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Slammin’ on the Salmon R

ecord crowds flocked to watch the collection of brave souls compete in the 31st Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Race—the only officially sanctioned whitewater boat race in the U.S.

It’s considered particularly lucky if “only” one boat sinks during this competition, making this a lucky race indeed—although not a particularly lucky one for Jake Barney, whose boat spent four days at the bottom of the river before being recovered and fully salvageable. (Barney suffered a whiplash injury after his helmet was ripped off during the wreck.) Ross Schlotthauer, driving his boat Burley, repeated his success as Unlimited Class champion, and set a new fastest-lap record with an eight-mile sprint from Lightning Creek to Island Bar in only 4 minutes and 23 seconds. Hailing from Spokane, WA, Schlotthauer was victorious in 2014 with a 10-lap time of 50:53. Speedboat sends congratulations to all of the winners at this year’s incredible competition!

Racers brave the elements at the 31st Annual Salmon River Jet Boat Race.

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