2017 NoliFest Hometown Throwdown

World Kayak proudly announces the 9th annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region.  The World Kayak Hometown Throwdown is a series of FUN & FREE whitewater paddling events 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 2016 summer paddling season also.  This event will be participants choice with either: a 1.5 mile downriver boatercross or team slalom survivor course on the Lower Nolichucky (Class I-II rapids)!

 

Date & Time: April 1, 2017 @ 10:oo A.M.

 

Place: U.S.A. Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN

Directions to USA Raft Nolichucky River

When using a GPS system, you will receive a prompt asking if you would like to avoid unpaved roads. Please select “no” you would not like to avoid unpaved roads. Our outpost is at the end of a gravel drive.

The Nolichucky River is about 50 miles from Asheville, NC (50 min.) and 1.5 hours from the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area of the high country in NC.

USA Raft Nolichucky River: Physical address: 2 Jones Branch Road. Erwin, TN 37650.

Once you arrive at Jones Branch Road, you will see the river on your right. Please continue 1.2 miles along this road. We are located at the end of the road.

 

Event Schedule:

- Registration/sign-in will begin at 9:00 A.M. on the day of the event at USA Raft.  Look for the white tent and Hometown Throwdown banners.

- The event will kick off with a paddler’s meeting at 10:00 A.M.  Then a boater cross start for each class from USA Raft river access.

- Course will finish at Chestoa Pike Bridge adjacent to Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel.  Take-out on river left below bridge at Uncle’s Johnny’s river access.  USA Raft will be there to shuttle paddlers back up to their outpost or up to Poplar, NC for a Noli Gorge run.

- Awards Ceremony and Prize Draw will follow later back at USA Raft.  You must be present to win a prize.

 

Prizes are given for participation or volunteering, not placement, and a big bag of prizes from our local sponsors & WK partners will be given away via prize draws.

Shout out to our World Kayak Partners for the sweet prizes:

Big thanks also to our local sponsors for this event:

    

This event is being run by the Tri-Cities World Kayak Ambassador and his volunteer team.  Volunteers are more than welcome to join in on the event fun to be eligible for prizes.  “Click here to Contact Me” if you are interested in volunteering for this Throwdown event.

This Throwdown will have event coverage at http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/ and each competitor will be able see their results & photos at this web link after the event.

 

World Kayak will be accepting walk-on registrations the day of the event.

 

Division Registration:

  • Novice (All ages, with paddlers grouped by age)
  • Intermediate (All ages, with paddlers grouped by age)
  • Expert (All ages, with paddlers grouped by age)

Class Registration:

  • Men’s K-1 Short Boat: Male paddlers age 18 or above in 9′-0″ or shorter kayak
  • Men’s K-1 Long Boat: Male paddlers age 18 or above in 9′-1″ or longer kayak
  • Women’s K-1 Short Boat: Female paddlers age 18 or above in 9′-0″ or shorter kayak
  • Women’s K-1 Long Boat: Female paddlers age 18 or above in 9′-1″ or longer kayak
  • C-1: Single blade paddlers (open boat or kayak)
  • Juniors: Youth paddlers age 17 or below
  • SUP: You know who you are…

We will also create other classes on the day of the event, if there is enough participation (Minimum of 5 participants to make class): i.e. K-2 class (Duos), OC-1 class, Open class (inflatable crafts, etc…).

 

Come out, have fun and strut your stuff!  Hope to see you on the Noli!!

 Event Organizer: Wesley R. Bradley ~ (423) 647-1321

Nolichucky Gorge River Clean-up

SHOW US YOUR JUNK

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Location: U.S.A. Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Directions to USA Raft Nolichucky River:

When using a GPS system, you will receive a prompt asking if you would like to avoid unpaved roads. Please select “no” you would not like to avoid unpaved roads. Our outpost is at the end of a gravel drive.

The Nolichucky River is about 50 miles from Asheville, NC (50 min.) and 1.5 hours from the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area of the high country in NC.

USA Raft Nolichucky River: Physical address: 2 Jones Branch Road. Erwin, TN 37650.

Once you arrive at Jones Branch Road, you will see the river on your right. Please continue 1.2 miles along this road. We are located at the end of the road.

Nolichucky Gorge River Clean-up

SHOW US YOUR JUNK

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Location: U.S.A. Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Directions to USA Raft Nolichucky River:

When using a GPS system, you will receive a prompt asking if you would like to avoid unpaved roads. Please select “no” you would not like to avoid unpaved roads. Our outpost is at the end of a gravel drive.

