• 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

Committee Election Results

The USA Freestyle Committee is thrilled to announce the election of two committee members, based on the recent voting who will fill in open positions. Stephen Wright and Ned Poffenberger will serve the committee from 2016-2019. Congratulations, Stephen and Ned!

Reno River Festival Awarded The 2016 U.S. Freestyle National Championship

Wingfield Park: Downtown Reno

 May 7-8, 2016


USA Freestyle Kayaking has awarded the Reno River Festival the 2016 U.S. National Whitewater Freestyle Championships. This event will bring the best kayakers in the country to the Truckee River Whitewater Park for the nation’s biggest competition of the year.

Last year, for the first time in the 12-year history of the Reno River Festival, the whitewater events were canceled because there was not enough water. Liquid Blue Events co-owner and founder Jess Horning is thrilled to announce that, with the return of winter this year, the festival will come back with a vengeance.

Horning says, “To transition from canceling the whitewater events in 2015 to bringing in the largest kayaking event in the country in 2016 will re-establish downtown Reno as one of the top whitewater parks in the world. We are excited for the opportunity and even more excited for our community.”

The festival returns with a splash to kick-off Northern Nevada’s event season Mother’s Day weekend, May 7th and 8th. This will be the first time Northern Nevada has hosted the nationals. It is the can’t miss competitive kayaking event of the year.

The Reno River Festival is more than just a celebration of the Truckee River. It boasts something for everyone.

The Adventure Park features rides and obstacles including the Truckee River Zipline, Mega Rock Walls, The Giant Roaring River Slide and Human Hamster Balls.

At the Craft Beer Village, you can sample more than a couple dozen different craft beers while enjoying the amazing views from the point of the peninsula of the Truckee River. This is a true outdoor bar setting featuring music, tables, chairs and, of course, beer.

Smuggler’s Village has more than 100 different shops that sell everything from handmade crafts to popular retail items.

Vendors in the Pub N Grub Village will be serving up gourmet hot dogs, tacos, burgers, fried chicken, food on a stick, candy popcorn and much more.

And don’t forget the live entertainment. In recent years, the music line-up has featured up and coming and established national recording artists. The festival was headlined by RCA’s Old Dominion in 2014 and BMG’s Clare Dunn in 2015. Both artists have multiple top 10 country music hits. The Reno River Festival is currently working on a 2016 lineup that will be the biggest and best yet.  Details to come soon.


USA Freestyle Kayaking Committee Election

It is time to elect two individuals on the National Steering Committee who will serve from 2016 – 2019!  They will serve along with five committee members who are now serving 2015-2018 terms. Note: we’ll ask for your USACK number below as a confirmation that your membership is current.  If your membership has lapsed, your votes won’t count.  Voting ends Thursday, February 11th.

Simply click the below link, vote, enter your USACK number and your done! Please take a moment to vote and share!

2016 US Nationals Host Sought

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USA Freestyle Kayaking is accepting bids to host the 2016 US National Whitewater Freestyle Championships!

If you, your community and organization are interested, please send a description of your interest by January 15, 2015. A decision will be made by January 30th, possibly earlier.

Please include the following in your bid:
Contact: Information for primary contacts

I. Organization: A bit about its history, its experience hosting community events and on-river events, and its familiarity with whitewater freestyle paddling.

II. Facility: The site and its environs must be able to
1) Accommodate competitors(40-75), judges and spectators with respect to viewing, on water staging and safety, and parking.
2) Offer reasonable lodging for competitors, including camping
3) Provide reliable, predictable water levels during pre-event and competition days

III. Organizing Committee: the host organization must offer
1) Use of sanctioned USAFK and ICF judging and scoring guidelines and a scoring system similar to that used at recent Worlds
2) Post results from the event online within 24 hours of the event and a follow up summary to provide feedback to USAFK what can be learned and utilized for the next Team Trials event.
3) Share or support a collaborative approach to securing sponsorship on behalf of USA Freestyle Kayaking and USA Canoe Kayak to defray costs and keep entry fees to a reasonable level
4) Provide insurance through a current policy or secured from a group such as the American Canoe Association.
5) Contribute to the event’s promotion by encouraging regional awareness of competitive freestyle paddling, and providing a window to visitors new to the area about the city and its openness to host this event.

