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For Immediate Release - February 18, 2004

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2004 U.S. Wildwater Team Trials

Mark your calendars! Dates and venue are set for the 2004 Junior/Senior U.S.A. Wildwater East Coast Team Trials! Plan to be competing on the Gauley River, near Craigsville, WV, for a Team position on Saturday and Sunday, April 17th & 18th.

The section of the Gauley above Summersville Lake, known locally as the "Top Gauley" is free flowing and has an average flow in April of 1,000-3,000 cfs (at the Craigsville gauge) which are ideal levels. The rapids are "Gauley Style" playful Class 2-3. At the lower levers it is more technical, and the higher level more pushy. The section we will use is about 5 miles in length for the Classic. The put-in will be at the Curtin Bridge, where Route 39 crosses the Gauley near Craigsville. Shuttle is easy, and the takeout can be reached by a gravel road river left from the put-in. Reference: USGS Map- Craigsville, County Map- Nicholas.

The nearest town is Richwood, only 15 minutes away. This area is known by paddlers as "The Fruitbasket", as there are so many streams to choose from. There are the North Fork and South Fork of the Cherry, The main Cherry, Big and Little Laurel, The Cranberry and Williams all within very close proximity. There is one motel in town, right on the North Fork and many camping spots and campgrounds in the area. The closest major airport is in Charleston, WV, which is about 2 hours away.

Racers may feel free to contact the race director, Donnie Hudspeth, directly at 304.658.5016 or by email at Additional information regarding courses, shuttles, and accommodations, as well as online registration can be found at We look forward to seeing you in April!