October 6, 2011

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Dear Wildwater Racers and Friends:

The Senior Wildwater Team Trials are only 9 days from today!!
The team trials, which will be held on the Russell Fork River near Elkhorn City, Kentucky, will determine who will be on the 2012 USA Wildwater Team and eligible to represent the USA in the 2012 Wildwater World Championships. Go to the official website (see link below) for the latest information about the race.

Andy Corra, in Durango, CO, is ordering a boat from Zastera in fall of 2011 and would like any other Rocky Mountain based paddlerd to contact him if they'd like to share shipping charges to Colorado. The shipping cost is basically nearly the same for 3 boats as it is for 1. Zastera has plenty of gently used boats sitting around that he'd ship as well if requested. Andy's email address is

Bids are being requested from race organizing committees to host the 2012 USA Wildwater National Events. The events include the 2012 USA Wildwater National Championships, 2012 USA Wildwater Senior Team Trials (for selecting the 2013 team), 2012 Eastern USA Wildwater Junior Team Trials and 2012 Western USA Wildwater Junior Team Trials. Bids are to be sumbitted in writing by October 12th. See the related article for details.

We are also seeking nominees to run for election to the USACK Wildwater Committee (WWC) for the 2012-2013 term. The related article in this e-Zine describes the nomination and election processes. If you would like to serve on the WWC or know of someone who you feel would be a good nominee (and be willing to serve), please send your nomination to Gerald Babao, USACK headquarters, by email ( no later than November 20, 2011.

The 19th annual ANIMAL Upper Gauley Race was held on September 19th. Check out the link below to read about the race and look at the results.

Chuck Brabec
Editor & Webmaster,

In this issue: (click on a title to read more)

US Wildwater Team Trials (October 15-16)
See the latest news and pre-register

Request for Bids to Host 2012 Wildwater National Events
Team Trials, Jr. Team Trials, and the National Championships

Call for Nominations: USACK Wildwater Committee
To serve on the 2012-13 Wildwater Committee

ANIMAL Upper Gauley Race
Race report and results