July 31, 2013

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In the news:

2013 ICF Wildwater Junior World Championships
Our C-2 team placed third in the C-2 Team Sprint Race and earned an International Medal for their performance! One of our three C-2 crews was a mixed C-2 paddled by Selena and Bryson Popp. The team work that our athletes demonstrated on the water paddling in tight formation and negotiating challenging rapids was outstanding. A special thanks goes to the French and Czech teams who loaned us two C-2s so that we could compete and make it an official International Race. Click here to read Nate Lord's report and view photos of the team race.

Go to to see how our team members did in the Classic race and for some awesome photos by Peter Coggan.

A special thanks goes to the adults who traveled with our junior team and worked so hard to make the 2013 Junior World Championships and truly memorable experience for our team.

2013 US Wildwater National Championships
The Nationals are Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7, 2013. These dates and the venue coincide with the 2013 ICF Freestyle World Championships being held on the Nantahala River. This is an amazing opportunity for USA Wildwater to gain international exposure. (Click here for the latest news on the Nationals.)

Chris Hipgrave has also put together a video preview of the Sprint course for the Nationals. You can view it at

2014 US Wildwater Team Trials
The USA Wildwater Committee has announced the dates for the 2014 US Wildwater Team Trials and a change in the selection process for the senior team. With this change, we will now have split (eastern and western) team trials for both the juniors and seniors. The 2014 Eastern Team Trials will be part of the 2013 National Championships on September 6-7, 2013. The 2014 USA Wildwater Western Team Trials will be held in Colorado in late April, 2014. The specific date and location will be determined soon. (Click here for more information about the 2014 US Wildwater Team Trials and the selection process for the senior team.)

Other News
The 2013 Southeastern Championships will once again be held on the Nantahala River. This event is being hosted by the Nantahala Racing Club and is scheduled for Sunday, August 18th. Click here for more about the Southeasterns.

Other races on our calendar include the:

  • Zoar Gap Plunge on August 10th on the Deerfield River near Zoar, MA
  • Animal Upper Gauley Race on September 23rd on the Gauley River near Summersville, WV
  • Nooksack River Races on October 5th on the NF of the Nooksack River near Glacier, WA
See the USA Wildwater calendar for contact information and links for these races.

Chuck Brabec
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