Race & Team Information

Course Descriptions

Classic Course
The Classic course is just over 4 km, starting at the “Surfing Rapid” and ending at the NOC Founders Bridge.

There is 8 km of easy whitewater above the start of the Classic course, allowing for multiple put-ins and warm-up opportunities.

From the start, racers will negotiate continuous Class II and Class III whitewater, including rapids “4 Eddy”, “Hall of Waves”, “Gorgarama”, “The Bump”, and “Nantahala Falls” before finishing at NOC. Safety will set up at significant rapids including Nantahala Falls. The fastest times are expected to fall between 13–14 minutes.

Sprint Course
The Sprint course is 450 m long and starts above Nantahala Falls (Class III+), the most difficult rapid on this stretch of the Nantahala River. There are multiple line options at this rapid. Safety will set up below Nantahala Falls.

After Nantahala Falls, there is easy whitewater through the finish at the NOC Founders Bridge. Fastest times are expected to fall between 100–110 seconds.


Nantahala River Map

Training Facilities & Paddling Destinations

Wildwater Training Venues
Tuckaseegee Gorge
Middle Ocoee River – Weekends Only
USNWC Charlotte
• Fontana Lake

River Running & Creeking Destinations
Green River Narrows
Raven’s Fork
Cheoah River – Weekends Only
Chattooga River, Section IV


Athlete Village

There will be an on-site village that will include basic accommodations and a meal plan for teams that wish to participate. There are approximately 120 beds, with camping options available. The Athlete Village will be within walking distance to the main freestyle venue.

The Athlete Village will also include:
• Restaurants
• Secure, gated boat storage
• Free access to WiFi
• Athlete events and receptions

Typical bunkbeds in Basecamp
Basecamp Dining Hall

Language & Translation

Every effort will be made to match teams with a bilingual assistant, and present materials in languages other than English, upon request. Translation assistance will be provided by the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s diverse staff with significant international travel experience.


Medical & Physiotherapy

NOC has access to experienced medical support with its own Wilderness Medicine School, recognized by the US Department of Transportation as an EMT training facility that trains thousands of students every year. Medical support will also include:

Medical Staff
Details coming soon

Physiotherapy
Details coming soon

Emergency Services
NOC will be on standby with its own medical facilitators to liaise with emergency services. Competitor First Aid will be supervised by a Physicians Assistant and two EMTs to stabilize and support until 911 is contacted.