River Rescue Rodeo 2013

The River Rescue Rodeo was held on the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro, NC,  September 29th 2013.  Teams of five came to compete from as far away as Ohio, although most of the teams were regional.  A number of local volunteers and Landmark Learning instructors supported the event as judges and victims throughout the day. 

 

Events included hands on rescue and medical scenarios, boat and equipment rescues, throw rope competitions, and a knot-tying rodeo.    The event started at 9am with the closing and awards ceremony completing near 2pm.  This was a fun filled event with very active participants.

 

Our winning teams took home over $1000.00 worth of prizes and materials.  Taking first place by a small margin was Western Carolina University, followed by the Cincinnati Paddlers and finishing strong as third was Warren Wilson College.   All of the teams left with small sponsor gifts and gear from the silent auction. 

 

The best aspect of the whole event was the comradery, fun and lessons learned from the day’s activities!  Dates for 2014 will be set soon with registration opening in the late winter.

 

Special thanks go out to our event sponsors: Landmark Learning, Dillsboro River Company, Duke Energy, Northwest River Supply, American Canoe Association, American Whitewater, Carolina West Sports Medicine, Andy Shaw Ford, Astral Buoyancy, Possumdog Productions, World Kayak, and El Pacifico Mexican Restaurant.

2013 WorldKayak Pro-Am for First Descents at NOC!


So August 24th was the fourth paddling of the WorldKayak Pro-Am for First Descents and is it was the biggest and baddest yet!!! The event raised $3,795 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 kayaking and other challenging adventure sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment. This year saw a change of venue to NOC and we couldn’t be happier or more excited working with all the great folks at NOC; there is just something about being in the gorge at the Nantahala and hanging at the NOC. The event was held at NOC and we threw down at the NOC Wave the same feature that is being used for the Freestyle Worlds at NOC, Sept. 2nd – 8th . This meant that we had the best Pro paddlers in the world at the NOC already! Amateurs got a change to paddle with the best of the best from the USA, Canada and the UK.

Registration started right at 10am with our little army of volunteers getting everything set-up lightning fast. By 11am we had everyone registered and the Teams set! This is one of my favorite parts of the day, watching folks meet their Pros and getting psyched to spend the day paddling! The Jackson Team and Team Pyranha (yes the Demshitz crew!) came out huge to support the event along with members from Team Dagger, Team Wavesport and Team Liquid Logic, it was great to see everybody out. This year we also had international Pro’s from across the pond and the great North. Watching the kids and for that matter the adults too get to meet and realize that they would be paddling with all the top freestylers’ from all those awesome videos that pop-up from all over the world was great.

We were really lucky this year to have Jez Jezz from Team Australia come to be our official photograph and videographer. He made an amazing video recap of the event and took a ton of great pics.

Pro-Am video brought to you by Jez Jezz!

We started the event off with the Ladies. Each of our competitors got there Pro to themselves for the event which was awesome, we continue to get overwhelming support from the Pro’s for the event, we need more amateurs! The Ladies took to the NOC hole and went off with the Pros throwing all the big moves including the window shade and doing some face surfs. Watching the amateurs going for loops, cartwheels and even a phonix while being cheered on by everyone was awesome.

The Overall standings:
Women’s
1st place Adrienne Levknecht and Ariana
2nd place Haley Mills and Greta
3rd place Kat Levitt and Sierra
4th place Emily Jackson and Kat
5th place Rowan Stuart and Katherine

Next up were the Boys. It was great to see a preview of the rides to come at Worlds as the men throw down some huge rides and went for their biggest tricks and huge air. Dane Jackson went huge on everything getting insane air; Pringle threw some super smooth combos that we simply scored as 10, 10, 10, 10. Bren threw his patented Back Loop to Front loop combo which was sick and Jason showed that he is the Jedi Flip master! MP got into the NOC hole and never stopped for his entire ride, non-stop moves! Dave and EJ put on a cart wheeling show, going old school. All the Pros brought their best and had a great time doing paddle throws mid loop and going for a face surf!

