Kayakers enjoying Truckee River flows

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Kayakers consider the record snowfall last winter a gift from the heavens.

"It's a magical year for us," said Colin Kemp, kayaker.

Kemp and his friend kayaked their way through the Truckee River. He says these river conditions are what he dreams about every day.

"It's a faster section, so we get new features every time. We get a lot deeper water with nice wave trains to play on and surf with and generally enjoy the river," said Kemp.

While the dangers of the Truckee River remain, people have found the positive side of the situation.

"We are actually excited about the water levels," said Jess Horning, Liquid Blue Events.

Horning is involved with the Reno River Festival. He says he is excited for the family event that features a kayaking competition. Horning says the competition will feature world-renowned professional athletes and will be monitored by trained professionals.

"These conditions are the conditions they look forward to. According to our competition director, this is actually a class two out of a class five, so it's great for them," said Horning.

Even more rescue crews will watch this year to safeguard the kayakers as they navigate the treacherous waters.

After years of dealing with drought, kayakers like Kemp are making up for lost time.

"We have been doing this run three and four times a week and it's still not old," said Kemp.

The Reno River Festival is scheduled for May 13 and 14. There will be music, food, craft beer village and shopping. It is free to attend and it will be held at the Wingfield Park.