2011 Symposium Sessions

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Symposium Format – NEW TO 2011
The 2011 Symposium was formatted to put all of us together in ONE place for greater chunks of time, sharing conversation over subjects that are key to our industry.  To this end, each session/day was started with a panel or keynote presentation.  From that launching point, direct break out sessions followed, with all attendees continuing to discuss similar themes.  There were no on-water sessions during dry land sessions, keeping rooms buzzing and networking going. This year’s attendees had the chance to participate in all offered discussions, rotating small groups through each and every session.

One goal this year was to use this format to bring many different sectors of our industry together to ‘connect the dots’ across the broad range of paddling related endeavors.  Event managers who help market our events, meeting with global sporting organization heads, manufacturers, dealers, educators, club administrators … all part of our symbiotically connected whitewater community.  Through this format we attempted to better direct our discoveries and shared knowledge toward the universal growth and overall betterment of whitewater paddling! Here’s an outline of the program, as it was scheduled.

October 12

Symposium Registration & Day 1 Program

9:00 – 11:30am – Registration/Fishing Derby Launch (3-day derby)
*** Note:  The derby will run all three days, pick up a fishing boat, a rod and the biggest fish wins… amongst other prizes.

Pre-Program Sessions (Optional sessions for early arrivals)

10:00 – 11:00 – The 2013 World Freestyle Championships @ NOC – A presentation on planning (optional for those who arrive early)
Sutton Bacon and his NOC staff welcome any and all who wish to hear about plans for bringing the world of freestyle to NOC, as they will be hosting the 2013 ICF World Freestyle Championships.  Learn about preparations being made for this big event and some of the potential opportunities that accompany it.

10:00 – 11:00 – GoPro Symposium Film Team – Join Jaymo and help make a mini-documentary of this year’s symposium!
The best way to learn modern content marketing technique is to do it hands on with one of the best!  Join Chris “Jaymo” Jamison in this meeting and get hands on experience in producing, directing, capturing and editing a cool featurette on this year’s Whitewater Symposium.  This will be a first planning meeting.

Opening Program – Dry Land Sessions

11:30 Symposium Welcome

11:30 – 1:00 – Opening Keynote Luncheon/Panel – “Whitewater Directions”
You’ll want to be in the room with this all-star panel and their insider perspectives on the current state of whitewater paddling, in all its manifestations, as well as an outlook on its future. Panelists include International Canoe Federation Committee Chair Lluis Rabaneda, USA Canoe Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi, Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Sutton Bacon and other surprise guests.

1:30 – 3:00 – BREAK OUT SESSIONS 1

Session 1 – How Governing Bodies Work to Grow our Sport – Lluis Rabenada, Joe Jacobi
The ICF, USACK and other bodies continually work to bring more and more attention to our sport by creating structure, diverse activity, events and more.  This session will lead a discussion on how these organizations continue to work towards these goals.  It will also be a conversation on how your organization can work alongside these organizations.

Session 2 – Impact of Events – Bob Campbell, NOC , Colin Kemp and special guests
Events continue to be any sport’s most important gateway.  They provide the marketing our sport needs to grow and encourage community activity that keeps the spark of our enthusiasm lit.  This session will open up conversations about the importance of these events, lead to collaboration in event management and deal with some of the core issues with hosting an event.

 

3:30 – 5:00 -BREAK OUT SESSIONS 2

Session 3 –Youth Programming – Joe Kowalski, Jessie Stone
This afternoon conversation will be hosted by two of our sport’s greatest innovators in youth and outreach programming,  Joe Kowalski and Jessie Stone.  Both have a unique story to tell and the discussions that follow will blend into youth engagement, development and special populations and how they effect our sport.  Joe Kowalski initiated the Keener Program at the Ottawa Kayak School/Wilderness Tours on the Ottawa River 25+ years ago… with that began one of the most exciting programs for youth development in our sport today.  The Keener program has created superstars from superstars and continues to produce more of today’s top youth paddlers than any other program.  Lets talk about youth development programming!  For years Jesse Stone has been leading the way in bringing Whitewater to kids and using her passion for the sport and children together to great cause.  From the jungles of Uganda to the streets of the US, Jesse has an amazing story to tell and a valuable program for you to look at.

