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North American Wildwater 2004 Championships

Welcoming competitors from both USA and Canada...

by John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak
Wildwater Committee Chair

July 10, 2004 -- Atlanta, GA

Mark your calendar and make your plans to attend the 2004 North American (CAN-AM) Wildwater championships. We are pleased and excited to announce that USA and the Canadian Wildwater Championships will be held together this year. Designated as the CAN-AM Championships, they will be held in Northern New York State (August 7-8) and Southwest Quebec, Canada (August 12).

The North American championship will consist of the combined result from the US Nationals and the Canadian Wildwater Championships. This series of races has also been designated as a Pan American championship if we can get 5 countries to attend.

Classes: For the North American Championships all ICF classes will be recognized if there at least three boats, i.e K-1 Men and Junior Men, K-1 Women and Junior Women, C-2 Men and Junior men and C-1 Men and Junior Men. Each race in the series will have additional classes for that race, i.e Masters, Cadet (under 14 on January 1, 2004) as entries permit>

Results: The US National Championships winners will be determined by combining the sprint and classic results using percentages off the winner.

Only the classic race will count from the Canadian Nationals as it determines the winner of the Canadian Nationals. There will be a sprint at the separate slalom site on August 15th at Valleyfield Quebec as well. Please note these are part of the combined Canadian slalom and wildwater nationals with the slalom at Valleyfield from August 13th to 15th.>

The results will then be combined using the ICF points system used in the World Cups, i.e. for mens kayak 100 points to the winner of each Nationals, 95 points to second place, 91 to 3rd, 88 to 4th, 86 to 5th, 85 to 6th, 84 to 7th, etc.

Awards will be given to the North American Champion in each class provided we have at least 3 boats in the class at both races, including mens and womens kayak, mens C-1 and C-2, junior mens and womens kayak (under 18 on January 1, 2004 ) and junior C-1 and C-2. Other classes may be added if numbers warrant, i.e. womens C-1, cadet classes (under 14 on January 1, 2004 )

These CAN-AM races are about 3 and 1/2 hours drive apart and have been scheduled together to make it easy to attend both.

Schedules, Descriptions and Directions:

US Nationals: August 7th and 8th Salmon River, Pulaski, New York:
Sprint: Saturday, August 7, 2004- 4:30 pm Firemans Park to Town Bridge (2 runs)
Classic: Sunday, August 8, 2004-9:30 am Route 2A Bridge to Black Hole Pool
Please note that the race time on Sunday may be moved until later in the day.
Description: This is a water release river. Water will turn on at 9 am Saturday morning and off on Sunday. There is no release during the week. There are scheduled releases on July 10/11 and July 24/25. The river is a straightforward class II river that can be easily learned in a day.

US Accommodations: These are listed on the Pulaski Chamber of Commerce website and consist mainly of motels. The Redwood Motel is a sponsor and if you stay there the ponderosa side is recommended.

The nearest camping is the State park on Lake Ontario which is 5 miles away.

US Directions: Take the I-81 North from Syracuse and take the first exit for Pulaski which is about 30 miles north of Syracuse. If you go east you will come up to Route 2A and turn left. The start of the Classic is at the bridge and there is a large parking lot.

For More Information please see the very detailed website (which includes entry forms) at: or contact Harold Van Winssen at

Canadian Nationals, August 12th, Rouge River Canyon, Quebec, Canada
Non Stop: 11 am Wednesday August 11th Non Stop (this is not mandatory)
Competitors Meeting: 10 am Thursday August 12th Racers meeting
Race: 11 am Thursday August 12th Classic race
Boat Control: Please note boat measuring is from 9-10 am and 3-4 pm on August 11th but this may be waived
Sprint (Optional): 11 am August 15th Sprint - Valleyfield, St Charles River

CAN Directions: Take I-81 North from Pulaski across the Canadian border. Then take Highway 401 East to #138 at Cornwall. Take #138 North to Highway 417. Take Highway 417 East to #34. Take #34 North to Hawkesbury. Follow the road across the river via John Street. At the T which is 148 in Quebec turn left towards Montebello. Go 6.4 kilometers past Calumet. Turn right towards Kilmar. There will also be signs for the rafting companies. Just past Kilmar turn left at the T and continue to Rivington bridge where the road crosses the River. This is the takeout

CAN River Description: The race is on a 5 kilometer stretch called the Canyon section. This is a natural flow river and there is no water release. In the event of dry conditions the site may change. It is generally Class 2-3 at that time of year

CAN Accommodations: There are a number of hotel/motels but none immediately at the site. Nearby locations are:

Calumet: Auberge de la Riviere Rouge 819 242 4474
Harrington: Norwood Lodge 819 242 2666
Auberge Val-Carroll 819 242 7041

Those in search of something finer may want to try the Fairmont Chateau Montebello which is farther away but a magnificent log Hotel (819 423 6341). Please note the special rate for CAN AM competitors.

Please see the website at and click on the English version

Entry Fees:
US Nationals: $25 US. This includes your entry and a T-shirt
CAN Nationals: $35 Can. This is just for the Wildwater but includes a T-shirt. It is $75 before July 31st for both slalom and wildwater.

For more information contact Harold Van Winssen at

John Pinyerd
USACK - Wildwater Committee Chairman

John Pinyerd is Chair of the U.S. Wildwater Committee and a C-1 Wildwater racer living in Atlanta. Reach him at