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Monthly Archives: August 2015

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle. Saturday, August 22, 2015, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a warm clear day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the 80′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 390 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge, which made for a steeper more channelized run for our Gorge first timers.  We organized both a Nolichucky Gorge trip (Class III at this level) lead by several of our top gun APE’s and a Lower Nolichucky River trip (Class II) lead by Debbie Briscoe.

Hometown Throwdown #5

The results are in! Huge thanks to all of the local boaters who were able to make it out to support our 5th Hometown Throwdown. Special thanks to our lovely timers  Rene Huge  and  Laurie Parker  for making it all possible.  Wild West Paddle Club  members Maddax and Wilkins absolutely killed the course today!  Billie Boehm  shaved a few seconds off her previous times, earning her first in the women’s division

APE’s Babes on the Waves

Last Boise Hometown Throwdown for 2015

Idaho had our 6th, and last, Hometown Throwdown of the year on Saturday. Idaho, Oregon and Washington are on fire, and that resulted in a smoke filled sky in Cascade, Idaho. Not a lot of people are traveling out of Boise due to the fires.

NWA way to bring it!

Well its in the books… Fishers Ford was a great time for all and the competition was intense just look for yourself! [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/136600532[/vimeo][/vimeo]

Midwest Freestyle Championships reaches 110 Competitiors!

Local Media Coverage! See the videos! Freestyle kayak championship finishes up in Wausau . http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Paddlers-Freestyle-in-Midwest-Championships-321970162.html Paddlers freestyle in Midwest Championships Updated: Sat 11:48 PM, Aug 15, 2015 By:  Lauren Linder No matter the age or the skill level, the competition was heating up at Wausau Whitewater Park on Saturday at the annual Midwest Freestyle Championships

Freestyle kayak championship finishes up in Wausau

Freestyle kayak championship finishes up in Wausau . 45 Jackson Freestyle Clinic students, a few dozen kids under the age of 15, over 50 beginners, and a total of 110 competitors continues to show growth and improvement in freestyle kayaking in the midwest. And this year, competitors from Virginia, Washington, Colorado and Nevada joined us to check out the redeveloped “Little Drop” and “Number 4″ competition play features! About 10 years ago, the top midwest paddlers won the advanced division with just a spin and a cartwheel.

Northwest Whitewater Racers Event

On August 9th, the Slalom race on the Clackamas river (Roaring River influence) in Oregon was held. This was a race in the Pacific Northwest Slalom championship which includes races in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. This race site was very beginner friendly being held on a class II- section of the river at a very low (550 cfs) level

Blog – World Kayak Richmond – August 2015

On Wednesday, July 22 (2015) World Kayak held it’s second Hometown Throwdown on the James River in Richmond, Virginia.  The level of the James was typical for this time of year, somewhere between 3.5-4.0’.  The event was attended by some familiar faces, and some new ones.  Adam Tremper, our “King of the James” (a title earned at a non-affiliated event earlier this year) took top prize.  Finishing a close second was Isaac Hull, an up-and-coming local junior competitor. Sometimes I ask myself, “why am I in Richmond, Virginia?”.  There’s a good food scene, true.  While it’s better known for it’s “punk rock” scene, it does attract its’ share of other musical talent (another plus).  And I consider it a solid jumping off point for a lot of other destinations (music venues, beaches, mountains, and big water eastern US rivers).  But at the end of the day the best thing about Richmond, at least for me (and I know I’m not alone), is the James River and the year-round paddling opportunities this river represents. So besides my usual paddling on the James, I did take a recent trip to paddle something new.  Recall earlier I stated that Richmond is a good jumping off point… So late last month I drove 4 hours west to the New River Gorge (NRG) in Hico, West Virginia.  July 17-19 marked Coastal Canoeists (local paddling organization) quarterly meeting.  This event was held at a campground near the New River Gorge.  For those not familiar with the New, it offers some excellent Eastern US big water paddling.  It’s a high volume, powerful river chock full of class III-IV rapids (at normal flows).  It is one of five oldest rivers in the world, geologically speaking.

Ladies Green River Takeover

Green River Gorge Saluda, North Carolina 28773 The idea of this day is to get as many awesome women as we can out on the Green river together. It will be all about simply having fun on the water together as a big group of rad ladies