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[15 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

CHECK IT OUT!!
 
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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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[8 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Bad weather Wednesdays returned this week for the HTTD#3 held on the Floriston rapids.  We had 16 racers this time who navigated a fun course with one major move around a large midstream boulder requiring a full 360 degree path with several attainments.  As always the race was followed by Ninkasi brews in the parking lot where racers were part of a raffle for great prizes from our sponsors including: Jackson Kayak, IR, GoPro, Chaco, Rapid Transit, Kokatat, Astral, Ninkasi, Shred Ready, Stonyboater, Smith, and Mountain Khakis.
https://vimeo.com/94488355
Results
Jim         1:58
Sage      2:04
Mark     2:05
James   …

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[1 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Reno HTTD #2 went down Wednesday without a hint of bad weather.  We had five girls and five guys in the water at hole number 5 at the Reno Whitewater Park.  Since it is almost time for the Reno Riverfest, we had 3 world champions, 4 RRF champions and the NZ national champion in the house.  As always there were great prizes from Mountain Khakis, Astral, Shred Ready, IR, Chaco, Stony Boater, GoPro, Jackson Kayak, Kokatat, and plenty of beer from Ninkasi.
https://vimeo.com/93551333
Women Results
Emily J.             …

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[19 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Well bad weather Wednesday has held off for a while now and this week was no exception.  The ever popular downriver race at the Floristan Rapids in the Truckee River Canyon was on tap to kick off 2014…
This year the sponsors have really stepped up their game, with Ninkasi moving into NV this month we will have more great beer than even kayakers can handle.  With SMITH sunglasses, Jackson Kayak, Mountain Khakis, Shred Ready Helmets, and GoPro HERO3.  The race went off without a hitch, with a hard ferry to …

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[10 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]

As the seasons change so do the beers from our favorite brewers Ninkasi.   With a cooler of Slayer and Oktoberfest on ice, the Reno World Kayak crew invited all of the locals up to the Floriston rapids on the Truckee River for the first annual headhunt.
Headhunts were a fall tradition on the Ocoee river in TN, we followed the traditional format with everyone chasing “heads” as they are tossed into the river.  Prizes including a
GoPro Hero III black edition,
Mountain Khakis glass belt buckle,
IR rash guard,
Chaco T-shirts,
and Jackson Kayak Beanies
were given …

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[4 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

Our last event of the season was a great one ! The water was flowing high and rubbing is racing. We had nine racers battle it out down the Nantahala Falls for fun and personal glory.
The first heat the ladies battle down the river.
Heat 1
Betheny (winner)
Hannah
Katherine
The boys were up next:
Heat 2
Jackson
Warren (moved on to winners heat)
Jacob (winner)
Rhett
Kenya
Riley
The follow round saw the winners battle it out
Betheny
Warren
Jacob
The last race was fun and Betheny was our overall winner. We were lucky to have a great guest photographer Lexi. …

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[23 Jul 2013 | One Comment | ]
NOC Throwdown #3

It was an international throwdown in the Gorge this past Sunday. We had folks from New Zealand and Canada join in the fun. The rain almost held off until we finished, but everyone had fun playing in the hole. We had many first timers which was great and some boaters even got to try out the new Rockstar from our WK sponsor Jackson Kayak. Thanks to NOC for letting us borrow their 2013 Rockstar demo.
We had 18 boaters join in a great competition.
Junior Womens
Emily
Sydeny
Katie
Sierra
Junior Mens
Carter
Kenya
Michael
Jude
Wes
Devon
Jack and Brendan …

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[16 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
Valley Falls Race – This Sunday July 21

Come all you hucksters for the rebirth of the Valley Falls Race this coming Sunday July 21. This will be a time trial race and each paddler will get one run to post their fastest time. There will be classes for the following : Long boat, short boat, OC1, OC2, K2, C1, men’s, women’s and jr’s ( Organizers reserve the right to group classes depending on class size) . There will aslo be two categories to race in :
1. Advanced : this class will start above both falls …

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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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[10 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

