Sarapiqui River Festival Costa Rica

Kayak Ramp at the Sarapiqui River Festival
The Sarapiqui River Festival began 3 years ago as a collaboration between Chilamate Rainforest and World Class Kayak Academy as a way to give back to the local community and get the local kids on the river and in boats and as a day to celebrate the Sarapiqui River in a safe family environment.
This year, 2013, is the River Festivals 3rd year and this year the organisation was taken on by a local organisation Chilamate Activo together with the hard work and logistical coordination of World Kayak Costa Rican Ambassador Davis Azofeifa (owner of Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat), and a great number of local and international sponsors and supporters including: World Kayak, Selva Whitewater, Tropical Duckies, Sarapiqui Outdoor Center, Aventuras del Sarapiqui, Rios Lagos y Mares, World Class Kayak Academy, Ferreteria el Tucan, Super Malibu, World Leadership School and Lago Jalapa, and the local firefighters and red cross.
This years Festival kicked off on Saturday the 23rd of November with an extreme creek race and peaked on Sunday the 24th with an inclusive Sarapiqui down river race and the RAMP!!! Attendance was higher than ever. Great food and local artwork abound. PURA VIDA!! We hope to see you next year!!

Sarapiqui River Festival Extreme Creek Race

On November 23rd, 2013, the third Annual Sarapiqui River Festival kicked off with an extreme creek race for the regions best local kayakers and participants from as far as Manual Antonio. Native Turialban Arnaldo Cespedes Perez took home 1st place! It was a beautiful day but the competition was tough as the participants dared the awesome waterfalls at Poza Azul River, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. PURA VIDA

Sarapiqui River Festival Extreme Creek Race

On November 23rd, 2013, the third Annual Sarapiqui River Festival kicked off with an extreme creek race for the regions best local kayakers and participants from as far as Manual Antonio. Native Turialban Arnaldo Cespedes Perez took home 1st place! It was a beautiful day but the competition was tough as the participants dared the awesome waterfalls at Poza Azul River, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. PURA VIDA

2014 Nashville World Kayak Winter Event Series

Can you spot Carlos Aranda's boat?

2014 Nashville World Kayak Winter Event Series

Can you spot Carlos Aranda's boat?

2014 Nashville World Kayak Winter Event Series

Can you spot Carlos Aranda's boat?

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)

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Junior Men’s Novice K-1:

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

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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”!

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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!

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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)

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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)

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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!

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*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!

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

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*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.

expert-boater-x

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)

mens-expert-top-3

Men’s Intermediate K-1:

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

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

mens-int-top-2

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)

mens-novice-top-3

(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

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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!!

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