The Atlanta World Kayak Hometown Throwdown was held at the surfers rapid on the Cartecay River in Ellijay. This rapid is the most popular playspot on the Cartecay river.
The Junior Mens novice class consisted of Austin Biggers and Tanner Biggers. Kayaking for less than a month now this was both brothers first time in a freestyle competition. They are going to be seeing the pro class soon if they keep it up.
The Intermediate Junior Mens class consisted of Jack Orr and Christopher Cherry. These too juniors both had sick skills and impressed us with their tricks.
The Mens Novice class consisted of Chuck Jarrell, John Roberts, Logan Foster, and Phillip Byard.
Chuck Jarrell throwing some ends.
John Roberts fans the crowd a paddle spin.
Logan Foster finishes his run with the submarine move earning him style points.
Phillip Byard keeping it cool with a nice splash!
The Mens Intermediate Class consisted of Roger Huff, Ben Whittle, Rick Thompson, Joey Robinson and William Thacker.
Roger Huff Throws a Brown Claw.
Ben Whittle executes the “Look Ma – no hands” move.
Rick Thompson does the Aquaman move.
Joey Robinson was so good he did not even need a paddle.
William Thacker surfing the hole.
The Ladies Division was a mix of novice and intermediate paddlers. The lovely women consisted of Marisa Buford, Talia Whittle, Jennifer Alvord, Francheska Baretto, and Tanya Biggers.
Talia Whittle backsurfing
The competition was fun. Each participant had one minute on the wave to perform tricks. Each participant took three turns. The biggest obstacle in the contest was the Tubers coming down the river. Unlike the Ocoee rafts the Tubers were easily avoided and made for exciting obstacles. Here are a few photos from the carnage.
The competition finished up and we all headed down the river enjoying the rest of the rapids along the way.
S turn rapid
Back at the Cartecay River Experience our group gathered around the prizes to hear the results of the competition.
Special Thanks to the Outside world for the bonus prizes and sponorship. The local outfitter showed up to participate , help judge, and provide support to the World Kayak Hometown Throwdown. We are excited to have you join us for the future Atlanta Hometown Throwdown events!
The prizes were awarded in a raffle to all participants and volunteers.
Phillip Byard was the lucky winner of these cool shades from Smith Optics.
Chuck Jarrell was super excited to get a copy of EJ’s playboating basics. I recommend this video to everyone and expect to see Chuck move up to the Intermediate class in the near future.
Ben and Talia Whittle were both lucky winners. Ben picked up a copy of EJ’s Playboating advanced skills and Talia picked up a copy of Night of the living Donkey.
Joey Robinson picked out a stylish Chaco Belt to match his Chaco sandals. Nice choice Joey.
Marisa Buford walked away with a pair of Kokotat River Booties. Good thing they didn’t fit Joey!
Several other prizes were awarded and it seemed like everyone present was a winner.
Junior Novice Men –
Austin Biggers 1st and Tanner Biggers 2nd
Junior men Intermediate
Chris Cherry 1st and Jack Orr 2nd
John Roberts 1st Logan Foster 2nd Chuck Jarrell 3rd Phillip Byard 4th
Ben Whittle 1st Joey Robinson 2nd Rick Thompson 3rd William Thacker 4th Roger Huff 5th
Francheska Baretto 1st Talia Whittle 1st Jennifer Alvord 2nd Marisa Buford 3rd Tanya Biggers 3rd
Extra Thanks to the Cartecay River Experience for allowing us to host this event . They now have two buses running shuttles all day long. It was awesome to be delivered to and from the river ! You guys do an awesome job!
Extra thanks also to the Outside world for your support in the Atlanta Hometown throwdown series. Its great to see local companies support fun events like this. You guys are awesome.
In case you all are wondering how I can pull this event off all by myself – I cant. My awesome wife is the person who deserves most of the credit for this event. She has taken on responsibilities for world kayak that have made this all run smoothly. Baby you rock!
It was great to have everyone participate and support each other. you all make kayaking Fun!
The next event will be held on August 20 on the Metro Hooch section of the Chattahoochee river. We will be having an eddy catching competition and encourage everyone to come out and have a great time.