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37th Annual Southeastern US Whitewater Championships

Wildwater Chairman will pay you to beat Southeastern Records

John Pinyerd
USAWildwater Committee Chair

March 31, 2005 -- Atlanta, GA

In support of one of the longest running Wildwater/Downriver races in North America (the 37th Annual Southeastern US Whitewater Championships), USA Wildwater Chairman John Pinyerd, will put up $400 of his own money and bet that the old records cannot be beaten. "I would love to pay out the dough, I just don't think anyone today has the guts to break one of the records." This race has a long and rich tradition with many of the great names of Wildwater participating over the years. They include John Sweet, Payson Kennedy, Alan Button, Dave Mason, John Butler, Angus Morrison, Andy Bridge, Terry White, Kathy Bolyn, David Jones and Mike Hipsher. John Pinyerd will personally award $100 per class to any Southeastern's racer who can beat the course record for the 8-mile top to bottom race. The records are:

  • K-1 - Terry White (1981) 42:04
  • K-1W - Kathy Bolyn (1989) 45:20
  • C-2 - Mike Hipsher/David Jones (1989) 45:11
  • C-1 - John Pinyerd (1997) 46:43

The 37th Annual Southeastern US Whitewater Championships are alive and well. In the spirit of regional racing, and in an attempt to appeal to novice and intermediate racing, the Southeasterns will be part of the 7th Annual intercollegiate Championships. The slalom race will be just downstream of the Nantahala Outdoor Center on Saturday, April 23 (a.m.) and with a Rodeo Saturday afternoon.

Sunday will be Downriver/Wildwater race day. The traditional Classic 8-mile Downriver/Wildwater race (from the top to the bottom) will be on Sunday Morning April 24th at 11:00 sharp (race day registration is accepted). The "Boater X" mass start sprint race will be Sunday afternoon.

The race will also be the Dixie Division Decked Boat Championships with additional ribbons to be presented by Dave Mason. In addition the rich tradition of this race will live on in several special individual awards for the classic downriver/wildwater race. The "Julie Wilson Award" will go to the woman in the fastest K-1W and the "Charlie Patton Award" will be given to the person in the fastest C-1. The "Ramone Eaton Award" is presented to the fastest OC2 wildwater team.

I look forward to seeing you there!

John Pinyerd
Chairman - USA Wildwater

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