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Fifth Annual Chute the Hooch Training Camp (Atlanta)

January 17-18

by John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak
Wildwater Board Member

November 26, 2008 -- Marietta, GA

For the past 5 years I have opened my home and my calendar to get my friends out to paddle with me for a couple days in HotLanta in January. I am thrilled to be teaming up again with Chris Hipgrave to make this “Chute the Hooch Training Camp” happen again in Atlanta on the MLK holiday weekend of January 17-18, 2009.

"HotLanta" is the perfect venue for January Training as it allows access to several world class coaches and lets us coach racers of all skill levels. If you live in ATL or the Southeast region come on out and play! This camp is open to anyone who knows how to paddle. This includes anyone who just wants to try out a wildwater boat all the way up to our top racers. We will divide the groups up according to skill levels, speed, etc.

Due to the generosity of our friends in ATL, we have boats and home-stays available for anyone that needs them. You just need to RSVP and let us know.

As always, we do not charge for “Chute the Hooch/paddling with Pinyerd” (and technically this is a weekend of my friends getting together with me to train and paddle). We would like you to join USACK (and specify wildwater) if you are not already a member for insurance reasons and because it’s the right thing to do. And of course the modest membership fee will pay for itself in just a few races.

For more information on the schedule, or to RSVP for a boat, and/or a home-stay, etc, contact John Pinyerd (

A note about the coaches:
John Pinyerd – John Pinyerd is an expert racer in C-1 and C-2. His accomplishments over the years include earning berths on more than a dozen wildwater teams, a plethora of National Championship titles, and four medals in international competition. John is the reigning Master’s World Champion in C-1.

Chris Hipgrave – Chris is very accomplished all aspects of kayaking from Sprint to Marathon. He has qualified for a dozen Wildwater teams and has won a boatload of medals along the way including winning the silver medal at the 2008 Masters World Championships. More importantly there are few folks on the planet that know more about racing kayak that Chris. As the Director of High Performance Olympic Paddling for USACK, Chris is the coach’s coach. Don’t mist this chance to have him diagnose your stroke!

To RSVP for the camp, a boat, and/or a home-stay, or for more information on the schedule, contact John Pinyerd (

John Pinyerd