Reno River Festival hosts U.S. National Whitewater Freestyle Championships |

Reno River Festival hosts U.S. National Whitewater Freestyle Championships

Sebastian Foltz

RENO, Nev. — Whitewater was back in play in the biggest little city last weekend, May 7-8, with the return of regular flows to the Truckee River. The annual Reno River Festival once again included kayaking and other watersports, this time playing host to U.S. National Whitewater Freestyle Championships.

Top paddlers from across the country showed up to throw down in the whitewater park’s most prominent feature. The weekend also included downriver slalom competitions and standup paddle events, along with other shore-based activities. While the festival still took place in 2015, river competitions were canceled due to low water levels related to drought.

Pennsylvania’s Stephen Wright took the top spot among U.S. Men. Canadian paddler Nick Troutman finished second in the competition, but was ineligible for nationals. Reno’s Jason Craig took second in nationals followed by Jud Keiser. Emily Jackson placed first among women, followed by Jessica Yurtinus of Reno and Erin Clancey.

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