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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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[21 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

When – Saturday September 17th.
Where – The Riviere St-Charles in Valleyfield, Quebec.
Saturday started with a sunny but brisk morning. Paddlers started showing up at 9:30 am to get registered and get ready for another fun boater cross. At 10:30 we had 3 categories of racers: The first was our women’s category.  Cheryl McGregor, Sylvie Lebel, Emily Zwanenburg, Sabina Finnie and Shaunna Neil-Martin. The race was excellent. The course was intentionally made tough with a couple must make moves to ensure the challenge and add some excitement to the event. The …

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[23 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

Another crazy fun day on the riviere St-Charles in Valleyfield, Quebec went off without a hitch!
(First let me apologize for the lack of pics and video. We had a camera melt down. the result. 2 weeks of photos and media gone….)
Saturday morning was a warm friendly of day. Sylvie and hitched the CReW trailer, loaded he kids and trucked off to Valleyfield at 9 am to set up for registration. July is a funny month and you can never be sure if …

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[28 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

So we started off our events at the USNWC last Thursday night with a Slalom Survivor Race USNWC style which means head-to-head and no rules!!! just fun.  Okay we have a few rules, like you have to start the race out of your boat and spin yourself around you paddle ten times, then boat up and seal launch into the hole…we call it Dizzy Paddle!  The races were a blast, and Dizzy paddle proved to be a great equalizer among all different levels of boaters.  We had 36 paddlers come …

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[3 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Seaway Valley ends the year with a Boatercross Survivor

Saturday October 2nd 2010.
Riviere St-Charles, Valleyfield, Quebec.
2010 has been an awesome year in the Seaway Valley. This year we decided to end the World Kayak series with something a bit. A Boatercross!
The weather did not do much for us but despite the cool temps  8 paddlers turned up to try the first ever boatercross in Valleyfield.
The site gets it’s water from 2 huge pipes them run under the road at the top of the river. This is a great place to Launch paddlers (2 at a …

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[31 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]

So Fergus set the course for this one so it is all his fault.  Apparently the Brits like carnage.  The races were a blast and the carnage factor was huge as a hula hoop was hung on the bridge right above M-Wave and you had to throw your paddle through the hoop catch it and hit M-Wave or 1 minute added to your time along with a heckling beatdown from the crowd if you wimped out.  We had 34 racers for the event, our largest so far a great turnout …

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[18 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]
NOC Canoe Club Challenge – Slalom & Downriver Race Coverage

 Big Boomin’ Fun was not in short supply at the Nantahala Gorge this past weekend (8-14-2010)!! Several paddling clubs from around the southeast region came together at the Nantahala River for some very fun times and friendly competition.  It was awesome to see so many paddlers from around our region gathered together to enjoy a day out on the river!  The combined slalom & downriver race events saw a total of over 350 race starts over the day!!!

The day started off at the Forest Service put-in of the Nantahala Gorge with …

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[12 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
2010 Pigeon Hometown Throwdown Event Coverage

The morning was a lightly rainy, damp start.  Registration was held at the Pigeon River Gorge put-in just down from the power house.  We had a total of 14 racers for the first Annual Pigeon River Boater Cross race.  With the “Run what you brung” Rule we had 13 short boats and one river runner.  The race started from the river right eddy next to the powerhouse all the way down to the bridge.  The mass start event caused cheers to come from the masses who were loading into rafts …

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[26 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

It was another blazing hot Thursday night at the USNWC for our second Slalom Survivor or as we like to call it Boatercross.  22 folks decided that they would sweat out the evening racing.  Edgar Peck last times winner was in charge of setting the course and he made it interesting.  The course started right above Trashcan Hole, boaters had to touch the flags in both the river left and river right eddies below the hole, no set order which set the stage for some great mid hole ferry battles …

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[11 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]
CReW and WK first Seaway Valley Slalom Survivor of the year :)

Friday July 10th Valleyfield, Quebec.
Friday night in Valleyfield was the kick off to a huge event for the community. The Annual Valleyfiueld Regatta was on and hundred of race boats hit the water above our peaceful spot on the river. At the same time we held our first survivor of the year
Rain was the order of the day and it gave us just enough of a break to ensure that we would not be recording times on wet paper. hehe. The river gods smiled again and it let …

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[28 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]

