Boatercross, Beers and Bands

The annual Cartecay Earth Day clean up was in full affect this year! While there were many festivities going on this past weekend, the festival was jumping!  It all started when people showed up for the race with very little advanced notice.  Everyone who showed up was expecting to have a great time and they did just that.   Scott Cox (10th place) was the happiest guy on the water with the smallest/slowest boat.  Sue Martin (the smallest and only girl) was just as excited to beat half the boys down.  With little to work with my son, Garrett, and some extra hands volunteered to stay out of the water and the race to lend a hand.  I couldn’t have asked for a better crew of helpers.
After the race we decided to just make a run for fun, and clean up at the same time.  Separate groups of boaters had already hit the lower sections of the river to clean it up.   While the race only lasted 24 minutes, the fun time was about 4 hours.  So with some much needed time on the water out of the way, we headed back to camp.
Upon our arrival at camp we noticed a good couple hundred people had met back there to help celebrate the  Earth day and the clean up.  With bands playing from noon till 2am, there was no shortage of fun.  Travis Collum cooked us up a huge BBQ and low country boil dinner so the kayakers had something to eat when they got back.  Rick Thompson set up an area next to his truck and some sand for the kids to play with trucks and other sand toys.  The River Scum Crew set up some beer pong tables and built a nice fire while Woody brought in some horses for the kids to ride on.  By night fall, the kids were worn out and it was time for bed.  The party had just begun!  The bands got better and the adult beverages flowed like the prohibition, and dancing was starting to take over the fields of the lower shop.  Corn hole, Frisbee tossing and beer pong was happening everywhere while just hanging out and talking kayaking was the best part, in my opinion.  After most people thought they had enough spirits for the night, or just super tired, all of the bands gathered around the campfire for some unbelievable picking and singing.  With instruments like the guitar, banjo, congas,cello and harmonicas this was not your normal jam session, this was magic!  As the camps where being broke down and the breakfast was cooking all anyone wanted to do was kayak again. Many first timers came with us and there were many people buying boats this week.  When talking to everyone after this event all I really heard from everyone was “WOW we need to do this once a month”. My goal is to try to make every event, this year, this awesome. That being said, look out for our next event coming in June.

Boatercross, Beers and Bands

The annual Cartecay Earth Day clean up was in full affect this year! While there were many festivities going on this past weekend, the festival was jumping!  It all started when people showed up for the race with very little advanced notice.  Everyone who showed up was expecting to have a great time and they did just that.   Scott Cox (10th place) was the happiest guy on the water with the smallest/slowest boat.  Sue Martin (the smallest and only girl) was just as excited to beat half the boys down.  With little to work with my son, Garrett, and some extra hands volunteered to stay out of the water and the race to lend a hand.  I couldn’t have asked for a better crew of helpers.
After the race we decided to just make a run for fun, and clean up at the same time.  Separate groups of boaters had already hit the lower sections of the river to clean it up.   While the race only lasted 24 minutes, the fun time was about 4 hours.  So with some much needed time on the water out of the way, we headed back to camp.
Upon our arrival at camp we noticed a good couple hundred people had met back there to help celebrate the  Earth day and the clean up.  With bands playing from noon till 2am, there was no shortage of fun.  Travis Collum cooked us up a huge BBQ and low country boil dinner so the kayakers had something to eat when they got back.  Rick Thompson set up an area next to his truck and some sand for the kids to play with trucks and other sand toys.  The River Scum Crew set up some beer pong tables and built a nice fire while Woody brought in some horses for the kids to ride on.  By night fall, the kids were worn out and it was time for bed.  The party had just begun!  The bands got better and the adult beverages flowed like the prohibition, and dancing was starting to take over the fields of the lower shop.  Corn hole, Frisbee tossing and beer pong was happening everywhere while just hanging out and talking kayaking was the best part, in my opinion.  After most people thought they had enough spirits for the night, or just super tired, all of the bands gathered around the campfire for some unbelievable picking and singing.  With instruments like the guitar, banjo, congas,cello and harmonicas this was not your normal jam session, this was magic!  As the camps where being broke down and the breakfast was cooking all anyone wanted to do was kayak again. Many first timers came with us and there were many people buying boats this week.  When talking to everyone after this event all I really heard from everyone was “WOW we need to do this once a month”. My goal is to try to make every event, this year, this awesome. That being said, look out for our next event coming in June.

