Header

The ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships Are Here

It has taken years of planning and months of construction in the Nantahala River to prepare for Monday evening’s official opening of the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships to take place in Bryson City. Hundreds of water enthusiasts have been arriving in Swain county over the last month for a shot at some practice time in the specially constructed 2013 Wave water feature on the Nantahala River. The event will attract competitors from forty-five nations and thousands of spectators who are expected to fill the campgrounds and fill motel and hotel rooms and pour thousands of dollars into the local economy for food, beverage, lodging, parking fees, and transportation. On Monday, the town of Bryson City will host a parade of Athletes and the Opening ceremonies starting at 6:00 p-m. There will also be a performance of the Warriors of Anikituhwa, a traditional Cherokee dance group; the group will be followed by the Big Air Show and music in downtown Bryson City. The competition begins with the first heat races on Tuesday and continues through the quarter finals, semi-finals, and the finals on Sunday September 8th.  The competition will include competition in the men’s and women’s classes as well as junior classes. Between the competitions there will be fun activities such as Fontana Lake demo tours, kayak races, head to head SUP races, rodeo races, rubber duckie races, a canoe ball race and more. On Tuesday the NOC Mini-Me Rodeo  will feature teams of four paddlers out to surf the 2013 Wave earning points for spins, stunts, and spectacular carnage. On Wednesday the highlight will be the Wave Sport Wesser Falls Extreme Race which includes the 2013 wave, the Class 5 Wesser Falls, and ends up  in Fontana Lake.  On Thursday the Bomber Gear SUP Race is for stand up Paddleboarders  who race head to head through the 2013 Wave. Also on Thursday the 2013 ICF Freestyle World Champions competitors face off on the Nantahala River. Other events and the championships are scheduled for the weekend with the championship award ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.