The Excitement Starts Here

The 2013 Wave construction is complete, and it’s time to celebrate! Join members of the Nantahala Games Organizing Committee, world-class athletes and  freestyle kayaking fans and enthusiasts for an official grand opening ceremony. Afterwards, paddlers can test drive the wave together while non-paddlers convene for a reception and viewing. 

The open paddling session is important, so please bring your boat and gear! Though construction is complete, event organizers have now started the process of “dialing in” the feature for both world-class athletes and everyday paddlers. The waveshaper has 24 different components and thousands of possible configurations, so this is a good opportunity to come and give feedback on the wave.

Grand Opening Celebration

The grand opening celebration will consist of a brief dedication ceremony detailing the state of the project, the concepts behind the feature, athlete comments and a dedication. Immediately afterwards a riverside reception will be held and paddlers are encouraged to hit the water for a group paddling session. Event organizers and project experts will be on hand soliciting paddler and and spectator feedback.

Where: River’s End Restaurant
When: Friday, December 16 at noon 

Celebration Program:

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to Feature Design and Calibration
  • Athlete Comments
  • Dedication and Thanks
  • Reception
  • Open Paddling Session