Midwest Freestyle Championships reaches 110 Competitiors!

Local Media Coverage!

See the videos! Freestyle kayak championship finishes up in Wausau.

http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Paddlers-Freestyle-in-Midwest-Championships-321970162.html

Paddlers freestyle in Midwest Championships

Updated: Sat 11:48 PM, Aug 15, 2015

No matter the age or the skill level, the competition was heating up at Wausau Whitewater Park on Saturday at the annual Midwest Freestyle Championships.

17-year-old Jeremy Husnick of Wausau has been freestyle paddling for two years.

“This is definitely my favorite sport. I’ve been in a few sports like swimming and track and soccer and stuff like that and this is just the one sport I really love,” Husnick said.

For 15 years the Midwest Freestyle Championships has been giving paddlers the chance to show their skills on the Wisconsin River.

“It’s a freestyle competition so instead of racing down the course as fast as you can go, you will be in one spot or a hole we’ll call it and you’ll try to do as many tricks as possible in one minute,” Wausau Whitewater Operations Coordinator, Margie Wenzel said.

Freestylers are then scored on how many tricks they do and how well they do them. The championships include events for all skill levels with the youngest paddlers around 10 years old.

This is Husnick’s second year doing the event in Wausau Whitewater Park.

“I look forward to it every year because it’s just a bunch of people that love to do what you like to do,” Husnick said.

Last year Husnick was in the beginners group and this year he’s at the intermediate level.

“No one cares if you mess up or do something really bad, everybody just laughs and then go watch the next person mess up, do something else,” Husnick said.

The event draws paddlers from across the state and country.

Aarynn Krall of Manitowoc has watched the championships in the past, but this year she’s competing in them.

“I looked at this competition not necessarily because I wanted to become a great freestyle paddler or play-boater, I’m actually looking to just kind of up my river-running skills,” Krall said.

Krall said it’s a unique feeling when she’s doing tricks in the water.

“The adrenaline is pumping so hard that you don’t notice crowds, you don’t know anything except for what you’re trying to do,” Krall said.

Both Krall and Husnick agree, it’s a rewarding experience, and plenty of fun.

“I plan on doing this as long as I can until I can’t do it anymore,” Husnick said.

The Midwest Freestyle Championships continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 100 paddlers are competing over the two-day event, the organization expects more than 2,000 people to come and watch the competitions.

Midwest Freestyle Championships reaches 110 Competitiors!

Local Media Coverage!

See the videos! Freestyle kayak championship finishes up in Wausau.

http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Paddlers-Freestyle-in-Midwest-Championships-321970162.html

Paddlers freestyle in Midwest Championships

Updated: Sat 11:48 PM, Aug 15, 2015

No matter the age or the skill level, the competition was heating up at Wausau Whitewater Park on Saturday at the annual Midwest Freestyle Championships.

17-year-old Jeremy Husnick of Wausau has been freestyle paddling for two years.

“This is definitely my favorite sport. I’ve been in a few sports like swimming and track and soccer and stuff like that and this is just the one sport I really love,” Husnick said.

For 15 years the Midwest Freestyle Championships has been giving paddlers the chance to show their skills on the Wisconsin River.

“It’s a freestyle competition so instead of racing down the course as fast as you can go, you will be in one spot or a hole we’ll call it and you’ll try to do as many tricks as possible in one minute,” Wausau Whitewater Operations Coordinator, Margie Wenzel said.

Freestylers are then scored on how many tricks they do and how well they do them. The championships include events for all skill levels with the youngest paddlers around 10 years old.

This is Husnick’s second year doing the event in Wausau Whitewater Park.

“I look forward to it every year because it’s just a bunch of people that love to do what you like to do,” Husnick said.

Last year Husnick was in the beginners group and this year he’s at the intermediate level.

“No one cares if you mess up or do something really bad, everybody just laughs and then go watch the next person mess up, do something else,” Husnick said.

The event draws paddlers from across the state and country.

Aarynn Krall of Manitowoc has watched the championships in the past, but this year she’s competing in them.

“I looked at this competition not necessarily because I wanted to become a great freestyle paddler or play-boater, I’m actually looking to just kind of up my river-running skills,” Krall said.

Krall said it’s a unique feeling when she’s doing tricks in the water.

“The adrenaline is pumping so hard that you don’t notice crowds, you don’t know anything except for what you’re trying to do,” Krall said.

Both Krall and Husnick agree, it’s a rewarding experience, and plenty of fun.

“I plan on doing this as long as I can until I can’t do it anymore,” Husnick said.

The Midwest Freestyle Championships continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 100 paddlers are competing over the two-day event, the organization expects more than 2,000 people to come and watch the competitions.