Men’s
1st place James “Pringle” Bebbington, Issac and Kenya
2nd place Dave Levitt and Carter
3rd place Mike Patterson, Jeff and Nathan
4th place Nick Troutman, Michael and Brendan
5th place Dane Jackson, Wes and Jack
6th place Bren Orton and Justin
7th place Jason Craig, Devon and Noah
8th place Pete DeLosa, Andrew and Jake
9th place Dave Fusilli, Jeremy and Sean
10th place Eric Jackson, Philip and Scott
11th place Brandon Hepburn, Ethan and Jonathan
12th place Snowy, Justin and Harris

Time for thanks as always we have so many amazing people that help make this event so great! Thanks to NOC for hosting us and helping to promote our wonderful event. Thanks to New Star Marketing for providing all of the T-shirts. Thank you to Highland Brewing for creating and providing an amazing beer that helped us to raise even more money for this amazing cause. It was great hang out after the event and enjoy some great Highland beer for the cause of course! Thank you to our Silent Auction Donors Jackson Kayak, Pryhana Kayak, Go Pro, Kokatat, Shred Ready, Shelton Vineyards, and H20 Dreams. Also thanks to the continued support from our World Kayak Sponsors GoPro, Chaco, Jackson Kayak, Rapid Transit, Kokatat, Astral, Ninkasi Brewing, Shred Ready, Stonyboater Paddle Wax, Smith Optics, Mountain Khakis. Huge Thanks to Team Canada for scribing, timekeeping, and just helping with whatever they were asked, they made the whole event run super smooth! Thanks to Team Sondey, Casey and Kevin for doing all the math and getting the scores tabulated so quickly. Thanks to Mitch for helping judge all the great rides. Thanks to our two great volunteers who ran the Silent Auction, Carol and KK. Thanks to Skippy Films for providing amazing photos and creating a video that captures the day.

Sponsors Links:
Nantahala Outdoor Center: http://www.noc.com/
New Star Marketing : http://newstarnc.com/
Highland Brewing: http://www.highlandbrewing.com/
Jackson Kayak: http://jacksonkayak.com/
Go Pro: http://gopro.com/
Kokatat: http://kokatat.com/
Chaco: http://www.chacos.com/US/en
Rapid Transit: http://rapidtransitvideo.com/main/
Astral: http://www.astraldesigns.com/
Ninkasi Brewing: http://www.ninkasibrewing.com/
Shred Ready: http://www.shredready.com/
Stoneyboater Paddle Wax: http://www.stonyboater.com/
Smith Optics: http://www.smithoptics.com/
Mountain Khakis: http://www.mountainkhakis.com/
Pryhana Kayak: http://www.pyranha.com/
Shelton Vineyards: http://www.sheltonvineyards.com/
H20 Dreams: http://www.whitewaterdreams.com/

And of course Skippy Films: http://skippyfilms.com/
Thanks again for the great pics and video!
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Mountain Khakis is Confirmed for the 2013 WK Hometown Throwdown season!

Each year I get the opportunity to work with a number of great companies that support WW kayaking through the WK Hometown Throwdowns.  I have been working with Erin from Mtn. Khakis for a number of years now and her desire to help WK in our community growing initative has been nothing short of spectacular!  This year she introduced me to another Mtn. Khakis employee who is out there on the river getting it done with his paddling community.  Dom Clark and his friends started the “Dope Flow Boat Show”  this past summer to document their boating fun.  I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Dom, and here is what he had to say.

-          Dom, what boating community do you call home?  How long have you been involved in WW kayaking?

Indiana will always be my home, but the southeast is where it’s at for paddling.  I started flatwater kayaking when I was 16 and quickly became fascinated with whitewater.  I grew up in Indiana and my buddies and I would take our flatwater boats down any “gnar” that we could find.  There is a 3 foot ledge on the Flatrock River (Class I), my hometown run, that is what really got me hungry for whitewater.    I have been whitewater paddling for five years now.

-          What aspect of WW boating is most appealing to you?  (community, challenge, travel, exploration)

I love the challenge of running new rivers and seeing beautiful gorges that can only be accessed from the river.    I also like the brotherhood that develops between you and your fellow boaters.  To be honest, all aspects of WW boating are appealing to me, besides long portages!

-          You work at Mtn. Khakis, who has been a fantastic partner of WK for 6 years now.  Tell us a little something that we don’t know about your great company that pertains to boaters.

MK has been a sponsor of the hometown throwdowns for 7 years now and I am working to get MK more involved in the world of whitewater.  As a side note, our Flannel-Lined Original Mountain Pants are awesome after a cold day of paddling!

