International Whitewater Hall of Fame Induction 2008 Moves to North Carolina, USA

Sept. 09, 2008, 8:30 p.m. (ET)


Matt Urdan +1 828-488-2176 x191 or Michelle Fortin +1 828-488-2176 x355

(Silver Spring) MD - The International Whitewater Hall of Fame Board of Governors and the US Paddlesports Industry Association have announced that the 2007 and 2008 IWHOF induction will be hosted by the NOC Foundation at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in Bryson City, NC, USA October 11, 2008.  Twelve distinguished paddlers from around the world and their contributions to whitewater sport will be celebrated with a formal ceremony.
“We welcome IWHOF with open arms,” notes Sutton Bacon, President and CEO of the NOC.  “The NOC Foundation has been formed to support the promotion of whitewater as a healthy, active sport that utilizes the great river resources in our region, and we look forward to hosting our honored guests as we celebrate their contributions to our sport.”
“The Nantahala is the home of Class of 2005 IWHOF inductee Payson Kennedy, and the new home of the William Nealy Gallery with its revolving exhibit of  Nealy’s original works - a fitting location for this induction location,” notes Matt Menashes, Executive Director of the Paddlesports Industry Foundation and member of the IWHOF Board of Governors.  “Besides, the enthusiasm for the event has been fantastic:  we can’t wait for the ceremony to begin!”  The inductees-to-be are as follows:


Explorer: Walt Blackadar                   

Champion: Cathy Hearn, Richard Fox

Pioneer: Toni Prijon                           

Advocate: Bill Endicott, William Nealy


Explorer: Mick Hopkinson                 

Champion: Gilles Zok, Eric Jackson

Pioneer: Carl Luther                           

Advocate: Kent Ford, Klaus Lettmann
IWHOF  recognizes individuals who have made significant accomplishments in and contributions to whitewater-related activities, and is a program of the Paddlesports Industry Association, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit whose mission is to “promote paddling, past and present.” For more information about the induction or sponsorships contact Matt Urdan +1 828-488-2176 x191 To purchase tickets visit or contact Michelle Fortin at +1 828-488-2176 x355,