New York State has a storied history of grassroots whitewater kayak racing. With the recent rise in popularity of extreme racing, a series of difficult creek races in New York’s Adirondack Mountains has garnered international attention from the sport’s top athletes. The Whitewater King of New York series takes place throughout the summer and fall on the visually specatacular Black, Beaver, Raquette and Moose Rivers where waterfalls and technical class V rapids challenge racers and thrill spectators. Sanctioning bodies, sponsors and industry media outlets have come forward to support the series. The race organizers have partnered with media powerhouse Five2Nine Productions and leading paddlesports industry photographers to capture the action. The events’ simple format and exciting imagery have crossover appeal sure to captivate any adrenaline sports junky and showcase the leading edge of paddlesports competition.
Canoe & Kayak will be covering the KONY series as they happen through season. Be sure to check back for wrap ups and results of each event.
|Kicking off the King
I’m going to throw it out there—New York is becoming one of the best stops on the North American extreme race circuit.
|From the Vault: A Humble King
A story from the July 2013 print issue on how paddlers are no longer overlooking the Adirondacks whitewater, thanks to a new race series featuring NY’s iconic rivers.
|Finding the Next Classic
Paddler Eric Adsit offers six tips on how to find the next whitewater classic through a big boating discovery of his own in upstate New York.