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3rd Live Like Maria Freestyle Classic

April 18 at 8:00 am - April 19 at 5:00 pm


Join NRC for a fun weekend of competition in the discipline of Freestyle. This event is designed for people of all ages and abilities and will offer advanced as well as beginner categories. Saturday will be the prelims for all age groups with Sunday will consist of Finals. If you are an NRC member or volunteer, contact the race directors for discount code.

Also, enjoy discounts at the NOC outfitter store and free shuttles to the Cascades and the Upper Nantahala put-ins, as well as a paddling film showing** on Saturday night at the NOC Outfitter Store!


Course Information

Advanced Competition: 2013 Wave
Beginner Competition: Bridge Wave


Pre-registration: Online Registration opens March 1, 2020 and closes at 11:59 am on Thursday, April 16th.
Onsite Registration: 9:30 – 10:30 am @ NRC Event Tent next to the Old Highway Bridge. $10 late fee applies to onsite registrations.
Cost: Registration is $15 for NRC Members and $25 for non-members.

For the competition side of this event, each Paddler will get two 45 second rides and the best ride will count.  The breakdown of categories will be as follows:

  • Men’s
  • Women’s
  • Men’s Jr. (14-18)
  • Women’s Jr. (14-18)
  • We will add Cadet classes if we have 3 or more
  • We will also add an OC1 & C1 class if we have 3 or more

Weekend Events Schedule

Saturday, April 18 Time Location
Onsite Registration 9:30 to 10:30 am NRC Tent at Beginner Wave
Volunteer Meeting 10 am NRC Event Tent
Competitors Meeting 10:30 am NRC Event Tent
Beginner’s Wave Comp (1 day only) 11:00 am Beginner Wave
Advanced Wave Prelims 12:00 pm 2013 Hole
Slicey Boat Competition 3:30 pm (Approximately) 2013 Hole
Sunday, April 19 Time Location
Volunteers Meeting 10:00 am NRC Event Tent
Competitor’s Meeting 10:30 am NRC Event Tent
Advanced Wave competition Finals Start 11:00 am 2013 Hole
Awards Ceremony 30 minutes after last ride NRC Event Tent

**Paddling Film and time will be announced in early Spring**



April 18 at 8:00 am
April 19 at 5:00 pm


Nantahala Racing Club
Nantahala Outdoor Center


Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713 United States
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