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[30 May 2017 | No Comment | ]
2017 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2017 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was some fast paddling fun! We had a great turn out with 15 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had some spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mild cloudy skies.

The river level was around 1,200 CFS and spirits were high with several first timers in this event!  The course start was at the USA Raft river access and the finish line …

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[15 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
2016 Tallulah Race Results, Video & Recap

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Get the complete Tallulah Race 2016 results and recap with video edit from Jack Orr, photos and more at http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2016/11/15/2016-tallulah-race-results/

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[2 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]
2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was a new event format for us by racing up river.  We had a good turn out with 12 competitors joining in for some friendly attainment race competition with the Nolichucky Beer League!  We had a few spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held in the Nolichucky River Gorge, TN on a nice mild evening with mostly cloudy skies.

The river level was around 950 CFS and spirits were high with many …

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[8 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was some fast paddling fun! We had a great turn out with 19 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start and finish line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with cool and breezy mostly sunny skies.

The river level was around 1,700 CFS and spirits were high with several first timers in this event!  The course start was at the USA …

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[26 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was big booming fun! We had a good turn out with 16 competitors joining in for some friendly freestyle rodeo for the first time since June of 2011!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mostly sunny warm weather!

The river level was around 680 CFS; which is just starting to get retentive for play boating at Big Rock …

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[11 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was full of fun! We had a great turn out with 23 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start and finish line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mostly sunny skies.

The river level was a little above 1,200 CFS and spirits were high for our first ever downriver boatercross event!  The course start was at the USA Raft river …

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[2 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]
2013 WorldKayak Pro-Am for First Descents at NOC!

So August 24th was the fourth paddling of the WorldKayak Pro-Am for First Descents and is it was the biggest and baddest yet!!! The event raised $3,795 for First Descents, a great organization committed to curing young adults of the emotional effects of cancer and empowering them to regain control of their lives by experiencing whitewater kayaking and other challenging adventure sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment. This year saw a change of venue to NOC and we couldn’t be happier or more excited working with all the …

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[19 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
2013 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2013 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was full of fun! We had 15 competitors join in for some friendly downriver freestyle/slalom and boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the Riverpark Campground bank & the river right beach.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with warm humid weather. 
The river level was a healthy 2,200 CFS, which made the main Big Rock wave/hole feature a fast flushy wave train.  Since a rodeo competition …

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[24 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #4

The final event in the 2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Series closed in style!  We continued the trend of “the year of no rodeo” on th Noli, due to heavy rain earlier in the week leading up to the event. 
However, like we have been doing all season, we made the best of it and had 12 competitors join in for some friendly downriver freestyle/slalom and boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the Riverpark Campground bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on …

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[20 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]
2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #3

The third event in the 2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was kind of a shocker!  Just when we thought the river level for Big Rock was going to drop in for a good rodeo the day before, we awoke on event day to discover the river level was rising from rain overnight.  We have now coined this year’s Noli HTTD Series as “the year of no rodeo”!
 
However, we made the best of it and had 16 competitors join in for some friendly downriver freestyle/slalom and boatercross competition!  We had several …

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[15 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was full of good times! We had 10 competitors join in for some friendly freestyle and boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the Riverpark Campground bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with warm sunny weather. 
The river level was 1,070CFSwhich made the main Big Rock wave/hole feature flushy, but the participants wanted to rodeo.  So we agreed to the one and done flip & flush …

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[12 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
CKS Paddlefest

Despite low water levels, athletes and fans alike rallied this year to create one of the most successful PaddleFest’s and best  BV Pro-Am Kayaking competitions to date. So many thanks to all the incredible volunteers and spectators who showed up to cheer, enjoy the beer gardens and support an amazing event. 
Extra special thanks to Jackson Kayak for being the premiere sponsor, and donating a kayak  of choice to the overall points winner in the amateur division. We couldn’t have done it without you!
We are already looking forward to having the …

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[18 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Reno HTTD #4

Our last throwdown broke the BWW (Bad Weather Wednesday) curse!  We had a great turn out an a little bit more water than we have had this season.  Charlie Albright was seen in a boat newer than an RPM, and it looked like he enjoyed it.  He also had the most unique vessel for the contest.  He managed to spin his way into 6th place in a tube!  That is some serious skill.  The ladies had another great showing and Gayle graced us with her boating prowess and took second …

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[18 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was full of fun! We had 13 competitors join in for some friendly downriver freestyle/slalom and boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the Riverpark Campground bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mild overcast weather. 
 
