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

APE’s Winter Meeting

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

WHEN: Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 7:00-9:00 P.M.  

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


This year 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 to WIN prizes!  1st place will win a great pro deal prize sponsored by WORLDKAYAK, 2nd and 3rd prizes will get a free APE annual membership or APE swag.  Please let Andrea Gass (270-816-2576 or andrearamsey@eastman.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.

 

We will be discussing 2016 events and conducting officer elections during the meeting.  Only present members will be allowed to vote in officer elections. 

 

Here is our current list of officers:

President: Ryan Shealy

Cruise Director Class I-II: Debbie Briscoe

Cruise Director III-IV: Wesley R. Bradley

Safety/Education: Scott Fisher

Secretary/Treasurer: Jerry Griffin - Need to find someone for 2017

Social Director/Marketing: Need someone for 2016

Conservation: Jennifer Bradley – Resigning for 2016

Website: Erin Weatherford

TEHCC Liaison: Andrea Gass

 

All current officers (unless otherwise noted) are willing to serve again for 2016 term.  Please let Wesley Bradley (423-647-1321 or dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com) know by 1/25/2016 if you have any interest in being nominated for any of these offices (All offices are up for election) or have an idea for a new office.

 

Current 2016 Officer Nominations:

President: Jerry Stevenson

Social Director/Marketing: Sarah Stine

Conservation: Andrea Parra

Website: George Mauger

 

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

NOC Coming to Freedom Hall Pool Session

 

The NOC is back on tour for their Pool Session Road Show!

 

The NOC will be participating in the Tuesday, February 23, 2016 APE’s pool session!  Participating will be the legendary Chris Hipgrave from NOC Instruction and maybe others.  They’ll have the hot new equipment for the 2016 season for everyone to use.  They plan on being in the pool meeting APE’s members, helping instruct and showing off the new gear.  There will also be some prize giveaways, so make plans to attend this pool session!

Check out the link below for all the Freedom Hall Pool Session info:

http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2011/01/01/freedom-hall-pool-kayak-session/

 

Contribute to Secure Access to Watauga River at Guy Ford Road

Watauga River Access at Guy Ford Road Issue:

The parking area to access the Watauga River at Guy Ford Road is privately owned. This means we could lose access at any time. We have been working to purchase the 2.3 acre property on the downstream river left side of Guy Ford for about 2 years. This is about to come to fruition, securing a permanent public access to the river.

This site provides a put-in to the Watauga Gorge section of the river below Guy Ford Road, as well as a take-out point for Section 3.  In addition, this property will provide river access for fishing, swimming, picnicking, and other activities for residents and visitors alike.

A bit about the process

Contribute to Secure Access to Watauga River at Guy Ford Road

Watauga River Access at Guy Ford Road Issue:

The parking area to access the Watauga River at Guy Ford Road is privately owned. This means we could lose access at any time. We have been working to purchase the 2.3 acre property on the downstream river left side of Guy Ford for about 2 years. This is about to come to fruition, securing a permanent public access to the river.

This site provides a put-in to the Watauga Gorge section of the river below Guy Ford Road, as well as a take-out point for Section 3.  In addition, this property will provide river access for fishing, swimming, picnicking, and other activities for residents and visitors alike.

A bit about the process

Contribute to Secure Access to Watauga River at Guy Ford Road

Watauga River Access at Guy Ford Road Issue:

The parking area to access the Watauga River at Guy Ford Road is privately owned. This means we could lose access at any time. We have been working to purchase the 2.3 acre property on the downstream river left side of Guy Ford for about 2 years. This is about to come to fruition, securing a permanent public access to the river.

This site provides a put-in to the Watauga Gorge section of the river below Guy Ford Road, as well as a take-out point for Section 3.  In addition, this property will provide river access for fishing, swimming, picnicking, and other activities for residents and visitors alike.

A bit about the process

Contribute to Secure Access to Watauga River at Guy Ford Road

Watauga River Access at Guy Ford Road Issue:

The parking area to access the Watauga River at Guy Ford Road is privately owned. This means we could lose access at any time. We have been working to purchase the 2.3 acre property on the downstream river left side of Guy Ford for about 2 years. This is about to come to fruition, securing a permanent public access to the river.

This site provides a put-in to the Watauga Gorge section of the river below Guy Ford Road, as well as a take-out point for Section 3.  In addition, this property will provide river access for fishing, swimming, picnicking, and other activities for residents and visitors alike.

A bit about the process

 

The property owner has signed a contract to sell the property.

 

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) have approved large donations toward this purchase, covering over 70% of the costs associated with the purchase and initial development of the property.

 

The Blue Ridge Conservancy plans to purchase this property and transfer ownership to Watauga County.

 

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has pledged to assist with the development and supervision.

 

The remaining monies for this purchase will be raised through private donations. We need to raise approximately $20,000. This is where you come in! If you value the protection of our natural resources, and everyone’s rights to access valuable outdoor resources like the Watauga River, please consider making a donation. Any amount will help. All funds raised will be used to support access and conservation in the Watauga River Basin.

 

Please feel free to call, text, email, or message Edgar Peck with any questions or comments about the project:

peckel@appstate.edu

(336) 749-5993

 

DONATE ONLINE

Donate Online on the Blue Ridge Conservancy’s website. The direct link is below. If you access the main site scroll down to the Watauga Rive Access tab. Donations are tax deductible.

http://blueridgeconservancy.org/help-blue-ridge-conservancy-secure-access-to-the-watauga-river/

 

MAILING A CHECK

Guy Ford River Access Project (Eric Hiegl)

Blue Ridge Conservancy

PO Box 568

Boone, NC 28607

 

20th Annual Green River Narrows Race Video Coverage

“THE GREATEST SHOW IN ALL OF SPORTS” highlight reel is here thanks to:

Produced by: Gareth Tate
Video and Production assistance by:
Edward Muggrige
Jared Johnson
Mark Miller
Daniel Brasuell
Shane Benedict
Chris Baer

[vimeo width="550" height="309"]http://vimeo.com/145242557[/vimeo]

Get more info and full race results at:

http://greenrace.amongstit.com/category/2015/

20th Annual Green River Narrows Race Video Coverage

“THE GREATEST SHOW IN ALL OF SPORTS” highlight reel is here thanks to:

Produced by: Gareth Tate
Video and Production assistance by:
Edward Muggrige
Jared Johnson
Mark Miller
Daniel Brasuell
Shane Benedict
Chris Baer

[vimeo width="550" height="309"]http://vimeo.com/145242557[/vimeo]

Get more info and full race results at:

http://greenrace.amongstit.com/category/2015/

20th Annual Green River Narrows Race Video Coverage

“THE GREATEST SHOW IN ALL OF SPORTS” highlight reel is here thanks to:

Produced by: Gareth Tate
Video and Production assistance by:
Edward Muggrige
Jared Johnson
Mark Miller
Daniel Brasuell
Shane Benedict
Chris Baer

[vimeo width="550" height="309"]http://vimeo.com/145242557[/vimeo]

Get more info and full race results at:

http://greenrace.amongstit.com/category/2015/

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