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41st Annual Southeastern Wildwater Championships

by Chris Hipgrave
USA Wildwater
Committee Vice Chair

September 13,2009 -- Bryson City, NC

The 41st annual Southeastern Downriver Championship race will take place on Sunday September 27th, 2009 on the Nantahala River, in Wesser, North Carolina. The race will be mass start and will commence at 10:30am sharp 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. If it floats, you can race it!

Sunday September 27th, 2009 Schedule

9:15 - 10:15am - Race Registration & bib pickup : Nantahala River upper rafting put-in

10:30am - Race Starts : Nantahala River upper rafting put-in

12:30pm - Results/Awards : NOC Guest Appreciation Festival stage

The Downriver 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!

Additional information about GAF is available at

Photos from the 2008 Wildwater Race

John Pinyerd

Payson and Relia Kennedy