What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2017?

The Jackson Action Wagon’s is in its 11th year of spreading kayaking fun by providing FREE JK demos on the traveling showcase trailer. :-)

I am now taking suggestions for what JK whitewater, fishing/hunting , recreation/touring, kids kayaks or SUP’s you would like to see stocked in the 2017 J.A.W. Fleet.  Take a look at all the current products we are offering this year with the link below and let me know your thoughts by 3/1/2017:

http://jacksonkayak.com/jk-kayaks/

I already have a Antix M, Antix L, Karma Md and Karma Unlimited (UL) in stock.  This leaves me with about 6-8 more spots for boats on the JAW, so let me hear your suggestions to help stock the fleet!  I plan to pick-up the new fleet at the factory toward the end of March, so stay tuned for new JK demos coming to the Tri-Cities soon!

Click on this link http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/contact-me/ to send me JK suggestions.  Thanks for any input you give!

2016 Tallulah Race Results, Video & Recap

Sponsored by

 

The race started in the river right eddy beside the wooden launch ramp at the bottom of the 660 steps to get down into the gorge.  The finish line was the confluence of the river into Tugalo Lake.  The race course was 1.54 miles long through all the major rapids of the Tallulah Gorge and dropped 413 total vertical feet.  The race was a time trial event in which each racer was started in one minute intervals.  There were 35 spots open for boaters to apply and qualification for the race was based on past experience at the Green Race, the Lord of the Fork race, and Tallulah Gorge experience.  A total of 33 racers gave this race a go!

Top 3 Men:

  1. Pat Keller – Stinger - 10:27
  2. Zach Fraysier – Karma Unlimited – 10:32
  3. Brad McMillan – Green Boat – 10:37

Top 3 Women:

  1. Adriene Levknecht – Green Boat – 11:08
  2. Rowan Stuart – Green Boat – 12:19
  3. NA

 

Complete Race Results:

Place  Bib Name Boat Finish Time
1 1 Pat Keller Liquid Logic Stinger   10:27
2 8 Zach Fraysier Jackson Karma Unlimited  10:32
3 2 Brad McMillan Dagger Green Boat    10:37
4 3 Hunt Jennings Liquid Logic Stinger   10:44
5 12 Tad Dennis Dagger Green Boat    10:49
6 4 Holt McWhirt   Dagger Green Boat    11:00
6 6 Hunter Cooper  Dagger Green Boat    11:00
6 26 Bobby Miller   Liquid Logic Stinger   11:00
9 5 Adriene Levknecht  Dagger Green Boat    11:08
10 30 Paul Prather Dagger Green Boat    11:18
11 13 Grady Flynn Dagger Green Boat    11:20
12 9 Wade Harrison Dagger Green Boat    11:21
13 16 Logan Foster Dagger Green Boat    11:34
14 11 Mark Robertson Dagger Green Boat    11:36
15 14 Ben Drew Liquid Logic Stinger   11:51
16 34 Brandon Beaty Jackson Karma Unlimited  11:52
17 10 Evan Spysinki Liquid Logic Stinger   11:55
18 20 Jacob Clark Jackson Karma Unlimited  12:01
19 19 Andrew O”Neill Dagger Green Boat    12:04
20 15 John Keller  Liquid Logic Stinger   12:08
21 17 John Manley Liquid Logic Stinger   12:12
22 35 Nathan Polley Liquid Logic Stinger   12:16
23 18 Rowan Stuart  Dagger Green Boat    12:19
24 24 Micah Cox Dagger Green Boat    12:24
25 31 Seth Scott Liquid Logic Stinger   12:30
26 23 Todd Van der Hoof  Dagger Green Boat    12:33
27 27 Nick Fiedler Liquid Logic Stinger   12:38
28 21 Allen Pippin Dagger Green Boat    12:59
29 29 Aeon Russo Jackson Karma Rock Garden 13:25
30 33 Rob Taylor  Liquid Logic Stinger   13:27
31 25 Wesley Bradley Jackson Karma Unlimited  13:30

Check out the Tallulah Race Video Edit by Jack Orr.

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It took a Village to pull off the First Tallulah Race…….and all of the Villagers did an awesome job!!!

Thank you to :
Georgia Power, Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Canoeing Association and the ACA for working with us on the Permit and Insurance so we could hold the race.
Our Safety Officers, Ronny Barrett, Josh Shoda and Stephen Lambert for recruiting and working with a great team of safety boaters. …
Linc Stallings and Joshua Meade for the support rafts, Pat Kessler and Melissa Peters our Medical Officers.
The Timing Team of Jen Maxwell, Ben Peters, Kate Fraysier, Staci Ard, Conner Vorpahl and Halley Burleson.
Put In Pit Crew of Geoff Page, Courtney, Marbry, Todd and Olivia McGinnis.
Shuttle kindly provided by Kayak Columbus/Jim Malo, Liquid Logic/ Pat K and Allen Pippin.
Matthew Nielson and his media team including Jack Orr, Conner Vorphal, Sarah Ruhlen
Tammy Lea for Coordinating the Release Volunteers who do an amazing job with the smooth running of the releases.
Joe Gudger at ACE Kayak for taking care of the setup to show the Race Highlights at the awards and the idea to run a race at Tallulah (be grateful we didn’t go with his original idea of the race starting at the top of the stairs and ending at the Take Out for the “Tallulah Experience”).
World Kayak, Watershed, Astral
Special thanks go to Doug Webber for helping out and supporting a newbie with Race Logistics.

Thank you to the Racers that signed up to support the First Tallulah Race and to the non racing boaters for your patience on the stairs while we finished up the race.

