POZA AZUL Extreme Race COSTA RICA 2014

This year the Poza Azul Extreme Race took place on Saturday November 22nd with 24 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico!

The Poza Azul River runs over volcanic bedrock originating in the Braullio Carrillo National Park and feeding the Sarapiqui River. The Poza Azul Extreme Race is a Master Level race consisting of 800 meters down river, timed racing, through two class IV slide rapids to finish at a 10 meter waterfall with a very technical line to the finish point. This waterfall is a classic drop in Costa Rica and offers lots of surprises for its competitors.

The winner of this years Poza Azul Extreme Race is Diego Solano (aka Pina) won the flight to Mexico where he will be representing Costa Rica in the renowned Alseseca Race this January 10th, 2015. Antonio and Sofia from Aventurec (home base for the Alseseca competition) are supporting this years champion with free lodging and a kayak loan during his stay.

Check out the oficial website for the Sarapiqui River Festival to mark your calendar with next years dates!

POZA AZUL Extreme Race COSTA RICA 2014

This year the Poza Azul Extreme Race took place on Saturday November 22nd with 24 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico!

The Poza Azul River runs over volcanic bedrock originating in the Braullio Carrillo National Park and feeding the Sarapiqui River. The Poza Azul Extreme Race is a Master Level race consisting of 800 meters down river, timed racing, through two class IV slide rapids to finish at a 10 meter waterfall with a very technical line to the finish point. This waterfall is a classic drop in Costa Rica and offers lots of surprises for its competitors.

The winner of this years Poza Azul Extreme Race is Diego Solano (aka Pina) won the flight to Mexico where he will be representing Costa Rica in the renowned Alseseca Race this January 10th, 2015. Antonio and Sofia from Aventurec (home base for the Alseseca competition) are supporting this years champion with free lodging and a kayak loan during his stay.

Check out the oficial website for the Sarapiqui River Festival to mark your calendar with next years dates!

Costa Rica SARAPIQUI Boater Cross Race 2014

This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru!

Native Sarapiqueño Oscar Arguedas and Diego Solano (Pina) tied for first place. Johann Castor, also from Sarapiqui took 2nd place and Quinn Connell, from the USA took home 3rd place!

The race is open category, and consists of class two and three rapids. Participants compete in groups, and the fastest boaters in each heat advance to the finals to determine the overall winner. The race takes place on the Sarapiqui River in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Mark down November 20th, 2015 to participate in next years competition.

The Sarapiqui River originates in the Poas Volcano and feeds the San Juan River, which runs along the border with Nicaragua. It is the second-longest river in Costa Rica. This river is a commercial river for kayaking, white-water rafting, and other activities for the entire region. This river provides all levels of kayaking and rafting.


Sarapiqui Boater Cross Race!

 This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru!

Native Sarapiqueño Oscar Arguedas and Diego Solano (Pina) tied for first place. Johann Castor, also from Sarapiqui took 2nd place and Quinn Connell, from the USA took home 3rd place!

The race is open category, and consists of class two and three rapids. Participants compete in groups, and the fastest boaters in each heat advance to the finals to determine the overall winner. The race takes place on the Sarapiqui River in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Mark down November 20th, 2015 to participate in next years competition.

The Sarapiqui River originates in the Poas Volcano and feeds the San Juan River, which runs along the border with Nicaragua. It is the second-longest river in Costa Rica. This river is a commercial river for kayaking, white-water rafting, and other activities for the entire region. This river provides all levels of kayaking and rafting.


Sarapiqui Boater Cross Race!

 This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru!

Native Sarapiqueño Oscar Arguedas and Diego Solano (Pina) tied for first place. Johann Castor, also from Sarapiqui took 2nd place and Quinn Connell, from the USA took home 3rd place!

The race is open category, and consists of class two and three rapids. Participants compete in groups, and the fastest boaters in each heat advance to the finals to determine the overall winner. The race takes place on the Sarapiqui River in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Mark down November 20th, 2015 to participate in next years competition.

The Sarapiqui River originates in the Poas Volcano and feeds the San Juan River, which runs along the border with Nicaragua. It is the second-longest river in Costa Rica. This river is a commercial river for kayaking, white-water rafting, and other activities for the entire region. This river provides all levels of kayaking and rafting.


Sarapiqui Boater Cross Race!

 This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru!

Native Sarapiqueño Oscar Arguedas and Diego Solano (Pina) tied for first place. Johann Castor, also from Sarapiqui took 2nd place and Quinn Connell, from the USA took home 3rd place!

The race is open category, and consists of class two and three rapids. Participants compete in groups, and the fastest boaters in each heat advance to the finals to determine the overall winner. The race takes place on the Sarapiqui River in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Mark down November 20th, 2015 to participate in next years competition.

The Sarapiqui River originates in the Poas Volcano and feeds the San Juan River, which runs along the border with Nicaragua. It is the second-longest river in Costa Rica. This river is a commercial river for kayaking, white-water rafting, and other activities for the entire region. This river provides all levels of kayaking and rafting.


Sarapiqui Boater Cross Race!

 This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru!

Native Sarapiqueño Oscar Arguedas and Diego Solano (Pina) tied for first place. Johann Castor, also from Sarapiqui took 2nd place and Quinn Connell, from the USA took home 3rd place!

The race is open category, and consists of class two and three rapids. Participants compete in groups, and the fastest boaters in each heat advance to the finals to determine the overall winner. The race takes place on the Sarapiqui River in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Mark down November 20th, 2015 to participate in next years competition.

