APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Whitewater Long Boat Racing Clinic with Chris Hipgrave

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Do you want to learn how to go fast in kayak?

The Legendary Chris Hipgrave is joining the APEs for a GO FAST Session on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 6, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce its first kayak racing clinic with Chris Hipgrave from the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Chris is the current Ocoee Race Champion two years running and is on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Athlete Team.  His name is always toward the top of the results in any race he enters!!  For those who do not know this British Bro make sure you check out his website for many of his racing accomplishments: http://chrishipgrave.com/

This one day course is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on river running in modern whitewater racing kayaks in the context of a river trip.  It will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 14 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure you register to reserve your spot.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Chris Hipgrave to GO FAST—need we say more?!?

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class III whitewater, have winter paddling gear, and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability.  Min age is 14 and accompanied by parent/guardian.

APEs Whitewater Long Boat Racing Clinic with Chris Hipgrave

APE's Logo

Do you want to learn how to go fast in kayak?

The Legendary Chris Hipgrave is joining the APEs for a GO FAST Session on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 6, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce its first kayak racing clinic with Chris Hipgrave from the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Chris is the current Ocoee Race Champion two years running and is on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Athlete Team.  His name is always toward the top of the results in any race he enters!!  For those who do not know this British Bro make sure you check out his website for many of his racing accomplishments: http://chrishipgrave.com/

This one day course is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on river running in modern whitewater racing kayaks in the context of a river trip.  It will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 14 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure you register to reserve your spot.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Chris Hipgrave to GO FAST—need we say more?!?

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class III whitewater, have winter paddling gear, and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability.  Min age is 14 and accompanied by parent/guardian.

APEs Whitewater Long Boat Racing Clinic with Chris Hipgrave

APE's Logo

Do you want to learn how to go fast in kayak?

The Legendary Chris Hipgrave is joining the APEs for a GO FAST Session on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 6, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce its first kayak racing clinic with Chris Hipgrave from the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Chris is the current Ocoee Race Champion two years running and is on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Athlete Team.  His name is always toward the top of the results in any race he enters!!  For those who do not know this British Bro make sure you check out his website for many of his racing accomplishments: http://chrishipgrave.com/

This one day course is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on river running in modern whitewater racing kayaks in the context of a river trip.  It will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 14 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure you register to reserve your spot.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Chris Hipgrave to GO FAST—need we say more?!?

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class III whitewater, have winter paddling gear, and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability.  Min age is 14 and accompanied by parent/guardian.

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.

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