It was another great throwdown in the gorge. We had many paddlers come up and even had a few first timers. The excitement got going just after 2 and the name of the game was cartwheel to win. The cheering from the eddy was great as many boaters tried new tricks or just perfect some great old ones.
Results were as follows:
Juniors
1. Carter
2. Jonathan
Mens (and one brave lady who killed it)
1.Nick
2. Chris
3. Brad
4.Carter
5.Trey
6.Nathan
7.Brooke
8.Jeff
9.Justin
10.Brandon
Unfortunately we did not get any pics so, if anyone has some great …

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[21 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

The last freestyle HTTD went off on
Wednesday in downtown Reno.  There was a
great showing of competitors including a junior class. This was the last HTTD
for Pete for a while as the Delosas are headed out on an extended adventure,
can’t wait to hear the stories from them.
Again, thanks to Ninkasi Brewery for the beer and the
prizes from IR, Mountain Khakis, Shred Ready, Kokatat, GoPro, Chaco, Stony
Boater, and Smith.
 
 
Here are the results:
Juniors
Sage D.
162
Nathan O.
61
Cameron
O.      60
 
Women
Amanda B-M.
99
Mary E.
73
Rita G.
49
 
Men
Scott S.
258
Macy B.
222
Pete D.
202
Scott H.
160
Cirus L.
150
Connor W.    103
John
L.          99
Kirk
S.          55
 

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[2 May 2013 | No Comment | ]

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Reno Hometown Throwdown #3
As we were finishing getting everyone signed up for the
event this evening a cavalcade of protestors and cops rolled into the park
yelling about Hispanic workers rights.
So, instead of our normal benign competition in hole 3 we moved downstream
to the rowdy hole 5.  This was a step up
for many competitors but also a chance for the more advanced boaters to show
off their fancy tricks.
Again, thanks to Ninkasi Brewery the post paddle hang out
went until dark with everyone getting a share of the prizes from IR, Mountain
Khakis, Shred Ready, Kokatat, …

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[29 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
2013 Stonycreek Rendezvous May 17-19: Freestyle Rodeo & BoaterCross

This years Rendezvous is the weekend of Friday May 17 through Sunday May 19 at Greenhouse Park on Tirehill Road, in Johnstown, PA. There will be full 500 CFS whitewater releases all three days GUARANTEEING GOOD FLOWS for the entire weekend. For those that haven’t paddled the river with just the release, 500 CFS brings the river up to about 3ft. on the put-in bridge gauge which makes for a great playboating level and dozens of playspots all down the run.
The weekends paddling events include :
Friday May 17th …

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[23 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

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The second Reno hometown throwdown went off without bad
weather Wednesday showing itself.
We had a great crew at the Whitewater Park throwing down
some great cartwheels, cleans, loops, and felixes.  With all the great prizes everyone went home
with some great swag, the Ninkasi towel was first off the rack, followed close
by the IR thick-skin and Mountain Khakis, DVDs from Rapid Transit, Helmet from
Shred Ready, shirts from Kokatat and Chaco, and tons of paddle wax from Stony
Boater.
With lots of new boaters in town this year the Ninkasi
Brewery fueled after throwdown hanging out.
It takes …

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[4 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

HTTD1 from noahsplash on Vimeo.
Click the link to see the video!!
The 1st hometown throwdown was a big success.
20 racers and a good crowd of spectators and volunteers showed up at the Floriston rapids on the Truckee river last night.
With two runs down the boof filled course each competitor was able to show off their river skills.
Our beer sponsor this year is Ninkasi brewery and we had their president racing down the course then passing out cold bombers of excellent brews.
Everyone stayed till well after dark, hanging out and talking about …

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[19 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]
Railroad Falls Makes Sik starting line for Will’s Creek Race

With the Stakeout format in full swing, early in the week the water was up everywhere, initially creating a variety of options. As the snow finished melting and the rains rolled slowly Will’s Creek in Fairhope, Pennsylvania provided the location of the 2nd Race in the World Kayak; Western PA Region Creek Race Series. I must admit, I had never run Will’s Creek, but the pics and beta on Railroad falls, Yo-Yo rapid, and some great class 3-4 boogie water got me stoked for a great race. Upon reaching reaching …

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[20 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Paint Creek Race …W.PA Region Creek Race Series Event #2

