This Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th, Nantahala Outdoor Center will be hosting the USA Canoe and Kayak Whitewater Slalom Nationals. During this event, elite paddlers as well as up-and-coming youth and junior athletes will run a challenging slalom course through the Nantahala Falls in hopes of winning the title of Whitewater Slalom National Champion.
Slalom paddlers strive for precision and speed on the legendary Nantahala Falls course in this prestigious race hosted by the Nantahala Racing Club . Athletes paddle through a series of red and green slalom gates positioned along the course. The racers must paddle downstream through the green gates and upstream through the red ones. Gate placement determines the challenge level of the course, and this will be an extremely challenging race! Racers will paddle through strong currents, waves and hydraulics as they attempt to navigate through the course in an effort to without missing or touching a gate. Touching or missing a gate results in a time penalty. The racer with the fastest time wins.
Spectators are invited to enjoy the show from the Forest Service walkway along the Nantahala Falls, which affords excellent views of both races. Bring a cup of fresh coffee or hot cocoa from River’s End Restaurant, located just downstream of the race course, and warm your hands as you enjoy US Whitewater racing at its best!
Nantahala Outdoor Center is just a short drive from your Watershed Cabin on US Highway 19.Come cheer on our local athletes, Olympic Team members and aspiring athletes from around the country. See you there this weekend!