Bryson City, North Carolina, USA

Freestyle kayaking’s gala event comes to the Nantahala!

The Nantahala is going huge this September 2-8, as top international paddlers converge on the Gorge to compete in the 2013 Freestyle World Championships.

This prestitious international event has been brought to Western North Carolina with the support of the Golden Leaf Foundation, and through a community focused effort led by the The Nantahala Gorge Organizing Committee, the Swain County Chamber of Commerce, Swain TDA, Smoky Mountain Host, USA Canoe Kayak, and the International Canoe Federation.

A Week of Festivities

More than being just another kayak competition, the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships are a celebration of the vibrant cultural and paddling history here in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. In addition to watching the world’s best freestylers duke it out on the 2013 Wave, spectators will enjoy live music from regional bands, craft fair specializing in traditional appalachian handiworks, and a variety of interactive family activities. Other featured events will include a raft race, special rates on rentals and activities, Cherokee tribal dancing and cultural presentations and demos by top performers from across the southeast.

For more information about the event, ticketing information, and to learn more about freestyle kayaking competition, visit the official event website:

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