Junior Olympics


2017 Whitewater Junior Olympics

Date: July 28  – 30, 2017nrc_register_button
Cost: $45 (NRC members receive a $10 discount on pre-registration. NO discounts on day-of)
Age: 18 and under
Location: Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Hwy 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713

This July, paddlers from across the USA will converge on the Nantahala for this youth whitewater kayak event. Showcasing freestyle, slalom and downriver competitions, this event will also offer plenty of just-for-fun events, like a Ducky Cross through the 2013 Wave, Giant Slalom, and off-the-water social events.

Event Details

Slalom: Nantahala Bridge Gates
Downriver Sprint: Beginner course starts below Nantahala Falls, Advanced course starts above Nantahala Falls. Both finish below the 2013 Wave.
Freestyle: Beginner competition at Founder’s Bridge wave, Advanced competition at 2013 Wave
Duckie Cross: Nantahala Bridge Gates, parents are invited to participate!
Giant Slalom: All NRC members and parents are invited to participate. Negotiate 7 downstream gates in this sprint event at the Nantahala Bridge Gates.
Banquet Dinner: All participants free entry. Banquet is held in conjunction with NRC Membership Banquet. RSVP if you plan to bring family/friends.


Pre-registration: Register Online by July 22, 2015 to avoid late fees
Onsite registration: Register on-site from 10:00  – 11:00 am on Friday and Saturday competition days and 9:00 – 9:30 am on Sunday. A $20 late fee applies to previously unregistered athletes. No late fee applies to registered athletes wishing to add an additional class or event during on-site registration.


NRC welcomes both member and non-member volunteers. Junior Olympics, along with all our other programs, is run entirely by volunteers, and we need your help! Your involvement will lead to a higher quality event, whether you are a certified judge or parent, we can use your help.

If you are interested in volunteering for Junior Olympics please fill out this interest form HERE

OR contact us at nantahalaracingclub@gmail.com


Please visit the Results Page for all Junior Olympics events results.
Click HERE for Regional Teams Rankings.

Event Schedule

Friday, July 28th
Time Location
On-site Registration & athlete check-in 10-11 am Event Tent
Volunteer Meeting 11:15 am Event Tent
Competitor’s Meeting 11:30 am Event Tent
Adventure Dash Relay 12 pm Event Tent
Slalom Open Practice 12 – 4 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Downriver Sprint START 4:30 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Yard Games 6:30 pm Event Tent
Live Music 7 pm Big Wesser BBQ + Brew


Saturday, July 29th
Time Location
On-site Registration & Athlete Check-in 10-11 am Event Tent
Volunteer Meeting 11:15 am Event Tent
Competitor’s Meeting 11:30 pm Event Tent
Slalom START 12 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Duckie Cross START 3 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Banquet Dinner and Awards Ceremony 6pm Event Tent


Sunday, July 30th
Time Location
On-site  Check-in 10-11 am Event Tent
Volunteer Meeting 11:15 am Event Tent
Competitor Meeting 11:30am Event Tent
Freestyle START 12pm 2013 Wave and Bridge Wave
Giant Slalom 3 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Awards Ceremony 4 pm Event Tent