2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was some fast paddling fun! We had a great turn out with 19 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start and finish line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with cool and breezy mostly sunny skies.

The river level was around 1,700 CFS and spirits were high with several first timers in this event!  The course start was at the USA Raft river access and the finish line was the Chestoa Pike Bridge 1.5 miles downstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids and a couple of islands to negotiate along the way.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1 Results:

Women’s K-1 Short Boat:

1. Stephanie Griffin (12:49)

2. Rachel Humfleet (12:58)

Men‘s K-1 Long Boat:

1. Ryan Horn (10:20)

2. Jeff Vannoy (10:39)

3. Wesley R. Bradley (11:00)

Men‘s K-1 Short Boat:

1. John Davis (11:38)

2. Mark Masters (11:40)

3. Kevin Masters (11:48)

4. Curt Wilhoit (11:50)

5. Steve Thorp (12:50)

Women’s SUP:

1. Camille Swan (11:27)

2. Abby Williamson (16:50)

Men’s SUP:

1. Aaron Koch (10:28)

2. Jack Nelson (10:47)

3. Justin Griffin (11:44)

4. Dale Swanson (15:30)

Tandem SUP:

1. Will & Danelle Saylor (18:50)

Men’s Bellyak:

1. Adam Masters (12:43)

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #1 Results)

 

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #1!

Event Highlights:

*We had 1 swimmer during the event.

*We had a great turn out in our SUP classes and one Bellyaker who came in with a great finish time in the event!

*The Jackson Action Wagon was on-site with FREE demos.

*Many competitors or volunteers in the event went home with a prize!

Event #1 Photo Album Link: Cheryl Killman’s NoliFest HTTD Race photo album

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #1:

Erin Weatherford – Registration & Starter

Jewell Weatherford – Starter

Cheryl Killman & Kyle Koeberlein– Photographers

USA Raft – Finish Line and Shuttle

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Our World Kayak Program Partners

Our local sponsors for this event:

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A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event with NoliFest and running shuttle for the competitors!

Stay tuned for details about HTTD event #2 coming soon to the Tri-Cities!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

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 Whitewater Long Boat Racing Clinic with Chris Hipgrave

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Do you want to learn how to go fast in kayak?

The Legendary Chris Hipgrave is joining the APEs for a GO FAST Session on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 6, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce its first kayak racing clinic with Chris Hipgrave from the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Chris is the current Ocoee Race Champion two years running and is on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Athlete Team.  His name is always toward the top of the results in any race he enters!!  For those who do not know this British Bro make sure you check out his website for many of his racing accomplishments: http://chrishipgrave.com/

This one day course is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on river running in modern whitewater racing kayaks in the context of a river trip.  It 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 water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 14 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure you register to reserve your spot.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Chris Hipgrave to GO FAST—need we say more?!?

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class III whitewater, have winter paddling gear, and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability.  Min age is 14 and accompanied by parent/guardian.

APEs Whitewater Long Boat Racing Clinic with Chris Hipgrave

APE's Logo

Do you want to learn how to go fast in kayak?

The Legendary Chris Hipgrave is joining the APEs for a GO FAST Session on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 6, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce its first kayak racing clinic with Chris Hipgrave from the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Chris is the current Ocoee Race Champion two years running and is on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Athlete Team.  His name is always toward the top of the results in any race he enters!!  For those who do not know this British Bro make sure you check out his website for many of his racing accomplishments: http://chrishipgrave.com/

This one day course is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on river running in modern whitewater racing kayaks in the context of a river trip.  It 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 water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 14 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure you register to reserve your spot.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Chris Hipgrave to GO FAST—need we say more?!?

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class III whitewater, have winter paddling gear, and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability.  Min age is 14 and accompanied by parent/guardian.

APEs Whitewater Long Boat Racing Clinic with Chris Hipgrave

APE's Logo

Do you want to learn how to go fast in kayak?

