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Chute The Channel Training Camp

May 19-20 at the USNWC

by John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak
Wildwater Committee Chairman Email:

March 26, 2007 -- Charlotte, NC

This is a "Must Attend" Training Camp for Juniors in the Area Planning on Racing at the 2007 Worlds and for anyone that would like to improve their whitwater skills in a controlled enviroment.

We are rescheduling the Chute The Channel Training Camp for May 19-20. The training camp will be held in the Wilderness Channel of US National Whitewater Center (USNWC) in Charlotte -- where the Sprint Races of the 2007 Junior Worlds will be held in July.

We STRONGLY encourage all paddlers who are a part of the 2007 Jr Worlds and anyone wishing to improve thier whitewater skills on an artificial course to attend. I'm confident that the USNWC will be home to many important races in the future.

My personal experience is the whitewater course is difficult (especially in the tippier wildwater designs), although it can be run cleanly in a wildwater boat. Racers who are not comfortable on Class III+ whitwater are still encouraged to attend but may choose to paddle a plastic or slalom boat during the training sessions in order to develop a feel for the Wilderness Channel.

All attendees must be able to self rescue on class III+ whitewater.

Like all USA Wildwater training camps, there are no fees for the camp, only the requirement that participants are USACK members. Please contact should you need to join USACK. The cost for a full day pass at the USNWC is $25 (see for more information). USA Wildwater plans to subsidize food, etc.

Some home stays are available (please RSVP) and there are many low cost hotels nearby.

 Saturday May 19th:
 NoonWalk the USNWC course and talk about the lines; Finalize Schedule
 12:30-3:00+  USNWC Wilderness Channel
 3:00-4:00+Video Review, Technique discussion
 Break for Dinner?
 7:00-9:00 PM2nd Session (Tenative)
 Sunday Feb 11th:
 9:00 -12:00A.M. Session
 Break for LunchVideo Review
 2:00-4:00Afternoon Session - Tenative

To RSVP or to ask questions, contact:

John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak - Wildwater Committee Chairman