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41st Annual Southeastern Wildwater Championships

by Chris Hipgrave
USA Wildwater
Committee Vice Chair

August 24,2009 -- Bryson City, NC

The 41st annual Southeastern Wildwater Championships will take place on Sunday September 27th, 2009 on the Nantahala River, in Wesser, North Carolina. The Wildwater Championships will be a mass start race commencing mid morning and will run the full 8.2 miles from the rafting put-in just below the Duke Power powerhouse to "Finish line Rock" just upstream of the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). There will be the usual classes and everyone is encouraged to participate in just about anything that floats. Anyone breaking the course record will receive $100 from USA Wildwater and special awards will be given to the fastest C1, fastest female and fastest OC2.

Existing course records are ...

  • K-1 - Terry White, 42:04.85, 1981;
  • K-1W - Kathy Bolyn, 45:20, 1989;
  • C-1 - John Pinyerd, 46:43, 1997;
  • OC-2 - Bill Baxter and Les Bechdel, 50:06, 1983;
  • C-2 - David Jones and Mike Hipsher, 45:11, 1989;
  • OC-1 - Angus Morrison, 50:12, 1983.

The 41st Southeastern Wildwater Championships will be held in conjunction with the NOC's Guest Appreciation Festival which will feature the used gear sale, gear marketplace, blowout deals, games, clinics and contests, live music and the International Whitewater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Plenty of fun for the whole family!

Complete details including the actual start time on the morning of Sunday, September 27th will be made available on, and elsewhere very shortly. Race day registration will be available at the race start.

Photos from the 2008 Wildwater Race

John Pinyerd

Payson and Relia Kennedy