-          You and your paddling buddies have started a video project.  Fill us in on what you are calling it and what you guys are looking to accomplish with the project.

John Higginbotham, Greg Nance and Logan Curry are the “founding fathers” of the  “Dope Flow Boat Show.”   it was created this summer to showcase our kayaking videos.  Despite the name, DFBS does not have any negative connotations towards drugs or anything of an inappropriate nature.  In a nutshell, Dope Flow Boat Show is a group that brings together badass kayakers.  Our mission is to shed light on our sport through our videos and to bring new people into the world of whitewater.  We always strive to set a good example for the youngins.  We are going to make some informative/educational videos to explain some river running/creeking skills and some important safety precautions on the river.  Although we do run stout whitewater, safety is always our number one priority.  This is currently something that we are doing for fun, maybe it will turn into something bigger!

-          Thanks for your time.  Is there anything else that you want to share with the WK audience?

Get on the river and stay tuned for episode 3!

Here is episode #2

http://www.vimeo.com/54585640

 

 Later ; Colin

 

 

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #4

The final event in the 2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Series closed in style!  We continued the trend of “the year of no rodeo” on th Noli, due to heavy rain earlier in the week leading up to the event. 

However, like we have been doing all season, we made the best of it and had 12 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 event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with nice partly sunny weather. 

andy

The river level was 1,610CFSwhich made the main Big Rock wave/hole feature too flushy for a rodeo format.  So we agreed to a slalom course through the rapid.  Each competitor got 2 runs through the course and each run counted for their “DFS” Score.  The course involved catching 3 eddies down through the rapid behind rocks.  The competitors got 10 points for each of the eddies they caught.  Competitors had 1:30 minutes to complete the course while attempting downriver freestyle moves along the way to earn additional points from our Variety and Technical judges!

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The third run was a boatercross race for each class from the top of the campground and went through the main feature.  Then the race course veered through our version of the “Notch” and finished at a rock in the center of the river!  This made for a fun zigzag course with a bottle neck at the “Notch”.  We gave 10 pts per place in the boatercross race and summed the BC score with the DFS runs for the grand total!

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #4 Results:

Women K-1                           DFS    +      BC =           Total

1. Jennifer Bradley                        86                4th place:30    (116)

womens-k-1 

Men’s Expert K-1:

1. Duane Gibson                           143              4th place:30    (173)

2. Wesley R. Bradley                     84                1st place:60    (144)

3. Andy Woods                            90                3rd place:40    (130)

mens-expert-k-1

Men’s Intermediate K-1:

1. Steve Moore                            82                2nd place:50   (132)

2. Ryan Shealy                            89                5th place:20    (109)

3. Jeff Weatherford                      82                6th place:10    (92)

mens-int-k-1

Men’s Novice K-1:

1. Jamison Evans                         96                1st place:60    (156

2. Jeremy Gass                            99                2nd place:50   (149)

3. Ben Carr                                 47                3rd place:40    (87)

4. Jeff Vannoy                             58                5th place:20    (78)

mens-novice-k-1 

Junior Men’s Novice K-1:

1. Alex Geisman                           92                6th place:10    (102)

jr-k-1 

Click here for a PDF copy of Event #4 Results

 

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #4!

 

Event Highlights:

*We had 2 swimmers during the event that went home with with the coveted River Gypsies “Everybody Swims” sticker award.

swimmers 

*The Men’s Intermediate & Expert boatercross race was a crowd pleaser with Jeff Weatherford sacrificing his first place lead to cause some major action at the “Notch”!

boatercross-int-exp 

boatercross-notch

*Everyone who competed or volunteered in the event went home with a nice prize and free swag!

 prizes

Event #4 Photo Album Links:

Cheryl Killman’s Noli HTTD #4 photo album

Jamison Evans’ Noli HTTD #4 photo album

Noli HTTD #4 Award Ceremony photo album

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #4:

Jennifer & Wesley Bradley – Variety Judge & Registration

Laura Ward – Technical Judge

Erin Weatherford – Time Keeper

Cheryl Killman – Photographer

Susan Jarvis – Scribe

 dewey

A special thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners listed in the banner at the top of this page & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Mahoney's   Riverpark_Campground_Logo Rivergypsies_logo

 

The final point series standings and awards were a highlight of the event ceremony!  Congrats to all out our Series Champs!

