiums… And partying down afterhours in true Dirtbag form! Brace yourself, Madison!
Get your passes in advance to save some beer money… http://www.canoecopia.com/
CANT CHEAT WALLACE @ CHEAT FEST
Saturday, May 2 at 5:00pm
Cheat Fest, Teters Campground
Albright, West Virginia
Dirt Bag Paddlers in conjunction with Team Gung HO Pirates will be running a booth again this year where you can pick up some DBP Gear, check out our movie, and sign up to win the FREE Can’t Cheat WALLACE prize package… What’s in it? Guess you gotta come find out! We will have some free swag for the first visitors to the booth… But we ain’t manning it till WE get off the River, so there! Did you expect anything less from Dirtbags? So beat a path to the party and let’s all pitch in to help preserve the longest free flowing river in The East, the mighty Cheat!
FIBArkin’ & DIRTBaggin’
June 18 – June 21
Jun 18 at 4:20am to Jun 21 at 4:20pm in MDT
We will be at FIBArk, Murica’s oldest whitewater festival, celebrating the lifestyle, paddling and partying, enjoying the local flavors and craft beers, and reporting on the Fest for DBP MAGAZINE ONLINE. Look for the Dirt Bag Paddlers (we will tell you who to look for and where we will be… Cuz DAMN they want $500 for a friggin BOOTH?!?) and say high to Ross Miller and contribute to the story, pick up some Dirtbag Merch straight out the trunk of his Dirtbagmobile or just snag some free swag (while it lasts… 100 special event stickers !) SEE YA THERE, Dirtbags!!
DIRTBAGGIN’ THE MIDWEST FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday, August 15
After watching THE BEST go at it the Wausau Whitewater course, We are gonna fill up a local private campground Saturday night and THROW DOWN! DJ Pocket Fuzz gonna make you go BUMP BUMP BUMP!!! Then on Sunday, its off to whatever is running in August in the Northwoods…. Menominee, Wolf, or if we’re lucky the Black or Montreal! Pray for a wet night!
Dirtbag DJ DANCE PARTY @ Gauley Fest
Friday, September 18 at 9:00pm
Summersville, West Virginia
We gonna throw down! Dance Party & Twerk Off (with cash prize) DJ’d by a SECRET DBpaddler (announced later)… At the Firepit on the fairgrounds FRIDAY nite! We’ll paddle all week long, and have a booth where you can score your Dirtbag swag Saturday nite… More to come…
For info about American Whitewater, who hosts the festival, go to www.americanwhitewater.org