(the list could go on…..)

Looking forward to Tallulah Race 2017!!
Laura Dillon – Tallulah Race Director – tallulahrace@gmail.com

 

Tallulah Race Facebook page for other event news and updates:

https://www.facebook.com/Tallulah-Race-1790802457827305/

The 2016 Green Race Results & Recap

The 21st edition of the greatest show in all of sports went down this past Saturday and it did not disappoint for sure for anyone in attendance!

Top 3 Men:

  1. Eric Deguil – Thermoformed Stinger – 4:11
  2.  Pat Keller – Thermoformed Stinger - 4:12
  3. Brad McMillan – Green Boat – 4:23

Top 3 Women:

  1. Adriene Levknecht – Green Boat – 4:35
  2. Emily Shanblatt - Green Boat – 5:31
  3. Rowan Stuart – Green Boat – 5:39

Complete results at: http://greenrace.us/?p=464

Canoe & Kayak race recap with photos and video at :

http://www.canoekayak.com/photos/green-race-2/#5zohuTa0PgxBJvdA.97

2016 Green Race Winners Reel from Amongst It

http://www.vimeo.com/190812823

 

2016 Lord of the Fork Race Results

This was the 22nd edition of the Lord of the Fork Race. At 105 racers, we had a record field yet again. It was a fantastic sight to see both sides of the river filled with racers and spectators. The Russell Fork is a special place. Quite a few present were here when the race first began in 1995. One of them was even on the podium.

An event like this takes a team to put on. Thanks are in order to those who helped make it all work:

Stewart Caldwell and JB Seay filled in for Willy Witt at the start. With 30 second intervals and a new timing system, this was a busy job.

James Welch and Gerald Delong headed up safety

It was a pleasure to have Jay Ditty present the awards. As the longest tenured race director, his insights are quite entertaining. He also kept time at the finish line in the event that the computer system failed. I am grateful that it did not, as calculating all those times is a wicked tedious job.

Bob Larkin has done a great job bringing the Rendezvous back to a worthy event. This event is tied to the race. I hope to see it continue to grow.

Jennifer Taylor made and donated our finisher medals. These are unique and beautiful pieces.

Sara Mullett was at the finish and took over 1000 photos of racers. These are worth checking out. I’ll have a link to them soon.

Sara and Jay for the starting order. Next year my goal is to successfully implement all of it.

Lila Thomas was key in collecting the bibs. We have several thousand dollars invested here, and they are not easily replaced. Thanks to everyone for being on board.

We were again a bit late on the start. As the race has grown, this has been a challenge to keep things on schedule. Thank you for your patience.

Steve Ruth has maintained the history of the race. This year the 1996 results were discovered. We now have a complete history.

See you next year,
Eric Henrickson

Top 3 Men:

  1. Dane Jackson – Karma Unlimited
  2. Brad McMillan – Green Boat
  3. Chris Hipgrave – Green Boat

Top 3 Women:

  1. Adriene Levknecht – Green Boat
  2. Rowan Stuart – Green Boat
  3. Maria Kallman – Green Boat

See complete results for the race at:

http://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=84838

8th Annual TVCC Ocoee River Race Results

Sponsored by World Kayak

This past weekend was full of paddlers GOING FAST!  Some of the best paddler in the world were across the pond in Austria’s Oetztal Valley for the Sickline Race (http://www.adidas-sickline.com/en/).  Meanwhile back in the good’ole U.S. of A. the Ocoee River Race was going down on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

This year’s Ocoee Race was a great one!  It was a record breaking day with 120 racers and 152 start times.  TVCC raised $1,500 for Team River Runner Chattanooga from the Ocoee River Race Awards Ceremony and Afterparty!

Top honors went to the defending Men’s race champ, Chris Hipgrave and Tera Wilson brings home gold in the Women’s class!

Here are the complete Overall Results for the 2016 Ocoee River Race:

Help Haita after Matthew with $10 Emergency Kits

In response to the recent devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, the River of Life Ministry is raising money to send to Dr. Eugene in Cap Haitian Haiti. The money will go specifically for Emergency Kits for families in crisis. Each family will receive 5 bottles of bleach, 5 soaps, 10 Oral Re hydration salts and 100 tablets of aqua (purification) tabs. Each kit costs $10 US. If you would like to donate enough for one or ten kits, go to the donation page on the River of Life website:

http://www.nantahalariveroflife.org/missions/

2016 J.A.W. End of Season SALE!

The Jackson Action Wagon has had another great paddling season with free demos & spreading the fun of kayaking.  It is now time to sell the current demo boat fleet to make room for next year’s 2017 fleet!  The Nirvana and Antix models are coming soon!!

Check out the link below for current stock and prices:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

 

All J.A.W. boat purchases include the original outfitting & swag that come with a new Jackson Kayak purchase.  The boats were primarily used in a pool for instruction and river trip demos.  The boats are in like new to very good condition.  I will be happy to send current photos of any boat if requested.

I will be at Gauley Fest & GAF to deliver boats to those locations.  I can also arrange shipping through Forward Air or FedEx if you desire to pay for that service.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in a boat purchase from the J.A.W. fleet.  All boats are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Wesley R. Bradley: 423-647-1321

 

APE’s Celebrate 15 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

Saturday, June 18th, marked the 15th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event annually to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people frequent the rivers recreationally and the APEs group is proud to help everyone see the beauty of the Nolichucky by keeping it clean the way nature presented it.