The river level was 1,470 CFS which made the main Big Rock wave/hole feature too flushy for our typical rodeo format.  So we agreed to a slalom course through the …

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[25 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Kokatat continues their support of the HTTD series for a third season!

Kokatat has stepped up to the plate for their third season with the World Kayak HTTD series.  Kokatat is known for their amazing quality dry gear.  They are an awesome group of paddlers located in northern California who have a true passion for the sport.  Look for some seekers headed to a throwdown event near you.  There are some exciting announcements coming from Kokatat for our Championship event at NOC later this fall.  Make sure to support this great company by checking out their gear at your local retailer.
http://www.kokatat.com/
 
Later ; …

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[28 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Immersion Research is back in 2012!

IR is a fantastic family run and owned company that has been supporting the World Kayak HTTD series since the very first season.  The 2012 season is no different.  Amonge other things, IR is know for super dry skirts and the best customer service in the industry.  I must say that my Dry Deck is one of my most favorite pieces of gear that I personally own.  Make sure you visit their site at www.immersionresearch.com for a look at some great product as well as some great stories and laughs. 
Later ; Colin

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[13 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Mountain Khakis signs on for their 5th year of support for the Hometown Throwdowns!

Hello spring!  It is that time of year again and the World Kayak Hometown Throwdown series is getting underway for 2012.  This year things are getting off to a great start with the addition of some creek races to our event series.  Once again our partners have stepped up big and are going to be hooking us up big time.  The first WK partner to answer the call this season and commit to another great year is Mountain Khakis!  The good folks at Mountain Khakis have been with us for …

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[21 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

If you have read my past stories about this event it comes as no shock that I love going to this event every year.  Enjoy this great video made by some of my Wausau friends.
Later ;Colin

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[7 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
The champions of the individual events at the 2011 surf worlds are announced!

Follow this link to the full results of the individual events, and make sure you check out all of the great visual media that has been produced from this event.
http://www.worldchampionshipsofsurfkayaking.com/?p=938

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[21 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
Gauley Festival 2011

Gauley festival 2011 is officially in the record books, and the WK family had a great time and hosted some sweet events.  I want to give a big thank you to all of our Gauley first time guides (Clay, Em, Andrew, John, Jim, Wes, and Rick).  You guys made some very lucky boaters super happy with a great first day on the Gauley.  On Friday we had a solid group of boaters together that included WK ambassadors from D.C., Charlotte, Tri-Cities, and Atlanta.  We had Ashley from Chaco with us …

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[6 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
Gauley Festival Throwdown 2011

All right sports fans we have some exciting news.  Ace Adventure Gear has joined this years list of sponsors for the Gauley throwdown.  This throwdown will take place on Gauley festival Saturday at diagonal ledges on the lower Gauley.  It will be a video contest, so it does not interferewith normal surfing at the wave.  Here is how you get involved.  Register on line at the link below and show up to the lower  Gauley put it and look for our WK ambassador that will be handing out numbered stickers.  …

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[6 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
Update on the 2011 Surf World Championships regarding Hurricane Irene

It looks like the damage form the storm is more intense than the organizing committee was lead to believe.  A secondary venue has been arranged and a final decision will be posted at 5pm on September 7th at
http://WorldChampionshipsofSurfKayaking.com

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[5 Sep 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Check out this great video of the Pro Am by Pilot Collective Media.

