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The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to whitewater related activities. To date, 47 honorees have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since the first class was inducted in 2005. The honorees of IWHOF hail from from many countries, including: Australia, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Great Britain, Russia, Slovakia, and the United States. IWHOF is proud to honor their legacy and those of the dozens of other world class athletes, pioneers, advocates, and explorers from around the world who have been nominated to the Hall of Fame.

 

The 2019 Inductees have been selected! Click here for the official press release.

  • Advocate – Joe Pulliam
  • Advocate – Chris Hawkesworth
  • Pioneers – Christa & Hermann Kerchkoff

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame honored its Class of 2019 during the PADDLEXPO Industry Dinner, 5 October during the 2019 PADDLExpo in Nuremberg, Germany. “Holding the ceremony in conjunction with the PaddleExpo festivities provided an opportunity for international paddlers and other individuals seeking stories of whitewater history and inspiration for the future to witness the induction and meet these revered whitewater heroes,” said Board of Governors member, Pam Dillon.

 

Donate to the 2019 Inductee Fundraiser – every contribution is appreciated and 100% tax deductible! Watch the induction video, below:

 

 

The IWHoF is a program of the ACA and its International Paddlesports Partners. The ACA is proud to support these whitewater Advocates, Champions, Explorers and Pioneers. 

Learn more about these whitewater legends... 

 

 

Past News

 

2017-

 

Congratulations to our 2017 Inductees: Bunny Johns, Nikki Kelly, Julie Munger, and Bill Masters!

 

Take a look at our amazing 2017 Inductee Video featuring historic photography and video footage of our honorees!

 

 

 

2016-

 

The ACA is pleased to announce a new partnership with the International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF). “We are excited about this new partnership because it provides implementation assistance and a connection to 30,000 paddlers who are members of ACA to volunteer and help support IWHoF’s efforts,”

IWHoF - an ACA partner

says IWHoF Board of Governors Chair Risa Shimoda. 

“IWHoF has been a great banner-waver for many of the greatest athletes, adventurers, designers and business innovators in paddlesports, and it also advocates heavily for protecting our rivers,” says former inductee Eric Jackson, president of Jackson Kayaks.

  • IWHoF - ACA Partnership News Release (PDF)

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to whitewater related activities. The IWHoF was founded in 2003 by Adventure Sports Center international in McHenry, MD.  To date, 43 honorees have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since the first class was inducted in 2005. The honorees of IWHoF hail from these countries:

  • Australia
  • Czech Republic
  • Costa Rica
  • France
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • New Zealand
  • Great Britain
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • United States

We are proud to honor their legacy and those of the dozens of other world class athletes, pioneers, advocates, and explorers from around the world who have been nominated to the Hall of Fame.

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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling, stewardship support to help protect paddling environments, and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration, and recreation.

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