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An artificial whitewater course (AWWC) is a site for whitewater canoeing, whitewater kayaking, whitewater racing, whitewater rafting, playboating and slalom canoeing with artificially generated rapids.

Course types[edit]

Three main types of course exist:

Flow diversion[edit]

These work by diverting a natural river through boulder placement or damming, or by creating new channels next to an existing river, possibly by a weir or power station outflow.

Tidal action[edit]

Created in estuaries with large tidal reaches, on a barrage across the river. The barrage is opened during a rising high tide to allow the sea water in, then shut as the tide turns. The water stored above the barrage is then forced through an artificial channel to provide water features.

Pumped[edit]

The nature of artificial whitewater courses necessitates the need for a drop in the river, and enough water flow to provide hydraulics. When this isn't possible (often in flat low-lying areas), electric pumps are used to lift and re-circulate the water to the top of the course. The shapes of these courses are commonly circular or U-shaped.

Pumped courses are extremely expensive to run, typically 1-2 megawatts of electrical power is needed to pump 15 cubic metres per second of water down a course with a 5 meter drop in height.

Olympic whitewater courses[edit]

Other notable courses[edit]

Under planning or construction[edit]

External links[edit]


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Asheville Citizen-Times

Asheville Citizen-Times
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:00:38 -0800

He and his firm, S2O Design and Engineering, built the artificial whitewater park at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte and the course for the 2012 London Olympics, as well as many parks, such as the one proposed for Asheville, in Durango ...

Asheville Citizen-Times

Asheville Citizen-Times
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:47:19 -0700

If you've never watched a whitewater race on a real (that is, not artificial) whitewater river, head out the Nantahala River at the Nantahala Outdoor Center this weekend. It will be chilly, but just think of those paddlers who are actually IN the water.
 
Smoky Mountain News
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:15:00 -0700

Charlotte will soon have its own multi-million-dollar, artificial whitewater venue that is expected to attract world-class events and put the United States on the map as a major host for international competitions and training. When it opens in June ...

Greenville News

Greenville News
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:21:21 -0800

He and his firm, S2O Design and Engineering, built the artificial whitewater park at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte and the course for the 2012 London Olympics, as well as many parks, such as the one proposed for Asheville, in Durango ...
 
BostInno
Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:28:37 -0800

In the case of the four U.S. 2024 bids, every city needs an aqueduct center, a velodrome, and (except for D.C.) an artificial whitewater course. Essentially, they all have similar needs, making it tough to find a clear difference in each bid. Boston ...

Gear Junkie (blog)

Gear Junkie (blog)
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:05:38 -0800

It will include a BMX racetrack, a skateboard park, a “snowball fight arena,” a 140-foot-tall rock climbing wall, an artificial whitewater rafting river, a Hyatt hotel and the “outdoor ski and snowboard mountain with nine snow tubing lanes.” The resort ...

Denver Business Journal (blog)

Denver Business Journal (blog)
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:27:10 -0800

The U.S. Whitewater Adventure Park, which would feature a 20-acre artificial whitewater system, an amphitheater and a variety of outdoor spaces and would be one of just four such parks in the U.S. designed to Olympic standards. • The National Sports ...
 
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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:55:44 -0800

wave_thumb I sat in in the dark, damp, attic room of my crappy student flat in Aberdeen, poring over swell charts and surf forecast sites as rain lashed the windows; the howling wind threatening to tear them from their frames entirely. When you live in ...
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