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APE Strokes & Concepts Clinic with Stephen Wright

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your paddling techniques! ( Registration Deadline—Jan 29, 2018 ) Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Kayak Factory Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3 rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, US Freestyle team member 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, & 2017 , was the Pan American Champion in 2011 and was the World Champion for Squirt Boating in 2015. This one evening course is designed for the boater who wants to deal deeper into proper paddling techniques in a kayak.  The clinic will be held at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN.  Course will be limited to 10 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration and payment to reserve your spot ASAP.

The Bend Kayakers go to Mexico

Pyranha Freedom Hall Pool Demo

Chris Hipgrave will be joining us on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at our weekly pool session.  Chris will have all the hottest new kayak designs from Pyranha for free demo and he’ll be there to help with paddling instruction.

18th Annual Millrace Massacre & Iceman Championships

January 6, 2018 Columbia, SC on the Saluda River Home of the Saluda Boyz Registration: 9:30-11:00 Racing Begins at High Noon Cost 20 Dollars Millrace Massacre The first race of the day will be the Millrace Massacre which will commence at high noon.

Elizabethton Whitewater Park Presentation

When: Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

2018 National Paddling Film Festival

Come see American Whitewater and the year’s best photos and videos at the National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF)! This year’s NPFF will be held on February 16-17 in Frankfort, KY at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Grab your tickets online early and save some cabbage

Support Elizabethton Whitewater Park in the Works

A whitewater park on the Lower Watauga River could be coming to Elizabethton, TN soon thanks to some good work between the Elizabethton IDEAS Group , Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts and Tennessee Valley Authority ! Project Update: Project Coordinator, Metin Eryasa, has spoken with the folks from River Restoration in Carbondale, Colorado and it looks like we will be bringing them to Elizabethton sometime in the first 2 weeks of February 2018.

Hot Lava Boater Cross 2017

We had nine participants in our 1.5 mile boater cross race on the Deschutes River this year.  Lava Island Falls was created by a recent lava flow that blocked the river and created two remote drops with a hidden lake in-between.   Scotty Baker provided the inspiration and ran a fabulous event.  It went so well that we are already collaborating on next year’s event.  The race down Lava I was an exciting exchange of positions as Walker pulled ahead in the S turn chute only to get stuck in the eddy below with Orion.  Jason took the middle route and the lead, down the left hand channel over Brads Bung-hole.  Scotty followed Jason after cutting off Orion who was exiting the eddy.  Coming back for more, Orion rammed Scotty’s stern going over BBH, but by then Walker was up to speed in the RPM and was gaining on Jason going into Cut-em Up.  Across the lake the distance between racers expanded and after a quick run down Lava II they were jockeying for the finish line.   There Walker and Scotty tangled boats while Orion charge by unobstructed for the podium.  All boaters had a mostly clean run and the raft support sweep followed everyone out.  This was a very exciting pilot event from which we hope it will grow to become a local classic. RACERS Orion Junkens Walker Davis Scotty Baker Jason Bowerman Jake Zywicke Aaron Anerson David Kinker Niko Peha Alex Mattick John Cramp

APE’s Caring Christmas Project

The APE’s are joining together to spread some Christmas cheer this year by helping a local family in need.  The family recently (11/17/17) suffered the death of the father/husband.  He was the sole breadwinner for the surviving family.  The mother has been a stay at home mom taking care of their youngest boy who has a long term illness.  The mother has 4 children: 14 year old girl, 10 year old boy, 5 year old girl and 3 year old boy.  The mother will have no financial means to make Christmas happen for the family this year in trying to cover the family budget and funeral expenses for the husband/father.  We APE’s want to make sure this family experiences the joy of Christmas again!  We are hosting a fundraising campaign from ( 11/ 20 /2017 – 12/ 08 /2017 ) to purchase Christmas gifts for this family on our APE’s PayPal website: http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html

2017 Tallulah Race Results

A Benefit Event for Sponsored by Micah Cox charging down Oceana – Photo by: Rob Giersch The race starts in the river right eddy beside the wooden launch ramp at the bottom of the 660 steps to get down into the gorge.  The finish line is at the confluence of the river into Tugalo Lake.  The race course is 1.54 miles long through all the major rapids of the Tallulah Gorge and drops 413 total vertical feet.  The race is a time trial event in which each racer is started in one minute intervals. There were 35 spots open for boaters to apply and qualification for the race was based on past experience at the Green Race, the Lord of the Fork Race, and the Tallulah Race.  A total of 32 racers gave this 2nd annual race a go! Racers – Photo by Adrenia Clark 2017 Tallulah Race Results @ 500 CFS Adriene Levknecht - Photo by Adrenia Clark Women’s K-1: 1.