Paint Creek Race : This will be a time trial format. Depending on water levels race will either cover entire run or the same section of the creek that was run last year. This will be a race day decision depending on the water levels at the time of the race…. Last years course started in an eddy on river left above Big falls and finished after Road Hole rapid by paddlers touching the river left beach with either boat, paddle, or body….Short course includes the following rapids in order …

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[20 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]
Lower Big Sandy Race Results : Event #1 of W. PA Region Creek Race Series

Well the weather was cold but the spirits were high as 13 hearty souls braved freezing temps and crazy winds to compete in the second annual W. PA Creek Race Series. The Lower Big Sandy Creek was the scene for our first race of the year with water levels at a low but runnable 5.6 the event was a mass start with paddlers in 3 categories (6)Long, (6) Short, and 1 lone Hand Paddler. The action was fierce in all classes with a sprint towards wonder falls determining the overall …

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[13 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Western PA Region Creek Race Series, First Event : Lower Big Sandy

Well it’s time for our first event of the year. Of course in my attempt to set up a format that would help ensure water is available we look at the potential for a low water run. However, the course for the first race goes great even with lower flows so it should be a good one. This event will be on the Lower Big Sandy, and will start above the bridge in Rockville with the finish line at the pyramid rock in the river left flow after Wonder Falls. …

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[21 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
2013 Western PA Region Creek Race Series

The creek race series for 2013 will feature 4 Creek Races on 4 of the following 5 streams :
1. Lower Big Sandy, Bruceton Mills WV
2. Meadow Run, Ohiopyle PA
3. Paint Creek, Johnstown PA
4. Indian Creek, Camp Carmel PA
5. Wills Creek, Fairhope PA
The format will be “stakeout” based in that I will post a date for the races 2 in February and 2 in march, and the week of the race I will hold the event at the location with the best water levels for that week depending …

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[21 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
2013 Western PA Region Creek Race Series

The creek race series for 2013 will feature 4 Creek Races on 4 of the following 5 streams :
1. Lower Big Sandy, Bruceton Mills WV
2. Meadow Run, Ohiopyle PA
3. Paint Creek, Johnstown PA
4. Indian Creek, Camp Carmel PA
5. Wills Creek, Fairhope PA
The format will be “stakeout” based in that I will post a date for the races 2 in February and 2 in march, and the week of the race I will hold the event at the location with the best water levels for that week depending …

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[30 Oct 2012 | No Comment | ]

Well, end of October is always risky while planning a kayaking event but as we were away for a while and could not really host one before, we thought we’d take our chances
We must deserve the best because the weather held on and the water was back on. We did not know that the city was going to do some maintenance upstream( that is extremely rare) in the previous week and when we showed up a few days prior to the event, there was almost no water …

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[26 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

The 2012 USNWC / WorldKayak Pro-AM was unleashed on Saturday. This was the 3rd annual Pro Am providing an awesome opportunity for some up and coming young rippers and folks looking to figure this playboating thing out to learn from some of the best and raise money for First Descents all at the same time. The event raised $4,000 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 …

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[23 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]

Robert is working crazy hours and doesn’t really have time for anything but work so I am taking over the blog writing about the event if we want something posted I am not as good as he is for lengthy blogs but at least we’ll all know what is going on in the Seaway Valley!
On June 2, CReW held the first World Kayak event of the season with a down river race.
We had 14 participants from 11 to 53 and of all skill levels.
We started the more advanced …

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[21 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]
Hometown Throwdown- Brierleys Wave– RESULTS!

 
The first ever World Kayak Home town Throw down was a super success with ideal levels and enthusiastic participants.    A team from Endless Adventure travelled 10+ hours to the location for a fun filled weekend of playboating, event judging and meeting new people.  Eric Albert from The Rocky Mountain Canoe and Kayak Club put on a stellar event with some of the best food, prizes and venue of any White Water event attended this year.
Be sure to check out the event next year for some amazing playboating, warm water, …

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[6 Aug 2012 | No Comment | ]

This was the last throwdown before the Pro-Am (on September 22!!) at the USNWC. We return to a familiar little spot. Sometimes it just fun to spend some time in a sweet little hole with absolutely no rafts! Second drop was a nice fluffy level so that is where we decided to throwdown. The last regular throwdown brought 12 newcomers who had never done a throwdown before. There was a great sense of community as impromptu play boating lessons sprung up before, during and after …

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[17 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

So it was another hot day of boatercross at the USNWC. Ten brave souls came out to race in the heat and tackle the course which was designed by a playboater who thought that a mandatory surf of M-Wave would be a good idea, especially since most everyone brought out there creekers! The first heat which was the jr’s was won by Micjah. The adult heats were won by Pete and Art. The competitors decided to switch up the rules for the winners race and let …

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[12 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]

Here are a bunch of pics from our Throwdown on 7/1/12. Huge Thanks to PJ Ingram for taking all these great shots!

