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.
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.
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..
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.
A big thanks to our sponsors who support our whitewater adventures and bring interest to the sport!
If you are interested in sponsoring ORT please view our Sponsorship info.