Boatercross, Beers and Bands

The annual Cartecay Earth Day clean up was in full affect this year! While there were many festivities going on this past weekend, the festival was jumping!  It all started when people showed up for the race with very little advanced notice.  Everyone who showed up was expecting to have a great time and they did just that.   Scott Cox (10th place) was the happiest guy on the water with the smallest/slowest boat.  Sue Martin (the smallest and only girl) was just as excited to beat half the boys down.  With little to work with my son, Garrett, and some extra hands volunteered to stay out of the water and the race to lend a hand.  I couldn’t have asked for a better crew of helpers.
After the race we decided to just make a run for fun, and clean up at the same time.  Separate groups of boaters had already hit the lower sections of the river to clean it up.   While the race only lasted 24 minutes, the fun time was about 4 hours.  So with some much needed time on the water out of the way, we headed back to camp.
Upon our arrival at camp we noticed a good couple hundred people had met back there to help celebrate the  Earth day and the clean up.  With bands playing from noon till 2am, there was no shortage of fun.  Travis Collum cooked us up a huge BBQ and low country boil dinner so the kayakers had something to eat when they got back.  Rick Thompson set up an area next to his truck and some sand for the kids to play with trucks and other sand toys.  The River Scum Crew set up some beer pong tables and built a nice fire while Woody brought in some horses for the kids to ride on.  By night fall, the kids were worn out and it was time for bed.  The party had just begun!  The bands got better and the adult beverages flowed like the prohibition, and dancing was starting to take over the fields of the lower shop.  Corn hole, Frisbee tossing and beer pong was happening everywhere while just hanging out and talking kayaking was the best part, in my opinion.  After most people thought they had enough spirits for the night, or just super tired, all of the bands gathered around the campfire for some unbelievable picking and singing.  With instruments like the guitar, banjo, congas,cello and harmonicas this was not your normal jam session, this was magic!  As the camps where being broke down and the breakfast was cooking all anyone wanted to do was kayak again. Many first timers came with us and there were many people buying boats this week.  When talking to everyone after this event all I really heard from everyone was “WOW we need to do this once a month”. My goal is to try to make every event, this year, this awesome. That being said, look out for our next event coming in June.

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

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

River Rescue Rodeo 2013

The River Rescue Rodeo was held on the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro, NC,  September 29th 2013.  Teams of five came to compete from as far away as Ohio, although most of the teams were regional.  A number of local volunteers and Landmark Learning instructors supported the event as judges and victims throughout the day. 

 

Events included hands on rescue and medical scenarios, boat and equipment rescues, throw rope competitions, and a knot-tying rodeo.    The event started at 9am with the closing and awards ceremony completing near 2pm.  This was a fun filled event with very active participants.

 

Our winning teams took home over $1000.00 worth of prizes and materials.  Taking first place by a small margin was Western Carolina University, followed by the Cincinnati Paddlers and finishing strong as third was Warren Wilson College.   All of the teams left with small sponsor gifts and gear from the silent auction. 

 

The best aspect of the whole event was the comradery, fun and lessons learned from the day’s activities!  Dates for 2014 will be set soon with registration opening in the late winter.

 

Special thanks go out to our event sponsors: Landmark Learning, Dillsboro River Company, Duke Energy, Northwest River Supply, American Canoe Association, American Whitewater, Carolina West Sports Medicine, Andy Shaw Ford, Astral Buoyancy, Possumdog Productions, World Kayak, and El Pacifico Mexican Restaurant.

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