COSTA RICA Poza Azul EXTREME race!!

This year the Poza Azul Extreme Race took place on Saturday November 22nd with 24 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico!

The Poza Azul River runs over volcanic bedrock originating in the Braullio Carrillo National Park and feeding the Sarapiqui River. The Poza Azul Extreme Race is a Master Level race consisting of 800 meters down river, timed racing, through two class IV slide rapids to finish at a 10 meter waterfall with a very technical line to the finish point. This waterfall is a classic drop in Costa Rica and offers lots of surprises for its competitors.

The winner of this years Poza Azul Extreme Race is Diego Solano (aka Pina) won the flight to Mexico where he will be representing Costa Rica in the renowned Alseseca Race this January 10th, 2015. Antonio and Sofia from Aventurec (home base for the Alseseca competition) are supporting this years champion with free lodging and a kayak loan during his stay.

Check out the oficial website for the Sarapiqui River Festival to mark your calendar with next years dates!

 

Sarapiqui Boater Cross Race!

 This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru!

Native Sarapiqueño Oscar Arguedas and Diego Solano (Pina) tied for first place. Johann Castor, also from Sarapiqui took 2nd place and Quinn Connell, from the USA took home 3rd place!

The race is open category, and consists of class two and three rapids. Participants compete in groups, and the fastest boaters in each heat advance to the finals to determine the overall winner. The race takes place on the Sarapiqui River in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Mark down November 20th, 2015 to participate in next years competition.

The Sarapiqui River originates in the Poas Volcano and feeds the San Juan River, which runs along the border with Nicaragua. It is the second-longest river in Costa Rica. This river is a commercial river for kayaking, white-water rafting, and other activities for the entire region. This river provides all levels of kayaking and rafting.


Sarapiqui Boater Cross Race!

 This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru!

Native Sarapiqueño Oscar Arguedas and Diego Solano (Pina) tied for first place. Johann Castor, also from Sarapiqui took 2nd place and Quinn Connell, from the USA took home 3rd place!

The race is open category, and consists of class two and three rapids. Participants compete in groups, and the fastest boaters in each heat advance to the finals to determine the overall winner. The race takes place on the Sarapiqui River in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Mark down November 20th, 2015 to participate in next years competition.

The Sarapiqui River originates in the Poas Volcano and feeds the San Juan River, which runs along the border with Nicaragua. It is the second-longest river in Costa Rica. This river is a commercial river for kayaking, white-water rafting, and other activities for the entire region. This river provides all levels of kayaking and rafting.


Paddlemania a huge success!

While I was in Colorado, Midwest paddler cliff Langley was working hard to organize the new version of the annual paddle mania event. This year blast to the bridge meant the swinging bridge at jay cook state park which finishes off with a 15ft waterfall! I absolutely LOVE this stretch of river and was sad I missed the wonderful event. Duluth, mn is really starting to step up in support of our kayaking events and a huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors! Check out the news story here! http://www.pinejournal.com/content/perfect-day-paddling

Paddlemania a huge success!

While I was in Colorado, Midwest paddler cliff Langley was working hard to organize the new version of the annual paddle mania event. This year blast to the bridge meant the swinging bridge at jay cook state park which finishes off with a 15ft waterfall! I absolutely LOVE this stretch of river and was sad I missed the wonderful event. Duluth, mn is really starting to step up in support of our kayaking events and a huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors! Check out the news story here! http://www.pinejournal.com/content/perfect-day-paddling

Paddlemania a huge success!

While I was in Colorado, Midwest paddler cliff Langley was working hard to organize the new version of the annual paddle mania event. This year blast to the bridge meant the swinging bridge at jay cook state park which finishes off with a 15ft waterfall! I absolutely LOVE this stretch of river and was sad I missed the wonderful event. Duluth, mn is really starting to step up in support of our kayaking events and a huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors! Check out the news story here! http://www.pinejournal.com/content/perfect-day-paddling

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was big booming fun! We had a good turn out with 16 competitors joining in for some friendly freestyle rodeo for the first time since June of 2011!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mostly sunny warm weather!

