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  December 1, 2004

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Dear Wildwater Racers and Friends:

As the year comes to a close, it is time to reflect on our accomplishments and to set goals for next year. In keeping with this theme, this issue includes news from this year and challenges for the coming year. Our first article includes the results from the Tohickon Wildwater Classic held in early November. Thanks to Bob Bofinger for coordinating this race and for all of his hard work as a Wildwater Coach!

Our USAWildwater Committee Chair, John Pinyerd, provides an excellent view of our accomplishments for 2004 and the challenges that face us in the future in his article "USA Wildwater 2004 Highlights and Challenges".

Did you know that a full Wildwater World Championship Team consists of more canoists than kayakers? There are 8 kayakers (4 K-1 and 4 K-1W) and 12 canoeists (4 C-1 and 4 C-2). If the numbers for canoeists look a bit funny, remeber that it takes 2 canoeists for each C-2 team). The last article, "Calling All Wildwater Canoeists" is a plea for more canoeists to join the Wildwater ranks.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has designated 2005 as an international development year. All of the 05 World Cup Races are being held in the UK and Ireland, on class II-III rivers that are favorable for growing Wildwater participation. In addition, Pre-World's organizers will also host a Masters Pre-World Championships in conjunction with the 2005 World Cups 5-6 in Bala (GBR). The US Wildwater Team Trials will be held March 5-6 on the class 2-3 Nantahala, and is perfect venue choice for a development year.

Come out and train and race wildwater! Now is a great time get back into the sport, or to get started. Let us know how we can help you.

Chuck Brabec

In this issue:

Tohickon Wildwater Classic Results Nov. 14, 2004
Thanks to all who participated in the weekend races on the Tohickon River.
full story...
USA Wildwater 2004 Highlights and Challenges Nov. 15, 2004
A View from the Chair.
full story...
Calling All Wildwater Canoeists Dec. 1, 2004
Come out and Play
full story...