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[5 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

The Pros and Ams came out for the WorldKayak /USNWC Pro-Am in force to benefit First Descents for the second year of this awesome event.  The Pro Am was held on Saturday August 27th and we lucked out with a great day for throwingdown.  The event raised $1900 for First Descents.  First Descents is committed to curing young adults of the emotional effects of cancer and empowering them to regain control of their lives by experiencing whitewater kayaking and other challenging adventure sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment. …

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[16 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking is continuing to rack up additional sponsors.

We all know that the more sponsors that an event has the better.  It allows the organizers to have more money to put on a great show and more schwag to get out to all us boaters.  Here is the most recient addition to this falls event.
The Eastern Surf Kayaking Association is exited to announce that Savannah Canoe and Kayak to be Division Sponsor of the Women’s short boat class at upcoming world competition.
http://www.worldchampionshipsofsurfkayaking.com/2011/08/16/savannah-canoe-and-kayak-to-be-division-sponsor-of-the-2011-world-championships-of-surf-kayaking/

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[11 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
2011 Nantahala Hometown Throwdown Event #4

 

The forth event in the 2011 Nolichucky/Nantahala Hometown Throwdown series was another great time for all in attendance!!  We had a total of 43 competitors join together for a big booming freestyle rodeo on the Nantahala River, NC!!!  There was a huge crowd of spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from both sides of the river and bridges!  Good times abound at this throwdown!!
 

All the novice classes competed on the Surf School Wave and the expert, intermediate, & C-1 classes competed on the NOC Wave.  The weather for …

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[3 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
U.S. East coast team trials.  Earn your spot to represent the USA!

The Eastern Surf Kayaking Association is currently accepting registrations the U.S. East Team Trials, to be held at Folly Beach, SC, September 10th – September 11th, 2011.
Press release and supporting images are attached for your use.
Full event info at:
http://www.eskasurf.com/2011/07/2011-u-s-east-surf-kayak-team-trials-hosted-by-sea-kayak-carolina/

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[26 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Registration is open! Sign up to be part of Surf Kayaking history.

The Eastern Surf Kayaking Association is currently accepting registrations for the individual portion of the Valley Kayaks presents 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking, to be held on the Outer Banks of NC, September 28th – October 8th, 2011.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Full event info at:
http://www.worldchampionshipsofsurfkayaking.com/2011/07/21/valley-kayaks-presents-the-2011-world-championships-of-surf-kayaking-individual-entries-are-currently-being-accepted/

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[14 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
World Kayak is teaming up as a media partner for the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking

WK is pleased to announce our official partnership with this years World Championships of Surf Kayaking.  We will be posting links to all of the informational press releases leading up to the main event this fall in the Outer Banks.  If you are not totaly familar with what surf kayaking is make sure you follow the link to get yourself  fully informed prior to the event.
http://www.worldchampionshipsofsurfkayaking.com/2010/08/24/hello-world/
 
Later ; Colin

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[13 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
2011 Nantahala Hometown Throwdown Event #3

 

The third event in the 2011 Nolichucky/Nantahala Hometown Throwdown series was HUGE in size and fun!!  We had a total of 61 competitors join together for a big booming freestyle rodeo on the Nantahala River, NC!!!  This event had the most participation of any whitewater freestyle event to date this year in the USA!  Nanty HTTD event #3 now holds the record for the most participation of any HTTD event that has ever been recorded in our 4 years of World Kayak hosting these events!  We also set a record …

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[28 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
2011 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2

The second event in the 2011 Nolichucky/Nantahala Hometown Throwdown series was a rockin’ rodeo at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN!  We had 32 competitors join in for some fun freestyle competition!  We also had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the Riverpark Campground bank.  The river level was around 800 CFS which made the Big Rock wave/hole feature nice and fluffy for big air!  The weather for the afternoon was sunny skies and warm temps. 
 
