The Next Rapid Evolution

19742_312703428211_72062778211_3501692_4751073_nThe 2010 Whitewater Symposium is coming to the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC October 8-10. Like past Symposiums, this 7th version of the event seeks to advance the sport of whitewater paddling by bringing together key players from all aspects of the whitewater spectrum including clubs, instruction, recreation, manufacturing, competition, retail, adventure travel, and stewardship .

It’s a truly unique opportunity for paddlers and industry leaders alike to exchange ideas about trends in programs, promotion, equipment, and technique. For the benefit of the paddling public and club members in particular, the 2010 Symposium will provide an all-inclusive package of on-water instruction, dry-land seminars, film presentations, and roundtable discussions targeting many more of the “in-demand” topics most noted by past participants,

We’ve listened to attendee feedback over the years, from which we’ve created a fresh new series of topics addressing some of the more common themes of interest to our audiences. New to the Symposium this year is a dedicated 3-track session schedule that aims to emphasize specific topics in the areas of whitewater oriented business, program development, and paddler enthusiasm.

The Business Track will include presentations by astute market leaders like Andy Zimmerman from Legacy, and Darren Bush, whose company Rutabaga is the largest paddle sports retailer in North America. Discussions will incorporate perspectives on topics like “How to boost sales”, “Effective Marketing”, and “Connecting with Customers”. If you make your living in the paddlesports industry, you won’t want to miss the broad range of forward thinking discussions in the house.

The Development Track is geared towards educational programs, instruction, and club activities. These sessions will center around the most innovative thinking being applied to everything from equipment design, to program building and approaches to teaching, training and paddling technique. Key Speaker Chris Fanning, along with a plethora of acclaimed instructors like Anna LeVesque and swiftwater rescue guru Mike Mather, bring their years of experience to interactive presentations of important topics. This is an unparalleled opportunity to be part of the conversation, as many of today’s top ambassadors of paddlesports weigh in on a whitewater vision for the future.

The Paddler Track will be a chance to connect with some of the hottest personalities in paddlesports and learn about the most cutting edge whitewater pursuits happening around the world. Participate in on-water clinics with the likes of freestyle champion Eric Jackson and Olympic gold medalist Joe Jacobi. Get up to speed on specifics like paddling performance, running creeks, improving your mental game, river safety, whitewater film making, and playboating skills … and find out how many of today’s most successful paddlers are striving to make a difference through programs you might find yourself wanting to explore further.

Whether you’re looking to improve your on-water skills, boat with world class paddlers, connect with other whitewater enthusiasts and business leaders, grow your business, market your product, or learn about service project opportunities, this year’s Whitewater Symposium offers something for everyone through a dynamically diverse program held over a single weekend at one of the world’s premier whitewater destinations …. Hope to see you there! For more program, schedule, and registration information, check out

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