Slalom Paddling in Belfast, ME
May 21, 2012
Knox Village Soup: Slalom, a race over a winding or zigzag course, isn’t just for skiers anymore. Canoers and kayakers get to slalom too. And they did—last Sunday (May 13) in the annual slalom races at the Kenduskeag Stream Park in Bangor.
Below the Harlow Street Bridge in Bangor, the Kenduskeag Stream enters a picturesque steep-sided valley. Between the bridge and the Shopping Cart Drop, the stream is narrow, the currents are strong; and there are two Class II-III drops—drops that have claimed more than a few boats during the 16-mile Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race.
For the downriver racer, the goal is to keep your boat upright, keep your bow downstream, have the right line and cruise right through this area, spending as little time as possible in it, never looking back.