Visiting The NOC and Ocoee

The plan was to meet at the Nantahala put-in at 10:00, and then after we do a run I was going to compete in the NOC canoe club challenge. My dad and I arrived a little bit early, so we decided to stay down at the NOC hole for the day. We ended up seeing Sage Donnelly, Corey Sheenan, and a few other friends. At 12:00 the race had begun. With a few flips and some missed gates, I wasn’t very thrilled with my two runs down the advanced course. While we waited for the results, we messed around in the NOC hole. We hadn’t been in our play-boats for a while, so we were feeling kind of shaky.  My dad and I got in some cartwheels and loops before deciding we should get out to find the rest of our crew. Soon after we got out of our boats, they pulled up to the take out. They told us all about Hailey’s combat roll at pyramid rock, and Dacey’s first time running the falls without flipping. After grabbing some food at Big Wesser BBQ, they went up for a couple of laps on the upper. We stayed back to get the results for the race. I ended up getting first place!!! It was my second slalom race that I had ever done. I also got first place in my first slalom race. I was super exited. We at a late dinner at Rivers End around 8:00. By the time we were finished, it was about 9:00. We walked outside to find that the river was still running! I sat by the river playing with my miniature kayak that I made, while my dad went to get the keys to our room. When he got back the water was higher than normal flow. It was brown like the Cascades, and we saw a few sticks and logs floating down the river. It was getting late so we decided to head up to the bunkhouses. After a few minutes of lying there in the heat, I finally fell asleep.

The next morning we went down to Rivers End for some breakfast. We watched the water rise, then we started our drive to Ocoee. We were supposed to meet up with Joe Grudger at noon for a class. We got there early, again, so we took a nap. Joe came knocking on our window at 12:00. We loaded up the boats on his truck, and headed up to the put-in. Joe showed us a few new lines down Grumpy’s, but dad wasn’t feeling to great in his Wavesport Recon 93. We both demoed some Jackson Karmas the weekend before and we loved them. We ended up deciding that we were just going to have a fun day on the Ocoee instead of doing attainments and crazy moves since dad wasn’t feeling it. But overall it was an awesome weekend. I cant wait for the world kayak Proams this weekend!

Written by Garrett Madlock

Visiting The NOC and Ocoee

The plan was to meet at the Nantahala put-in at 10:00, and then after we do a run I was going to compete in the NOC canoe club challenge. My dad and I arrived a little bit early, so we decided to stay down at the NOC hole for the day. We ended up seeing Sage Donnelly, Corey Sheenan, and a few other friends. At 12:00 the race had begun. With a few flips and some missed gates, I wasn’t very thrilled with my two runs down the advanced course. While we waited for the results, we messed around in the NOC hole. We hadn’t been in our play-boats for a while, so we were feeling kind of shaky.  My dad and I got in some cartwheels and loops before deciding we should get out to find the rest of our crew. Soon after we got out of our boats, they pulled up to the take out. They told us all about Hailey’s combat roll at pyramid rock, and Dacey’s first time running the falls without flipping. After grabbing some food at Big Wesser BBQ, they went up for a couple of laps on the upper. We stayed back to get the results for the race. I ended up getting first place!!! It was my second slalom race that I had ever done. I also got first place in my first slalom race. I was super exited. We at a late dinner at Rivers End around 8:00. By the time we were finished, it was about 9:00. We walked outside to find that the river was still running! I sat by the river playing with my miniature kayak that I made, while my dad went to get the keys to our room. When he got back the water was higher than normal flow. It was brown like the Cascades, and we saw a few sticks and logs floating down the river. It was getting late so we decided to head up to the bunkhouses. After a few minutes of lying there in the heat, I finally fell asleep.

The next morning we went down to Rivers End for some breakfast. We watched the water rise, then we started our drive to Ocoee. We were supposed to meet up with Joe Grudger at noon for a class. We got there early, again, so we took a nap. Joe came knocking on our window at 12:00. We loaded up the boats on his truck, and headed up to the put-in. Joe showed us a few new lines down Grumpy’s, but dad wasn’t feeling to great in his Wavesport Recon 93. We both demoed some Jackson Karmas the weekend before and we loved them. We ended up deciding that we were just going to have a fun day on the Ocoee instead of doing attainments and crazy moves since dad wasn’t feeling it. But overall it was an awesome weekend. I cant wait for the world kayak Proams this weekend!

Written by Garrett Madlock

Freestyle Kayaking World Championships Begin National TV Broadcast

Watch the world’s best paddlers compete for the title of World Champion on the Nantahala River.

Find the national broadcast on a Fox Sports Net network near you! See complete listings and broadcast details here:

http://noc.com/lifestyle/news/freestyle-kayaking-world-championships-begin-national-tv-broadcast

Freestyle Kayaking World Championships Begin National TV Broadcast

Watch the world’s best paddlers compete for the title of World Champion on the Nantahala River.

Find the national broadcast on a Fox Sports Net network near you! See complete listings and broadcast details here:

http://noc.com/lifestyle/news/freestyle-kayaking-world-championships-begin-national-tv-broadcast

Freestyle Kayaking World Championships Begin National TV Broadcast

Watch the world’s best paddlers compete for the title of World Champion on the Nantahala River.