This year over 30 volunteers put blood, sweat, and tears into removing garbage along a 10+ mile section of the river below the gorge (USA Raft to Riverpark Campground). Paddlers loaded up their kayaks, rafts, or canoes with trash collected from the banks and maneuvered their loads to drop off points where the land crew picked up the garbage and transported it to the local dump station.

In total, 4 truckloads of trash and 28 tires were removed from the river! Pictured below Jeff Vannoy, a volunteer for Team River Runner and member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, picking up one of the many tires along the riverside.

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for a Jackson FUN that was donated by Jackson Kayak. The proceeds of the raffle directly benefited Camp Bays Mountain as the group rebuilds its camp in a new location. Thanks to the generous donors and support of the paddling community, the APEs group was able to donate nearly $400 to Camp Bays Mountain!

Pictured below is Debbie Briscoe, the winner of the Jackson Kayak FUN and many-year coordinator of the cleanup, along with Wesley Bradley, the local Jackson Kayak Regional Team Member.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up! I paddled to Jackson Love yesterday and it looked so much better! We all love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

APE’s member, Jeff Baldwin, commented, “Great day on Saturday participating in the annual Nolichucky clean-up.  Awesome BBQ and good times hanging out with fellow paddlers. So enjoyed the day ………trying to remember if I gathered any trash… LOL!  Big thanks to Andrea Parra and Sara Reis as the event was a very nice start to their newly elected positions within the club!”

The APEs group is grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the cleanup successful. A special thanks to USA Raft for providing the cleanup location and for all they do to help local paddlers get out on the river. What a great day!

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Mountain Sports Ltd., Chaco, Astral Buoyancy, NRS, US Forest Service, Kokatat, Landmark Learning, USA Raft, Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City

-Report by: Andrea Gass-

FUN WINNING!

Big thanks to all who supported the Jackson Kayak Fun Raffle during the APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup & Celebration! We raised $391.61 to support Camp Bays Mountain and Debbie Briscoe went home with the new boat!!

 

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Coverage

Check out the complete attainment race results, photos and report of our second event of the year at:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/2016/06/02/2016-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-2/

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1 Coverage

Check out complete results, photos and report of our first event of the year at:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/2016/04/08/2016-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-1/  

What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2016?

It is the Jackson Action Wagon’s 10 year anniversary in 2016!  The JAW is happy to celebrate a decade of providing FREE JK demos on our traveling showcase trailer. :-)

I am now taking suggestions for what JK whitewater, fishing/hunting , recreation/touring, kids kayaks or SUP’s you would like to see stocked in the 2016 J.A.W. Fleet.  Take a look at all the current products we are offering this year with the link below and let me know your thoughts by 2/19/2016:

http://jacksonkayak.com/jk-kayaks/

I already have a Karma Md and Karma Unlimited (UL) in stock.  This leaves me with about 7-8 more spots for boats on the JAW, so let me hear your suggestions to help stock the fleet!  I plan to pick-up the new fleet at the factory toward the end of March, so stay tuned for new JK demos coming to the Tri-Cities soon!

Click on this link http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/contact-me/ to send me JK suggestions.  Thanks for any input you give!

 

Contribute to Secure Access to Watauga River at Guy Ford Road

Watauga River Access at Guy Ford Road Issue:

The parking area to access the Watauga River at Guy Ford Road is privately owned. This means we could lose access at any time. We have been working to purchase the 2.3 acre property on the downstream river left side of Guy Ford for about 2 years. This is about to come to fruition, securing a permanent public access to the river.

This site provides a put-in to the Watauga Gorge section of the river below Guy Ford Road, as well as a take-out point for Section 3.  In addition, this property will provide river access for fishing, swimming, picnicking, and other activities for residents and visitors alike.

A bit about the process

 

The property owner has signed a contract to sell the property.

 

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) have approved large donations toward this purchase, covering over 70% of the costs associated with the purchase and initial development of the property.

 

The Blue Ridge Conservancy plans to purchase this property and transfer ownership to Watauga County.

 

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has pledged to assist with the development and supervision.

 

The remaining monies for this purchase will be raised through private donations. We need to raise approximately $20,000. This is where you come in! If you value the protection of our natural resources, and everyone’s rights to access valuable outdoor resources like the Watauga River, please consider making a donation. Any amount will help. All funds raised will be used to support access and conservation in the Watauga River Basin.

 

Please feel free to call, text, email, or message Edgar Peck with any questions or comments about the project:

peckel@appstate.edu

(336) 749-5993

 

DONATE ONLINE

Donate Online on the Blue Ridge Conservancy’s website. The direct link is below. If you access the main site scroll down to the Watauga Rive Access tab. Donations are tax deductible.

http://blueridgeconservancy.org/help-blue-ridge-conservancy-secure-access-to-the-watauga-river/

 

MAILING A CHECK

Guy Ford River Access Project (Eric Hiegl)

Blue Ridge Conservancy

PO Box 568

Boone, NC 28607

 

20th Annual Green River Narrows Race Video Coverage

“THE GREATEST SHOW IN ALL OF SPORTS” highlight reel is here thanks to:

Produced by: Gareth Tate
Video and Production assistance by:
Edward Muggrige
Jared Johnson
Mark Miller
Daniel Brasuell
Shane Benedict
Chris Baer

http://www.vimeo.com/145242557

Get more info and full race results at:

http://greenrace.amongstit.com/category/2015/

20th Annual Green River Narrows Race Results

Men’s top 3: Co-champions – Eric Deguil and Dane Jackson 4:13, 2nd place Geoff Calhoun 4:14, 3rd place Isaac Levinson 4:20!