womens-k-1-champs 

jr-k-1-champ

mens-novice-k-1-champs

mens-int-k-1-champs

mens-expert-k-1-champs

 

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Point Series Standings

 

Event #1 Big Rock

Event #2 Big Rock

Event #3 Big Rock

Event #4 Big Rock

TOTAL

PLACE

Men’s Expert K-1            
Andy Woods

125

135

125

115

500

1

Duane Gibson

0

115

0

135

250

3

Kerry Porche

115

0

0

0

115

5

Michael Bianchi

0

0

135

0

135

4

Wesley R. Bradley

135

125

115

125

500

1

Men’s Intermediate K-1            
Andrew Bentley

85

0

0

0

85

8

Brian Burton

125

0

0

0

125

6

Jeff Weatherford

0

0

115

115

230

4

Joseph Obenschain

135

0

0

0

135

5

Matt Dalton

115

0

135

0

250

3

Mike Dorsey

0

0

125

0

125

6

Ryan Shealy

95

125

105

125

450

2

Steve Moore

105

135

95

135

470

1

Men’s Novice K-1            
Ben Carr

0

0

0

115

115

5

Brian Vermillion

125

135

135

0

395

1

Hayden Blake

0

0

115

0

115

5

Jamison Evans

115

115

0

135

365

2

Jeff Vannoy

0

0

0

105

105

7

Jeremy Gass

0

125

0

125

250

3

Josh Carter

0

105

0

0

105

7

Lance Simerly

0

0

105

0

105

7

Pat Ladner

0

95

0

0

95

10

Robert Davis

0

0

125

0

125

4

Women’s K-1            
Jennifer Bradley

135

0

135

135

405

1

Laura Meade

0

0

125

0

125

2

Junior Men’s Novice K-1            
Alex Geisman

135

0

0

135

270

1

Carter Davis

0

0

135

0

135

2

James Hunter

0

0

125

0

125

3

Click here for a PDF copy of Final Point Series Standings

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Mark your calendar for September 29 & 30, 2012 to join us & Click Here to Register for the last big WK event for the season, 2012 WORLDKAYAK Hometown Throwdown Championship @ the NOC – Bryson City, NC!  WK will host a freestyle rodeo on Saturday and a boatercross race on Sunday for this Championship event!  I hope to see you at the GAF!!

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #3

The third event in the 2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was kind of a shocker!  Just when we thought the river level for Big Rock was going to drop in for a good rodeo the day before, we awoke on event day to discover the river level was rising from rain overnight.  We have now coined this year’s Noli HTTD Series as “the year of no rodeo”!

 

However, we made the best of it and had 16 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 event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with very humid partly sunny weather. 

 daniel

The river level was 1,640CFSwhich made the main Big Rock wave/hole feature too flushy for our typical rodeo format.  So we agreed to a slalom course through the rapid.  Each competitor got 2 runs through the course and each run counted for their “DFS” Score.  The course involved catching 3 eddies down through the rapid behind rocks.  The competitors got 10 points for each of the eddies they caught.  Competitors had 1:30 minutes to complete the course while attempting downriver freestyle moves along the way to earn additional points from our Variety and Technical judges!

bianchi 

The third run was a boatercross race for each class from the top of the campground and went through the main feature.  Then the race course veered through our version of the “Notch” and finished on the river right beach!  This made for a fun zigzag course with a bottle neck at the “Notch”.  We gave 10 pts per place in the boatercross race and summed the BC score with the DFS runs for the grand total!

boatercross-novice-women

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #3 Results:

Women K-1                           DFS    +      BC =           Total

1. Jennifer Bradley                        66                2nd place:40   (106)

2. Laura Meade                            37                DNF              (37)

top-womens-k-1 

Men’s Expert K-1:

1. Michael Bianchi                        164              2nd place:40   (204)

2. Andy Woods                            142              3rd place:30    (172)

3. Wesley R. Bradley                     131              4th place:20    (151)

top-men-expert-k-1

Men’s Intermediate K-1:

1. Matt Dalton                             116              1st place:50    (166)

2. Mike Dorsey                             112              2nd place:40   (152)

3. Jeff Weatherford                      100              3rd place:30    (130)

4. Ryan Shealy                            89                4th place:20    (109)

5. Steve Moore                            88                5th place:10    (98)

top-men-int-k-1

Men’s Novice K-1:

1. Brian Vermillion                         96                1st place:50    (146

2. Robert Davis                            80                3rd place:30    (110)

3. Hayden Blake                           40                4th place:20    (60)

4. Lance Simerly                          41                5th place:10    (51)

top-men-novice-k-1 

Junior Men’s Novice K-1:

1. Carter Davis                            146              1st place:50    (196)

2. James Hunter                           90                5th place:10    (100)

top-jr-men-k-1 

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #1 Results)

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #3!

