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Confluence Watersports Brands Sponsor the ICF Freestyle World Championships

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 29, 2013) – Wave Sport, Dagger, Adventure Technology, Bomber Gear, and Wilderness Systems will support the top freestyle kayakers in the world at the ICF Freestyle Kayaking World Championships at Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in Bryson City, N.C., on September 2-8, 2013. Considered the most elite freestyle kayaking event in the world, this year marks the first time since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ga., that world championship kayaking will return to the United States.

More than 300 of the most skilled kayakers will head to the Nantahala River’s 2013 Wave to showcase their best freestyle moves and compete for the title of world champion in front of an expected audience of more than 10,000. The kayaking competition will take place on a new custom-built river wave at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Spectators and athletes alike will enjoy NOC’s revolutionary new paperless scoring system that will show the results immediately after each run. The real-time scoring system will help make freestyle kayaking more spectator-friendly and more suitable for a live television broadcast.

“We are incredibly proud to sponsor the 2013 World Championships, the highest level of freestyle competition in the world. It is a rare opportunity to have such a high caliber paddling event in our own backyard. NOC has put a tremendous amount of effort into increasing the level of professionalism and organization at this event, including developing the new real-time scoring system and perfecting the 2013 Wave,” said Cheri McKenzie, chief marketing officer at Confluence Watersports. “Elite athletes from Team Wave Sport and Team Dagger will be competing in the event, and five Confluence brands are sponsoring competitions and activities throughout the week. We are excited to play an integral role in making the World Championships event a huge success.”

More than just a competition, the seven-day event is truly a celebration of the outdoor recreation culture for everyone from world-class athletes to entry-level outdoor enthusiasts. Friendly competitions, demos, and events throughout the week will give kayaking enthusiasts of all skill levels a chance to participate in the action and win prizes. Live music and art exhibitors will provide entertainment, and guided raft trips, zip line tours, mountain bike rentals, and other activities will also be available through NOC. 

For more information on both competitive and spectator events at the World Championships, visit

2013 Freestyle World Championship Sponsor Events:

Wave Sport is sponsoring the Wave Sport Wesser Falls Extreme Race. The best extreme kayakers will negotiate the fastest line through class V Wesser Falls, competing for cash prizes. The race runs through the 2013 Wave and finishes in Fontana Lake.

The Dagger Dash Race will start at Nantahala Falls and end at the NOC Founder’s Bridge. This fun, free-for-all race will begin with the competitors racing to find their ideal kayak to run Nantahala Falls. Kayaks of all types and sizes will be lined up at the start for participants to vie for, from inflatable kayaks to play boats and creek boats. A mix of luck and skill will help determine the winners who will be awarded cash prizes.

In addition to The Dagger Dash, the brand is sponsoring two other events throughout the week. Dagger is also presenting the 8-Ball Race through the 2013 Wave, where competitors race head to head through gates, trying not to get knocked off course by the other kayakers in an effort to win a Dagger Mamba 8.1 kayak. The Dagger RPM Stern Squirt Session encourages kayakers to dust off their long boats, pull on their neoprene, and compete in a retro rodeo. A Dagger RPM kayak will be given away and points will be given to the kayaker who performs the most pirouettes, surfs, and stern squirts, with additional points awarded for style.

In the Bomber Gear Dress for Success Challenge, teams of two will gear up and relay race across current for a chance to win a Bomber Gear prize package. The event will take place just below the 2013 Wave and is open to paddlers of all ability levels. Paddlers looking to test their whitewater SUP skills can compete in the Bomber Gear SUP Race, where stand up paddlers will race through the 2013 Wave on the Nantahala for a chance to win prizes from Bomber Gear.

For kayakers who enjoy a good game of basketball, Adventure Technology is combining the two sports in AT Canoe Ball, where teams of three will play basketball in kayaks, competing to score the most points and an ultimate swag bag.

Wilderness Systems will have kayaks available to demo at the beautiful, tranquil Fontana Lake just a short walk downstream of the 2013 Wave. Those looking for a bit of flat water competition are invited to compete in the Wilderness Systems Challenge, where teams of three kayakers will navigate a course on Fontana Lake, vying to win a Wilderness Systems prize pack. Both the demo and the competition are free and available to paddlers of all abilities.

Sponsor Event Schedule:

Wednesday, 1pm: Wave Sport Wesser Falls Extreme Race

Thursday, 2:30pm: Bomber Gear SUP Race

Thursday, 5:30pm: Dagger Dash

Friday, 2:30pm: Bomber Gear Dress For Success Challenge

Friday, 7pm: Dagger 8-Ball Race

Saturday, 2pm: Wilderness Systems Challenge

Saturday, 3pm: Adventure Technology Canoe Ball

Saturday, Sunday 11am-2pm: Wilderness Systems Lake Demos

Sunday, 2:40pm, Dagger Presents: The RPM Stern Squirt Session

Confluence Watersports will be blogging live from Bryson City, N.C., throughout the week. Visit our live blog for details on how to win the Ultimate Swag Bag using


About Confluence Watersports:

Confluence Watersports is the result of blending the unique watersports brands: Wilderness Systems®, Perception®, Dagger®, and Wave Sport® kayaks, Mad River Canoe®, Adventure Technology® paddles, Bomber Gear and Harmony® accessories. With a full representation of canoes and kayaks, ranging from touring and recreational to high-performance whitewater boats, the Confluence brands are well suited to outfit all paddling enthusiasts. For more information about the company, please visit

Wave Sport · Perception · Dagger · Wilderness Systems · Mad River Canoe · Adventure Technology · Harmony · Bomber Gear

Media Contact:

Claire Rabun

Verde PR

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