May 7, 2003

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Dear Wildwater Racers and Friends:

A lot of interesting things are happening in the World of Wildwater. We get closer to U.S. Team Trials and the Juniors have already had round one of selections on the Nantahala, with the Colorado kids putting forth a great show!

From an equipment standpoint, one of our sport's most interesting developments is the introduction of Italy's "Fastwave" plastic wildwater boat to North America. After the much vaunted success of the Wavehopper, this boat promises to handle more like a real composite Wildwater boat as you learn lines on a particularly gnarly stretch of river. Don't you just love plastic?

There's also an important international development with the cancellation of the Pre-World Championships in Garmisch, Germany. Be sure to read Chris Hipgrave's article and plan to go to California if you want to race the Europeans.

Be sure also to check out the Little Falls Race if you're in the DC area this weekend.

Train hard, sleep well, eat right, and be fast!

Michael Beavers

In this issue:

Garmisch Pre-Worlds Cancelled!
Race Organizers cite poor water flow, lack of support from German Federation.

Little Falls Wildwater Race Coming Soon
Event sponsored by Linganore Racing Club and Bethesda Center of Excellence.

New Plastic Wildwater Boats Coming to the United States
Hipgrave reaches agreement with Italy-based Sistema to be exclusive North American Importer of "Fastwaves"

Western Kids Dominate at Eastern Junior Selections
Colorado factions proves it pays to travel