November 12, 2013

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2014 National Wildwater Events Announced
The 2014 Wildwater Western Junior and Senior Team Trials will be on the Animas River in Durango, Colorado on April 26-27. The event will be organized by the Great Blue Heron Whitewater Club and Durango Whitewater, and will be one of the first races on a newly redesigned whitewater park in Durango. This promises to be a great event.

The 2014 Wildwater National Championships will be held on the Cheat River on May 2-4. The event will be organized by Chris Norbury and the Cordorus Wildwater Club, and will be held in association with the Cheat River Festival, one of the best attended downriver races in the country.

The 2015 Wildwater Western Senior Team Trials will be held on the Skykomish River in Washington State in October, 2014. The specific date has yet to be determined. The event will be put on by Marin Millar and the League of Northwest Whitewater Racers, and is held on a world-class wildwater race course.

We currently have no bids for 2015 Easter Senior Team Trials for 2015. The Wildwater Committee is working on this.

Nominations for the 2014-2015 Wildwater Committee are Due November 30th
The wildwater committee is up for re-election, and we are seeking nominations for the following positions:

  • Chairman
  • Treasurer
  • Fundraising Chair
  • Communications Chair
  • Eastern Team Trials Chair
  • Western Team Trials Chair
  • Nationals Chair
  • Two Athlete Representatives

Remember to send all of your nominations for the wildwater committee by the 30th of November to Gerald Baboa at USACK (

For more information on the nominations and elections process, please see:

Wildwater Committee Meeting
The Wildwater Committee met (via Skype) on November 3rd. The primary purpose was to review the bids for our 2014 National events and select the winning bids. You can view the minutes of the meeting at

Other News
The last races on the 2013 USA Wildwater calendar were the Upper Gauley Race (September 23) and the Deerfield River Canoe & Kayak Race (November 3). The results from these races have been factored into the preliminary 2013 USA Wildwater Rankings.

Please review the 2013 Preliminary Rankings and let me know if anything is amiss.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chuck Brabec
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