We had our first Thursday night Slalom Survivor event and all I can say is it was a carnage fest with everybody having a great time.  We did a couple races last year and decided to move the SS races to Thursday nights which turned out great as we had 27 people come out to race.  We have tweaked the event or as we like to say it is Slalom Survivor USNWC style head-to-head.  We had 7 heats of races with one championship heat with all 7 heat winners hitting the …

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[4 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Western Canada – Update

A lot has been happening in Western Canada since we last posted.  We hosted a double header Throwdown/Survivor Slalom event in Chilliwack, BC and two youth camps in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Northern Youth Camp – Fort Smith, Northwest Territories

Kiddies Having Fun

Surfing it up at Playground Rapid on the Slave River

Chilliwack Cup #2

Event Results

Event Name: Chilliwack Cup #2
Event Region: British Columbia

Event Date: August 16th, 2009 @ 10:00pm
All times are localized to the event location.

Men’s K-1A Class
Men’s Results

Event Points
Ranking Points**

Kay Uwe Konojacki

Jeff Cowen

Men’s K-1B Class
Ura Szumylo


Juniors Class
Lauren Szumylo

** Denotes points …

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[22 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Seaway Valley Slalom Survivor – Thurssday August 20th – Last chance for 2009

Thursday August 20th was the last 2009 WK Seaway Valley Slalom Survivor. Or as we have been calling it locally: Down River Madness.
The event went off really well. 13 paddlers joined us to test themselves against the clock and against the challenges along the way. This was was by far the toughest event of the year for us. We added a mandatory back ferry from one eddy to another and it proved to be challenging for many!
To add to the fun we had some folks step itt up without …

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[16 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

We have come to the half way mark of our season…  Is that a bad thing? Heck no. It means that there is still a half season to go
Tonight we were once again graced by the weather gods. Rain for the most of the day followed by a friendly thunder storm. Then, in answer to my continuous sacrifices to the weather gods: Sunny and warm from 6:30 till the end of the event.
We had another great turnout in Valleyfield Quebec on the Riviere St-Charles. 11 people came out …

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[26 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
WK Survivor Slalom #2 – Rundle Riot

Another great day!  We started off with paddling the Pipestone near Lake Louise and then headed back to Canmore for the Rundle Riot; the second World Kayak Survivor Slalom from a series of four in Western Canada.  Amidst thunder showers throughout the day the clouds parted ways for our event and the sun was out by 5:00 pm.  After haning a few slalom gates and wires and helping out with a skills clinic, we had our race.
A very special thanks to Peter Thompson and Brad Dudinsky for helping me hang …

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[18 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

So far I have got to say we have been really lucky! The local weather has been hit and miss but on the evenings of our events the rain gods have smiled upon us:)
Valleyfield, Quebec: Wednesday June 17th – 6:30 PM – Riviere St-Charles.
World Kayak and CReW present another Slalom Survivor event: “Down River Madness part 2″.
Registration bean at 6:30 (a bit later than planned but construction on the Mon Seigneur Langlois bridge (into Valleyfield) slowed things down a bit. But by 7: we had 12 paddlers ready to go! …

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[10 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Western Canada Events in June

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The Chilliwack Cup
This is the second of three freestyle events to be held on the Chilliwack River at Pointa Vista.  A wave/hole feature that is challenging enough for advanced boaters and super fun for beginners; come check us out this Sunday at 3 PM.

Survivor Slalom #2 – The Rundle Riot
Hosted at the Rundle Canal in Canmore is the second of four Survivor Slalom events to be run this summer. Come out and join us for this free, fun and super relaxed event aimed at …

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[29 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Survivor Slalom at Calgary, Alberta

Thursday evening was the first Survivor Slalom of the season.  Hosted at Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary this proved to be the beginnings of a recreational slalom paddling group that is keen to use this paddling discipline as a means to improving skill.  A short clinic prior to each paddler completing two timed runs down the course enabled everyone to become familiar with the course and learn some paddling technique that will help improve river running skills.
The stage has been set for our next Survivor Slalom event in late June.  Next …

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[13 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

This year, Colin suggested to me that I bring something new from World Kayak to the Seaway Valley : A Slalom Survivor Series.
I have got to be honest with you. At first I was skeptical. I did not think that a bunch of playboaters and river runners would enjoy gates.
Man was I wrong!!!!!!
At 6:30 this evening, with the help of my family and friends at CReW, we gathered up a group of paddlers at the Riviere St-Charles in Valleyfield. The race course that we set up involved punching …