NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

Photo by Dale Swanson

Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge.

There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event and Shane Benedict cheered from the side as the honorary sweep.  The river level was near 1,400 CFS, which was a decent medium flow for the run from Popular, NC to USA Raft Outpost near Erwin, TN (The site of NoliFest).  The GO FAST event was a mass start at the put-in and first one down to the USA Raft landing was the winner!  The real interesting part of the event was the BoaterX did not start till late in the evening at 7:00 PM, so athletes only had about an hour and a half to complete the course before the ran out of daylight.

 Photo by Ryan Horn

Athlete’s spirits were high and motivated to go fast when the 3..2..1..GO countdown went down and huge wake was created in the pool at launch!  Rubbing was part to of this BoaterX event as athletes jostled for positions down the course.

Photo by Chris Clark

There were a few good rowdy moments for sure!  The winning time ended up being right at 1 hour and everyone finished the course before darkness set in for the night.  Good times, good times!!

 

Men’s K-1 Top 10 Results:

1. Chris Gragtmans

2. Curtis England

3. Clay Lucas

4. Hunter Cooper

5. Ryan Horn

6. Tyler Mayo

7. Dennis Gilfillan

8. Dennis Ashford

9. Unknown?

10. Kevin Drury

 

Women’s K-1 Results:

1. Kim Altman

 

SUP Results:

1. Spencer Lacy

2. Jack Nelson

3. Dale Swanson

4. Will Saylor

 

Bellyak Results:

1. Adam Masters

Photo by Stephanie Ashford

Kevin Thomas Drury Video: https://www.facebook.com/kayakerkevin.kingpin/videos/2031395030447792/

NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

Photo by Dale Swanson

Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge.

There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event and Shane Benedict cheered from the side as the honorary sweep.  The river level was near 1,400 CFS, which was a decent medium flow for the run from Popular, NC to USA Raft Outpost near Erwin, TN (The site of NoliFest).  The GO FAST event was a mass start at the put-in and first one down to the USA Raft landing was the winner!  The real interesting part of the event was the BoaterX did not start till late in the evening at 7:00 PM, so athletes only had about an hour and a half to complete the course before the ran out of daylight.

 Photo by Ryan Horn

Athlete’s spirits were high and motivated to go fast when the 3..2..1..GO countdown went down and huge wake was created in the pool at launch!  Rubbing was part to of this BoaterX event as athletes jostled for positions down the course.

Photo by Chris Clark

There were a few good rowdy moments for sure!  The winning time ended up being right at 1 hour and everyone finished the course before darkness set in for the night.  Good times, good times!!

 

Men’s K-1 Top 10 Results:

1. Chris Gragtmans

2. Curtis England

3. Clay Lucas

4. Hunter Cooper

5. Ryan Horn

6. Tyler Mayo

7. Dennis Gilfillan

8. Dennis Ashford

9. Unknown?

10. Kevin Drury

 

Women’s K-1 Results:

1. Kim Altman

 

SUP Results:

1. Spencer Lacy

2. Jack Nelson

3. Dale Swanson

4. Will Saylor

 

Bellyak Results:

1. Adam Masters

Photo by Stephanie Ashford

Kevin Thomas Drury Video: https://www.facebook.com/kayakerkevin.kingpin/videos/2031395030447792/

NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

Photo by Dale Swanson

Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge.

There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event and Shane Benedict cheered from the side as the honorary sweep.  The river level was near 1,400 CFS, which was a decent medium flow for the run from Popular, NC to USA Raft Outpost near Erwin, TN (The site of NoliFest).  The GO FAST event was a mass start at the put-in and first one down to the USA Raft landing was the winner!  The real interesting part of the event was the BoaterX did not start till late in the evening at 7:00 PM, so athletes only had about an hour and a half to complete the course before the ran out of daylight.

 Photo by Ryan Horn

Athlete’s spirits were high and motivated to go fast when the 3..2..1..GO countdown went down and huge wake was created in the pool at launch!  Rubbing was part to of this BoaterX event as athletes jostled for positions down the course.

