International World Championship Whitewater Competition Comes to North CarolinaOne of the Southeast's Most Popular Vacation Destinations to Host World's Best PaddlersMedia Contact: Anna Burns anna.
firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:FreestyleKayaking2013.com Bryson City, NC, August 27, 2013 - For the first time since the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, world championship kayaking returns to the United States. The 2013 International Canoe Federation Freestyle World Championships will take place September 2-8 on the Nantahala River near Bryson City, NC. Several hundred competitors representing 30 countries will compete for the title of world champion of this X-Games style sport. Besides bringing world-renowned athletes and paddling enthusiasts from around the country to the Nantahala Gorge, the Championships will also showcase the cultural, recreational and natural features that make the North Carolina Smokies one of the Southeast's most popular tourist destinations. Free demonstrations, instruction sessions and games will get spectators involved in the outdoors, and live music performances and on-site crafting exhibitions will engage guests in Western North Carolina arts, both traditional and modern.The seven-day event will be free, though spectators should expect to park remotely and pay $5 per-car, per-day shuttle fee. Event spectators will also be able to purchase guided rafts trips, zip line tours, lake kayak tours, mountain bike rentals and other outdoor activities at the event site, making it easy to both watch and participate in outdoor sports.The event begins at 6 pm on September 2 in Bryson City, NC with opening ceremonies, a dance performance by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian's Warriors of AniKituhwa and a Big Air Showâwhere kayakers will slide down a large ramp, go airborne and perform an acrobatic trick. Daily competitions will be held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.