Bids should include a description of the site and feature (photos and/or video are helpful), water level information, proposed schedule, and any other information that may aid the committee in site selection.

Additional activities suggested that will engage the community and contribute to the inspiration of paddlers of all ages about freestyle paddling as a fun, healthful, stewardship and family-oriented sport are welcome.

Please limit 2016 US Freestyle Nationals bid submissions to thee pages, and send them to risa@theshimodagroup.com.

Thank you for your interest!

Call for Nominations: 2016-2019 USA Freestyle Kayak Committee

The US Freestyle Kayak Committee is seeking candidates to fill two (2) vacant positions.

Currently, there are five committee members serving terms from 2015-2018. Terms for the incoming committee members will be from 2016-2019 to ensure continuity when the current members’ terms expire.

You can nominate another individual or yourself. Please send a brief description of the nominee’s background/qualifications to USAFK Chair Risa Shimoda (risashimoda@msn.com) by 12:00 PM EST on Friday, January 15, 2016.

Candidates must be current members of USA Canoe/Kayak. If the committee receives nominations for only two candidates for the two positions, they will not conduct an election and will announce the new committee members the following week. If the committee receives three or more nominations, an election will take place from January 18-22, 2016: current freestyle members will be emailed voting instructions and an announcement with the elections instructions will also be made available on both the USAFK website and Facebook page.

We look forward to hearing from you!

World Championships Are Underway!

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Congratulations to the 2015 Freestyle Kayaking Team USA!

K1 Men                                 

Leif Anderson

David Fusilli

Dane Jackson

Hunter Kaitch

Bryan Kirk

Paul Palmer

Clay Wright


K1 Women                           

Emily Jackson

Adriene Levknecht

Jessie Stone

Rowan Stuart


K1 Jr Men                             

Michael “Kaito” Reoemer

Alec Voorhees

Hayden Voorhees


K1 Jr Women                      

Sage Donnelly

Darby McAdams



Seth Chapelle

Dane Jackson

Brad McMillan

Jordan Poffenberger



Dane Jackson

Brad McMillan

Jordan Poffenberger


Squirt Men                           

Dane Jackson

Jeremy Laucks

Clay Wright


Squirt Women                                

Anna Bruno

Elaine Campbell

Risa Shimoda

Taft Sibley

WOW! We have a team

Well Glenwood Springs certainly gave it up for the team and the US Athletes put on a great show. Many surprises and many nails bitten as in all divisions. However, I think the US can be confident that we have put together a great team.

OC-1 Results
Jordan Poffenberger
1 Dane Jackson
2 Brad McMillan
3 J.Laucks 1st Alternate

C-1 team
Jordan Poffenberger as World Champion
1. Seth Chapelle
2. Dane Jackson
3. Brad McMillian
1st Alternate Jeremy Laucks

Jr Women
1. Sage Donnelly
2. Darby McAdams
1st alternate Kady Kellog

Jr Men
1. Alec Voorhees
2. Hayden Voorhees
3. Michael “Kaito” Roemer
1st Alternate Jacob Walker

Rowan Stuart as Jr World Champion
1. Adrienne Levkevcht
2. Emily Jackson
3. Jesse Stone
1st Alternate Devon Barker-Hicks

Dane Jackson as World Champion
Hunter Kaitch as Jr World Champion
Note the order of the folks below was not really decided. This was based on their preliminary results.
1. Paul Palmer
2. Brian Kirk
3. Dave Fusili
4. Clay Wright
5. Leif Anderson
1st Alternate Stephan Wright
2nd Alternate Eric jackson

The US Mens Semi results.

Top six makes the team