September 15, 2013

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The first article in the e-Zine published on September 10 was confusing because the title was about the Nationals and the text was mostly about the Team Trials. Here's an amended edition of the e-Zine.

2013 US Wildwater National Championships and 2014 Eastern Team Trials
Last weekend, the fastest athletes from around the United States gathered at the Nantahala Outdoor Center to compete in the combined 2013 National Championships and 2014 Eastern Team Trials.

Congratulations to our new National Champions:

 K-1 Men: Emmanuel Beauchard
 K-1 Women: Marin Millar
 C-1 Men: John Pinyerd
 C-2 Men: Colton and Bryson Popp
 C-1 Women: Selena Popp
 K-1 Men Junior: Tyler Smith

You can also read John Pinyerd's "Reflections on the 2013 Wildwater National Championships" at

The following athletes were selected 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*

* Have not yet committeed to go to Europe next year.

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
Editor & Webmaster,