January 29, 2009

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Dear Wildwater Racers and Friends:

Welcome to the first USAWidlwater E-zine for 2009.

USA Wildwater is off to a fast start with the recently completed "Chute the Hooch" training camp and race. Thirty participants braved the cold weather in not-so-Hot'lanta and about half were juniors or first time Wildwater racers. A special thanks to the coaches and support staff for a great weekend. Read all about the event in the first article.

Next in the news is the 2009 USA Nationals Festival/FIBArk Whitewater Festival, to be held June 18-21 in Salida, Colorado. The Nationals events as well as FIBArk races have been designated as "International Races" by the International Canoe Federation (ICF). USA Wildwater is using the event to serve as both our 2009 Senior Team Trials and Nationals. The FIBArk classic Downriver/Wildwater race is one of the longest running races on the planet and has drawn competitors from around the globe for 60 years. In addition FIBArk is adding a Wildwater Sprint in town. And USA Wildwater is planning on hosting a training camp to familiarize racers of all levels with the sections of river we will be racing.

The USACK Wildwater Committee has also been busy. Several committee members worked hard during the first few weeks of January to come up with a proposed budget for 2009. The Committee met on January 17th to vote on the budget (it was approved) and to discuss other Wildwater business for the new year.

All Wildwater racers should also take note of the proposed changes in the USACK Bylaws available for member review. USACK members have until January 31, 2009 to comment on the new Bylaws.

Finally, I have been working diligently on the Wildwater Calendar for this year. Please take the time to look it over ( Let me know if you see (or don't see) anything that needs to changed or added.

Chuck Brabec
Editor & Webmaster,

In this issue:

2009 Chute The Hooch Wildwater Training Camp and RACE
Hot-lanta just was not so hot, but our training camp turned out to be really cool.
full story...

2009 USA Nationals Festival/FIBArk Whitewater Festival
Plans are Really Coming Together for this Wildwater Mega Event in Salida, CO June 18-21!!!
full story...

USA Wildwater Committee Minutes
News from the first meeting of 2009
full story...

New USACK By-laws available for member review
Members have until January 31, 2009 to comment
full story...