The river level was around 680 CFS; which is just starting to get retentive for play boating at Big Rock with the change in the feature due to the past two years of high flows.  We were all pretty excited though to final get some rodeo competition action in the feature!  A good time was had by all!

 

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Results:

 

Women’s K-1:

1. Andrea Ramsey (61)

Mens Expert K-1:

1. Wade Harrison (313)

2. Michael Reber (139)

3. Wesley R. Bradley (109)

 

Men’s Intermediate K-1 Short Boat:

1. Steve Moore (106)

2. Brian Vermillion (73)

3. Tod Emma & Kevin Mather (67)

5. Greg Timm (66)

6. George Mauger (64)

7. Ryan Shealy (62)

8. Bill Finger (54)

9. Jeff Weatherford (16)

Mens Novice K-1:

1. Keith Duncan (51)

2. Bill Berry (31)

SUP:

1. Jack Nelson (14)

(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!

Event Highlights:

*We had 4 swimmers during the event!

*Jack Nelson gave a great SUP exhibition through the rapid!

* Steve Moore may have been accused of sand bagging in the Men’s Intermediate Class with the use of the new 2014 Rock Star…

* Mike Patterson was on site as our safety crew leader and had a glorious rope throw to one of the swimmers!

* Wade Harrison can throwdown!!

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

Event #2 Photo Album Link:

Jamison Evans’ HTTD #2 photo album

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

Jennifer Bradley – Registration & Variety Judge

Erin Weatherford – Registration & Technical/Style Judge

Samantha Vermillion & Michelle Frazee – Scribes

Sara Bone – Time Keeper

Jamison Evans – Photographer

A huge 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

 

Participation in all events is the key to bring home a series championship for the year!  Now that 2 events are complete the heat has been turned up for some of our competitors in their respective classes to make their place on the podium!  The competition is the hottest in the Men’s Intermediate K-1 class with only 40 points separating 1-4 places and a current tie for the 3rd spot!  We also currently have a tie for 1st place in the Men’s Novice K-1 class!  Both of these classes should be fun to watch going into event #3 to see who comes out on top…

Check out the current standings below:

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Point Series Standings

Event #1 Boater-X

Event #2 Big Rock

Event #3

Event #4

TOTAL

PLACE

Women’s K-1            
Andrea Ramsey

125

135

   

260

1

Jennifer Bradley

135

0

   

135

2

Men’s C-1            
Whitney Eure

135

0

   

135

1

Men’s Expert K-1            
Andrew Minskey

105

0

   

105

6

Jeremy Gass

95

0

   

95

7

Jon Edwards

125

0

   

125

4

Matt Dalton

135

0

   

135

2

Michael Reber

0

125

   

125

4

Wade Harrison

0

135

   

135

2

Wesley R. Bradley

135

115

   

250

1

Men’s Intermediate K-1            
Bill Finger

0

65

   

65

11

Brian Vermillion

115

125

   

240

2

Chas Branson

95

0

   

95

9

George Mauger

135

85

   

220

3

Gregg Timm

0

95

   

95

9

Hayden Blake

125

0

   

125

6

Jeff Weatherford

0

55

   

55

12

Kevin Mather

0

115

   

115

7

Michael Crooks

115

0

   

115

7

Ryan Shealy

115

75

   

190

5

Steve Moore

125

135

   

260

1

Tod Emma

105

115

   

220

3

Men’s Novice K-1            
Bill Berry

135

125

   

260

1

Josh Pendergrass

135

0

   

135

3

Keith Duncan

125

135

   

260

1

Ryan Horn

115

0

   

115

4

SUP            
Jack Nelson

135

135

   

270

1

Keith Lawdermilk

115

0

   

115

3

Philip Aschliman

125

0

   

125

2

Click here for PDF Point Series Standings

Stay tuned for event #3’s date announcement coming in July!  Hope to see you on the Noli for some paddling fun!!

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

Contack WK
  • Grass Roots Development
  • Web Development / Marketing
  • On-Line Coverage