 

Event Highlights:

 

*We had 3 swimmers during the event that went home with with the coveted River Gypsies “Everybody Swims” sticker award.

swimmers 

*Laura Meade introduced the new hand/paddle gesture, the “BANTHA-POO-DOO”, which will forever shadow the “Brown Claw”!  This gesture involves raising your paddle above the head and pumping it up and down while yelling like one of the Sand People from Star Wars!  This gesture was an instant classic by the crowd and will forever live in infamy!

laura 

*Laura Meade’s son quoted “Mommy you didn’t do very good” after she swam on her first run!

 

*Junior competitor, Carter Davis, kicked all the Men’s Expert’s butts in their boatercross race!

boatercross-expert-jr 

*Women competitor, Jennifer Bradley, kicked all but one of the Men’s Novice’s butts in their boatercross race!

jen 

*Everyone who competed or volunteered in the event went home with a prize and free swag!

 

Event #3 Photo Album Links:

Cheryl Killman’s Noli HTTD #3 photo album

Noli HTTD #3 Award Ceremony photo album

boatercross-int-notch

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #3:

Jennifer & Wesley Bradley – Variety Judge & Registration

Samantha Young – Technical Judge

Erin Weatherford – Time Keeper

Cheryl Killman – Photographer

Susan Jarvis – Scribe

andy 

A special thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners listed in the banner at the top of this page & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Mahoney's   Riverpark_Campground_Logo Rivergypsies_logo

 The point series standings are getting exciting with only one event to go ion the series!  There are some tight point spreads between several of our top competitors in some of the classes!  Who will come out on top and/or make it up on the podium after the final event?  Check out the current standings below:

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Point Series Standings

 

Event #1 Big Rock

Event #2 Big Rock

Event #3 Big Rock

Event #4 Big Rock

TOTAL

PLACE

Men’s Expert K-1            
Andy Woods

125

135

125

 

385

1

Duane Gibson

0

115

0

 

115

4

Kerry Porche

115

0

0

 

115

4

Michael Bianchi

0

0

135

 

135

3

Wesley R. Bradley

135

125

115

 

375

2

Men’s Intermediate K-1            
Andrew Bentley

85

0

0

 

85

8

Brian Burton

125

0

0

 

125

5

Jeff Weatherford

0

0

115

 

115

7

Joseph Obenschain

135

0

0

 

135

4

Matt Dalton

115

0

135

 

250

3

Mike Dorsey

0

0

125

 

125

5

Ryan Shealy

95

125

105

 

325

2

Steve Moore

105

135

95

 

335

1

Men’s Novice K-1            
Brian Vermillion

125

135

135

 

395

1

Hayden Blake

0

0

115

 

115

5

Jamison Evans

115

115

0

 

230

2

Jeremy Gass

0

125

0

 

125

3

Josh Carter

0

105

0

 

105

6

Lance Simerly

0

0

105

 

105

6

Pat Ladner

0

95

0

 

95

8

Robert Davis

0

0

125

 

125

3

Women’s K-1            
Jennifer Bradley

135

0

135

 

270

1

Laura Meade

0

0

125

 

125

2

Junior Men’s Novice K-1            
Alex Geisman

135

0

0

 

135

1

Carter Davis

0

0

135

 

135

1

James Hunter

0

0

125

 

125

3

Click here for PDF Point Series Standings

 

Mark your calendar for August 11, 2012 to join us & Click Here to Register for the final event #4!  I hope to see you on the Noli to Throwdown and pray the level will drop in for a rodeo in our final event!!

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 freestyle rodeo.  Each competitor got 2 rides on the wave/hole and both ride scores counted for their “FR” Score.

