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More than just a rafting team


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Keep up with ORT as they travel throughout the Northwest in search of quality whitewater this season


who we are

ORT is a collection of whitewater paddlers who compete on a variety of rivers throughout the West Coast in multiple 2-6 man paddle raft teams.

We race head to head with other teams and against the clock through rapids ranging from class III (mild) to class V (extreme).

ORT is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We serve our community by providing river trips to disabled veterans, youth organizations, and various other community groups.

ORT participates in river cleanup events throughout the Portland area where we are based. We also promote the sport of whitewater raft racing at a national and international level.

ORT educates and trains athletes to compete at an elite level while managing the Western Whitewater Championship Series (WWCS) and United States Rafting Association (USRA) events.

how we evolved

ORT began it’s evolution in 2002 when 20 year river running veteran and football coach Tim Brink gathered a crew of his past and current teammates from rugby and college football for a local race. After dominating the regional whitewater raft racing scene for a number of years, an unfortunate career ending rugby injury forced Tim to focus his competitive fervor exclusively to raft racing hence ORT began.

After training one summer with world class guides from Colorado, Tim returned home to the Portland area with some new found racing knowledge and began recruiting paddlers. During the initial season, ORT raced with a co-ed team as recruiting enough committed paddlers to form two teams proved to be difficult.

The athletic backgrounds of our athletes include former college linebackers, Olympic wrestler, dragon boat racers, endurance runners, skiers, snowboarders, mixed martial arts, kayakers, catarafters, drift boaters, skateboarders, rugby, and of course a few river guides. Off the water once the gear is put away all the seriousness stops and the fun begins.

We are proud to say that ORT is the first of it’s kind. Not a team of guides or even river veterans, but rather an athletic, charismatic body of energy that successfully engages in a variety of adventures throughout the year while reinforcing the bonds we have created through the medium of whitewater raft racing. ORT, we are more than just a racing team.


ORT is made up of a very diverse set of unique men. The backgrounds of our team include a former Olympic medalist, college linebacker, endurance runners, climbers, skiers, snowboarders, mixed martial artists, kayakers, catarafters, drift boaters, skateboarders, ruggers, wrestlers, swimmers, kickboxers, and of course a few river guides.

Selflessness and grit required.




Team Captain


Captain America







Clackamas River
Clean Up

We Love Clean Rivers in partnership with the Clackamas River Basin Council hosts the Annual Down the River Clean Up on Oregon’s Clackamas River..

New Years Day
Vet River Float

With ice still clinging to low-lying branches and frozen sand crunching underfoot Saturday, a small flotilla of rafters and kayakers pushed into the churning Sandy River, thumbed a collective nose at the frigid temperature and gave a group of veterans a unique way to celebrate the new year.

2019 Schedule

February 15th
BoatSmith Whitewater Festival
March 16th
Wind River Race
April 13th & 14th
NW Creeking Competition
May 18th
Pagosa Paddle
May 18th & 19th
Upper Clackamas White Water Festival
June 1st
Animas River Days
June 6th - 8th
Teva Games
June 13th - 16th
June 22nd
Gunnison River Festival
July 13th
King of the Rogue
July 27th
Meadow Camp Race
August 10th-11th
2019 USRA R4 NATIONALS - Arkansas in Salida, CO


Tim Brink - Founder


Why sponsor us?

The Colorado-Oregon Rafting Team (cORT), a group of ambitious whitewater atheletes, was established in 2005 by a few paddlers from the Pacific Northwest.

We are dedicated to generating interest in the sport of whitewater rafting, protecting our ecosystems, and generally building healthy and safe paddling communities while having fun and paddling hard!

The Colorado-Oregon Rafting Team is very professional and we take our sponsorships serious. We promote our sponsors at rafting events and in everyday life.

If your business or non-profit is interested in teaming up with cORT, contact us at info@oregonraftingteam.com for a sponsorship/media kit.

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