June 19, 2014

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Wildwater World Championships

The ICF Wildwater World Championships was held on the Adda River in Valtellina, Italy on June 10-15. Emmanuel Beauchard, Kurt Smithgall, Doug Ritchie and Marin Millar represented the USA.

Congratulations to:

  • Emmanuel Beauchard: 14th in the Classic (4.55% off the winner) and 11th in the Sprint (7.09% off the winner)
  • Doug Ritchie: 41st in the Classic (10.94% off the winner) and 3rd (BRONZE) in his age group in the Masters (0.64% off the winner)
  • Kurt Smithgall: 47th in the Classic (12.32% off the winner)
  • Marin Millar: 22nd in the Classic (9.5% off the winner) and 1st (GOLD) in her age group in the Masters
  • Emmanuel, Doug & Kurt: 9th in the Team Classic (9.89% off the winning team)

in addition to competing, Doug sent us daily updates on the team and the races.

Links to Doug's udpates, the results for all events and a video from the Classic can be found on There also are photos of Emmanuel and Marin in the left column of our home page.

Wildwater World Cup

The Wildwater World Cup 1-3 will be held on June 19-22 in Saalach/Lofer Austria and the final will be on June 28-29 in Vienna Austria. Stay tuned to for news from the World Cups.


Meanwhile, back in the good old USA, FIBArk took place on June 12-15 in and around Salida, Colorado. This was the 66th Anniversary of FIBArk. The festival has grown since it's beginnings and now includes a high-quality whitewater festival, land-based competitions, a carnival and free music for all festival-goers. The 26-mile downriver race tests the mettle of all competitors.

Andy Corra captured his milestone 10th FIBArk Downriver Classic. Jeff Parker was second and Tim Lawson finished third. Multi-sport competitor Natalie Anderson was the first female finisher.

Read more about FIBArk at and

Other News

Check the USA Wildwater calendar for the schedule of races in your area.

Chuck Brabec
Editor & Webmaster,