2011 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Results:
 
Women’s K-1:
1. Taylor …

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[28 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Stonycreek Rendezvous, Western PA Throwdown #2

Well, let me first apologize for being incredibly late with this post, but I must say it was for a good cause. I have either been swamped with work, or thank the clouds my area has been blessed with uber abundant rainfall which has left the rivers still well above average as we head into Memorial Day weekend. This is truly a rare occurrence as typically this is the time of year that the bottom starts to drop out and we are left with the dam release runs.
Now lets …

2011 freestyle kayak world championships, 2011 results, 2011 world championships of freestyle kayaking, Feature Story, Featured, Featured Post, Germany, Headline »

[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Germans win the big trick contest.

After the SUP event yesterday there was a big trick contest and all sorts of crazy fun.  The winning trip was from a team of Germans that managed to tie three Rockstars together and throw a big loop.  The best part was that the center boat was back wards for the full trick.  Here is a video thanks to Lee Hart.
Later ;  Colin

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[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
SUP cross and a down day.

Today was a down day in Plattling, kind of.  There was open water time for everyone.  You could watch all of the finalist getting ready for tomorrow, as well as seeing tons of other competitors taking long fun rides and just working on evolving the sport.  This afternoon there was a SUPcross race.  Mike Tavers and Dane Jackson were dominating all of the prelim rounds.  Dane and EJ were competing against each other in each of the first rounds, and they also both made it to finals.  As the competitors …

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[23 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Womens quarters, and Mother Nature’s power!

Last evening Mother Nature showed us who is boss!  As were waiting for the final heat of the women’s quarter finals a wall of clouds descended upon us and decided to tear up the event site.  A massive tent (15ft*40ft) was lifted off the ground, inverted, and then snapped in half over a pretzel stand.  Everyone jumped into action and grabbed a hold of it, until we could break it down into pieces so it would not end up in the river like the Pyranah easy up tent.  As we …

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[22 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
K1JR, the start.

The JR boys are currently underway here in Plattling, and in some cases it would be tough to see a distinction between the men and the boys!  The level of paddling is so high that I don’t envy the judges for this category.  Here are a few photos of the first two heats.  I will post more photos and news later today. As I am posting this I just watched Dane Jackson throw down a ride that is a game changer.  I don’t know the score yet, but I will get them posted …

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[22 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
K1WJR prelims

The JR women got their chance to shine this afternoon under a blazing sun.  The girls were able to showcase a solid mix of loops, spins, and space godzillas.  US team member Lauren Burress even threw a mcnasty in each of her rides.  I don’t believe the judges scored them, but the fact that they were close is super impressive.  Gabby Bates from the UK threw down to super consistent rides to end up in second place, and Hannah Kertesz from the US had one ok ride combined with one …

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[22 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
OC1 prelims

Anyone who says OC1 is not impressive has obviously now seen what that part of the sport has evolved into.  Any boat that can loop and throw vertical flat water ends is good by me.  One thing you can expect to see at an OC1 event is a big mix in the variety of shapes of boats you will see.  Everything from full planning hulled boats to slightly longer displacement hull boats are all game.  There are some set rules about flotation as well as the volume of water that …

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[21 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Mens prelims.

The men got the day started off right at 7am today with a bang.  The kayaking in the first three heats was amazing with some favorites like Stephen Wright lighting it up with big scores in the 1600 range.  All the big moves were being thrown in both directions with a ton of amplitude, finesse, and speed.  Despite the early hour the Irish team did not disappoint on the spectator end of things.  They are some of the most fun fans to watch got absolutely nuts when any of their …

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[21 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
K1-W, C-1, and Squirt.

What a day we had in Plattling.  The morning kicked off with the ladies tearing up the feature.  Loops, space godzillas, and felixes were the most common moves that we saw the women using to rack up the points, and we were also treated to a good number of mcnastys and phonix monkeys as well.  Each of the women was given two 45 second rides to show us their stuff, and at the end of the day the top 20 women were able to advance on.  Emily Jackson took home …

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[21 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Opening Ceremonies.

