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Sixth Annual Chute the Hooch Training Camp (Atlanta)

New Date: January 23-24

by John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak
Wildwater Committee Chairman

November 1, 2009 -- Marietta, GA

For the past 6 years I have opened my home and my calendar to get my friends out to paddle with me for a couple days in HotLanta in January. I am thrilled to be teaming up with our special guest coach, USA Wildwater Junior Team Coach Maurizio Tognacci, and several other coaches to make this “Chute the Hooch Training Camp” happen again in Atlanta. The MLK holiday weekend of January 23-24, 2010 is a great time to start off the racing season.

"HotLanta" is a great venue for January Training as it allows access to several world class coaches and lets us coach racers of all skill levels. If you live in ATL or the Southeast region come on out and play! This camp is open to anyone who knows how to paddle. This includes anyone who just wants to try out a wildwater boat all the way up to our top racers. We will divide the groups up according to skill levels, speed, etc.

Due to the generosity of our friends in ATL, we have boats and home-stays available for anyone that needs them. You just need to RSVP and let us know.

As always, we do not charge for “Chute the Hooch (and technically this is a weekend of my friends getting together with me to train and paddle). We would like you to join USACK (and specify wildwater) if you are not already a member for insurance reasons and because it’s the right thing to do. And of course the modest membership fee will help you in the long run as it pays for itself in just a few races.

To RSVP for the camp, a boat, and/or a home-stay, or for more information on the schedule, contact John Pinyerd (

A note about the coaches:

Maurizo Tognicci – is expert racer in K-1 and K-2 in flatwater sprint, marathon, and wildwater. He has been the USA Wildwater Team Junior coach for nearly a decade. He has also won numerous medals in Italy, the USA and in international competion, including the silver metal in his age group at the 2008 World Championships.

Chris Hipgrave – is very accomplished all aspects of kayaking from Sprint to Marathon. He has qualified for a dozen Wildwater teams and has won a boatload of medals along the way including winning a silver medal in his age group at the 2008 Masters World Championships. More importantly there are few folks on the planet that know more about racing kayak that Chris. Chris is also the past Director of High Performance Olympic Paddling for USACK.

John Pinyerd – is an expert racer in C-1 and C-2. His accomplishments over the years include earning berths on more than a dozen wildwater teams, a plethora of National Championship titles, and four medals in international competition. John is the reigning Master’s World Champion in C-1.

Note: We also plan on having practices the weekend before on Jan 16-17.

John Pinyerd