Photo by Chris Clark

There were a few good rowdy moments for sure!  The winning time ended up being right at 1 hour and everyone finished the course before darkness set in for the night.  Good times, good times!!

 

Men’s K-1 Top 10 Results:

1. Chris Gragtmans

2. Curtis England

3. Clay Lucas

4. Hunter Cooper

5. Ryan Horn

6. Tyler Mayo

7. Dennis Gilfillan

8. Dennis Ashford

9. Unknown?

10. Kevin Drury

 

Women’s K-1 Results:

1. Kim Altman

 

SUP Results:

1. Spencer Lacy

2. Jack Nelson

3. Dale Swanson

4. Will Saylor

 

Bellyak Results:

1. Adam Masters

Photo by Stephanie Ashford

Kevin Thomas Drury Video: https://www.facebook.com/kayakerkevin.kingpin/videos/2031395030447792/

NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

Photo by Dale Swanson

Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge.

There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event and Shane Benedict cheered from the side as the honorary sweep.  The river level was near 1,400 CFS, which was a decent medium flow for the run from Popular, NC to USA Raft Outpost near Erwin, TN (The site of NoliFest).  The GO FAST event was a mass start at the put-in and first one down to the USA Raft landing was the winner!  The real interesting part of the event was the BoaterX did not start till late in the evening at 7:00 PM, so athletes only had about an hour and a half to complete the course before the ran out of daylight.

 Photo by Ryan Horn

Athlete’s spirits were high and motivated to go fast when the 3..2..1..GO countdown went down and huge wake was created in the pool at launch!  Rubbing was part to of this BoaterX event as athletes jostled for positions down the course.

Photo by Chris Clark

There were a few good rowdy moments for sure!  The winning time ended up being right at 1 hour and everyone finished the course before darkness set in for the night.  Good times, good times!!

 

Men’s K-1 Top 10 Results:

1. Chris Gragtmans

2. Curtis England

3. Clay Lucas

4. Hunter Cooper

5. Ryan Horn

6. Tyler Mayo

7. Dennis Gilfillan

8. Dennis Ashford

9. Unknown?

10. Kevin Drury

 

Women’s K-1 Results:

1. Kim Altman

 

SUP Results:

1. Spencer Lacy

2. Jack Nelson

3. Dale Swanson

4. Will Saylor

 

Bellyak Results:

1. Adam Masters

Photo by Stephanie Ashford

Kevin Thomas Drury Video: https://www.facebook.com/kayakerkevin.kingpin/videos/2031395030447792/

2018 NoliFest Hometown Throwdown

World Kayak proudly announces the 10th annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region.  These FUN & FREE whitewater paddling events are aimed at friendly competition on the Nolichucky River.  Event rules are easy and prizes are only given out for participation… we draw names from a hat!

All boaters/paddlers are welcome to participate!  Our World Kayak region has teamed up with local Sponsors & World Kayak Partners to have this special event at NoliFest with prizes!  Look for other HTTD events over the course of the 2018 summer paddling season also.  This event will be a 1.5 mile team slalom survivor downriver boatercross on the Lower Nolichucky (Class I-II rapids)!  Gather your team of 3 paddlers for this relay style race and be ready to throwdown on NoliFest Saturday!

2017 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip

This past Saturday (8/19/2017) was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) annual river trips on the Nolichucky Gorge geared for first timers.  This river trip has been a staple event almost every year for the club since its establishment all the way back in 1986.  The APE’s also leads a trip on the Lower Nolichucky during this event for an easier whitewater river trip option.

For the past 6 years the APE’s Cruise Director has had the pleasure to work with USA Raft to make this trip run like a well oiled machine.  USA Raft provides the APE’s a great place to stage and use their facility for the put-in/take-out for both the gorge and lower river trips.  They also provide shuttle service using one of their raft buses and a trailer to haul all the kayaks to the gorge put-in.  After the river trips, the APE’s picnic is hosted back at USA Raft in their café facility.  All this together makes for a fantastic river experience for all the paddlers thanks to USA Raft!