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The third run was a boatercross race for each class.  The race started from the top of the campground on river left and went through the main feature.  Then the race course veered through our version of the “Notch” and finished on the river right beach!  This made for a fun zigzag course with a bottle neck at the “Notch”.  We gave 10 pts per place in the boatercross race and summed the BC score with the FR score for the grand total!

 novice-boater-x

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Results: 

Men’s Expert K-1:                FR               BC            Total

1. Andy Woods                            95                1st place:50    (145)

2. Wesley R. Bradley                     74                2nd place:40   (114)

3. Duane Gibson                           61                5th place:10    (71)

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Men’s Intermediate K-1:

1. Steve Moore                            59                3rd place:30    (89)

2. Ryan Shealy                            57                4th place:20    (77)

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Men’s Novice K-1:

1. Brian Vermillion                         47                1st place:50    (97)

2. Jeremy Gass                            40                2nd place:40   (80)

3. Jamison Evans                         33                3rd place:30    (63)

4. Josh Carter                             35                4th place:20    (55)

5. Pat Ladner                              17                5th place:10    (27)

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(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #2 Results)

 

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #2!

dewey 

Event Highlights:

*We had 2 swimmers during the event that went home with the coveted River Gypsies “Everybody Swims” sticker award!

swimmers 

*Everyone who competed or volunteered in the event went home with a prize!

prizes

Event #2 Photo Album Links:

Cheryl Killman’s Noli HTTD #2 photo album

Jamison Evans’ Noli HTTD #2 photo album

Noli HTTD #2 Award Ceremony photo album

wes-loop

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #2:

Jennifer Bradley – Registration

Samantha Young & Laura Ward – Technical Judge

Steve Moore & Jennifer Bradley – Time Keeper

Cheryl Killman – Photographer

andy

A special thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners listed in the banner at the top of this page & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Mahoney's   Riverpark_Campground_Logo Rivergypsies_logo

The competition is heating up after 2 events in the series!  We have a tie for 1st place in the Men’s expert class.  The Men’s Intermediate & Novice classes have close races for 1st and 2nd place too!  Check out the current standings below:

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Point Series Standings

 

Event #1 Big Rock

Event #2 Big Rock

Event #3 Big Rock

Event #4 Big Rock

TOTAL

PLACE

Men’s Expert K-1            
Andy Woods

125

135

   

260

1

Duane Gibson

0

115

   

115

3

Kerry Porche

115

0

   

115

3

Wesley R. Bradley

135

125

   

260

1

Men’s Intermediate K-1            
Andrew Bentley

95

0

   

95

5

Brian Burton

125

0

   

125

4

Joseph Obenschain

135

0

   

135

3

Ryan Shealy

105

125

   

230

2

Steve Moore

115

135

   

250

1

Men’s Novice K-1            
Brian Vermillion

125

135

   

260

1

Jamison Evans

115

115

   

230

2

Jeremy Gass

0

125

   

125

4

Josh Carter

0

105

   

105

5

Matt Dalton

135

0

   

135

3

Pat Ladner

0

95

   

95

6

Women’s K-1            
Jennifer Bradley

135

0

   

135

1

Jr Men’s Novice K-1            
Alex Geisman

135

0

   

135

1

Click here for PDF Point Series Standings

steve 

Mark your calendar for July 14, 2012 to join us & Click Here to Register for event #3!  I hope to see you on the Noli to Throwdown with a good water in July!!

Reno HTTD #4

Our last throwdown broke the BWW (Bad Weather Wednesday) curse!  We had a great turn out an a little bit more water than we have had this season.  Charlie Albright was seen in a boat newer than an RPM, and it looked like he enjoyed it.  He also had the most unique vessel for the contest.  He managed to spin his way into 6th place in a tube!  That is some serious skill.  The ladies had another great showing and Gayle graced us with her boating prowess and took second place.  Sara and Megan who just learned to boat at UNR came out to strut their stuff and Mary manage to lock down first place, with the Star that she won last year in the throwdowns.  The men had a bit of a one upping contest when it came to hand paddling!  Kevin, another new UNR student hand paddled for a full ride after only 3 months of boating.  After one of the guys hand paddled we saw three more join in with varied results!  Max made an appearance as well.  The last throwdown of the season will be held at jaws for an interesting down river race!

1. Conner

2. Kevin

3.Vince

4.Kirk

5.Eric

6.Charlie

7.Max

8.Anthony

1.Mary

2.Gayle

3.Megan

4.Sara

 

Later ; Colin

 

Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was full of fun! We had 13 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 event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mild overcast weather. 