Women’s Top 3: 1st – Adriene Levknecht 4:38 (new record), 2nd – Mary Katherine Fields 5:27, 3rd Emily Shanblatt 5:49!

Get full race results at:

http://greenrace.amongstit.com/category/2015/

Support the Dreamline Kayak Instruction Project

A group of the world’s best kayakers team up to create a film package designed to help you run your dream line.

What happens when you put Pat Keller, Eric Jackson, Steve Fisher, Ben Marr & Dane Jackson all together to create one film package for Kayak Instruction? We are soon to find out if you will support their new project with some really good incentives!

Check it out at:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1584241374/dreamline-a-fresh-spin-on-kayak-instruction

2015 Lord of the Fork Race Results

Congrats to Dane, Geoff, and Isaac for the podium finishes!

We had a record Turnout for the race this year. Ninety six racers by my count.

This was the 21st edition of the Russell Fork Race. It was renamed “The Lord of the Fork” race in honor of Jon Lord, who died at Tower in 2004. If you could decipher the script at the bottom of the bibs, it pays tribute to him.

I would like to mention that Chris Hipgrave, who for years held the course record for the race, which he set in a Wavehopper, was part of the very first timed event in 1995. He has been a regular, and is still at the top of the field, competing against some who weren’t even born then. Well done Chris!

The 30 second interval start seemed to go over well. I know there were a number of passes, which we hope to minimize. It was sure exciting to watch at the finish.

Thanks for your patience with the delayed start. We had a number of very late entries, which we’ll need to find a better way to deal with next year.

Safety is always a worry when organizing an event such as this. Thanks to those who were willing to set safety along the river. JB Seay and BJ Phillips hiked in with safety gear. Others paddled in.

Thanks to all who volunteered: Jesse Sammons, Gerald Delong and Daman Patterson for starting everyone off. Sadly Willy Witt had to miss out on his duties there this year. Jay Ditty, who was willing to start early after sprinting to the start after dealing with the late entries, and then race first to help with timing. And Maggie Snowel for registration, and bib management. My least favorite part of an event like this is hounding folks for their bibs. Thanks to all who made our life easier by handing them back.

And Thanks to all who donated to cover costs. Many gave extra, which will cover most of our annual expense, which is primarily insurance. And to those who donated prizes and awards.

Hope to see you next year.

Eric

See complete results for the race @:

http://www.webscorer.com/racedetails?raceid=55870

20th Annual Green Race T-Shirt Design Contest

The Green Race​ turns 20 this year and needs an extra special T-Shirt design and the design winner gets $200!

Entries must be received by 3:00PM EST Wednesday October 14th 2015.

Complete details at http://greenrace.amongstit.com/2015/09/23/20th-annual-green-river-narrows-race-t-shirt-design-contest-whats-your-excuse/  

Watch World’s Live!

The new 2016 JK ROCKSTAR is dominating on the Garb Wave!

Watch all the live coverage at http://www.worldfreestylekayakchampionships.com/event/watch-live/

2015 J.A.W. End of Season SALE!

The Jackson Action Wagon has had another great paddling season with free demos & spreading the fun of kayaking.  It is now time to sell the current demo boat fleet to make room for next year’s 2016 fleet!

Check out the link below for current stock and prices:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

 

All J.A.W. boat purchases include the original outfitting & swag that come with a new Jackson Kayak boat purchase.  The boats were primarily used in a pool for instruction and river trip demos.  The boats are in like new to very good condition.  I will be happy to send current photos of any boat if requested.

I will be at Gauley Fest & GAF to deliver boats to those locations.  I can also arrange shipping through Forward Air or FedEx if you desire to pay for that service.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in a boat purchase from the J.A.W. fleet.  All boats are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Wesley R. Bradley – 423-647-1321

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a warm clear day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the 80′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 390 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge, which made for a steeper more channelized run for our Gorge first timers.  We organized both a Nolichucky Gorge trip (Class III at this level) lead by several of our top gun APE’s and a Lower Nolichucky River trip (Class II) lead by Debbie Briscoe.

The Noli Gorge trip participates met up at USA Raft at the take-out to load up all of our boats on one of USA’s buses for a shuttle up to the put-in in Poplar, NC.  The group managed to load up all 36 boats on top of the bus and a boat trailer.  Then we got rolling toward the put-in with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 37 total participates on the Gorge trip with 11 first timers.  The gorge boaters split into several smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big thanks to: Ryan Horn, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Jamison Evans, Bill Schooley & Elliot Lavery as our river guides) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  We also had several other safety boater to help with sweep and safety also!  Thanks to all who helped in this effort.  It would have not been a successful trip without all of you!

Scouting Second Drop of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Curt Wilhoit

Murphy’s Ledge of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Jerry Griffin

There were some swims by a few of the participants during the trip in On the Rocks, Quarter Mile and Rooster Tail.  However all swims were cleaned up quickly with our safety boaters and everyone finished the run with no major incidents.  

Bottom of Rooster Tail. Photo by Jerry Griffin

Lots of progression occurred on this river trip also.  We had a couple of chances to stop and surf at Jaws and Twin Eddies.  Despite the low river level these two spots were still really good for river play!  Congrats goes out to one of first timers, Alex Crow, for completing his first ever 360 spins in both directions in his kayak at Twin Eddies.  Overall many paddlers on the gorge trip said they had a great time, so mission accomplished!

Gorge Take-out. Photo by Morris Caddell Jr

Check out Morris Caddell’s video of the gorge trip with this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3r16qp7zcay7bz6/Noli%20Video%20HH%20-%20Copy.mp4?dl=0

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out also!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near High Road/Low Road Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!

