International Whitewater Hall of Fame to Headquarter in Richmond

-

- Advertisment -

Richmond, Va., and its James River, will soon be home to the International Whitewater Hall of Fame.

After a nationwide search led by the IWHOF staff and board, the top two choices were whittled down to two Southeastern towns: Asheville and its French Broad River and Richmond, Virginia, and its James River. According to the Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville narrowly lost the bid to host the International Whitewater Hall of Fame. 

“While they don’t have the depth or history of whitewater that we do, Richmond has done a great job, to their credit, for viewing whitewater, and engaging people with the river,” local proponent Noah Wilson told the  paper. “It’s a mixture of disappointment and excitement…and speaks to the long-term opportunities for our region to what we can do around our rivers. Sometimes the silver medal is still a big deal.”

The IWHOF, founded in 2003 by Adventure Sports Center international in McHenry, Maryland, recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to whitewater related activities, such as Olympic medalists and world champion competitors, as well as pioneers in the field. There have been  43 inductees since the first class in 2005, representing 11 countries.

The IWOF was officially “adopted” in 2016 by the American Canoe Association in Fredericksburg, Maryland.

“We began a project to fulfill original mission in 2003 to have a physical place where we would have programs, celebrate the inductees and tell their stories,” says board member Risa Shimoda.

Last summer the committee identified 13 suitable cities that had strong paddling communities for hosting IWHOF. The final list included Asheville; Richmond; Boise, Idaho; and Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. Asheville lost out despite its proximity to the Green River and a new whitewater wave on the French Broad River designed by Scott Shipley of S20 Designs, an Olympic kayaker who competed and trained at nearby NOC and a 2006 IWHOF inductee,

Shimoda told the Asheville Citizen Times that IWHOF was impressed by the community spirit and enthusiasm, but were just missing some pieces, particularly the funding and solid plan for programming. She said even though Asheville had the paddling heart, legacy and history, Richmond, had more properties, solid visioning, and fundraising in place.

Nominate a world-class paddler

Want to nominate someone for the International Whitewater Hall of Fame? Nominations are being taken until April 30. The winners will be inducted Oct. 5 in Nuremburg, Germany, at the Paddle Expo International Trade Show.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Jimmy Blakeney on TAHE’s Acquisition of BIC Sport

Last year, after more than 40 years as a French-made watersports icon, BIC Sport merged with Tahe Outdoors to...

6 Days/6 Rivers: A Costa Rican Kayaking Odyssey with Amazing Vacations

“Buenas Lineas,” says our guide Arnaldo Cespedes. “Good lines.” We just finished scouting a Class IV rapid called Robin Hood...

2021 Photo Contest Entries Are In

2021 Photo Contest Entries 2021 was a great year to get out and paddle. Check out some of the incredible...

Win a pair of Loyak water shoes from Astral

    More sweepstakes from Astral Win a BirdDog PFD from Astral Win an Astral E-Ronny PFD  
- Advertisement -

It’s River Permit Time: 10 Tips from our Friends at CKS!

The Selway. Middle Fork. Yampa. Lodore. Deso/Gray. San Juan. Cataract. Salt. Grand. Those are just a few of the...

Don’t Moose Out…Photo Caption Contest Winners!

Well, the results are in from our most recent Photo Caption Contest, this time witticisms relating to a Bullwinkle...

Must read

6 Days/6 Rivers: A Costa Rican Kayaking Odyssey with Amazing Vacations

“Buenas Lineas,” says our guide Arnaldo Cespedes. “Good lines.” We...

Jimmy Blakeney on TAHE’s Acquisition of BIC Sport

Last year, after more than 40 years as a...
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you