September 10, 2013

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In the news:

2013 US Wildwater National Championships
Thanks to Chris Hipgrave and the Nantahala Ourdoor Center for hosting the Wildwater National Championships and 2014 Wildwater Eastern Team Trials last weekend. The following athletes qualified for the 2014 USA Wildwater Team:

K-1 Men: Emmanuel Beauchard and Kurt Smigthgall
K-1 Women: Marin Millar and Haley Popp
C-2: Colton and Bryson Popp
C-1 Women: Selena Popp

The remaining spots on the 2014 Wildwater Team will be filled after the Western Team Trials in the spring.

See for the complete results and to view the photos taken by NOC Photos.

Request for Bids for the 2014 Wildwater National Events
Bids are being requested from race organizing committees to host the 2014 USA Wildwater National Championships, Western US Wildwater Junior Team Trials and the 2015 USA Wildwater Team Trials, east and west (2 races). Organizers should choose the wildwater event(s) that they are best suited to host and bid on the selected event(s).

Bids should be submitted in writing via email in the format described below to the Interim Wildwater Chairman, Tom Wier ( by October 31st 2013. A decision will be made on the location and date of these races and made public no later than November 30th 2013.

Click Here for more information about hosting any of these events.

Call for Nominations: USACK Wildwater Committee
Nominations are being sought for qualified individuals to serve on the 2014-15 Wildwater Committee. Click here for more information about the Wildwater Committee and how to volunteer and/or nominate someone.

Wildwater Committee News

The USA Wildwater Committee met (via Skype) on Sunday evening, September 8th. At the meeting, we approved two amendments to the Wildwater Committee Bylaws (one updating the criteria for selecting the USA Wildwater Team and the other defining the changes structure of the Wildwater Committee. We also discussed and approved the wording of the Request for Bids and Call for Nominations items mentioned above.

The minutes of the meeting can be viewed at

Request for Financial Support

We need your financial support to help defray the expenses incurred by our Junior and Senior teams, to provide additional funding for the junior and senior team members who achieve outstanding performance in international events, to defray some of the expenses incurred during the US Wildwater Nationals and to stimulate our local and regional Wildwater programs. You can contribute online via Chipin/Paypal, by using when you make an online purchase at almost every retailer, or by sending a check to us. See for more information about these options.

Want to make a donation for a specific purpose (like housing or transportation for the junior team at the Junior World Championships)? Contact Jeremy Rodgers and he will assist you with how to do it.

Other News
There are two more races on the 2013 USA Wildwater calendar:

  • Upper Gauley Race (September 23 on the Gauley River near Summersville, WV)
  • Nooksack River Races (October 5 on the NF of the Nooksack River near Glacier, WA)

Chuck Brabec
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