Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Tellico in the Duo!

One of the things I love most about kayaking is sharing how much fun it is. The Jackson Kayak Duo is the perfect way to share the joy of kayaking with other people.

This past weekend, a friend wanted to run the Tellico with us, but she wasn’t quite ready for it yet. Good thing we brought the Duo! After a little convincing, I got her to jump in the front of the Duo and let me take her down.

Garrett-and-Harley-4

At first, Harley was very nervous about going with me in the Duo, but she still bucked up and got in the river. My first thoughts about the boat where how stable it was. I could correct all of her wrong movements very easily.

Through the first couple of rapids, the I had to adjust to the how fast the boat was. It was like paddling a longboat! We were zooming through holes and flying off of drops in no time.Tellico-Duo-1

We made it down half the river with only one swim, then it was time for Baby Falls. As we sat in the pool above Baby Falls, I could feel Harley’s legs shaking in the boat. She didn’t want to admit it, but I knew she was nervous. I explained to her the line, then it was time to go

.Tellico-Duo-2

We peeled out and charged for the lip. Harley was paddling as hard as she could and I was steering. I watched her fall off of the lip and took a huge boot stroke. We launched off the lip with a good angle. Not too flat and not to vertical.

Tellico-Duo-3

As soon as we landed, Harley screamed with joy.

“Lets do it again!” she said.

I couldn’t resist smiling for the rest of the day.

Tellico in the Duo!

One of the things I love most about kayaking is sharing how much fun it is. The Jackson Kayak Duo is the perfect way to share the joy of kayaking with other people.

This past weekend, a friend wanted to run the Tellico with us, but she wasn’t quite ready for it yet. Good thing we brought the Duo! After a little convincing, I got her to jump in the front of the Duo and let me take her down.

Garrett-and-Harley-4

At first, Harley was very nervous about going with me in the Duo, but she still bucked up and got in the river. My first thoughts about the boat where how stable it was. I could correct all of her wrong movements very easily.

Through the first couple of rapids, the I had to adjust to the how fast the boat was. It was like paddling a longboat! We were zooming through holes and flying off of drops in no time.Tellico-Duo-1

We made it down half the river with only one swim, then it was time for Baby Falls. As we sat in the pool above Baby Falls, I could feel Harley’s legs shaking in the boat. She didn’t want to admit it, but I knew she was nervous. I explained to her the line, then it was time to go

.Tellico-Duo-2

We peeled out and charged for the lip. Harley was paddling as hard as she could and I was steering. I watched her fall off of the lip and took a huge boot stroke. We launched off the lip with a good angle. Not too flat and not to vertical.

Tellico-Duo-3

As soon as we landed, Harley screamed with joy.

“Lets do it again!” she said.

I couldn’t resist smiling for the rest of the day.

Tellico in the Duo!

One of the things I love most about kayaking is sharing how much fun it is. The Jackson Kayak Duo is the perfect way to share the joy of kayaking with other people.

This past weekend, a friend wanted to run the Tellico with us, but she wasn’t quite ready for it yet. Good thing we brought the Duo! After a little convincing, I got her to jump in the front of the Duo and let me take her down.

Garrett-and-Harley-4

At first, Harley was very nervous about going with me in the Duo, but she still bucked up and got in the river. My first thoughts about the boat where how stable it was. I could correct all of her wrong movements very easily.

Through the first couple of rapids, the I had to adjust to the how fast the boat was. It was like paddling a longboat! We were zooming through holes and flying off of drops in no time.Tellico-Duo-1

We made it down half the river with only one swim, then it was time for Baby Falls. As we sat in the pool above Baby Falls, I could feel Harley’s legs shaking in the boat. She didn’t want to admit it, but I knew she was nervous. I explained to her the line, then it was time to go

.Tellico-Duo-2

We peeled out and charged for the lip. Harley was paddling as hard as she could and I was steering. I watched her fall off of the lip and took a huge boot stroke. We launched off the lip with a good angle. Not too flat and not to vertical.

Tellico-Duo-3

As soon as we landed, Harley screamed with joy.

“Lets do it again!” she said.

I couldn’t resist smiling for the rest of the day.

Green River PFD with Paddling Super Stars

I have dreamt of running the Green River Narrows for almost 2 years now. My main goal for 2015 was to run the Green towards the end of the year. Never did I realize that I would be running it so soon.

Late Wednesday night, I get a text from Pat Keller asking if I wanted to run the Green with him and Hunt Jennings. At first, I was nervous about jumping on it so soon, but I couldn’t think of a better crew to go with.

We put on the Upper Green smiling and cheerful, but I knew what was coming down stream. As we passed the put in for the Narrows, we all got quite. This was the first time I that I got really nervous. The first few rapids weren’t very bad, but when we got out to scout Frankenstein, things started to get sketchy.

Pat showed me a few different lines and explained the consequences of each one. We decided to take the race line because it was the most straight forward. I climbed in my boat and followed Pat. I started out with a nice line through the beginning of the rapid, but noticed that I started my boof stroke too early at the lip. I corrected it with a big, right sweep stroke and landed just where I wanted.

As we continued down river, I became less nervous with each rapid that I went through. Pincushion, Whale Tale, and Boof-Or-Consequence were not as intimidating as Frankenstein, but still very fun.