The Nolichucky River is about 50 miles from Asheville, NC (50 min.) and 1.5 hours from the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area of the high country in NC.

USA Raft Nolichucky River: Physical address: 2 Jones Branch Road. Erwin, TN 37650.

Once you arrive at Jones Branch Road, you will see the river on your right. Please continue 1.2 miles along this road. We are located at the end of the road.

Nolichucky Gorge River Clean-up

SHOW US YOUR JUNK

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Location: U.S.A. Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Directions to USA Raft Nolichucky River:

When using a GPS system, you will receive a prompt asking if you would like to avoid unpaved roads. Please select “no” you would not like to avoid unpaved roads. Our outpost is at the end of a gravel drive.

The Nolichucky River is about 50 miles from Asheville, NC (50 min.) and 1.5 hours from the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area of the high country in NC.

USA Raft Nolichucky River: Physical address: 2 Jones Branch Road. Erwin, TN 37650.

Once you arrive at Jones Branch Road, you will see the river on your right. Please continue 1.2 miles along this road. We are located at the end of the road.

Nolichucky Gorge River Clean-up

SHOW US YOUR JUNK

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Location: U.S.A. Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Directions to USA Raft Nolichucky River:

When using a GPS system, you will receive a prompt asking if you would like to avoid unpaved roads. Please select “no” you would not like to avoid unpaved roads. Our outpost is at the end of a gravel drive.

The Nolichucky River is about 50 miles from Asheville, NC (50 min.) and 1.5 hours from the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area of the high country in NC.

USA Raft Nolichucky River: Physical address: 2 Jones Branch Road. Erwin, TN 37650.

Once you arrive at Jones Branch Road, you will see the river on your right. Please continue 1.2 miles along this road. We are located at the end of the road.

Nolichucky Gorge River Clean-up

SHOW US YOUR JUNK

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Location: U.S.A. Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Directions to USA Raft Nolichucky River:

When using a GPS system, you will receive a prompt asking if you would like to avoid unpaved roads. Please select “no” you would not like to avoid unpaved roads. Our outpost is at the end of a gravel drive.

The Nolichucky River is about 50 miles from Asheville, NC (50 min.) and 1.5 hours from the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area of the high country in NC.

USA Raft Nolichucky River: Physical address: 2 Jones Branch Road. Erwin, TN 37650.

Once you arrive at Jones Branch Road, you will see the river on your right. Please continue 1.2 miles along this road. We are located at the end of the road.

Nolichucky Gorge River Clean-up

SHOW US YOUR JUNK

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017

Location: U.S.A. Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN

Time: 10:00 A.M.

Directions to USA Raft Nolichucky River:

When using a GPS system, you will receive a prompt asking if you would like to avoid unpaved roads. Please select “no” you would not like to avoid unpaved roads. Our outpost is at the end of a gravel drive.

The Nolichucky River is about 50 miles from Asheville, NC (50 min.) and 1.5 hours from the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area of the high country in NC.

USA Raft Nolichucky River: Physical address: 2 Jones Branch Road. Erwin, TN 37650.

Once you arrive at Jones Branch Road, you will see the river on your right. Please continue 1.2 miles along this road. We are located at the end of the road.

 

Mountain River Guides, Usa Raft, Dirtbag Paddlers, and DBP ACTIVE‼️ are combining efforts for a great day of cleanup on the Nolichucky Gorge as part of the SHOW US YOUR JUNK CONTEST and the International Rivers’ Day of Action.  USA Raft will provide shuttle and some support rafts for the cleanup efforts.
This is a class III -lV section of whitewater in much need of able participants to help clean this river section. Rafts are much in demand. Trash bags will be provided, and picked up by the USFS at the USA Raft property.
After the cleanup effort there will be dinner on the grounds at USA Raft. Matt Moses is generously asking that all participants stay and enjoy the USA Raft property for dinner and socializing. This is a byob event.
Matt Moses is also generously offering free lodging in the Crockett Cabin bunkhouse for those who wish to stay.
Please RSVP so we have an idea of how many participants we will need to feed, and on order to get your free #OneLoveOneRiver decal from DBP! Help us win those sweet SHOW US YOUR JUNK T-shirts!!

