-THE CAMP CUP -
A NANTAHALA RIVER TRADITION By Jami Black, Admissions Associate at Alzar School
On July 11-12, 2016, the largest youth paddling festival, Camp Cup, will take over the Nantahala River. For two days, camps from all across the southeast come together to paddle, play, and find other impassioned peers. The Camp Cup takes place in the beautiful Nantahala Gorge in western North Carolina. This fantastic event is a way for young paddlers to network, be exposed to slalom and downriver racing, and practice their paddling skills. Over the course of the event, campers can choose to participate in a down river event, freestyle throwdown, slalom course, and learn from guest coaches. At the Camp Cup, students meet other kids their own age
who paddle and are often surprised to see peers from their high school kayaking. The first day of the event is a training day where participants take practice runs for the downriver race through Nantahala Falls looking for the fastest line. They can explore the slalom course and learn to navigate upstream gates or a series of offset gates. For many participants, this is the first time they have run a section of river for speed, or navigated a set course through a rapid. A laid back freestyle event takes place at the NOC wave with points awarded for all moves, including the windowshade.
49 / PADDLE / July 2016