Find the national broadcast on a Fox Sports Net network near you! See complete listings and broadcast details here:

http://noc.com/lifestyle/news/freestyle-kayaking-world-championships-begin-national-tv-broadcast

Freestyle Kayaking World Championships Begin National TV Broadcast

Watch the world’s best paddlers compete for the title of World Champion on the Nantahala River.

Find the national broadcast on a Fox Sports Net network near you! See complete listings and broadcast details here:

http://noc.com/lifestyle/news/freestyle-kayaking-world-championships-begin-national-tv-broadcast

Freestyle Kayaking World Championships Begin National TV Broadcast

Watch the world’s best paddlers compete for the title of World Champion on the Nantahala River.

Find the national broadcast on a Fox Sports Net network near you! See complete listings and broadcast details here:

http://noc.com/lifestyle/news/freestyle-kayaking-world-championships-begin-national-tv-broadcast

Chasing Paddles, Boats and Throwing Ropes

Chasing Paddles, Boats and Throwing Ropes

This is what we encountered  while at the Nantahala Open, this weekend.  With many people challenging the Cascades and the upper section of this river, there was a huge amount of fun going on and a lot of carnage.  When I woke up Monday morning to look at my Facebook, all I could see was, “found paddle” and “look at my boat after running the cascades”.   With all of this happening there was so much fun going on at the same time.

At the falls, there was a competition just for crazy things done on Lesser Wesser aka Nantahala Falls.  This photo shows Garrett Madlock with his bumble bee decorated Rockstar ready to brave the falls with his wings on.

Check out this Stinger with a stinger!  Rick Thompson duct taped a chair to the back of his Stinger and Garrett Madlock, dressed like a bee sits on the back challenging the falls ahead.  There was no shortage of action here at the falls.  With Batman and Robin in a Dynamic Duo, to paddling purple inflated dragons, this was a whacky twist on running the falls, to say the least.

What I love to see on the river, is kids having a blast.   Dacey Hay (shown above) had her personal first decent down the lower section of the Nantahala.  Although coming through Pattons Run out of her boat, she quickly got to the side and put her smile back on her face, and continued paddling the rest of the 8 mile section.

With the Upper Nantahala pumping out 550 cfs, it was a rush for me on my first decent! In the end it as a weekend of fun with kids, yet full of carnage and beached boats.

-Nathan Madlock

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

Chasing Paddles, Boats and Throwing Ropes

Chasing Paddles, Boats and Throwing Ropes

This is what we encountered  while at the Nantahala Open, this weekend.  With many people challenging the Cascades and the upper section of this river, there was a huge amount of fun going on and a lot of carnage.  When I woke up Monday morning to look at my Facebook, all I could see was, “found paddle” and “look at my boat after running the cascades”.   With all of this happening there was so much fun going on at the same time.

At the falls, there was a competition just for crazy things done on Lesser Wesser aka Nantahala Falls.  This photo shows Garrett Madlock with his bumble bee decorated Rockstar ready to brave the falls with his wings on.

Check out this Stinger with a stinger!  Rick Thompson duct taped a chair to the back of his Stinger and Garrett Madlock, dressed like a bee sits on the back challenging the falls ahead.  There was no shortage of action here at the falls.  With Batman and Robin in a Dynamic Duo, to paddling purple inflated dragons, this was a whacky twist on running the falls, to say the least.

What I love to see on the river, is kids having a blast.   Dacey Hay (shown above) had her personal first decent down the lower section of the Nantahala.  Although coming through Pattons Run out of her boat, she quickly got to the side and put her smile back on her face, and continued paddling the rest of the 8 mile section.

With the Upper Nantahala pumping out 550 cfs, it was a rush for me on my first decent! In the end it as a weekend of fun with kids, yet full of carnage and beached boats.

-Nathan Madlock

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

Chasing Paddles, Boats and Throwing Ropes

Chasing Paddles, Boats and Throwing Ropes

This is what we encountered  while at the Nantahala Open, this weekend.  With many people challenging the Cascades and the upper section of this river, there was a huge amount of fun going on and a lot of carnage.  When I woke up Monday morning to look at my Facebook, all I could see was, “found paddle” and “look at my boat after running the cascades”.   With all of this happening there was so much fun going on at the same time.

At the falls, there was a competition just for crazy things done on Lesser Wesser aka Nantahala Falls.  This photo shows Garrett Madlock with his bumble bee decorated Rockstar ready to brave the falls with his wings on.

Check out this Stinger with a stinger!  Rick Thompson duct taped a chair to the back of his Stinger and Garrett Madlock, dressed like a bee sits on the back challenging the falls ahead.  There was no shortage of action here at the falls.  With Batman and Robin in a Dynamic Duo, to paddling purple inflated dragons, this was a whacky twist on running the falls, to say the least.

What I love to see on the river, is kids having a blast.   Dacey Hay (shown above) had her personal first decent down the lower section of the Nantahala.  Although coming through Pattons Run out of her boat, she quickly got to the side and put her smile back on her face, and continued paddling the rest of the 8 mile section.

With the Upper Nantahala pumping out 550 cfs, it was a rush for me on my first decent! In the end it as a weekend of fun with kids, yet full of carnage and beached boats.

-Nathan Madlock

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

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