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[5 Jul 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

It was a scorcher in Charlotte last Sunday with the first Hometown Throwdown of the season. Eighteen folks battled the heat and each other to show their stuff on Sunset and M-wave. There was some fierce competition from all over as paddlers came from Asheville and as far as Lynchburg, VA. We started the day with the juniors and the ladies on Sunset which is a nice little wave that you can throw loops on along with spinning yourself dizzy. We finished off with the men …

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[29 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Slave River Summer Program

Slave River Summer Program. Warm water, big waves and a whole lot of fun!
Information:
Contact:
Saskia van Mourik
saskia@paddleperformance.com
http://regions.worldkayak.com/yukon-nwt/
621-0401
Location:
Yellow House: 39 McDougal Road
There will be a whiteboard on the porch with information on it. We will meet at the Yellow House for all sessions
Tuesdays:”Beginner Club Nights”
When: Tuesday’s in July and August. Meet at the Yellow House at 1900 Hours (7PM). We will head to the river at 1930 (7:30PM) once gear, rides and shuttles have been sorted out
Where: Start at Playground Rapid and run to Golf Course, Slave River
Level: …

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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 | ]
W. PA Region Hometown ThrowDown #3  @ Stonycreek River of The Year Celebration June 16

The Stonycreek River has won the distinction of River of the Year for the State of Pennsylvania. Thanks to thousands of boaters and river enthusiasts across the state the Stony was named for the tireless efforts of the Benscreek Canoe Club, SCRIP, and the man other non-profit and local government groups that have helped to restore life and recreation to the Stonycreek River.
In celebration of this great award the Conemaugh/Somerset Township and the Benscreek Canoe Club have joined forces to create a weekend of river recreation and celebration. There …

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[1 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]

I used to video boat in WV on the New and Gauley Rivers but I have never shot a video of a race while setting safety.  Thanks to GoPro for the camera and congrats to Jim on the race win!!!
 
 

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[31 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Reno HTTD #5 Floriston Rapids Race

Awesome turnout for the last HTTD of the year.  We had 14 racers who showed up to do two runs down the Floristan Rapids on the Truckee River.  There were several must make moves added to the course to push the racers out of their comfort zones but everyone made the moves at least once.
Results
1.Jim 1:50.0
2. Eric 1:58.3
3.Mike 2:00.3
4.Jordan 2:02.7
5.Drew 2:05.3
6.Charlie 2:06.4
7.Jen 2:09.6
8.Conner 2:09.8
9.Jonathin 2:10.8
10.Kirk 2:16.6
11.Bill 2:18.9
12.Josh 2:22.5
13.Megan 2:24.1
14.Anthony 2:55.4
 
 

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[28 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Stonycreek Rendezvous 2012 Biggest Year Ever !!!

The 2012 Stonycreek Rendezvous saw the largest crowds ever for this annual event. We had campers arriving as early as Thursday night before the festival to nab the good camping spots and the all too coveted pavilions. This year no shelter from the rain was necessary as warm sunny skies treated boaters to 3 awesome days of boating and with the first full releases of 500cfs from the Quemahoning Reservoir the flows were perfect for playboating this classic run. With over 50 play spots along the main Stonycreek Canyon run …

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[22 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Slocan River BoaterCross HTTD#1

With three divisions, Long Boat, Expert, and intermediate paddlers had ample categories to showcase their skills.  We even had a R-2 Raft team that placed third in the longboat group.  Sven P grabbed the first spot in the expert category placing first in all heats while the intermediate group was a neck to neck match with loving couple Ian and Heather battling it out.  The long boat group was won narrowly by Endless Adventure young ripper, Sam the Hammer.