Session 2 –Organizational Initiatives – ACA, AW, World Kayak
Organizations like American Whitewater, World Kayak and the American Canoe Association have long been at the forefront of local river advocacy, education, events/ community initiative, as well as leaders in helping us keep our paddling populations growing, safe, and skilled, along with our waters flowing and clean. Learn about a variety of organizational initiatives, in an overview of recent efforts, and consider how you can be involved in thinking progressively for the future and moving things forward.

6:30 pm to 10 pm – Happy Hour & Catfish Fry

October 13

6:00 – 7:00 a.m. – Morning Wake Up
Join our top athletes as they shake off the morning cob webs, stretch it out and get juiced for our second day at Symposium!

7:30 to 9:00 am – Breakfast and Keynote Address – “Brandon Holmes – Branding, the Future
This out-of-the-box look at branding is a MUST SEE presentation aimed at getting us into Day 2 with an eye on content marketing… marketing our sport, marketing our goods and marketing our services via visual and textual assets.

9:30am to 11:00am – BREAK OUT SESSIONS1

Session 1 – Content Marketing Fiesta – GoPro’s Jaymo, Brandon Holmes, WK’s James McBeath and special guests
With the onset of the web’s capacity to deliver more and more visual content alongside text content, it is becoming key for all of us to adopt practice of driving good content to our audiences.  This panel and conversation will touch on all the latest trends, tricks and success stories in content marketing.

Session 2 – Adding to the Quiver – SUP , Kayak Fishing– Ken “Hobie” Hovie, Drew Gregory
Adding value to your paddle sports service or retail clients will always be a forefront conversation.  In this session we look at two of the largest growing paddlesport’s sectors and discuss how we all benefit from these exciting new verticals.  Join Hobie for his unique spin and enthusiastic initiation to Stand Up Paddleboarding… Hobie will be bring all sorts of goodies, info and tips for you to both learn from for your own SUP skills development and gather hints as to how you too can bring this growth sport to your clients.  Drew Gregory will also be there showing you how kayak fishing has become the latest buying craze.

11:00am to 12:30pm – BREAK OUT SESSIONS 2

Session 1 – Designers
In 2010 the Designer’s panel was fun!  This year we will be bringing in a wider group of leading designers to talk about the current trends and trends to come in paddlesports manufacturing design.  New plastics, new clothes, new gear … let them know what you want to see!

Session 2 – Press, PR, Social Networking and web… The Works! – Jeroen of Playak, Lee Hart of BrandAmp and special guests
The world of communications is becoming a complex jungle of best practice.  There is so much you can do, so much you have to do and so many ways to do it… but what are the most effective ways? What are the right ways?  This conversation will prove to be the most fun as it takes all we have talked about and puts it into a Marketing and Communications perspective.

Noon to 12:30pm – Pick up sack lunch

On-Water Sessions

1pm-5pm – On Water Demos and Clinics! (Hour  long sessions)

The water is still warm in Rock Island, TN and will stay that way in October! Come join some of the industry’s best paddlers and instructors as they work each station and give you just enough time to catch your breath before your next rotation, so you’ll never get bored: Sessions will include those instructed by: Eric Jackson, Emily Jackson, Nick Troutman, Dane Jackson, Ken Hovie, Clay Wright, Colin Kemp, Heather Herbeck and many more ….

ACA Instructor Update On-Water Session #1

    with Janet Burnett-Cowie & Bob Campbell (eligible participants will register in advance)

Station 1:  Put In Eddy

Stroke Drill Warm Up- Learn proper habits for Head, Paddle, Boat, and Body while limbering up, and increasing range of motion and strength.

Join top kayakers as they go to show that a proper warm up and proper use of strokes can lead to less injury and longevity in your kayaking career. Not only will you get warmed up but you will be taught, or reminded of all the important habits to maintain while paddling.

Station 2: Top Waves

River Running- What it means today…

Several whitewater pioneers will be taking us through what River Running means today. If you are like a majority of boaters who would like to get from point A to point B as in control as possible, top paddlers will help show you how. From reading water, to picking a line, river signals and just having a great time on water, this class has it all.

