Texas Water Safari kickoff: Photo 3
June 8, 2013
Team co-captain Chris Juarez, left, moves to help paddler John Valdivia during a brief stop at the first official checkpoint of the Texas Water Safari course at Staples Dam in Staples Saturday afternoon. Race rules were changed this year to allow for more than one captain per team, and to allow captains to pass food and other supplies directly to paddlers at certain points along the course. Valdivia, a resident of Victoria, is racing in the Water Safari for the second time this year.