The Brierley’s Hole is located just five minutes West of Rocky Mountain House in Central Alberta, Canada. This natural river feature is found on the mighty North Saskatchewan River, and has incredible eddy service, and optimal view points for prime photo ops! The hole itself has seen levels well above 700 CMS (24,770 CFS) where it transforms itself into a very fast flowing wave with a retentive surfer’s right hole. However for the event, we are expecting flows to be right in the range of 250 CMS (8,800 CFS), which makes the hole a fairly user friendly with enough flow to get clean aerial moves, stomping surfs, and major meatball moves, without having the big beatdown! By this time of the year, the flows have started to clear out from the Spring runoff, so the water will be nice and clean for the event! However, this is Canada, and much of the North Saskatchewan is glacial as well as snow fed, so be sure to wear your best drytop, and a skull cap is likely also recommended!
We are coupling the Hometown Throwdown with our annual River Festival, which will bring great opportunity for those to catch a freestyle seminar, a beginner or intermediate kayak course, and to demo some boats from many of our local outfitting agencies. This is a great opportunity to test drive a lot of the hot freestyle boats from the different manufactures. A great variety of whitewater boats will be available, and C1 and open boaters are also encouraged to participate!
The Festival will start on Friday July 13th with early registration , and some beginner courses and freestyle warm up sessions starting up. Camping will be off site, and our lead sponsors will be stationed right at the Brierley’s themselves, showcasing their product line, and having demo boats to take for a spin!
The fest will continue on Saturday July 14th with some Junior and C1 events being held and judged. Freestyle seminars will be held on a first come first served basis with 8 boaters at a time lasting for a solid hour each time. More beginner and intermediate kayaking courses will be held throughout the day, and will be conducted by our certified Paddle Canada instructors.
After a fun night of activities, and competitions at the campsite (including Kayak Jenga and a Beerzbie competition), the fest will continue with more Hometown Throwdown activities showcasing the men’s and women’s main events, along with some fun activities for the kids to be involved in!
Spectating for the events on both the Saturday and Sunday will be at the main Brierley’s island (located right beside the hole). If you can boat over with your canoe or kayak that’s great. However we will have a Zodiac shuttle service over to the main island. Bring your camp chair, bring your bevie, and take in some of the pumping beats while watching boaters from the entire region and beyond strut their stuff!!
Camping events / competitions (and associated shenanigans), freestyle seminars, beginner & intermediate course instruction, photography station, kids events, food service (2 breakfasts & 1 dinner), silent auction, and a TON of prizes are only some of the highlights of this great event.
On a side note, for those wanting to take in some amazing Canadian native culture, Parks Canada will be hosting a traditional Pow Wow right at the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, located only a few hundred yards from our event! Take in some boating, and take in some great national culture! This weekend is guaranteed to be fun for everyone, and all ages!
For more information on the regular progress of this great event, tune in and ‘Like’ the Facebook page we created for this event: http://www.facebook.com/BrierleysHometownThrowdown
For more information on the town Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site check out their website at: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/ab/rockymountain/visit/visit1.aspx
We look forward to seeing you at the event!!
Event Coordinator – Eric Albert