• 2015 US Team Trials to be held in Glenwood Springs, CO – June 8-9

    The US Team Trials has returned to the fantastic wave in Glenwood Springs! This is the 2015 Team Trials for the USA team to compete in the 2015 World Championships on Garburator Wave on the Ottawa River. More info forthcoming, but save the date and spread the world!!! Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9, are our best dates for good flows and a lack of conflicts with other events. We know that weekday events are tough for some people READ MORE

Registration for the 2015 USA Freestyle Kayak Team Trials is open!

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US Team Trials has returned to the fantastic wave in Glenwood Springs! Monday, Tuesday – June 8th-9th. Click on the link below to register.

This is the 2015 Team Trials for the USA team to compete in the 2015 World Championships on Garburator Wave on the Ottawa River.

Due to time constraints, ONLY PEOPLE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE FOR THE US TEAM WILL BE ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN THIS EVENT–so US citizens/residents who are USACK members.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!!

https://www.racedirectorsolutions.com/EventRegistration/PersonalInformation/1375

 

2015 US Team Trials to be held in Glenwood Springs, CO – June 8-9

The US Team Trials has returned to the fantastic wave in Glenwood Springs!

This is the 2015 Team Trials for the USA team to compete in the 2015 World Championships on Garburator Wave on the Ottawa River. More info forthcoming, but save the date and spread the world!!! Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9, are our best dates for good flows and a lack of conflicts with other events.

We know that weekday events are tough for some people to attend, but this is our best time.

Peter Benedict has graciously volunteered to be our event organizer in Glenwood Springs, and Stephen Wright is working on the event with him through USAFK. All questions, comments, volunteers should contact Peter or Stephen. Come join us for this great event!

 

Ottawa River will host the 2015 ICF Freestyle Canoe World Championships

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The Ottawa River is your host for the 2015 ICF Freestyle Canoe World Championships. This river is no stranger to hosting world class events. The World Championships were held at McCoy’s Chute in 1997, The Buseater in 2007 and now the dynamic wave, Garberator in 2015. The Ottawa River is the only river in the world to host the Freestyle World Championships more than one time.

Garberator Wave on the Ottawa River is one of the most diverse freestyle waves on the planet. August 30th – September 5th, 2015 it will host the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Its consistency, power and size is the ideal location for freestyle kayaking to showcase the full range of manoeuvres and high flying tricks.

For details and more information visit worldfreestylekayak.com.

 

 

 

Emily Jackson’s TEDx Talk

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Great job, USAFK Steering Committee Athlete Representative Emily Jackson for the thoughtful and wise content and performance poise, representing paddlers wonderfully. Thank you! http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2cbee736331aa45e1311e6e8c&id=53b6ec2111&e=3c014b1f5a

Vote for 2015-18 Committee Members and Athlete Rep

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It's time to vote for five (5) committee members to join two others who are
also serving four year terms, and one Athlete Representative. Please review
the candidate statements and choose FIVE committee candidates and one Athlete
Representative online:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VXW2ZSZ

For your vote to count, you must click on the link below, by midnight (EST),
December 31, 2014.  If a USACK Freestyle person's membership has lapsed, their
online vote will not count. For membership related questions, please contact
Gerald Babao at gerald@usack.org.

We'll ring in the new year with an announcement of the new committee members here,
at www.usack.org and at the USAFK Facebook page.
Thanks for contributing your time to our future!

Call for Nominations – 2015-2018 Freestyle Committee

2015-2018 Freestyle Committee Nominations
The US Freestyle Kayaking Steering Committee seeks candidates to fill
five (5) positions.  Five (5) positions are held by those whose terms
run from 2011 to 2015: the terms for incoming committee members will
be 2015-2018, to insure continuity when current members' terms expire.
Freestyle represents an exciting element in the world of Paddlesports
today, and we hope to welcome individuals with familiarity, energy
and willingness to be an agent for growth and change to help us greet
our bright future!

Please send a brief description of the nominee's background /
qualifications and what s/he believes they would contribute to the
committee and the sport of freestyle paddling to Gerald Babao via
email at gerald@usack.org by Friday, December 12, 2014, 12 PM ET.  

Nominate yourself, a paddling friend who loves freestyle, a paddling
parent who wants to see more opportunity for more kids, or a retired
competitor who wants to give back. Thanks for your consideration and
commitment to this specialty, excellence and the awesome legacy of US
Freestyle that we'd like to continue!

