About Western PA

Ma20020073Welcome to the Western PA region

Whitewater enthusiasts can trace many of their roots to the Ohiopyle region. This region is the home of the first commercial whitewater rafting company (Wilderness Voyagers), the location of one of kayaking’s most forward thinking boat designers who single handedly changed the shape of the craft we so love (Jim Snyder), home to the man who pioneered most of the swiftwater rescue skills currently used (Charlie Walbridge), and the residence of countless boaters (John Regan, Jeff Snyder, Jesse Whitemore, etc…) who through a willingness to seek out adventure and pave the way for the rest of us, have made whitewater boating one of this regions most prolific activities. Within Ohiopyle, newer boaters are produced yearly hailing from one of the four commercial rafting companies or the illustrious Riversport School of Paddling, adding to a community rich in working class values and enjoyment of life, with whitewater to paddle everyday of the year. Fortunately for them, the Ohiopyle region presents a wide expanse of opportunity to seek out adventure at all levels, ranging from the Class II Middle Yough and Casselman Rivers, up through the Class III Lower Yough and Stonycreek Rivers, into the Class IV realm of the Cheat, Big Sandy and Upper Yough, and then ending in the Class V extremes found in the Canaan Valley and falling off of the multitude of mountains that surround both the Yough and Cheat Watersheds. Even the paddlers that have occupied the region from it’s beginnings talk about that run they haven’t done yet, or that hard to catch creek that runs once every ten years, defining a region rich in opportunity, adventure, and most of all, Whitewater.

Recent News and Info

2014 Lower Big Sandy Race!

January 22nd, 2014 Contributed by: Kyle Mandler

Eli Loben and Jeff Blood neck and neck at the finish line of the 2013 big sandy race
The 2014 World Kayak Lower Big Sandy Race is ON! Mark your calendars and get ready for some fast and frosty paddling on Saturday, Feb. 15. Race starts at high noon.
This year we will try and feature ... Read More →

New World Kayak Co-Ambassador for Western PA

September 16th, 2013 Contributed by: Kyle Mandler

Hey everyone, just wanted to announce that I will be joining Steve as an ambassador for the Western PA region. I’m excited be working with him to bring some great events to this area!!

Valley Falls Race – This Sunday July 21

July 16th, 2013 Contributed by: stonyboater1

Top Left side of Valley Falls
Come all you hucksters for the rebirth of the Valley Falls Race this coming Sunday July 21. This will be a time trial race and each paddler will get one run to post their fastest time. There will be classes for the following : Long boat, short boat, OC1, ... Read More →


 

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