Lower Noli paddlers.  Photo by Mikie Fields

After we got off the river, we all met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Chef Les Lollar and his cooks.  We all enjoyed some very tasty BBQ pork, grilled chicken and several side dishes for the main course!  Then we had ice cream for dessert!!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship, a game of volley ball and river tales.  Then we topped off the day with a WORLDKAYAK.COM prize drawing for all the participants and many went home with some nice prizes to top off the day thanks to WK Program Partners!

Successful River Cleanup!‏

Check out the radio interview about this event on AM 910 WJCW:

http://www.radiowebvillage.com/uploads/File/PODCASTS/06-16-15PodcastSheelySheelyBriscoe.mp3

 

I want to thank everyone for a great cleanup! Once again we came together as responsible stewards for keeping our home river clean & healthy!

Thanks to Jennifer Bradley for organizing everyone and coordinating the event.
And Ryan Shealy for speaking for the club and giving away all the wonderful prizes that Jen & Wes Bradley raised from our sponsors.
And also Laura Shealy for bringing us some awesome BBQ, and Jerry Griffin for debuting the NEW APE’s T-shirt and keeping us all in line! Emoji

Lots of thanks also goes out to Les & Matt at USA Raft for having us. We so are grateful to them for how hard they work to make us feel so appreciated!

Our musical entertainment was just perfect with the talented members of the Whiskey Sticks who are dedicated fellows who enjoy supporting the Nolichucky and APE’s events.

But most of all thanks to all our members who came out and worked so hard with chain saws to remove hazards, walked the banks and brought a variety of crafts to float the river to clear the trash from recent storms. Many (and you know who you are) battled bees, poison ivy, snakes and an abundance of exposed rocks to hang us up during this low water window of time, all the while showing dedication and love for our cause!

The river is cleaner and after everything was said & done we left dirty & tired but exhilarated from the rewards of a job well done!

We should all be swollen with pride of our cleaner & most beautiful river!

Deb

APEs Cleaning up on the Radio!

WJCW

Tune into AM 910 in the Tri-Cities on Tuesday June 14, 2015 at 7:40 A.M. to hear Ryan, Laura, and Debbie ”Thinking Out Loud” with Carl Swann and Tim Cable about the 14th Annual Nolichucky River Cleanup & Celebration coming up on Saturday, June 20, 2015!!

 

Check out more details about the Cleanup event at:

http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2015/01/02/nolichucky-river-cleanup-and-celebration/  

The Next Big Thing Sweepstakes

New PHOTO CONTEST!

Is your kid “The Next Big Thing”? Add a photo of them showing them off as the next paddling star (whitewater, fishing, exploring) and get votes going! WIN a kids kayak of choice!

Enter here (Entries will be approved): http://woobox.com/mf4wgp

New Green River Key Access Update

News from Green River Access Fund:

The new keys for the Green River are in the house. They will be for sale online in the next couple days. We will have keys for sale at the River Clean Up after party on March 28th. They will also be for sale at Green River Adventures starting April 2nd. Please keep the gate open until then.

Help American Whitewater win $5,000!‏

American Whitewater is excited to let you know we’re part of a really cool campaign called the “Moosejaw x Patagonia Charity Thing .” It’s a friendly charity competition involving a group of causes that were hand-picked by Patagonia and Moosejaw to compete to raise the most money between now and March 13th. The top raising charities get donations of $5,000, $3,000 or $2,000.

Here’s where we need your help…

Please Go Here and make a donation to American Whitewater! We’ll put the money to good use protecting and restoring flows and ensuring that you can access and enjoy whitewater rivers.

 

As an extra bonus, every time you give at least $25, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $500 Patagonia shopping spree from Moosejaw! That means for every $25, you’ll get an entry. So, the more you donate, the more chances you’ll get to win.

 

AND, if you donate $100 or more, we’ll enter you to win an American Whitewater Hoodie Sweatshirt.

If you have any questions, please Email Crowdrise and they’ll dig in right away.

Thanks so much!

American Whitewater

 

Please Click Here for the $500 Patagonia Shopping Spree rules.

 

Comment Opportunity on the Green River Gamelands Plan (NC)

News from American Whitewater on a chance for our voice to be heard for GNAR access:
http://www.americanwhitewater.org/…/A…/view/articleid/32115/

 

Cooper’s Comeback – Overcoming Adversity To Green Race

An inspiring story about a Green Racer overcoming huge adversity to compete in this year’s Green Race.

Green Race is the most prestigious kayak event in the sport of whitewater paddling. Cooper Sallade is a Green Race veteran who trains year round in order to compete in this event; however, 2014 presented some additional challenges that almost prevented him from paddling all together.

http://www.vimeo.com/113837085

 

WCYB News On Report: Volunteers teach veterans to kayak

Our local Team River Runner Johnson City Tn Chapter was featured by WCYB news at their weekly pool session yesterday evening!  Click on the link below for the video report:

http://m.wcyb.com/news/volunteers-teach-veterans-to-kayak/29832822

Hanging Spear: Headwaters of The Hudson Video & Story

Looks like Steve Fisher and Pat Keller have been on a grand adventure up in New York!

 

Check out the full story and video with this link:

http://www.redbull.com/us/en/adventure/stories/1331686992409/steve-fisher-hanging-spear-video

2014 Lord of the Fork Race Results

Another great race at the Fork went down this year!!  Congrats to Dane, Isaac and Chris Hipgrave for the podium finishes!

