IMG_5371Gauley 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 for her first kayaking experience.  All you fans of the WK hometown throwdowns can thank her for all the great Chaco prizes this season.  Ashley and I paddled a Duo down the river together and we boofed and surfed the whole way down, Rick took some great photos, and Jim stuck his first helix.  I don’t think I have seen anyone that smiled so much their first time in a kayak as Ashley did!  That evening Jay and Samantha from the Charlotte WK region were killing it at the Chaco booth getting folks signed up for the throwdown the next day.  Do to some unforeseen speed bumps the event did not get to happen the way that Jay and Samantha had planned, but in true hometown throwdown fashion they adapted and had a great Gauley triathlon with the help of the Chaco team.  Once again Gauley never disappoints and I am ready for next year!

Later ; Colin

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