2014 Canoe Slalom Trials

The U.S. National Whitewater Center will host the USA Canoe/Kayak National Team Trials on March 28-30, 2014. Athletes will compete for a chance to represent the U.S. in the 2014 World Championships. 2014 is especially significant to the athletes as the Worlds will be held in the U.S. for the first time since 1989.

Practice sessions will be held Monday, March 24th through Thursday, March 27th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. each day.  Deadline for registration is Sunday, March 23rd at 12 midnight.  Registration fees cover practice sessions and the race only and do not cover parking.  The race is scheduled  for March 28 – 30. There will be two official runs per day, taking place at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively. The team will be chosen based on the results from all three days of racing.  Athletes will keep their four best runs out of six and must keep at least one run from each day.

Live Results

Athletes will be racing in the following categories:

  • Women’s Single Canoe (C1W)
  • Women’s Single Kayak (K1W)
  • Men’s Single Canoe (C1M)
  • Men’s Double Canoe (C2M)
  • Men’s Single Kayak (K1M)

2014 Senior Team Trials Results

The Team Trials will conclude with an awards ceremony on Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m.

About Canoe Slalom

In Canoe Slalom, athletes must navigate their canoe or kayak through gates as they work their way through 300 meters of whitewater rapids in the fastest time possible. Hitting one of the hanging gates or missing one completely results in time penalties, which are added to the paddler’s time at the end of his/her run. A two-second penalty is given for a touched gate and a 50-second penalty if the gate is missed completely. There are approximately 18-24 hanging gates for each course. The gates are color-coded to indicate which direction the paddler must pass through. Green gates are negotiated heading downstream while red gates require the paddler to reverse direction and pass through them heading upstream.

Questions / Comments

  1. Tia March 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Can I view the trials as a spectator? Would there be a fee?

    • USNWC March 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Hi Tia, spectators are welcome and there is no charge to view the event. We do charge a $5 per car parking fee at the facility.

  2. Ashley Edwards March 20, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Are canoes provided or do you need to bring your own?

    • USNWC March 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Hi Ashley, equipment is not provided; Canoe Slalom is an expert-level activity. Trials are part of the selection process for the U.S. National Team for USA Canoe/Kayak.

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