See complete results for the race @:

http://racesplitter.com/races/B557C3714

 

Lord of the Fork Race Hike-in BETA

For all the folks that want to hike in to spectate the Russell Fork “Lord of the Fork” Race coming up this weekend I adapted this map with interactive links from russellfork.info to help folks find their way:

http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=37.281863%7E-82.295128&lvl=14&sty=h&cid=19A23B9EA76F9F15%21310

First racer should launch about 3:00 P.M. on Saturday.

19th Annual GREEN RACE “Money Back Guarantee” Info

Its the most wonderful time of the year!  GREEN RACE time!!

Registration is OPEN: $20 bib fee required!
http://greenrace.amongstit.com/registration/

–Schedule Of Events–

What: Costume Party and 4 Minutes Premiere!!!
When: Thursday, Oct, 30th 7:00PM – 11:00PM
Where: Highlands Brewery
Come dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume and help raise money for Green River Access Fund. The night will kick off with the world premiere of “4 Minutes, The Progression of The Green Race”. After the film we will hand out prizes for best costume. Come one come all!

What: Green River Narrows Race
When: Saturday, Nov 1 High Noon
Where: Green River
Shuttle’s will start at 9 AM at Fishstop parking area. Get up to the put in as soon as possible for bib pickup and racer meeting. The racer meeting will begin at 10:30 AM followed immediately by the start of the 2014 Green River Narrows Race with Pat Keller pushing off at 12PM exactly.

What: Green Race Awards Party
When: Saturday, Nov 1 6PM-11PM
Where: McCreery Park, Downtown, Saluda NC
After the race head up to Saluda and grab a bite to eat before the awards party. We will have beverages, jumbo-tron footage from the race, t-shirts, music and of course, awards in downtown Saluda at McCreery Park. There will be a shuttle provided by Asheville Adventure Rentals that will go from fishstop parking area to Saluda at 4:30PM and go back down at 10:30PM if you want to leave vehicles in the gorge. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE IT IS ILLEGAL AND STUPID!

Check out the video for all the 411:

2014 J.A.W. End of Season SALE!

The Jackson Action Wagon has had another great paddling season with free demos & spreading the fun of kayaking.  It is now time to sell the current demo boat fleet to make room for next year’s 2015 fleet!

Check out the link below for current stock and prices:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

All J.A.W. boat purchases include the original outfitting & swag that come with a new Jackson Kayak boat purchase.  The boats were primarily used in a pool for instruction and river trip demos.  The boats are in very good condition.  I will be happy to send current photos of any boat if requested.

I will be at Gauley Fest & GAF to deliver boats to those locations.  I can also arrange shipping through Forward Air or FedEx if you desire to pay for that service.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in a boat purchase from the J.A.W. fleet.  All boats are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Wesley R. Bradley – 423-647-1321

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2 Event Coverage

For the complete recap of all the fun that went down in our rodeo Event #2 click on the link below to see photos, results, & the rest of the story:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/2014/06/26/2014-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-2/

13th Annual APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup = Success!

We had 45 volunteers register on Saturday morning (6/21/2014) on the porch of the Crockett Cabin at  U.S.A. Raft Outpost!  Over 50 bags of trash were collected from in and around the banks of the river.  Several tires, wheels, and large debris were also cleaned up out of the river.

APE’s received some great news coverage before and after the event this year.  Check out the links below for each story and video:

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/118236/nolichucky-river-cleanup-set-saturday

http://www.wcyb.com/news/volunteers-collect-trash-at-annual-nolichucky-river-cleanup/26604290

After the cleanup all the participates enjoyed the BBQ dinner with all the fixings and the prize drawing loaded with some great items from our sponsors!

Prizes were supplied by the following generous sponsors:

Landmark Learning

Mahoney’s Outfitters

Mountain Sports Ltd.

NRS

Uncle Johhny’s Nolichucky Hostel

Jackson Kayak

ENO

Kavu

Camelbak

Khul

Shred Ready

Wilderness Systems Kayaks

Bellyak

Happytrails

Innova Disc Golf

Chaco

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors: USA Raft, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City, Cherokee Adventures, TVA, USDA, Washington Co. Tire Recycling Cent., Food Lion, Eastman and Wal-Mart

Thanks to everyone for all your hard work & dedication to make this cleanup a wonderful success! It’s a collaborated effort to keep our river clean and pristine for us & future generations to enjoy. And we’ll just keep on doing it as long as it’s needed!  A special thank you goes out to our own, Debbie Briscoe, for her continued effort in organizing this event each year!!

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1 Event Coverage

For the complete recap of all the fun that went down in our Boater-X Event #1 click on the link below to see photos, results, & the rest of the story:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/2014/06/11/2014-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-1/

Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM to join us at Big Rock for event #2!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

Freestyle Kayaking World Championships Begin National TV Broadcast

Watch the world’s best paddlers compete for the title of World Champion on the Nantahala River.

Find the national broadcast on a Fox Sports Net network near you! See complete listings and broadcast details here:

http://noc.com/lifestyle/news/freestyle-kayaking-world-championships-begin-national-tv-broadcast

 

Check out the teaser video for this production:

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Patterson Progresses to Quarterfinals in World Championships!

Congrats to our hometown hero, Michael Patterson from Erwin,TN, for placing 16th (Out of 71 top athletes from around the world) yesterday in the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships prelim round!  He made the cut to Quarterfinals that will be going down today at 5PM at the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City,NC.

Check out the action live @:
http://www.freestylekayaking2013.com/worlds-live-feed.html

Road To The Worlds Sweepstakes

Make sure you don’t miss out. 

