The World Kayak Hometown Throwdown is a FUN & FREE event aimed at friendly competition on the Pigeon River, TN. The rules are easy and prizes are only given out for participation… we draw names from a hat!
World Kayak proudly announces this new grassroots paddling event. This event is aimed at bringing the FUN back into freestyle and boatercross competition… fun for EVERYONE… All boaters / paddlers are welcome to participate! Our World Kayak region has teamed up with local & national sponsors to have this Free event with prizes!
NOTE: Please Sign in at the Sign-in Station to help support future recreational releases on the river.
Event Date: 7/31/2010
Event Schedule Time Location
Boater Cross &/or 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Pigeon River Gorge Put-in near sign-in station
Boater Cross Line-up 12:25 P.M. River Right Eddy @ Put-in adjacent to power house
Boater Cross Race Start 12:30 P.M. River Right Eddy @ Put-in adjacent to power house
Freestyle Registration 1:30 P.M.-2:00 P.M. River Right Bank below Lost Guide Rapid
Freestyle Competition 2:00 P.M. Lost Guide Hole
** Awards Ceremony and Prize Draw will follow the freestyle competition at Rapid Expeditions facilities @ the take-out of the run. You must be present to win a prize.
For Pigeon River Levels call the Progress Energy Release Info Line @ 1-800-899-4435. You can also check the Pigeon Gauge by logging onto this web address: http://www.boatingbeta.com/cgi-bin/myflows.cgi
The race course will start from the river right eddy at the put-in and finish at the Tobes Creek Road Bridge that crosses the river (Approximately 1 mile downriver). The race will be mass start and you must use the same boat as you plan to use in the freestyle event (i.e. river/play or play boat). Please leave your long boat at the house and let’s make this a fun short boat race! First person to the bridge wins!!
NOTE: The race will start promptly, due to raft traffic coordination, so make sure you are ready to line-up at the appointed time…
Freestyle Feature Location
Lost Guide Hole: (At the bottom of the lost guide rapid next to the pyramid rock)
The event will be a simple rodeo competition. Judging will be simple and done by competitors or friends. Points will be awarded for everything, including window shades & underwater sleeping bags! Prizes are given for participation or volunteering, not scores or race place, and a growing list of schwag from our local & national sponsors will be given away via prize draws. 2010 local event sponsors:
The events are being run by local paddler Tommy Clapp with the support of the Tri-Cities World Kayak Ambassador, Wesley R. Bradley. Volunteers are welcome… “Contact Me” if you are interested in volunteering for this Throwdown Event.
All Throwdowns will be covered at Worldkayakblogs.com 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: http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/register/299/
Freestyle 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.
We hope to see you on the Pigeon!
Organizers: Tommy Clapp & Wesley R. Bradley