Saturday, November 1, 2014

Collegiate Race Series National Championships

DATE: Nov 1-2, 2014
(Yep-we're having 2 National Championships this year!)
LOCATION: Fredericksburg, VA
VENUE: Rappahannock River & The Rock Quarry

Students from Warren Wilson College, Hollins University, Albion College, Sweetbriar College and the University of Alabama will meet on the Rappahannock River this weekend to compete in the annual ACA Collegiate Race Series National Championships. 

Over fifty students, faculty and coaches are expected to compete in individual and team events in canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Race headquarters will be located at Old Mill Park. Whitewater races will start at the Virginia Outdoor Center and paddle through the rapids to the Route 1 bridge. This section includes several major rapids: First Drop (class II+), Target Rock (class II) and Washing Machine (II).

The flatwater races will go from Old Mill Park to City Dock.

For more information, please visit:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween, Paddlers!

Dress up. Eat candy. Paddle on. 

Captain America knows whatSUP. 

Send your paddling-in-costume photos to or share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and tag us!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The North Face Declares "This Land is Your Land!"

The North Face's new campaign addresses the importance of preserving federal public lands from state takeover efforts--an issue all of us at the ACA have been thrilled to see get more coverage in the media lately (from New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich and others). 

Public lands belong to all of us, regardless of where we live or who we are. As founding members of the Outdoor Alliance, the ACA is proud to show its support of The North Face's campaign in an open letter of appreciation. We encourage you to read that letter here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

State Executive Council Elections - 2 Days Left to Vote

The ACA is currently holding elections for the State Executive Councils. Cast your vote today!

All State Executive Council positions are elected by the state ACA membership for a two-year term. The election of the nominees will be determined by the majority of votes cast by electronic ballot by members eligible to vote. In order to vote, you must be a current member of the ACA and over eighteen (18) years of age.

Act now and make your voice heard--voting closes on October 31, 2014.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Expert Advice: Going Big on Lake Superior

Veteran ACA Instructor-Trainer Gail Green offers her advice for paddling to the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. Click through to read the full article on Canoe & Kayak. 

Are you an ACA Instructor with advice to share? We want to hear it. Contact our Communications Department to get published on ACA social media.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Paddle Green Bags in Action

Thanks to Tamara Stanley for submitting this awesome stewardship photo! She hauled this trash out of the river near her house using her Paddle Green Bag during daily kayak trips. 

"I just started kayaking (and pulling out trash) this summer," said Tamara. "The only instruction I received was at a [Paddlefest] event. I am amazed how much I learned in about 15 minutes. Not only can I reach things I never thought possible, I find it rather easy. Wonderful organization and people!"

The ACA is involved in numerous stewardship activities on both a local and national scale. 

Need help with a project to protect waterways in your community? Don't hesitate to contact us! We're here to help. 

Have a photo of your Paddle Green bag haul? Submit it to, or use #PaddleGreen when you share stewardship photos on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saving the Boundary Waters By Canoe

Amy and Dave Freeman. (Photo credit: Nate Ptacek, instagram @arborealis.)
National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year, Dave and Amy Freeman are paddling from Ely, Minnesota to Washington, DC to raise awareness of threats to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and shared waters of the Canadian border. The 100-day Paddle to DC odyssey began Sunday, August 24 near Ely, Minnesota and ends in Washington, D.C. on December 3 when a canoe covered with signatures to Save the Boundary Waters arrives in the nation’s capital. 

The Freemans are asking people along the Paddle to DC route to sign their canoe to show their support for defending the Boundary Waters from all threats, including sulfide mining. 
Amy and Dave Freeman. (Photo credit: Nate Ptacek, instagram @arborealis.) 
“Our mission is to help make sure that the Boundary Waters continue to enjoy the federal protection that has kept them wild and unspoiled for 50 years,” said Dave Freeman. 

Here's how you can help:
(Photo credit: Nate Ptacek, instagram @arborealis.) 

Amy and Dave will be paddling through the East Coast over the next month. During their journey, they are giving presentations and asking folks to paddle with them as they pass through. So far, the couple has done 23 events attended by over 1200 people, and they have paddled with over 100 people in three different cities. As they plan for events out East, Dave and Amy would love to connect more with ACA members and clubs. Check out their video below to learn more, and discover even more ways to get involved