In a little more than a year, the world’s best freestyle kayakers will converge on the Nantahala Gorge for the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships.
To acquaint area businesses and civic organizations with the potential impact of this event, the Bryson City––Swain County Chamber of Commerce is holding an open house thursday, March 22 from 6 to 8 pm. Event Director Zuzana Vanha and members of the Nantahala Gorge Organizing Committee will be on hand to answer questions about the event, and provide information about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities.
“Even though the Nantahala Gorge and Bryson City are the official hosts, all seven Western North Carolina counties will benefit greatly from the increased traffic and international exposure,” said Karen Wilmot, Executive Director of the Chamber. “It will significantly boost our region’s excellent reputation as an outdoor recreation destination.”
“Freestyle is an ‘extreme’ form of kayaking,” explained Vanha, “comparable to half-pipe snowboarding in the way it pushes the envelope with extraordinary athletic moves.” More information about freestyle kayaking and the championship event may be found at the website, http://www.freestylekayaking2013.com/.
The Bryson City - Swain County Chamber of Commerce is located at 210 Main Street, Bryson City, phone 828-488- 3681.