Candidates must be current members of USA Canoe/Kayak. The election
will take place from December 15-22, 2014: current freestyle members
will be emailed instructions to vote via an online poll.

Save the Date: 2015 Team Trials – Glenwood Springs, Colorado

The US Team Trials will be the place USA Freestyle Kayaking determines the  2015 US Team headed for the World Championships on Garburator Wave on the Ottawa River.  and for this we will return to the Glenwood Springs Wave.

Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9, are our best dates for good flows and a lack of conflicts with other events. We know that weekday events are tough for some people to attend, but this is our best time.

Peter Benedict, Director of Kayaking Program at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, has graciously volunteered to be our event organizer in Glenwood Springs, and Stephen Wright is working on the event with him through USAFK. All questions, comments, volunteers should contact Peter or Stephen. Come join us for this great event! Like our Facebook post to keep up with the latest updates.  Surf’s up!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1553521154863241/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

2014 Freestyle Nationals Results

Thank you for competing, attending, supporting and cheering!  2014 World Champions and first-time competitors paddling the feature created and maintained expertly by the NOC Pigeon Outpost staff.  Big thanks to the Head Judge Chris Wing and the volunteer judges, scribes and computational expert Lydia Cardinal; awesome announcers Brendan Orton and Paul Butler; generous NOC Events’ Zuzana Montagne and Pigeon Outpost staff Andrew, John and Joe who provided the meeting space, raft taxi service, and audio equipment; and the many family members and significant others who contributed to a super fun afternoon.

Final standings:

C1
Jordan Poffenberger – 960
Seth Chapelle – 760
Tad Dennis – 660
Hank Hibbert – 250
Jeff Harris – 0

K1 Women, Jr.
Sage Donnelly – 480
Rowan Stuart – 400
Sierra Wainer – 170
Cat Hardman – 40
Catherine Walker – 20

K1 Men, Jr.
Hunter Katich – 1630
Bennett Smith – 1230
Miles Murphy – 580
Kenya Ingram – 510
Devon Wainer – 280

K1 Men
Mike Patterson – 1250
Tommy Yon – 1170
Matt Anger – 1050
Yonton Mehler – 870
Brad Caldwell – 300

Congratulations again to the winners, and thanks to all for your support of USA Freestyle Kayaking!

2014 Freestyle Pan American Games

Join paddlers from our neighboring  countries of the Americas at the site of the 2013 World Freestyle Championships! We expect a dozen countries will be represented, and the only eligibility requirement is that you need to be at least 15 years old and a member in good standing of USA Canoe/Kayak.

Our hosts at the Nantahala Outdoor Center have an event week planned that will be great for learning, meeting fellow Pan Am competitors and having fun!

Date: September 4 – 6, 2014

US Athlete Registration: $50 US

US competitors must be 15 years old or older and members in good standing of USA Canoe/Kayak.  All US paddlers are welcome to participate!  Register through this registration form link  to compete in the 2014 Pan American Championships, and visit the NOC website here for the full event program and schedule. Registration closes at midnight the night of August 24th.

 

 

 

 

2014 Freestyle National Championships

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The 2014 Nationals will return to the Pigeon River for one day of  excitement and fun for freestyle competitors Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our host will once again be the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Their Pigeon River Outpost is located at 3485 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN 37753.

Camping is plentiful, as close as just next door.

Participation will once again be easy, as well. There will be no fee to participate and the only requirement for competitors is that they need to be current members of USA Canoe/Kayak. If you”d like to compete in the 2014 Nattionals and  are not sure when the term of your membership ends, contact USA Canoe Kayak, the parent organization of our nation’s nine paddlesports disciplines: USA Canoe/Kayak, 601 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC  28203, 704-348-4330. This link takes you to the page for joining USACK or renewing your membership.

Video from the 2013 Freestyle Nationals on the Pigeon: we’re going back!

2014 US Whitewater Freestyle Kayaking National Championships Schedule
August 21, 2014 

8:00 – 10:00 am
Registration

10:00
Competitor Meeting – Heat sequence will be announced

11:00
Heat lists posted

12:00 –  6:00
Competition

6:30
Awards

We will use the current USAFK Freestyle Moves Descriptions and values for moves are included on this 2014 USAFK Scribe Sheet.  2014 Freestyle Nationals judges will determine the value of Trophy Moves.

Questions?  Email USAFK, or call/text 301-502-6548. Like us on Facebook for updates as the summer rolls on.