What’s SUP in Whitewater?   The hows, where’s, and whys for bringing a SUP to the river waves.

Ken “Hobie” Hovie is a common scene on rivers across the West coast, but not in a kayak. Ken has been primarily focusing on bring SUP to rivers all around him. Ken is going to explain and show the benefits of using a Stand Up Paddleboard on River Waves and show you how!

Station 3: Rock Island Hole  (lower water level so not hard to manage)

Playboating- Basics and Advanced, learn to spin, cartwheel, and loop!

Some of the most dynamic freestyle paddlers of our day will show you how to perform any freestyle trick you can imagine- the variety of tricks will be determined with the water levels but either way we can guarantee a feature for spinning, cartwheeling and even loops!

Station 4: Power House to Boat Ramp- Run Great Falls Gorge and enjoy breathtaking views and wonderful river features

River Running and Intro to Creeking

Just finished up your River Running Intro continue down the river with pro kayakers who will be taking you through a breathtaking gorge and giving an introduction to creek boating. With a briefing on what to take with you, how to scout a rapid and the importance of safety, we will be willing to answer questions you may have about stepping up your River Running skills and getting into creeking.

Station 5: Boat Ramp at the Park (Take Out)

Rolling and Bracing: How to perfect your Roll and Teach Others

One of the most successful Rolling and Bracing videos will be coming to life! Join Eric Jackson as he explains the key instruction points for not only learning but teaching the brace and a bomb proof roll. Ever wonder why you miss the first one? Or want to know how to improve it in whitewater? Eric will be happy to help each one of you!

Strokes, Concepts and Edge Control.

Not sure which strokes to take when or how to make them more effective? This class will cover everything from proper forward strokes all the way to reverse draws, c-strokes and more. Making sure you are using proper edge control and finding a balance when crossing in and out of eddies will also be a key part of this clinic.

Hand of God- How it Can Save you from Sticky Situations-Keeping a person from swimming or saving and unconscious paddler.

Sometimes people just don’t swim! Well then what? Any instructor should know this important safety procedure in case of a panicked student or even an unconscious one. Once you have this technique down it can actually make your student’s day on the water much more enjoyable. Simply because each time they flip over, they don’t have to deal with swimming! It’s easier for you, easier for them, and can help save you in difficult situations.

Swift Water Rescue- Safety First!

Anyone that spends any time on or beside the river should have some basic Swift Water Rescue skills. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Take a quick course with some of the top paddlers who have had to use their knowledge in several first hand experiences. This will help ensure your getting valuable information and be of assistance if ever needed.  We recommend everyone stopping in for one of these courses to help share information, learn new information and continue to come up with ideas that could one day save someone’s life.

Demos at the Boat Ramp:

Learn How to Kayak

Introductions to Kayaking will be held at the boat ramp throughout the afternoon! Haven’t been kayaking before? Don’t Miss it! Professional paddlers will show you how to put on gear, pick a kayak your size and take you out on the flatwater!

Stand Up Paddle Board Demos

Try a variety of Stand Up Paddle Boards with Tips from Ken Hovie, Dane Jackson and Nick Troutman.

Paddle Station Workout Sessions

Brad Sisco will be on hand with some cool Paddle Station exercise machines for all  to try out.

Kayak Fishing- with Help from Jackson Kayak’s Fishing Team!

Jackson Kayak’s fishing team will be on the banks making sure you’re sent out with all the proper equipment! Not to mention if you signed up for the fishing derby you will want to get your fishing on!

6:30 pm to 10 pm – PARTY, FOOD, BAND!

October 14

Dry Land Session

7:30 to 9:00 am – Breakfast and Closing Group Session – “Collective Brainstorm”
One of the WW Symposium’s favorite discussion formats has always been the Group Brainstorm where all attendees are broken up into teams to answer some of our industries most compelling and, well, silly questions.  Join us for this closing exercise, one that brings out all of our true characters.