The Sarapiqui River originates in the Poas Volcano and feeds the San Juan River, which runs along the border with Nicaragua. It is the second-longest river in Costa Rica. This river is a commercial river for kayaking, white-water rafting, and other activities for the entire region. This river provides all levels of kayaking and rafting.


Sarapiqui Boater Cross Race!

 This years Sarapiqui Boater Cross took place on Friday November 21st, beginning at the bridge in La Virgen, Sarapiqui, and running 500 mts downstream. We had 27 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru!

Native Sarapiqueño Oscar Arguedas and Diego Solano (Pina) tied for first place. Johann Castor, also from Sarapiqui took 2nd place and Quinn Connell, from the USA took home 3rd place!

The race is open category, and consists of class two and three rapids. Participants compete in groups, and the fastest boaters in each heat advance to the finals to determine the overall winner. The race takes place on the Sarapiqui River in the province of Heredia, Costa Rica. Mark down November 20th, 2015 to participate in next years competition.

The Sarapiqui River originates in the Poas Volcano and feeds the San Juan River, which runs along the border with Nicaragua. It is the second-longest river in Costa Rica. This river is a commercial river for kayaking, white-water rafting, and other activities for the entire region. This river provides all levels of kayaking and rafting.


2014 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timers Trip & Picnic Report

Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.  Photo by Dawn Berglund

Saturday, August 30, 2014, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a hot and humid day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the high 80′s/ low 90′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 400 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge which made for a technical & tricky level for some of our Gorge first timers and returning paddlers.  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 29 boats on top of the bus and get rolling toward the put-in in less than an hour with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 29 total participates on the Gorge trip with 12 first timers (28 completed the run).  The gorge boaters split into 3 smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big Thanks to: Jeremy Gass, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Andrea Ramsey, Jamison Evans & Justin Tipton) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  There were several swims, broaches, boat pins, a hike out from “On the Rocks” back to the put-in, a couple of scary moments and even a kayak wrapped around a rock from a pin at “Rooster Tail” during the trip, but thanks to good preparedness and safety from our leaders 97% of the paddlers in our group made it to the take-out after a rather slow and challenging day.  So the trip was not our best on the river, but it was somewhat expected with the low level.  We think the biggest take-away tip from all the incidents that went down during this trip is paddlers who want to take on the mighty Noli Gorge (despite the level) need to have good sense of how to complete a combat roll and have class III boat control skills to finish this run with style.  Overall many paddlers on the trip still said they had a good time, so it was good to know we had met our objective for many!

Noli Gorge paddlers at the put-in.  Photo by Wesley R. Bradley

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out too despite the low level and holiday weekend!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers with 7 first timers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near the Sawmill below Devil’s Looking Glass Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!  However we did have two paddlers, who were not part of the group, get in trouble by wrapping their recreational open kayak around a rock in the rapid above Chestoa.  A few of our APE’s aided them in rescue recovery of their craft and thankfully no one sustained harm from the incident.

Lower Noli paddlers at the put-in.  Photo by Dawn Berglund

After we got off the river and many lessons were learned the hard way, we met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen.  We all enjoyed some tasty fried chicken and fixings for the main course!  Some APE’s members brought some really good snacks and desserts to share with the rest of the group too!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship and river tales to top off the day!

Jack D Nelson’s SUP view of  the APE’s Noli Gorge 1st Timers Trip in this video:

[youtube width="560" height="315"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ppmHKdoMg[/youtube]

2014 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timers Trip & Picnic Report

Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.  Photo by Dawn Berglund

Saturday, August 30, 2014, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a hot and humid day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the high 80′s/ low 90′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 400 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge which made for a technical & tricky level for some of our Gorge first timers and returning paddlers.  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 29 boats on top of the bus and get rolling toward the put-in in less than an hour with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 29 total participates on the Gorge trip with 12 first timers (28 completed the run).  The gorge boaters split into 3 smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big Thanks to: Jeremy Gass, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Andrea Ramsey, Jamison Evans & Justin Tipton) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  There were several swims, broaches, boat pins, a hike out from “On the Rocks” back to the put-in, a couple of scary moments and even a kayak wrapped around a rock from a pin at “Rooster Tail” during the trip, but thanks to good preparedness and safety from our leaders 97% of the paddlers in our group made it to the take-out after a rather slow and challenging day.  So the trip was not our best on the river, but it was somewhat expected with the low level.  We think the biggest take-away tip from all the incidents that went down during this trip is paddlers who want to take on the mighty Noli Gorge (despite the level) need to have good sense of how to complete a combat roll and have class III boat control skills to finish this run with style.  Overall many paddlers on the trip still said they had a good time, so it was good to know we had met our objective for many!

Noli Gorge paddlers at the put-in.  Photo by Wesley R. Bradley

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out too despite the low level and holiday weekend!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers with 7 first timers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near the Sawmill below Devil’s Looking Glass Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!  However we did have two paddlers, who were not part of the group, get in trouble by wrapping their recreational open kayak around a rock in the rapid above Chestoa.  A few of our APE’s aided them in rescue recovery of their craft and thankfully no one sustained harm from the incident.

Lower Noli paddlers at the put-in.  Photo by Dawn Berglund

After we got off the river and many lessons were learned the hard way, we met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen.  We all enjoyed some tasty fried chicken and fixings for the main course!  Some APE’s members brought some really good snacks and desserts to share with the rest of the group too!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship and river tales to top off the day!

Jack D Nelson’s SUP view of  the APE’s Noli Gorge 1st Timers Trip in this video:

[youtube width="560" height="315"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ppmHKdoMg[/youtube]

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