After the event the group met at Whisper’s Take out for some …

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[12 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Stonycreek Rendezvous May 18-20 , HomeTown ThrowDown #2

Stonycreek Rendezvous is fast approaching and is less than a week away. For 2012 the Rendezvous will have a full 500cfs release on top of natural flows. With the water that’s in the river now and coming in the forecast it should be an amazing weekend of boating, friends, and competition. The ThrowDown will GoDown on May 19. The event will feature a Freestyle competition and a Playboater cross race. Both events will be held at the Greenhouse Park Whitewater Park on Tire Hill Road in Johnstown PA.

Registration : You …

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[10 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Jackson Kayak Demo’s at the Stonycreek Rendezvous May 18-20

I will be working with Riversport to bring you a great weekend of Jackson Kayak Demo’s at the Stonycreek Rendezvous the weekend of May 18 – 20. Recent rains and a guaranteed release will ensure great water levels for this totally FREE event. Anyone wishing to demo the new goods will have access to every whitewater boat in the Jackson line-up with a few of the flatwater/fishing boats available as well. Free demos are for the kayak park only. I must admit, I am a little biased in my love …

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[3 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

Another cold weather wed in Reno, oh well.
We had a great turnout this week and an even better time. Thanks to the sponsors and Reno Mountain Sports for providing the food and drinks.  GoPro has come through with their sponsorship so we put together a video of the throwdown this week.  Enjoy.
Womens…

Jessica
Mary
Amy
Megan

Mens…

Scott
Pete
Jon
Kirk
Charlie
Michael and Johnathon
Kevin
Anthony

See you all next time!!
 

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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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[23 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
Reno Throwdown #2

Well we finally kicked off the bad weather WED curse and had a great evening at the park.  Still only a few more boaters than before, but the Kern River fest took away a few of the regulars.  More prizes for everyone else, WooHoo!!
Jessica            58.5
Mary                29
 
Noah                84.5
Scott                74.5
Cyrus               59
Kirk                 23
AJ                    20.5

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[13 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

Thanks to Jon Harmon and the rest of the organizers of the 4th annual Isaac Ludwig Top Yough Race. Water levels were at a bare minimum and paddlers had a scrappy course to paddle. Low water didn’t dampen any spirits and the race saw a field of 43 paddlers battle it out in short and long boat classes. Master of Safety Walt Augustine even managed to avoid last place paddling his shredder to a time of 21.16 , while experienced racer Jason Beakes took home 1st in a green boat …

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[6 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
W.PA Creek Series Race Event #3 : Isaac Ludwig Top Yough Race

The Western PA Region of World Kayak is proud to partner up with the organizers of the annual Isaac Ludwig Top Yough Race. Isaac was a good friend of mine and many who paddle in the area. IR front man Jon Harmon ( race organizer ) and the Ludwig family have graciously agreed to open the race to the series and we truly appreciate their generosity. We paddle this event with heavy hearts for the great boater and friend Isaac was to all who had the good fortune to know …

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[26 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
Rain Saves the Day : W.PA’s HomeTown ThrowDown #1

Mother Nature lent a hand and dropped over an inch of rain on the Stonycreek Watershed, bringing the river up from a dismal 3.1 feet on the gauge and what would have been a rock banging fest and provided over 1400cfs bringing the Whitewater Playpark on the Stonycreek River to a great playboating level. With our new format for the 2012 season we had both a freestyle event and a playboater cross race through the playpark. 9 competitors came out to play in the rain, with only seven competing in …

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[21 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

Here are the dates for this years throwdowns at the Reno Whitewater Park.  Registration begins at 5pm and the throwdown starts at 530.  Please try and register online a day or two before as it saves us a whole lot of time.  Lots of great sponsors this year so the swag will be top notch.
Throwdowns:  4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16,
Timed Race at the Floriston Rapids 5/30 (start time may be different).
See you soon
Noah

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[15 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]
W.PA 1st HomeTown ThrowDown Saturday March 24 !!!!!