 

The river level was 1,470 CFS which made the main Big Rock wave/hole feature too flushy for our typical rodeo format.  So we agreed to a slalom course through the rapid.  Each competitor got 2 runs through the course and the best run counted for their “DFS” Score.  The first part of the course involved catching 3 eddies down through the rapid behind rocks.  The competitors got 10 points for each of the eddies they caught.  The next part of the course was a ball toss into a bucket for 10 points.  The last part of the course was a paddle toss through a hula hoop for 10 points.  Competitors had 3:00 minutes to complete the course while attempting downriver freestyle moves along the way to earn additional points from our Variety and Technical judges!

 vermillion

The third run was a boatercross race for each class from the top of the campground to the big rock!  This made for a fun 300 yard dash through the Big Rock rapid and through the pool at the bottom.  We gave 10 pts per place in the boatercross race and summed the BC score with the DFS best run for the grand total!

boatercross

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1 Results:

jr-women-classes 

Women K-1                           DFS    +      BC =           Grand Total

1. Jennifer Bradley                        77                5th place:10    (87)

 

Junior Men’s Novice K-1:

1. Alex Geisman                           37                4th place:20    (57)

mens-expert-class 

Men’s Expert K-1:

1. Wesley R. Bradley                     99                1st place:50    (149)

2. Andy Woods                            101              2nd place: 40  (141)

3. Kerry Porche – Hand Paddler       96                3rd place:30    (126)

mens-int-top-3 

Men’s Intermediate K-1:

1. Joseph Obenschain                   108              1st place:50    (158)

2. Brian Burton                            124              4th place:20    (144)

3. Steve Moore                            79                2nd place:40   (119)

4. Ryan Shealy                            76                3rd place:30    (106)

5. Andrew Bentley                        65                5th place:10    (75)

mens-novice-top-3

Men’s Novice K-1:

1. Matt Dalton                             73                1st place:50    (123

2. Brian Vermillion                         60                2nd place:40   (100)

3. Jamison Evans                         15                3rd place:30    (45)

 

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #1 Results)

 

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #1!

steve 

Event Highlights:

*We had 1 swimmers during the event who went home with with the coveted River Gypsies “Everybody Swims” sticker award.

swimmer 

*Everyone who competed or volunteered in the event went home with a prize!

andy 

Event #1 Photo Album Links:

Brian Vermillion’s Noli HTTD #1 photo album

Jamison Evans’ Noli HTTD #1 photo album

Noli HTTD #1 Award Ceremony photo album

 

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #1:

Jennifer & Wesley Bradley – Variety Judge & Registration

Samantha Young – Technical Judge

Lance Simerly – Time Keeper

Peggy GeFellers – Photographer

Susan Jarvis – Ball Toss Referee

joseph 

A special thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Mahoney's   Riverpark_Campground_Logo Rivergypsies_logo

 

Participation in the events is the key to bring home a series championship this year!  Check out the current standings below:

 

2012 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Point Series Standings

 

Event #1 Big Rock

Event #2 Big Rock

Event #3 Big Rock

Event #4 Big Rock

TOTAL

PLACE

Men’s Expert K-1            
Andy Woods

125

     

125

2

Kerry Porche

115

     

115

3

Wesley R. Bradley

135

     

135

1

Men’s Intermediate K-1            
Andrew Bentley

95

     

95

5

Brian Burton

125

     

125

2

Joseph Obenschain

135

     

135

1

Ryan Shealy

105

     

105

4

Steve Moore

115

     

115

3

Men’s Novice K-1            
Brian Vermillion

125

     

125

2

Jamison Evans

115

     

115

3

Matt Dalton

135

     

135

1

Women’s K-1            
Jennifer Bradley

135

     

135

1

Junior Men’s Novice K-1            
Alex Geisman

135

     

135

1

 

Click here for PDF Point Series Standings

Don’t forget that World Kayak is offering the WK POINTS SYSTEM again this year which will allow each competitor to GET RANKED ($10.00 annual membership fee) and compete in the inaugural Hometown Throwdown Southeast Championship!!! 

kerry 

Mark your calendar for June 9, 2012 to join us & Click Here to register for event #2!  I hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

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 ; Colin

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 ; Colin

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