This year’s gorge trip was once again another good time for all who joined!  The group had a nice 825 CFS river level and the weather was warm & sunny.  23 paddlers were in the group that included: 13 kayakers, 1 ThrillKat and three raft crews.  The group only has two first timers this year, so the trip was modified from year’s past.  Part of the group focused on guiding the first timers in a successful descent.  Another group worked and played the run in every possible way.  This made it a thrilling run for everyone!

After the river trips, both the gorge paddlers and the lower paddlers came together with other who could not make the river trips in one large group to have a wonderful gathering at the annual APE’s picnic.  During the picnic, Rahual Subramanian, was awarded the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many PFD and progression through this paddling season.  Good food and fellowship were had by all in attendance! 

2017 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip

This past Saturday (8/19/2017) was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) annual river trips on the Nolichucky Gorge geared for first timers.  This river trip has been a staple event almost every year for the club since its establishment all the way back in 1986.  The APE’s also leads a trip on the Lower Nolichucky during this event for an easier whitewater river trip option.

For the past 6 years the APE’s Cruise Director has had the pleasure to work with USA Raft to make this trip run like a well oiled machine.  USA Raft provides the APE’s a great place to stage and use their facility for the put-in/take-out for both the gorge and lower river trips.  They also provide shuttle service using one of their raft buses and a trailer to haul all the kayaks to the gorge put-in.  After the river trips, the APE’s picnic is hosted back at USA Raft in their café facility.  All this together makes for a fantastic river experience for all the paddlers thanks to USA Raft!

This year’s gorge trip was once again another good time for all who joined!  The group had a nice 825 CFS river level and the weather was warm & sunny.  23 paddlers were in the group that included: 13 kayakers, 1 ThrillKat and three raft crews.  The group only has two first timers this year, so the trip was modified from year’s past.  Part of the group focused on guiding the first timers in a successful descent.  Another group worked and played the run in every possible way.  This made it a thrilling run for everyone!

After the river trips, both the gorge paddlers and the lower paddlers came together with other who could not make the river trips in one large group to have a wonderful gathering at the annual APE’s picnic.  During the picnic, Rahual Subramanian, was awarded the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many PFD and progression through this paddling season.  Good food and fellowship were had by all in attendance! 

2017 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip

This past Saturday (8/19/2017) was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) annual river trips on the Nolichucky Gorge geared for first timers.  This river trip has been a staple event almost every year for the club since its establishment all the way back in 1986.  The APE’s also leads a trip on the Lower Nolichucky during this event for an easier whitewater river trip option.

For the past 6 years the APE’s Cruise Director has had the pleasure to work with USA Raft to make this trip run like a well oiled machine.  USA Raft provides the APE’s a great place to stage and use their facility for the put-in/take-out for both the gorge and lower river trips.  They also provide shuttle service using one of their raft buses and a trailer to haul all the kayaks to the gorge put-in.  After the river trips, the APE’s picnic is hosted back at USA Raft in their café facility.  All this together makes for a fantastic river experience for all the paddlers thanks to USA Raft!

This year’s gorge trip was once again another good time for all who joined!  The group had a nice 825 CFS river level and the weather was warm & sunny.  23 paddlers were in the group that included: 13 kayakers, 1 ThrillKat and three raft crews.  The group only has two first timers this year, so the trip was modified from year’s past.  Part of the group focused on guiding the first timers in a successful descent.  Another group worked and played the run in every possible way.  This made it a thrilling run for everyone!

After the river trips, both the gorge paddlers and the lower paddlers came together with other who could not make the river trips in one large group to have a wonderful gathering at the annual APE’s picnic.  During the picnic, Rahual Subramanian, was awarded the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many PFD and progression through this paddling season.  Good food and fellowship were had by all in attendance! 

Hootenanny Hang Weekend

A Hammock Forum Group Hang is coming to our area June 9-11 at Blackberry Blossom Farm in Unicoi, TN!

Hootenanny Hang Weekend

A Hammock Forum Group Hang is coming to our area June 9-11 at Blackberry Blossom Farm in Unicoi, TN!

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