High water levels and a raging Caney Fork River at the Center Lake headwaters have proved too extreme even for world class whitewater kayakers.

The USA Freestyle Kayak Trials scheduled for Rock Island this weekend have been cancelled “Due to flooding in the river gorge,” according to Team USA’s Facebook page.

The event will instead be held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Swain County North Carolina. It will be used to select the US Freestyle Kayak Team to represent to compete this summer at the ICF Freestyle World Championships in Spain.

A certification clinic for ICF Freestyle Kayak judging is still scheduled for next week at Rock Island as of this posting.

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