Jackson Kayak is giving away a 2014 Rockstar and a Kokatat Watersports Wear dry top.

Enter here: http://woobox.com/qmkxr5

2013 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timers Trip & Picnic Report

By Cheryl Killman

Saturday, August 24, 2013, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on theNolichuckyRiver.  We had a nearly perfect day with mostly clear sunny skies and temps in the low 80′s for our river trips.  The river flow was around 1,100 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge and this was a prime level for the first timers ready to take on the mighty Nolichucky Gorge!  We organized both a Nolichucky Gorge trip (Class III-IV) lead by Wesley R. Bradley and aLowerNolichuckyRivertrip (Class II) lead by Debbie Briscoe.

The Noli Gorge trip participates met up at USA Raft at the take-out to load up all of our boats on one of USA’s buses for a shuttle up to the put-in in Poplar, NC.  The group managed to load up all 29 boats on top of the bus and get rolling toward the put-in in less than an hour with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 29 total participates on the Gorge trip with 9 first timers.  We split into smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  There were some swims and even a broken paddle during the trip, but thanks to good preparedness and safety everyone made it to the take-out with big smiles!  Good times, good times!

TheLower Nolitrip had a great turn out too!  Debbie led a group of 16 paddlers with two first timers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near the Sawmill below Devil’s Looking Glass Rapid.  Our local Team River Runners Chapter also rallied 8 paddlers with 4 first timers to run theLower Nolitrip in conjunction with Debbie’s trip.  Good times were had by all on the Lower!

After we all got off the river we met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina.  We all enjoyed some tasty burritos and tacos with all the fixings for the main course!  Some APE’s members brought some really good desserts to share with the rest of the group too!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship and river tales to top off a great day!

Steve Moore Noli Gorge Video

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2013 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2.1 this Sunday!

FYI – If the Noli River level goes back over 4,000 CFS on Sunday we will postpone the event for another day due to safety concerns.

We will try to have our second event in our series this Sunday (8/11/13) @ 2:00 P.M.!  Competitor registration will start at 1:00 P.M. at the white tent near the Big Rock feature in Riverpark Campground.  The event is FREE, but make sure to purchase a day pass ($3.00+tax per vehicle) from Riverpark Campground for access.

NOTICE: Please do not park in a campsite at Riverpark Campground!  Campsites are only for paying camping guests and the owners have asked that we respect this policy.  Thanks for your cooperation in this matter by only parking in the day use area or the field adjacent to the campground entrance at the road.

The river level is unpredictable with all the rain we have had this year and will most likely be too high for a freestyle rodeo again…  We will compete in downriver freestyle slalom format!  This event format is always a good time too!!

Check out the event website for all the details:
http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2013/01/15/2013-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-series/

The Jackson Action Wagon will be on site during the event with FREE demos also!  Come check out some of the latest kayak & SUP models in the Jackson Kayak product line!

Join us for some big booming fun and a chance to win some sweet prizes just for participating or volunteering!  Hope to see you on the Noli!!

Agency Asks for Green River, NC Management Input

If you paddle any section of the Green River the NC Wildlife Resources Commission wants to hear your input!  Check out the link below for details:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/31741/

12th Annual APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup Was Huge Success!

We had over 60 volunteers register on Saturday morning (6/22/2013) on the porch of the Crockett Cabin at  U.S.A. Raft Outpost!  On that very porch is where we had our first big river cleanup 12 years ago and wow did it feel good to be back!  Also some of the same band members from that first cleanup were going to be playing again for us later that evening!

It was a busy start with event organizers, Debbie Briscoe and Laura Ward, getting the APE’s Banner up and the APE Face banner up.  All the while, Wesley Bradley was getting the Jackson Action Wagon  boats on display and our Treasurer Jerry Griffin getting busy with fixing a table with our club t-shirts and stickers.  Buffalo Mountain Camp and Retreat, who included Jo Anne Pasqua and Jason Onks, had a very well represented table of their camp with picture boards of the devastation the flood had caused.  Bill Finger came with the Team River Runners to help with parking and soon after that Debbie was busy signing volunteers up for the sections of the river we were focusing on to be cleaned up.

USA Raft supplied duckies to several folks who didn’t have boats and many brought canoes, large kayaks and rafts to help with the effort.  By the time Debbie got on the river to cleanup her section it was mid-day.  We could tell that a lot of the trash we picked up was from the recent flooding from the spring storms.  Lots of things stuck in trees and washed far up on the banks.  We found lots of plastic containers, broken glass, cans, lost shoes, hubcaps, but most of all we wanted to get the tires.  Tires are a lot of work to get out because they are full of sand and mud.  So wallowing out all the sand and mud from the tires takes a while and is dirty work.

Jerry Griffin, Michael & Collin Keesecker were driving to all the spots where the paddlers on the river were stacking up the bags of trash and piles of tires along the road side. That takes a lot of logistics and Jerry is the best at knowing all the roads and how to get there!  Thanks to Jerry, Michael and Collin for being our road runners!

After we all got back the Kona Ice truck came and we all enjoyed FREE cool & refreshing ice treats after all that hard work.  The next welcomed treat was dinner!  The Texas Roadhouse BBQ sure was good and it went fast; along with potato salad, coleslaw and the APE’s signature baked beans.  Pal’s Tea was the perfect beverage to go with it all and it was all donated by WalmartPal’s & Texas Roadhouse thanks to our new Social Director, Laura Ward!