APEs Freestyle Fundamentals Clinic with Stephen Wright

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your freestyle kayaking bag of tricks!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 17, 2017)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, was the Pan American Champion in 2011 and was the World Champion for Squirt Boating in 2015.

This one evening course will be focused on the fundamentals of freestyle kayaking.  You will learn more than you ever wanted to know about how to have more fun in a kayak.  You will also learn how to continue to improve AFTER the class on your own.  You will be tired, sore, and happy after this class. :-)  The clinic will be held at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN.  Course will be limited to 10 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot ASAP.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Learn to have more fun in a playboat! Learn how to make a freestyle kayak move in all directions and how to practice so that you can learn almost any trick, from a stern squirt to a loop.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Participants should have a solid roll and have their own kayak and gear.  Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

WHERE: Freedom Hall Pool: 1320 Pactolas Rd, Johnson City, TN 37604

WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TIME: 7:30-9:00 P.M.

COST: $45 for APEs members (includes pool use fee); $55 for non-APEs members (tuition includes APEs membership).        Non-Refundable after Feb 17 unless replacement found.

CLASS SIZE: Classes will be limited to 10 participants

 

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR: Whitewater freestyle kayak, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, closed-toe protective footwear, drinking water

 

REGISTRATION: There are two ways to register: (Registration Deadline—Feb 17, 2017)

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. Mail: Click Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Wesley R. Bradley: 243 Old Lacy Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com to be placed on waiting list.

 

QUESTIONS: Contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com or 423-647-1321

APEs Bombproofing Your Roll/Bracing Clinic with Stephen Wright

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your rolling and bracing!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 3, 2017)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, was the Pan American Champion in 2011 and was the World Champion for Squirt Boating in 2015.

This one evening course is designed for the boater who wants to perfect their rolling and bracing techniques in a kayak.  This is not a beginning rolling class.  The clinic will be held at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN.  Course will be limited to 10 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot ASAP.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The focus is to learn to roll 100% of the time. Learn what to practice so that your whitewater roll will be reliable, fast, and fun!

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Participants should at least know the basics of the roll and have their own kayak and gear.  Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

WHERE: Freedom Hall Pool: 1320 Pactolas Rd, Johnson City, TN 37604

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017

TIME: 7:30-9:00 P.M.

COST: $45 for APEs members  (includes pool use fee); $55 for non-APEs members (tuition includes APEs membership).  Non-Refundable after Feb 3 unless replacement found.

CLASS SIZE: Classes will be limited to 10 participants

 

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR: Whitewater kayak, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, closed-toe protective footwear, drinking water

 

REGISTRATION: There are two ways to register: (Registration Deadline—Feb 3, 2017)

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. Mail: Click Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Wesley R. Bradley: 243 Old Lacy Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com to be placed on waiting list.

 

QUESTIONS: Contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com or 423-647-1321

APE’s Winter Meeting

WHO: APE’s Club Members and any new/rejoining recruits 

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 6:30-8:00 P.M.  

WHERE: Eastman Lodge – 404 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660


We are going to host a Chili Cook-off for the meal.  So break out your favorite chili recipe and bring a pot to this meeting!  Please let Ryan Shealy (423-963-6066 or orion9909@yahoo.com) know if you plan on bringing a pot of Chili for the meal.  You will be responsible for your own beverage for the meal.

 

Our focus on this meeting will be on advocating for volunteers for office to further support the clubs leadership going forward so if you have recommendations or nominations for office , this would very much be appreciated! Further we will be discussing club events and some interesting trip reports.  Please spread the word and advocate for attendance.

 

Here is our current list of officers:

President: Ryan Shealy

Cruise Director Touring & Class I-II: Debbie Briscoe

Cruise Director Class III-IV: Wesley R. Bradley

Safety/Education: Scott Fisher – Resigning for 2017

Secretary/Treasurer: Jerry Griffin

Social Director/Marketing: Sarah Stine - Resigning for 2017

Conservation: Andrea Parra – Resigning for 2017

Website: George Mauger – Resigning for 2017

TEHCC Liaison: Andrea Gass – Resigning for 2017

 

All offices are up for nominations.  Please let Ryan Shealy (423-963-6066 or orion9909@yahoo.com) know by 2/16/2017 if you have any interest in being nominated for any of these offices or have an idea for a new office.

 

Come join us for some food, fun, prizes & fellowship!

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