The first event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was some fast paddling fun! We had a great turn out with 19 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start and finish line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with cool and breezy mostly sunny skies.

The river level was around 1,700 CFS and spirits were high with several first timers in this event!  The course start was at the USA Raft river access and the finish line was the Chestoa Pike Bridge 1.5 miles downstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids and a couple of islands to negotiate along the way.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1 Results:

Women’s K-1 Short Boat:

1. Stephanie Griffin (12:49)

2. Rachel Humfleet (12:58)

Men‘s K-1 Long Boat:

1. Ryan Horn (10:20)

2. Jeff Vannoy (10:39)

3. Wesley R. Bradley (11:00)

Men‘s K-1 Short Boat:

1. John Davis (11:38)

2. Mark Masters (11:40)

3. Kevin Masters (11:48)

4. Curt Wilhoit (11:50)

5. Steve Thorp (12:50)

Women’s SUP:

1. Camille Swan (11:27)

2. Abby Williamson (16:50)

Men’s SUP:

1. Aaron Koch (10:28)

2. Jack Nelson (10:47)

3. Dale Swanson (11:30)

4. Justin Griffin (11:44)

Tandem SUP:

1. Will & Danelle Saylor (18:50)

Men’s Bellyak:

1. Adam Masters (12:43)

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #1 Results)


Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #1!

Event Highlights:

*We had 1 swimmer during the event.

*We had a great turn out in our SUP classes and one Bellyaker who came in with a great finish time in the event!

*The Jackson Action Wagon was on-site with FREE demos.

*Many competitors or volunteers in the event went home with a prize!

Event #1 Photo Album Link: Cheryl Killman’s NoliFest HTTD Race photo album

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #1:

Erin Weatherford – Registration & Starter

Jewell Weatherford – Starter

Cheryl Killman & Kyle Koeberlein– Photographers

USA Raft – Finish Line and Shuttle

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Our World Kayak Program Partners

Our local sponsors for this event:




A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event with NoliFest and running shuttle for the competitors!

Stay tuned for details about HTTD event #2 coming soon to the Tri-Cities!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!