Midwest Freestyle Championships reaches 110 Competitiors!

Local Media Coverage!

See the videos! Freestyle kayak championship finishes up in Wausau.

http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Paddlers-Freestyle-in-Midwest-Championships-321970162.html

Paddlers freestyle in Midwest Championships

Updated: Sat 11:48 PM, Aug 15, 2015

No matter the age or the skill level, the competition was heating up at Wausau Whitewater Park on Saturday at the annual Midwest Freestyle Championships.

17-year-old Jeremy Husnick of Wausau has been freestyle paddling for two years.

“This is definitely my favorite sport. I’ve been in a few sports like swimming and track and soccer and stuff like that and this is just the one sport I really love,” Husnick said.

For 15 years the Midwest Freestyle Championships has been giving paddlers the chance to show their skills on the Wisconsin River.

“It’s a freestyle competition so instead of racing down the course as fast as you can go, you will be in one spot or a hole we’ll call it and you’ll try to do as many tricks as possible in one minute,” Wausau Whitewater Operations Coordinator, Margie Wenzel said.

Freestylers are then scored on how many tricks they do and how well they do them. The championships include events for all skill levels with the youngest paddlers around 10 years old.

This is Husnick’s second year doing the event in Wausau Whitewater Park.

“I look forward to it every year because it’s just a bunch of people that love to do what you like to do,” Husnick said.

Last year Husnick was in the beginners group and this year he’s at the intermediate level.

“No one cares if you mess up or do something really bad, everybody just laughs and then go watch the next person mess up, do something else,” Husnick said.

The event draws paddlers from across the state and country.

Aarynn Krall of Manitowoc has watched the championships in the past, but this year she’s competing in them.

“I looked at this competition not necessarily because I wanted to become a great freestyle paddler or play-boater, I’m actually looking to just kind of up my river-running skills,” Krall said.

Krall said it’s a unique feeling when she’s doing tricks in the water.

“The adrenaline is pumping so hard that you don’t notice crowds, you don’t know anything except for what you’re trying to do,” Krall said.

Both Krall and Husnick agree, it’s a rewarding experience, and plenty of fun.

“I plan on doing this as long as I can until I can’t do it anymore,” Husnick said.

The Midwest Freestyle Championships continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 100 paddlers are competing over the two-day event, the organization expects more than 2,000 people to come and watch the competitions.

Midwest Freestyle Championships reaches 110 Competitiors!

Local Media Coverage!

See the videos! Freestyle kayak championship finishes up in Wausau.

http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Paddlers-Freestyle-in-Midwest-Championships-321970162.html

Paddlers freestyle in Midwest Championships

Updated: Sat 11:48 PM, Aug 15, 2015

No matter the age or the skill level, the competition was heating up at Wausau Whitewater Park on Saturday at the annual Midwest Freestyle Championships.

17-year-old Jeremy Husnick of Wausau has been freestyle paddling for two years.

“This is definitely my favorite sport. I’ve been in a few sports like swimming and track and soccer and stuff like that and this is just the one sport I really love,” Husnick said.

For 15 years the Midwest Freestyle Championships has been giving paddlers the chance to show their skills on the Wisconsin River.

“It’s a freestyle competition so instead of racing down the course as fast as you can go, you will be in one spot or a hole we’ll call it and you’ll try to do as many tricks as possible in one minute,” Wausau Whitewater Operations Coordinator, Margie Wenzel said.

Freestylers are then scored on how many tricks they do and how well they do them. The championships include events for all skill levels with the youngest paddlers around 10 years old.

This is Husnick’s second year doing the event in Wausau Whitewater Park.

“I look forward to it every year because it’s just a bunch of people that love to do what you like to do,” Husnick said.

Last year Husnick was in the beginners group and this year he’s at the intermediate level.

“No one cares if you mess up or do something really bad, everybody just laughs and then go watch the next person mess up, do something else,” Husnick said.

The event draws paddlers from across the state and country.

Aarynn Krall of Manitowoc has watched the championships in the past, but this year she’s competing in them.

“I looked at this competition not necessarily because I wanted to become a great freestyle paddler or play-boater, I’m actually looking to just kind of up my river-running skills,” Krall said.

Krall said it’s a unique feeling when she’s doing tricks in the water.

“The adrenaline is pumping so hard that you don’t notice crowds, you don’t know anything except for what you’re trying to do,” Krall said.

Both Krall and Husnick agree, it’s a rewarding experience, and plenty of fun.

“I plan on doing this as long as I can until I can’t do it anymore,” Husnick said.

The Midwest Freestyle Championships continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About 100 paddlers are competing over the two-day event, the organization expects more than 2,000 people to come and watch the competitions.