After dinner the Whiskey Sticks started rockin’ on the stage with a bluesy, rock-a-billy sound that was just marvelous!  Our very own Cruise Director, Wesley Bradley, took the role of Master of Ceremony and started the drawings for all our wonderful prizes!  Including the Jackson Kayak Zen 75 we had been selling raffle tickets for to help raise money for Buffalo Mountain Camp and Retreat!  We raised $830.00 for Buffalo Mountain Camp with the JK Zen raffle!  Scott Mancl was the winner of the JK Zen and he was absolutely thrilled!!  He did not already have a boat, but has wanted to learn how to kayak!

We had many other prizes including two $110.00 gift Certificates from Chaco, a PFD from MTI, a SPOT GPS from Mahoney’s, a Swiftwater Rescue Course Scholarship from Landmark Learning, loads of cam straps from NRS and many t-shirts, hats, a cooler, tote bags, & stickers from Mountain Sports, the Nolichucky Hostel, NRS & Mahoney’s.  APE’s even threw in a t-shirt as a prize!

Thanks everyone for all your hard work & dedication to make this clean a huge success! It’s a collaborated effort to keep our river clean and pristine for us & future generations to enjoy. And we’ll just keep on doing it as long as it’s needed!  A special thank you goes out to our own, Debbie Briscoe, for her continued effort in organizing this event each year!!

Click here for Cheryl Killman’s Event Photos

2013 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1 Event Coverage

For the complete recap of all the fun that went down in our event #1 click on the link below to see photos, results, & the rest of the story:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/2013/06/19/2013-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-1/

Mike Patterson Featured in Johnson City Press Sports Story

June 8, 2013 – Johnson City Press Sports Story by Kelly Hodge

Mike Patterson made the front page of the Sports Section of the Johnson City Press!  Click on the image to check out the rest of  the story…

On-line story: http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/108470/lifes-a-river-erwin-kayaker-takes-whitewater-seriously

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! 2013 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in our series is set for this Sunday (6/9/13) @ 2:00 P.M.!  Competitor registration will start at 1:00 P.M. at the white tent near the Big Rock feature in Riverpark Campground.  The event is FREE, but make sure to purchase a day pass ($3.00+tax per vehicle) from Riverpark Campground for access.

NOTICE: Please do not park in a campsite at Riverpark Campground!  Campsites are only for paying camping guests and the owners have asked that we respect this policy.  Thanks for your cooperation in this matter by only parking in the day use area or the field adjacent to the campground entrance at the road.

The current river level is too high for our typical freestyle rodeo.  Showers are also in the forecast for the next couple of days, so I do not foresee that the river will drop enough by event day.  So we will compete in downriver freestyle slalom format!  This event format is always a good time too!!

Check out the event website for all the details:
http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2013/01/15/2013-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-series/

The Jackson Action Wagon will be on site during event day with FREE demos also!  Come check out some of the latest kayak & SUP models in the Jackson Kayak product line!
http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

Join us for some big booming fun on the Noli and a chance to win some sweet prizes just for participating!  Hope to see you on the river!!

Local Kayaker to Represent for Team USA at Worlds!

Mike on right with other top 3 winners of a Hometown Throwdown event

Michael Patterson of Erwin, TN has earned a spot on the 2013 USA Freestyle Kayak Team!  He will be a part of the Men’s K1 US Team with Dane Jackson, Eric Jackson, Bryan Kirk, Jason Craig, & Clay Wright while competing in the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championship held in the Nantahala Gorge on Sept 2-8, 2013. 

Mike won the spot by competing in the US Team Trials this past weekend on the Nantahala Gorge near Bryson City, NC.  The battle was fierce, and hard fought to make this team, but all of Mike’s hard training over the past several years paid off!  He beat some big names (Andrew Holcomb,Stephen Wright, & local favorite, Tommy Yon) to earn his spot on the team!  A huge congratulation to Mike for making this elite team!

Mike has lived in Erwin, TN for several years and he is never one to toot his own horn.  You can often find him training for freestyle kayaking at our local river play spot, Big Rock, on the NolichuckyRiverwhen the feature is optimal for flips and tricks.  He has competed in many grassroots freestyle paddling events, known as Hometown Throwdowns, over the years at this play spot and he is the undisputed champion of those events!

Mike will be our hometown hero going into the big “Worlds” event coming this September and we know he will represent the USA well with his freestyle talents!  Local paddlers are very proud of him for this major accomplishment and wish him well on bringing home the USA a victory with the team in 2013 on their home turf for the first time in over 15 years!

Mike blows a kiss to judges in Hometown Throwdown event

Again, congrats Mike!!!

US Team Trials Complete Results

Click the link below to see all the winners!

http://freestylekayaking2013.com/blog/us-team-trials-results/

Chaco Tedinho Pro Boot Review

My wife, Jennifer Bradley, loves her Chaco boots on and around the river!  She has made me want to get a pair now!  Check out her review:

I had eyeballed these boots for a while but had never seen a pair in action until this past Gauley Fest. (Thanks to Ashley from Chaco for talking me into these boots as we were trudging down the slippery stairs at the Lower put in!) I ordered mine a size larger to accommodate socks and my dry suit which worked perfectly. The tread is super grippy and works well when scouting on slippery rocks and steep banks. The canvas stands up well to rough portages yet they dry quicker than any other boot I’ve owned. I highly recommend the Tedinho Pro’s to anyone looking for a solid creek shoe. (Thanks to Jamison Evans for the cool shot of my boots in action!)

Men’s Chaco Tedinho Pro Boot

Women’s Chaco Tedinho Pro Boot

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