Ben Ghertner, at eighteen years of age is already a true prodigy in whitewater. He’s been boating since the age of eleven, when he accidentally discovered the sport through the Boy Scouts of America. He currently paddles a Dagger Mamba as a creek boat and a Jackson Rockstar Medium as his play boat. Ben is very active in our local World Kayak program here in Nashville, in fact at my last HTTD, he served as my head judge, and his Mom and Dad volunteered their time as well. His entire family is paddlers and I think that’s super cool! Ben paddles hard and loves a good challenge. His favorite rivers are the Tallulah in Georgia, because the continuous class 4+ whitewater offers confidence building challenges, the Cascades at the Nantahala River because when he spent the summer at the NOC, he spent quite a bit of time here. Also, Little River Canyon is up there in his favorites because is offers all types of whitewater in one general area. Ben recently has been participating in several competitions. This all started when he found the World kayak Hometown Throwdowns at the Nantahala. He also has competed in the Teva Mountain Games, the NOC shootout, and the World Cup. He is currently signed by Adventure Technology Paddles. Ben has some high goals for himself in this sport. He really wants to start creek racing and will be training for that quite a bit. He also will be trying out for the US National Team at the end of April. He just recently has gotten into the Nashville Local paddling scene and has big plans to start helping others to get better and create a youth paddling program. He thinks its great that so many people came out to our last HTTD and is looking forward to our creekrace series that is soon to commence! Ladies and gentlemen, keep your eyes on Ben Ghertner, because he’s definitely going somewhere!