APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

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You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquid Logic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This one day clinic is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  The jam session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 20 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

APEs Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller‏

APE's Logo

You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pro Sessions with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquidlogic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This river jam session is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  Pat will share ideas and concepts to help you get to the next level of your paddling.  This session will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Session will be limited to 20 students.  This session will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.

 

SESSION OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Pat Keller—need we say more?!?

SESSION PREREQUISITES: participants must have run the Nolichucky GORGE before, have a competent to bombproof roll and willing to prove this at the put-in.  If anyone misses their roll there Pat reserves the right to turn anyone away.  All minors under age of 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian on river trip.

 

WHERE: Nolichucky Gorge; meet at take-out at USA Raft: 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, TN 37650

WHEN: Sat, April 2, 2016

TIME: Meet at 11:00 A.M. for clinic after WORLDAKAYAK BoaterX Race

COST: $35 for APEs members; $45 for non-APEs members (tuition includes APEs membership).                                         Non-Refundable after Mar 26 unless replacement found.

SESSION SIZE: Classes will be limited to 20 participants

MEALS: Students are responsible for their own lunch/snacks on the river.

LODGING: Bunkhouse rooms available at take-out at USA Raft. Contact directly at 423-743-7111.

CAMPING: Available at take-out at Nolichucky Gorge Campground. Contact directly at 423-743-8876.

 

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR:  Whitewater kayak for river play, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, protective clothing suitable for weather/water conditions, closed-toe protective footwear, whistle, throw rope, drinking water, lunch/snacks in a waterproof bag

Pat will have some Liquidlogic demo boats on hand at this event to try out!

 

REGISTRATION - There are two ways to register:

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 session 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 session payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Session/Courses not listed in Registration 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

2016 NoliFest Hometown Throwdown Downriver Boatercross

World Kayak proudly announces the 8th 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 a 1.5 mile downriver boatercross on the Lower Nolichucky (Class I-II rapids)!

 

Date & Time: April 2, 2016 @ 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.

- Boatercross 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 in the evening 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:

    Mahoney's        

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

APEs Bombproofing Your Roll/Bracing Clinic with Stephen Wright

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

(Registration Deadline—Jan 29, 2016)

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 4-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, and was the Pan American Champion in 2011.

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.

APEs Bomproofing Your Roll/Bracing Clinic with Stephen Wright

APE's Logo

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

(Registration Deadline—Jan 29, 2016)

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 4-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, and was the Pan American Champion in 2011.

This one evening course is designed for the boater who wants to perfect their rolling and bracing techniques in a kayak.  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.

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