APEs Intermediate/Advanced Whitewater Canoe Clinic with Eli Helbert

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(Registration Deadline—June 8, 2015)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce the next of its Paddle with the Pros clinics, this time by hosting an Intermediate/Advanced Whitewater Canoe Clinic with Eli Helbert.  Eli has taken top honors at two World Championships, a World Cup, and a World Extreme Race, as well as numerous national and regional canoeing titles.  He has taught courses throughout the U.S and abroad, including for the Nantahala Outdoor Center, La Ola School of Paddling in Germany and Austria, and the Oxford Riverside Center in England.

The Intermediate/Advanced Whitewater Canoe Course is designed for experienced open boaters looking to up their game, and will include refinement of fundamentals, strokes and river running technique.  The course will take place in the normal APEs watershed, to be determined as we get closer to the date.  The class will be limited to 5 students.  If you’re an aspiring open-boater this is your chance!  Send in your registration form and payment to take advantage of this outstanding and rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best!

March Update

Hey Gang,
It’s March in the Columbia River Gorge (Hood River OR). This weekend is bringing sunny, 65 degree weather. Awesome weekend for boating. So what is there to do in the Columbia Gorge? Well OKCC (Oregon Kayak Canoe Club) has their beginning Progression paddle this weekend. They will also have their Intermediate Progression Paddle on March 22nd. Check https://www.facebook.com/groups/122765061153276/ for information. Also the Lower Columbia Canoe Club has frequent weekend travels. For information check http://l-ccc.org/ .
As for other events, the NW Creeking completion is kicking off on March 14th. Check http://www.wwchampionship.org/schedule/ for information on that.
With spring approaching we (World Kayak) will be kicking off the beginner weekend day. We will be picking a day during a weekend and paddling something on either the Klickitat or White Salmon. This will be Class I and II rapids with maybe a class III rapid (which is avoidable). This will be a monthly occurrence, but dates may vary. This will be a great opportunity for new and beginner paddlers to get some assistance on getting to know the local rivers in the Columbia Gorge with more experienced paddlers along for safety and guidance.
Don’t forget to check our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Kayak-Pacific-Northwest/1550594721886158 for updates and additional information for paddlers in the Portland, Hood River, and other areas in between.

March Update

Hey Gang,
It’s March in the Columbia River Gorge (Hood River OR). This weekend is bringing sunny, 65 degree weather. Awesome weekend for boating. So what is there to do in the Columbia Gorge? Well OKCC (Oregon Kayak Canoe Club) has their beginning Progression paddle this weekend. They will also have their Intermediate Progression Paddle on March 22nd. Check https://www.facebook.com/groups/122765061153276/ for information. Also the Lower Columbia Canoe Club has frequent weekend travels. For information check http://l-ccc.org/ .
As for other events, the NW Creeking completion is kicking off on March 14th. Check http://www.wwchampionship.org/schedule/ for information on that.
With spring approaching we (World Kayak) will be kicking off the beginner weekend day. We will be picking a day during a weekend and paddling something on either the Klickitat or White Salmon. This will be Class I and II rapids with maybe a class III rapid (which is avoidable). This will be a monthly occurrence, but dates may vary. This will be a great opportunity for new and beginner paddlers to get some assistance on getting to know the local rivers in the Columbia Gorge with more experienced paddlers along for safety and guidance.
Don’t forget to check our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Kayak-Pacific-Northwest/1550594721886158 for updates and additional information for paddlers in the Portland, Hood River, and other areas in between.

March Update

Hey Gang,
It’s March in the Columbia River Gorge (Hood River OR). This weekend is bringing sunny, 65 degree weather. Awesome weekend for boating. So what is there to do in the Columbia Gorge? Well OKCC (Oregon Kayak Canoe Club) has their beginning Progression paddle this weekend. They will also have their Intermediate Progression Paddle on March 22nd. Check https://www.facebook.com/groups/122765061153276/ for information. Also the Lower Columbia Canoe Club has frequent weekend travels. For information check http://l-ccc.org/ .
As for other events, the NW Creeking completion is kicking off on March 14th. Check http://www.wwchampionship.org/schedule/ for information on that.
With spring approaching we (World Kayak) will be kicking off the beginner weekend day. We will be picking a day during a weekend and paddling something on either the Klickitat or White Salmon. This will be Class I and II rapids with maybe a class III rapid (which is avoidable). This will be a monthly occurrence, but dates may vary. This will be a great opportunity for new and beginner paddlers to get some assistance on getting to know the local rivers in the Columbia Gorge with more experienced paddlers along for safety and guidance.
Don’t forget to check our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Kayak-Pacific-Northwest/1550594721886158 for updates and additional information for paddlers in the Portland, Hood River, and other areas in between.

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