The U.S. Team Trials preliminaries kicks off today! More than 70 competitors have come to the Nantahala Gorge, just outside Bryson City, North Carolina to face off for a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking Team and the opportunity to compete in the 2013 International Canoe Federation Canoe Freestyle World Championships. Paddlers are taking their final practice sessions and competition will last through the weekend.

Look for the live stream of the event here.

C&K will be talking with several of the competitors and will post their experiences in the upcoming days so stay tuned.

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