Alabama Rivers are having a moment. The second longest paddling race in the world on the Alabama River has been underway since last weekend; meanwhile, to the east on the Chattahoochee River, the first of two 2022 ICF Whitewater Canoe Freestyle World Cup events took place on Ambush Wave October 3-5.
The whitewater park on the Chattahoochee is often referred to as being in Columbus, Georgia. Geographically, however, the river and its savory big-water features are shared between the Georgia city and neighboring Phenix City, Alabama.
The waves on the lower Chattahoochee are about as far south as it gets for big whitewater in the U.S. The site provides a slice of the Ottawa River or White Nile type features freestyle paddlers travel the world for. The caliber of consistent waves are what earned the Chattahoochee the opportunity to host the 2022 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup. The World Cup provides a preview of next year’s world championship event to be hosted on the Georgia-Alabama line.
Complete results of the 2022 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup can be found here.