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The World Kayak Hometown Throwdown is a series of FUN & FREE freestyle events aimed at friendly competition on the Nolichucky River, TN/NC. Judging is fun, rules are easy and prizes are only given out for participation… we draw names from a hat!


World Kayak proudly announces 2nd annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region. This event series is aimed at bringing the FUN back into freestyle competition… fun for EVERYONE… 4 events total!


All boaters / paddlers are welcome to participate! Our World Kayak region has teamed up with local & national sponsors to have 4 FREE events with prizes (However, you will still be required to purchase a day pass ($3.00+tax per vehicle) from Riverpark Campground for Big Rock & Oatmeal Events) over the course of the 2010 summer paddling season:


NOTICE: Please do not park in a campsite at Riverpark Campground!  Campsites are only for paying camping guests and the owners have asked that we respect this policy.  Thanks for your cooperation in this matter and only park in the day use area.


Event Dates:

Event #1 – 5/8/2010 ~ Click here for #1 Competition Results

Event #2 – 6/5/2010 ~ Click here for #2 Competition Results

Click here for 2010 Noli HTTD Series Results After #2

Event #3 – 7/10/2010 ~ Click here for #3 Competition Results

Click here for 2010 Tri-Cities HTTD Series Results After #3

Event #4 – 8/7/2010 ~ Click here for #4 Competition Results

Click here for 2010 Tri-Cities Nolichucky HTTD Series Final Results


Feature Locations (River Level Dependent):

Big Rock (adjacent to Riverpark Campground) if level is less than 900 CFS

Jaws (3rd Rapid in the Noli Gorge) if level is between 900-3,000 CFS

Oatmeal (river right ledge adjacent to Big Rock) if level is greater than 3,000 CFS


For Nolichucky River Levels call the TVA Gauge: 800-238-2264 and dial “3” from the menu.  The Nolichucky Gauge Reading will be the first river listed in the announcement.  You can also check the Noli Gauge by logging onto this web address:  


Click here for the 2010 Noli HTTD Promo Poster


– Registration/sign-in will begin @ 12:00 P.M. on the day of the events @ the feature.  

– The events will kick off @ 1:00 P.M.

– Awards Ceremony and Prize Draw will follow the competition.  You must be present to win a prize.


Events will range from simple rodeos to freestyle through-rapid style competitions. Judging will be simple and done by competitors or friends. Points will be awarded for everything, including window shades & twisted nostril flips!  Prizes are given for participation or volunteering, not scores, and a growing list of schwag from our local & national sponsors will be given away via prize draws.  2010 local sponsors:

Southern_Classic_logo Mahoney's Carries_Confections_logo

Rivergypsies_logo  Facetime_logo  Riverpark_Campground_Logo

Nattyshred Logo

Each event is being run by the Tri-Cities World Kayak Ambassador and his team. Volunteers are welcome… “Contact Me” if you are interested in volunteering for the Throwdown Events.

All Throwdowns will be covered at and each competitor will be able to post their results at their personal blogspot for all to see. World Kayak will be providing on-line registration as well as accepting walk-on registrations the day of the events.  We encourage you to use the on-line registration system to help us better prepare for the event.  The on-line registration system is easy to use and you can access it using this link:

Class Registration:

  • Men’s K-1A (Expert): Male kayaker above age 16 who can consistently link three ends
  • Men’s K-1B (Novice): Male kayaker above age 16 who can not link ends yet…
  • Women’s K-1: Female kayakers above age 16
  • C-1: Single blade paddler (open boat or kayak)
  • Juniors: Youth kayaker age 16 or below

We will also create other classes on the day of the events, if there is enough participation: i.e. K-2 class (Duos), Open class (inflatable crafts, etc…).  If you have any problems or questions about the online registration, please do not hesitate to contact Wesley to get you signed up for the events.

Check out the event coverage from the 2009 series to see all the fun we had last year: Event #1, Event #2, Event #3 & Event #4

Come out, have fun, strut your stuff and be sure you attend all the events for a chance to win one of the grand prizes at the end of the series.  That’s right!  We will have at least 3 prizes worth over $100 each to give away at the final event.  You must participate in all 4 events to be entered into the prize draw. 

We hope to see you on the Noli!

Contact Info

Organizer: Wesley R. Bradley

Telephone: (423) 647-1321


Click here for directions to Riverpark Campground

Click here for directions to the Noli Gorge Put-in @ Poplar, NC