On-Water Sessions

9:30am – 11:30am – On Water Demos and Clinics! (Hour long Sessions)

ACA Instructor Update On-Water Session #2

    with Janet Burnett-Cowie & Bob Campbell (eligible participants will register in advance)

Station 1- Put In

Warming Up and Strokes and Concepts

Wished you would have taken the Strokes and Concepts yesterday? Not to worry we will use this instructive course to warm up our shoulders, neck and back, all while learning! Having a proper warm up is key to a great day on the water, injury free. We recommend everyone join us in this station in hopes of getting warmed and ready for the Whitewater Action.

Station 2 – Top Waves

Surfing and carving up the waves:   Learn how to get on, stay on, and move around waves in control and having fun.

Sometimes it feels like the wave is moving so fast, it’s hard to keep up! With this course we will teach you all the proper technique in hopes of slowing things down, so you can be more pro-active on the wave and in control. You will find yourself taking less strokes when your surfing and having more energy for carving back and forth and surfing longer!

Station 3- Rock Island Hole

Beginner to Advanced Playboating all in one class and one great hole.

Feel like you didn’t quite get the moves down yesterday or want to try the same class out with a different instructor. Be sure to stop in for the Beginner to Advanced Playboating. We will be covering everything from spins to loops and more! The variety of moves available for learning will be determined by water levels. Either way we can guarantee a great spinning and looping feature!

Station 4- Power House to Boat Ramp

Advanced River Running

Using the rapids we have we will be asking each of you to catch hard eddies, make harder ferries and turn our local rapids into a course! With this task you will learn how to make hard lines, and stay focused once in the rapids. We will also go over boofing, looking where you’re going and reverse ferries! You never know what situation you will be in when running harder rivers but we can be prepared! Join top paddlers as they show you how!

Station 5- Boat Ramp

A wonderful way to teach the roll– From Family, Friends, or even Kids- this is a class not to miss!

Eric Jackson has been known for teaching his roll in 15 minutes or less, and now he is going to show you how! Using basic step by step instruction with very specific drills he’s proven his technique to work over and over again. During this course he will show you how to do it in a manner for your friends, family or even kids!

Hand of God- How it Can Save you from Sticky Situations-Keeping a person from swimming or saving and unconscious paddler.

Sometimes people just don’t swim! Well then what? Any instructor should know this important safety procedure in case of a panicked student or even an unconscious one. Once you have this technique down it can actually make your student’s day on the water much more enjoyable. Simply because each time they flip over, they don’t have to deal with swimming! It’s easier for you, easier for them, and can help save you in difficult situations

Learn How to Kayak

Introductions to Kayaking will be held at the boat ramp throughout the afternoon! Haven’t been kayaking before? Don’t Miss it! Professional paddlers will show you how to put on gear, pick a kayak your size and take you out on the flatwater!

Stand Up Paddle Board Demos

Try a variety of Stand Up Paddle Boards with Tips from Ken Hovie, Dane Jackson and Nick Troutman.

Kayak Fishing- with Help from Jackson Kayak’s Fishing Team!

Jackson Kayak’s fishing team will be on the banks making sure you’re sent out with all the proper equipment! Not to mention if you signed up for the fishing derby you will want to get your fishing on!

Paddle Station Workout Sessions

Brad Sisco will be on hand with some cool Paddle Station exercise machines for all  to try out.

Noon-2pm – Guide of the Jackson Kayak Factory and a Pizza Party Lunch

Our own version of how it’s made- only better because its kayaks!  We will show you everything from the second the plastic powder goes into the oven till the shippers send it out the door. Jackson Kayak employees will be happy to answer any questions and provide information on the step by step process.

2pm-3:30pm Slalom Survival – Think You Have What It Takes?

Helmet, Life Jacket, Paddle, Skirt and Boat- are you ready to take on slalom survival in hopes of beating some of the industries most famous and well known paddlers… We hope so! Join us for a hooligan of an event with rolling, sprinting and rapids in between! If you can’t come and laugh at yourself- we don’t recommend it!

4pm – Awards Ceremony and Goodbyes!

Gathering the die hard remaining for one more hoorah! A prize giving with awesome prizes and a chance to gather other attendee’s information, this is less of a good bye and more of a see you on the river!