The first event in the 2010 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was a blast for all in attendance!  We had 16 competitors join in on the fun.  The event was held at Jaws in the Noli Gorge.  The river level was around 1,200 CFS which made for a friendly play level!  The weather for the day was good with sunny skies, occasional breezy winds and temps in the mid 60’s.  Thanks to the good weather, we had several spectators who boated & hiked down to watch the show.
Jaws HTTD sceneDown the Gorge

 2010 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1 Results:

Women’s K-1:

1. Jennifer Bradley – Hand Paddler (36)

Men’s K-1A:

1. Michael Patterson (191)

2. Kerry Porche – Hand Paddler (141)

3. Brandon Dale (91)

3. Duane Gibson (91)

5. Wesley R. Bradley (76)

Men’s K-1B:

1. Michael Bianchi (106)

2. Jason Bordwine (83)

3. Eric Hoffman (78)

4. Steve Moore (67)

5. Justin Benton (65)

6. Brian Pickett (59)

7. Jeff Weatherford (58)         

8. Mike Dorsey (47)

9. Brian Plant (46)

10. Adam Gudger (44)

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation!  Congrats to “Mad” Mike Patterson (K-1A), Michael Bianchi (K-1B) & Jennifer Bradley (WK-1) as our winners of Event #1 and current series leaders!

Jennifer hand paddlesMichael

Event Highlights:
*Brian Pickett & Eric Hoffman did some blue angel surfing in the feature together.

Pickett & Hoffman

*Brian Pickett showed us how to do a serious body board throw down in Jaws!

Pickett boggie board & Plant

*Justin Benton entertained the crowd and scored some big style points with the judges by revealing a hidden beer in his PFD & chugging it down while surfing in the hole!

Justin beer


* Mike Patterson showed us all that he was back and better than ever to defend his title from last year!  It will be exciting to see if anybody will step up to challenge him this year…

Mad Mike


*We had 1 swimmer during the event who went home with with the coveted River Gypsies “Everybody Swims” sticker.



*We had one “seasoned paddler” , Mike Dorsey, who was +50 years old, compete in the event.



*Everyone who competed or volunteered in the event went home with a prize!

Pickett & Hoffman High 5 

Cheryl Killman’s Noli HTTD #1 photo album#1

Cheryl Killman’s Noli HTTD #1 photo album#2

Cheryl Killman’s Noli HTTD #1 photo album#3

Noli HTTD Award Ceremony photo album

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

Kristen Gunn & J.D. Driscoll – Judges

Ian Watson & Natalie Pickett – Scribes

Erin Weatherford – Time Keeper

Cheryl Killman – Photographer

 Krit & Ian

A very special thank you goes out to my wonderful wife, Jennifer Bradley, for her support.  She does a lot of behind the scenes work to help prepare for the events.  She does a great job with the paperwork & registration at the events too!  I would also like to give Cheryl Killman, Colin Kemp & James McBeath a shout out of thanks for their coordination & prep work for the event series!

Jen shows off 


A big thank you goes out to our World Kayak Program Partners listed in the banner at the top of this page & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events! 

Southern_Classic_logo Mahoney's Carries_Confections_logo

Rivergypsies_logo  Facetime_logo  Riverpark_Campground_Logo



 Mark your calendar for June 5, 2010 to join us for event #2.  I hope to see you on the Noli!!




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2010 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1