Last evening the worlds kicked off with the opening ceremonies.  What a good time!  Everyone was out supporting their home country in every way possible.  The town of Plattling did a great job organizing the event and making it a great time for everyone.  The town square was full of spectators from all around the world as well as right here in Plattling.  Working with kayakers is somewhat like herding cats, so there was a good bit of slack time while everyone found their other country members and got together …

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[21 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

So far the women have gone and they kick off the event in grand style.  Currently Emily Jackson is sitting in first place with two huge rides.  Ruth Ebens and Clair O’hare were right behind with solid scores as well.  The french team was out creating the most stoak for their team as they could with crazy wigs and spandex shorts.  Current  world champ Nick Troutman thought he was at a rave all morning.  I had no idea anyone could dance so much!  He also was able to get the …

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[19 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Worlds report 3, even higher water and early morning practice.

Once again the water was higher in Plattling today.  The sun is starting to think about coming out, but we will have to wait and see.  The coaching platform that was hung by the event organizers is getting dangerously close to floating away.  The first day that the platform was hung you could sit with your legs hanging off the side and not touch the water.  This morning there was about 6 inches between the water and the bottom of the platform.  The training slots continue to rotate, and today …

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[17 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Getting to worlds!

My trip to Germany for the 2011 World Freestyle Championships started at 3am when Hope, my beautiful wife, was kind enough to drive me to the airport.  Needless to say at that time of the morning I was less than animated.  I got to the check in counter earlier than the airline workers so that I could make sure getting my boat on the plane was as easy as possible.  Other than the huge fee to fly a boat all went well.  I am always amazed that everyone does not …

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[2 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
USAFK Tour Stop: Buena Vista Pro-Am Rodeo

For four seasons and counting the Beuna Vista Pro-Am Rodeo has been the centerpiece of PaddleFest Weekend. The fifth USAFK Tour Stop for the 2011 series was slated to go off in the LoDo Wave at the BV Park, but with lower flows and a later melt in the Arkansas River Valley, the event was moved upstream to Downtown Hole. Pro Qualifiers for both Men and Women Pro classes took place on Friday, May 27th, with Junior Men/Women, Open Men, C1, OC1, and Pro Semis/Finals on Saturday, May 28th.
Being the …

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[25 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
USAFK Tour Stop: Green River Expedition Freestyle

Green River is a warm, welcoming town in the high plains of southwestern Wyoming most well known as the launching site for John Wesley Powell’s expeditions of the Green River, Colorado River, and Grand Canyon. The Expedition Island Park, a National Historic Landmark, is also the site of a man made play feature and the fourth event of the USAFK Point Series. With the new feature in town, Green River was glad to open their doors and host the first Green River Expedition Freestyle. With high flows in the river, …

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[24 May 2011 | Comments Off | ]

The Whitewater Grand Prix was an experiment to say the least. Pat Camblin had a vision of an event that our sport hasn’t seen yet. A competition combining 6 different events, both race and freestyle, over 14 days, chasing the best whitewater in Quebec.
The idea was always there, but no one know for sure what [...]

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[20 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
2011 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1

The first event in the 2011 Nolichucky/Nantahala Hometown Throwdown series was a fun change in format and a great time for all!  Rock splats, rock spins, split wheels, splat wheels, wave wheels, eddy wheels, and macho moves abound in the throwdown!  We had 19 competitors join in for some friendly downriver freestyle/slalom competition!  We had 25-30 spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the Riverpark Campground bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN. 
 
The river level was around 1,200 CFS which made …

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[14 May 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Whitewater Grand Prix: Freestyle

Well we had our freestyle event on a new set of waves here in quebec, called ‘Pillars.’ It is a sweet set of two waves just under a train bridge. This made is easy for spectators to come and watch the show. It was impressive to see the air being thrown and number of moves.
Everyone [...]

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[10 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Reno River Festival Boatercross and Awards photos!

Sunday, brought the crowd friendly event of boatercross.  4 boaters racing head to head working as hard as they can to advance to the next round.  How can we make that a bit more rough and exciting for the crowd?  That’s right, you put a mandatory upstream gate in the course!  Not only do all the boaters have to go through it traveling upstream, but if any one is behind it gives them a chance to get back in the mix and to “interact” with the other racers.  I must …