World Kayak proudly announces the 6th annual series of grassroots paddling events in the Tri-Cities region.  The World Kayak Hometown Throwdown is a series of FUN & FREE whitewater paddling events aimed at friendly competition on the Nolichucky River.  Judging is fun, rules are easy and prizes are only given out for participation… we draw names from a hat!

All boaters/paddlers are welcome to participate!  Our World Kayak region has teamed up with local Sponsors & World Kayak Partners to have 4 FREE events with prizes over the course of the 2014 summer paddling season.  However, you will be required to purchase a day pass ($3.00+tax per vehicle) from Riverpark Campground for this event.  Our second event will be a freestyle rodeo at Big Rock (Class II rapid)!

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.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter by only parking in the day use area or the field adjacent to the campground entrance at the road.


Event #2 Date & Time: June 22, 2014 @ 2:00 P.M.


Feature Location: Nolichucky River, TN – Big Rock (adjacent to Riverpark Campground)

*Freestyle Rodeo competition for river levels below 900 CFS

*Downriver Freestyle/Slalom competition for river levels above 900 CFS

Click here for directions to Riverpark Campground

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:


Event Schedule:

– Registration/sign-in will begin at 1:30 P.M. on the day of the event near the feature.  Look for the white tent and Hometown Throwdown banners.

– The events will kick off with a paddler’s meeting at 2:00 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/slalom through-rapid style competitions depending on water levels.  Judging will be simple and done by competitors or friends.  Points will be awarded for everything, including window shades, underwater sleeping bags & twisted nostril flips!  Prizes are given for participation or volunteering, not placement, and a big bag of prizes from our local sponsors & WK partners will be given away via prize draws.

Shout out to our World Kayak Partners for the sweet prizes:


Big thanks also to our local sponsors for this event:

Mahoney's      Riverpark_Campground_Logo   

This event is being run by the Tri-Cities World Kayak Ambassador and his volunteer team.  Volunteers are more than welcome to join in on the event fun to be eligible for prizes.  “Click here to Contact Me” if you are interested in volunteering for this Throwdown event.

This Throwdown will have event coverage at and each competitor will be able see their results & photos at this web link after the event.


World Kayak will be accepting walk-on registrations the day of the event.  World Kayak is offering the WK POINTS SYSTEM again this year which will allow each competitor to GET RANKED ($10.00 annual membership fee) if you want to take the competition to the next level.

Division Registration:

  • Novice (All ages, with paddlers grouped by age)
  • Intermediate (All ages, with paddlers grouped by age)
  • Expert (All ages, with paddlers grouped by age)

Class Registration:

  • Men’s K-1: Male paddlers age 18 or above
  • Women’s K-1: Female paddlers age 18 or above
  • C-1: Single blade paddlers (open boat or kayak)
  • Juniors: Youth paddlers age 17 or below
  • *SUP: You know who you are! 😉

*The SUP class will be an attainment race through and below the main feature with the course set by Jack Nelson!


We will also create other classes on the day of the event, if there is enough participation (Minimum of 5 participants to make class): i.e. K-2 class (Duos), OC-1 class, Open class (inflatable crafts, etc…).

Come out, have fun, strut your stuff and GET RANKED!  Hope to see you on the Noli!!

 Event Organizer: Wesley R. Bradley ~ (423) 647-1321