Our First Hometown Throwdown had to be moved due to a schedule conflict so the new date is Saturday March 24. Registration starts at 12:30 event starts around 1-130 depending on attendance.
PLEASE PRE-REGISTER HERE !!!!
Freestyle Rodeo for all skill levels. Competition will either be at the playpark or at the beach hole which is about a half mile from the Stonycreek Canyon put-in in Hollsopple.
Some of the more advanced boaters have also agreed to stick around and provide some pointers on …

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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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[11 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Paint Creek Race Results : Low Water but Big Fun

The first ever race on Johnstown PA’s Paint Creek saw a field of 14 creek boaters ready to fly down the relatively short but steep race course section of the river. Water was on the low side, however a bright sunny warm spring day, and ample water to navigate the rapids of the race course made for high spirits and good times and lines.
Racers were given two runs with winners crowned for both the fastest lap of two and the fastest combined times. Race began in an eddy …

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[9 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Paint Creek Race is ON !!! Saturday March 10, 2012

Strap on your elbow pads and get ready for the 1st ever race on Paint Creek in Johnstown PA. We got some rain on Thursday night which brought the river up to the lower levels but good enough for the race course. Race will be time trial with 2 runs per racer with the best time being counted towards fame and glory. The course will start in the eddy above Big Falls Rapid , down through Big Sluice ( pictured above ) , continue through Mama’s Crack followed by some …

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[29 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
W. PA Region : Creek Race Series Event #2 Paint Creek Race Saturday March 10, 2012

The Paint Creek Race is going down on Saturday March 10 with a backup date of March 24 depending on water levels. Race will be held between -1′ on the gauge up to 1′. This is an expert only race, if you are not a confident class IV boater with a solid roll please reconsider.
Time : Registration will start at 10:30 am with the race starting at 12:00. This will give early comers plenty of time to test the approximately 3/4-1mile race course.
Format : Time trial : …

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[20 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Lower Big Sandy Race Results and Recap

With bright sunny skies and a great water level of 6.3 for the Lower Big Sandy, the first of the Western PA Region Creek Race series started with heated contest for the mass start participants. The racers started at the first rapid located at the put-in with all 8 racers lined up and ready to fire up the relatively short approximately 1 mile course. Racers had about 3/4 mile of class 2/3 rapids with the heat picking up as the racers hit the lead in rapid to wonder falls and …

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[15 Feb 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
Western PA Region : Creek Race Series Event 1 : Saturday Feb 18, Lower Big Sandy

Three Rivers Paddling Club, in conjunction with World Kayak, is sponsoring a monthly race series. This month the race will be held on the Lower Big Sandy in West Virginia on the 18th. Race start will be at Noon with registration opening at 11. Any volunteers wishing to help out please show up around 10 to 10:30.
To compete in the race you must be a member of Three Rivers Paddling Club, dues are $10 and membership forms will be available on the day of the race at registration.
The race will …

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[8 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
World Kayak Western PA Region : HomeTown ThrowDown Series

Hometown Throwdown Competition & Freestyle Series

FREESTYLE RODEO
These events will take place at either the Stonycreek Playpark at Greenhouse Park on Tire Hill Road in Johnstown PA or at the “Beach Hole” which is approximately ½ mile from the regular Stonycreek River Canyon Put-in depending on the water level. 600cfs up to 800cfs it will be the beach hole, 800cfs + the location will be the playpark. This is a fun, friendly, open competition. There will be categories for all skill levels of boaters from those making their first flat-spins …

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[7 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Western PA Region – Creek Race Series in the Works !!!!

I am super stoked to announce that we are in the midst of planning a Creek Racing Series for the Western PA / N. Maryland / N. WV region. While some of these runs are “technically” out of the Western PA geographic, they represent runs that all boaters from area call local runs. Tentative plans are for races on the following classics : ( Click on the run for a little video action )

Big Sandy Creek , WV
Top Yough , MD
Meadow Run , PA
Paint Creek , PA
The events …

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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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[8 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

Hey Richmond!  Wednesday September 14th is the next event.  Thanks to some good rain out west, we should have a nice level for a downriver race.  As always there will be a prize drawing after the race for those that participate, compliments of World Kayak and Appomattox River Company.  So, dust off the long boats and come on out.  Hope to see a great turnout.
Date: Sept. 14th
Location: 14th street take-out
Registration: 5pm to 545pm
Start: around 6pmish.
Event: Downriver race.

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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.  …