October 22, 2003 -- Bryson City,NC
After receiving several bids from all over the country, the USA Canoe
& Kayak Wildwater Committee today announced its decision on the location
of its 2004 race schedule. The committee reported that they received
race bids from more venues than normal possibly due to the popularity
of last years California based International World Cup series.
2004 SENIOR TEAM TRIALS AND EAST COAST JUNIOR TEAM TRIALS were
awarded to veteran event organizer Donnie Hudspeth of Summersville
WV. Hudspeth, president of Mountain Air Productions, organized
the 2002 Wildwater National Championships on the New River Gorge
and annually runs the Captain Thurmonds Triathlon and the "Animal"
Upper Gauley Race, now in its 11th year. 2004 Team Trials will
be run on the Top Gauley above the infamous Upper Gauley, on a
free flowing section of the river that is largely playful class
three whitewater. Should the Gauley be at an unusually high level,
the race will be moved to the near by Cherry River. Dates have
tentatively be set for March 20th & 21st. Dates will be confirmed
and announced shortly.
2004 WEST COAST JUNIOR TEAM TRIALS have been awarded to
Chris Wiegand of Colorado. Wiegand is the competition director
for the Colorado Whitewater Association and Executive Director
of the Front Range Paddling Association. 2004 Junior Trials will
be held in April in Browns Canyon just below Frog Rock and on
the Numbers section of the Arkansas River.
2004 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (AND CAN-AM CHAMPIONSHIPS) have
been awarded to Dan Murn and Harold Van Winssen. Both veteran
event promoters and competitors in their own right, they have
combined forces to provide a fantastic opportunity to North American
racers. USA National Championships will take place on the Salmon
River in New York on July 24th and 25th. The Salmon is largely
class 2 and 3 and runs through an incredibly scenic part of upstate
New York. Canadian Wildwater National Championships will take
place four days later, July 29th, on the Rouge River. By combining
results from both the American and Canadian National Championships,
we will then crown the Can-Am Champions. There has not been a
Can-Am Championships in well over a decade and will provide an
opportunity for two closely matched countries to come together
and duke it out.
Chris Hipgrave is Tresurer of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a K-1 Wildwater
racer living near Bryson City, NC. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.