Eternity Throwndown #1 Results: Paddle til the water turns off !

Despite a change in the release schedule the first throwdown of the season at Eternity Hole was a great success.

We had 10 competitors all just throwing their best tricks. It was a loop to win kind of day, seeing big loops, McNastys, and space godzillas til the water was all gone.

Juniors:

1. Devon
2. Sierra

K1 A
1.Clay
2. Brad
3. Matt R
4. Alec V
5. Paul B
6. Paul P
7. Ty
8. Mike

Ladies
1.Rowan
2. Courtney

Thanks to everyone for coming out, next event is on April 20th and depending on the release will be at Eternity Hole again or the NOC wave. We will keep you posted.

Thanks to all our great sponsors for coming through with some great prizes keeping fun. See below for some great pics.

For more photos go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151472551557459.1073741827.742752458&type=1&l=4bd1e2e9bb

NOC and WorldKayak Throwingdown

Check out the NOC website for all the details for the Throwdwons that WorldKayak will be hosting at NOC this year!! including the Pro-Am which is gonna be huge.

www.noc.com/noccom/festivals-a-events/hometown-throwdown

www.noc.com/noccom/festivals-a-events/world-kayak-pro-am

So uncertain about what drysuit size???

So I have been debating about getting a drysuit for the past couple years, knowing that a swim is gonna happen sooner or later on one of those days that mother nature says you shouldn’t go kayaking because white stuff is falling from the sky but I gotta get on the water! Well Kokatat has made it easy. Because they manufacture on the US they can custom size your drysuit and now you can do it on-line with confidence! They have a great new tool on their website that takes the indecision out of what size you need before dropping $1,000, which really makes it easier. So if you have been thinking about it go here: http://kokatat.com/products/custom.html

And for Western North Carolina the Events are……….

Go here for details:
http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/register/

We are really excited to be working with the NOC to host some great events this year at there, the home of the 2013 Freestyle World Championships! So come out and compete where the Pros will be going head to head in September. And come paddle with them on August 24th at the WorldKayak Pro-Am for First Descents! The first 2 events will be at the infamous Eternity Hole and then we move over to the NOC starting in June!

Nantahala Racing Club Glacier Breaker February 23, 2013

So the NOC will be the place to be this year starting with the Glacier Breaker this Saturday. We will be there and might even have some WorldKayak Stickers if you find us aka like at the NOC wave for the upside down boater! Go here for more info:

Do you know Juliet Kastorff?

If you are a paddler in the Southeast, you have probably seen Juliet around a river instructing or setting shuttle, recognizable in her signature white sunglasses and flipflops. As co-owner of Endless River Adventures on the Nantahala River, she has gained a reputation as an excellent instructor and international kayak guide. Juliet has done so much for the sport of paddling and river conservation, so I’m pleased to share more about her with you!

What is your nickname(s)? And how did you get it?
In Costa Rica and Ecuador, I get called “macha” a lot because of being blond, a kayaker, and female.

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A Grand Brush with Killer Fang Falls

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Near the beginning of the 280 mile journey through the Grand Canyon

“Piece of cake,” I think as I look out over Killer Fangs Falls, aptly named for two large rocks on the bottom right that stick up through the water…like fangs. The hard Vishnu Schist has been carved by the water for countless years, producing a rock that is fluted with sharp points and edges and that easily can flip or puncture a raft, either of which would mean hours of repair and possible injury.

The fangs seem to be easy to avoid, except for a pourover at the top of the rapid that splits the current and sends most of the water straight into the “Fangs.” As I continue to stare at the rapid and analyze the the water’s movement with my fellow boatmen, their trepidation gives me pause. The low water level has exposed the hidden fangs, so my previous runs and successes here mean nothing and I want to run it as quickly as possible.

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