The Legendary Chris Hipgrave is joining the APEs for a GO FAST Session on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 6, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce its first kayak racing clinic with Chris Hipgrave from the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Chris is the current Ocoee Race Champion two years running and is on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Athlete Team.  His name is always toward the top of the results in any race he enters!!  For those who do not know this British Bro make sure you check out his website for many of his racing accomplishments: http://chrishipgrave.com/

This one day course is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on river running in modern whitewater racing kayaks in the context of a river trip.  It 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 water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 14 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure you register to reserve your spot.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Chris Hipgrave to GO FAST—need we say more?!?

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class III whitewater, have winter paddling gear, and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability.  Min age is 14 and accompanied by parent/guardian.

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a warm clear day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the 80′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 390 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge, which made for a steeper more channelized run for our Gorge first timers.  We organized both a Nolichucky Gorge trip (Class III at this level) lead by several of our top gun APE’s and a Lower Nolichucky River trip (Class II) lead by Debbie Briscoe.

The Noli Gorge trip participates met up at USA Raft at the take-out to load up all of our boats on one of USA’s buses for a shuttle up to the put-in in Poplar, NC.  The group managed to load up all 36 boats on top of the bus and a boat trailer.  Then we got rolling toward the put-in with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 37 total participates on the Gorge trip with 11 first timers.  The gorge boaters split into several smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big thanks to: Ryan Horn, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Jamison Evans, Bill Schooley & Elliot Lavery as our river guides) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  We also had several other safety boater to help with sweep and safety also!  Thanks to all who helped in this effort.  It would have not been a successful trip without all of you!

Scouting Second Drop of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Curt Wilhoit

Murphy’s Ledge of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Jerry Griffin

There were some swims by a few of the participants during the trip in On the Rocks, Quarter Mile and Rooster Tail.  However all swims were cleaned up quickly with our safety boaters and everyone finished the run with no major incidents.  

Bottom of Rooster Tail. Photo by Jerry Griffin

Lots of progression occurred on this river trip also.  We had a couple of chances to stop and surf at Jaws and Twin Eddies.  Despite the low river level these two spots were still really good for river play!  Congrats goes out to one of first timers, Alex Crow, for completing his first ever 360 spins in both directions in his kayak at Twin Eddies.  Overall many paddlers on the gorge trip said they had a great time, so mission accomplished!

Gorge Take-out. Photo by Morris Caddell Jr

Check out Morris Caddell’s video of the gorge trip with this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3r16qp7zcay7bz6/Noli%20Video%20HH%20-%20Copy.mp4?dl=0

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out also!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near High Road/Low Road Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!

Lower Noli paddlers.  Photo by Mikie Fields

After we got off the river, we all met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Chef Les Lollar and his cooks.  We all enjoyed some very tasty BBQ pork, grilled chicken and several side dishes for the main course!  Then we had ice cream for dessert!!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship, a game of volley ball and river tales.  Then we topped off the day with a WORLDKAYAK.COM prize drawing for all the participants and many went home with some nice prizes to top off the day thanks to WK Program Partners!

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a warm clear day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the 80′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 390 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge, which made for a steeper more channelized run for our Gorge first timers.  We organized both a Nolichucky Gorge trip (Class III at this level) lead by several of our top gun APE’s and a Lower Nolichucky River trip (Class II) lead by Debbie Briscoe.

The Noli Gorge trip participates met up at USA Raft at the take-out to load up all of our boats on one of USA’s buses for a shuttle up to the put-in in Poplar, NC.  The group managed to load up all 36 boats on top of the bus and a boat trailer.  Then we got rolling toward the put-in with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 37 total participates on the Gorge trip with 11 first timers.  The gorge boaters split into several smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big thanks to: Ryan Horn, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Jamison Evans, Bill Schooley & Elliot Lavery as our river guides) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  We also had several other safety boater to help with sweep and safety also!  Thanks to all who helped in this effort.  It would have not been a successful trip without all of you!