Go Left Or Die had been in the back of my mind ever since I put on the river. Pat said that I had the skill to run it, but I wasn’t sure if I was able to. Pat explained the sneak line to us and we decided to run it. Pat sat in the eddy at the to of Go Left so that if we started to drop toward it he would be able to push us away. I was the first to go down the sneak and had a fairly solid line. While I was sitting the eddy, I saw Hunt drop in to the main line at Go Left. He got hung up in the hole and almost splatted the rock in the center then flipped. At first I was worried that he might be hurt, but he rolled up smiling and I knew he was fine.

We strolled through the next few rapids before arriving at Reverse Seven Foot and Zwicks. We got out and scouted Zwicks while George Boss showed us how to run it. George made it look easy, but I knew it wasn’t. I climbed in my boat right behind Pat once again. I watched hime drop off of Reverse Seven Foot, then followed his line. I came in to the top hole of Zwicks a little more left than I wanted, which made me miss the race line that I was aiming for. So I continued down the normal line and boofed off of the drop.It was so much fun that I had to scream with joy at the bottom.

The nervousness returned once again as I pulled up to Chief. Pat had showed me all of the dangers and how to run it. So I followed him once again into the rapid. I punched the top hole and drove hard to the right. I dropped down and had to brace on my right side but came out fine.

I started my portage of the famous Gorilla just in time to watch Pat throw a massive freewheel off it. So I launched off the seal slide into the bottom of Gorilla and charged down Nie’s Pieces to find Pat waiting for me in the eddy. After watching him surf for a minute, we continued down the slides, I got a little hung up in a hole but kept on going. Ducking under the log at rapid transit was pretty sketchy, but the slide was really fun.

After running the kicker at Groove Tube, I decided not to run Sunshine. So I hiked down to the bottom and watched everybody run it. Maybe next time Sunshine!

After sunshine it was all really fun, yet fairly easy whitewater. I started to ease up, not knowing what was ahead. I was cruising along, when suddenly I realized that I was at Hammer Factor! Too late to correct my line now! Bam!! I slammed right in to the wall and flipped. As I rolled up, I thought to myself, “What a great way to end my dry hair day!”

Special thanks to Pat Keller, Hunt Jennings, and George Boss!

Written By Garrett Madlock

Green River PFD with Paddling Super Stars

I have dreamt of running the Green River Narrows for almost 2 years now. My main goal for 2015 was to run the Green towards the end of the year. Never did I realize that I would be running it so soon.

Late Wednesday night, I get a text from Pat Keller asking if I wanted to run the Green with him and Hunt Jennings. At first, I was nervous about jumping on it so soon, but I couldn’t think of a better crew to go with.

We put on the Upper Green smiling and cheerful, but I knew what was coming down stream. As we passed the put in for the Narrows, we all got quite. This was the first time I that I got really nervous. The first few rapids weren’t very bad, but when we got out to scout Frankenstein, things started to get sketchy.

Pat showed me a few different lines and explained the consequences of each one. We decided to take the race line because it was the most straight forward. I climbed in my boat and followed Pat. I started out with a nice line through the beginning of the rapid, but noticed that I started my boof stroke too early at the lip. I corrected it with a big, right sweep stroke and landed just where I wanted.

As we continued down river, I became less nervous with each rapid that I went through. Pincushion, Whale Tale, and Boof-Or-Consequence were not as intimidating as Frankenstein, but still very fun.

Go Left Or Die had been in the back of my mind ever since I put on the river. Pat said that I had the skill to run it, but I wasn’t sure if I was able to. Pat explained the sneak line to us and we decided to run it. Pat sat in the eddy at the to of Go Left so that if we started to drop toward it he would be able to push us away. I was the first to go down the sneak and had a fairly solid line. While I was sitting the eddy, I saw Hunt drop in to the main line at Go Left. He got hung up in the hole and almost splatted the rock in the center then flipped. At first I was worried that he might be hurt, but he rolled up smiling and I knew he was fine.

We strolled through the next few rapids before arriving at Reverse Seven Foot and Zwicks. We got out and scouted Zwicks while George Boss showed us how to run it. George made it look easy, but I knew it wasn’t. I climbed in my boat right behind Pat once again. I watched hime drop off of Reverse Seven Foot, then followed his line. I came in to the top hole of Zwicks a little more left than I wanted, which made me miss the race line that I was aiming for. So I continued down the normal line and boofed off of the drop.It was so much fun that I had to scream with joy at the bottom.

The nervousness returned once again as I pulled up to Chief. Pat had showed me all of the dangers and how to run it. So I followed him once again into the rapid. I punched the top hole and drove hard to the right. I dropped down and had to brace on my right side but came out fine.

I started my portage of the famous Gorilla just in time to watch Pat throw a massive freewheel off it. So I launched off the seal slide into the bottom of Gorilla and charged down Nie’s Pieces to find Pat waiting for me in the eddy. After watching him surf for a minute, we continued down the slides, I got a little hung up in a hole but kept on going. Ducking under the log at rapid transit was pretty sketchy, but the slide was really fun.

After running the kicker at Groove Tube, I decided not to run Sunshine. So I hiked down to the bottom and watched everybody run it. Maybe next time Sunshine!

After sunshine it was all really fun, yet fairly easy whitewater. I started to ease up, not knowing what was ahead. I was cruising along, when suddenly I realized that I was at Hammer Factor! Too late to correct my line now! Bam!! I slammed right in to the wall and flipped. As I rolled up, I thought to myself, “What a great way to end my dry hair day!”

Special thanks to Pat Keller, Hunt Jennings, and George Boss!

Written By Garrett Madlock

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