The Georgia Canoeing Association sponsors the Southeastern United States Slalom and Wildwater Championships on the Nantahala River near Bryson City, North Carolina.
This year's races are the 31st Annual and are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2000. Skill levels of competitors typically range from persons making their racing debut in the Fun Race to nationally ranked paddlers honing their techniques in the Slalom or Wildwater races.
There are separate classes for:
Men, Women, Mixed (tandem)
Juniors, Adults, Masters
Kayaks, C-1's, Open canoes
Championship (racing), Cruising (recreational) designs
Decked boat Slalom runs and the Wildwater Race are held on Saturday. The Wildwater runs are 8 miles and include class 3 rapids Patton's Run and Nantahala Falls.
Open boat Slalom runs and the Downriver Fun Race are held on Sunday. The Downriver Fun Race is 5 miles, from Ferebee Park to above Nantahala Falls, and does not include any rapids above class 2.
Trophies and awards in each class are presented in ceremonies at the end of each day's races.
Special awards include:
The Southeastern Cup. Paddling club with most race points.
Charlie Patton Award. Fastest canoe in the Wildwater race.
Julie Wilson Award. Fastest female in the Wildwater race.
Ramone Eaton Award. Fastest tandem in the Wildwater race.
If you want to enter the Southeastern Championships, you must complete a race registration package. Race registration packages are sent via postal mail. To receive a race package, send your name and postal mailing address to the race registrar: dsmsr@flash.net. Race registration packages will be mailed out in March.

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