Scouting Second Drop of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Curt Wilhoit

Murphy’s Ledge of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Jerry Griffin

There were some swims by a few of the participants during the trip in On the Rocks, Quarter Mile and Rooster Tail.  However all swims were cleaned up quickly with our safety boaters and everyone finished the run with no major incidents.  

Bottom of Rooster Tail. Photo by Jerry Griffin

Lots of progression occurred on this river trip also.  We had a couple of chances to stop and surf at Jaws and Twin Eddies.  Despite the low river level these two spots were still really good for river play!  Congrats goes out to one of first timers, Alex Crow, for completing his first ever 360 spins in both directions in his kayak at Twin Eddies.  Overall many paddlers on the gorge trip said they had a great time, so mission accomplished!

Gorge Take-out. Photo by Morris Caddell Jr

Check out Morris Caddell’s video of the gorge trip with this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3r16qp7zcay7bz6/Noli%20Video%20HH%20-%20Copy.mp4?dl=0

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out also!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near High Road/Low Road Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!

Lower Noli paddlers.  Photo by Mikie Fields

After we got off the river, we all met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Chef Les Lollar and his cooks.  We all enjoyed some very tasty BBQ pork, grilled chicken and several side dishes for the main course!  Then we had ice cream for dessert!!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship, a game of volley ball and river tales.  Then we topped off the day with a WORLDKAYAK.COM prize drawing for all the participants and many went home with some nice prizes to top off the day thanks to WK Program Partners!

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a warm clear day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the 80′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 390 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge, which made for a steeper more channelized run for our Gorge first timers.  We organized both a Nolichucky Gorge trip (Class III at this level) lead by several of our top gun APE’s and a Lower Nolichucky River trip (Class II) lead by Debbie Briscoe.

The Noli Gorge trip participates met up at USA Raft at the take-out to load up all of our boats on one of USA’s buses for a shuttle up to the put-in in Poplar, NC.  The group managed to load up all 36 boats on top of the bus and a boat trailer.  Then we got rolling toward the put-in with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 37 total participates on the Gorge trip with 11 first timers.  The gorge boaters split into several smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big thanks to: Ryan Horn, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Jamison Evans, Bill Schooley & Elliot Lavery as our river guides) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  We also had several other safety boater to help with sweep and safety also!  Thanks to all who helped in this effort.  It would have not been a successful trip without all of you!

Scouting Second Drop of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Curt Wilhoit

Murphy’s Ledge of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Jerry Griffin

There were some swims by a few of the participants during the trip in On the Rocks, Quarter Mile and Rooster Tail.  However all swims were cleaned up quickly with our safety boaters and everyone finished the run with no major incidents.  

Bottom of Rooster Tail. Photo by Jerry Griffin

Lots of progression occurred on this river trip also.  We had a couple of chances to stop and surf at Jaws and Twin Eddies.  Despite the low river level these two spots were still really good for river play!  Congrats goes out to one of first timers, Alex Crow, for completing his first ever 360 spins in both directions in his kayak at Twin Eddies.  Overall many paddlers on the gorge trip said they had a great time, so mission accomplished!

Gorge Take-out. Photo by Morris Caddell Jr

Check out Morris Caddell’s video of the gorge trip with this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3r16qp7zcay7bz6/Noli%20Video%20HH%20-%20Copy.mp4?dl=0

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out also!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near High Road/Low Road Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!

Lower Noli paddlers.  Photo by Mikie Fields

After we got off the river, we all met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Chef Les Lollar and his cooks.  We all enjoyed some very tasty BBQ pork, grilled chicken and several side dishes for the main course!  Then we had ice cream for dessert!!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship, a game of volley ball and river tales.  Then we topped off the day with a WORLDKAYAK.COM prize drawing for all the participants and many went home with some nice prizes to top off the day thanks to WK Program Partners!

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