Location & Travel

Albright/Kingwood is a twinned community of approximately 3000 on the Cheat River in Preston County, West Virginia. This event is a wilderness event, a significant distance from any large city. The nearest international airport is Pittsburgh (approximately 2 hours). However, for direct flights to Europe, the closest airports are Washington Dulles (IAD, 3.25 hrs) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI, 3.25 hours). We anticipate that teams will fly into Atlanta or Charlotte and out of BWI or IAD. Teams are responsible for transport from NOC, while competing at the venue and when leaving for the airport.

Weather in May

High Temperatures of 67°F (19.4 Celsius) to 74°F (23.3 Celsius), rarely falling below 53°F (11.6 C) or exceeding 83°F (28.3C), low temperatures of 46°F (7.7C) to 54°F (12.2C), rarely falling below 34°F (1.1) or exceeding 63°F (17.2).

Currency & Fees

The US Dollar is the only legal tender in the USA.

Entry fee for the 4 race World Cup Series will be $140. Banking details will be distributed in the next bulletin.

Visa Requirements

Visa free entry to the USA is allowed for citizens of the following countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom. All other citizens require visas. Full details can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_Waiver_Program

Training Facilities Nearby

Flatwater training is available at Terra Alta Lake, Alpine Lake Resort (the housing site), Cheat Lake, Yough Lake, Deep Creek Lake etc, all within 45 minutes drive. Whitewater Training is available throughout the Cheat watershed, as well as at ASCI (former site of Slalom World Championships), on various sites on the Youghiogheny river (site of multiple National Wildwater Championships and selection events), on the North Branch of the Potomac and Savage River (site of 1989 World Championships). All of these sites are within a 60 minute drive.

Custom Regulations

Importation of equipment will be handled through the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina. This approach was used successfully in 2015 for the Junior and U23 Wildwater World Championships so we do not anticipate any issues. Boats must be transported from NOC to Albright, and thence back to their country of origin. All boats and equipment must be returned to their country of origin in order to avoid import duties. The organization is not liable for customs duties incurred by individuals or teams.

Boat Information

A number of kayaks and a smaller number of canoes are available for rental on a first come, first served basis to non-US paddlers. Prices are negotiable, depending on the condition of the boat, but will be approximately $30/day at both Worlds and World Cups. Some boats may not be available for use in World Cup 4 where boat damage could be substantial. However, a number of plastic wildwater kayaks, including Wavehoppers and Fastwaves, are available for rent to non-US paddler when practicing this course.

Unfortunately, the World Cup cannot cannot facilitate boat transport from NOC to Albright, or large scale shuttling of athletes and boats at the venue. NOC has negotiated a car rental agreement with Enterprise that will allow rental of a vehicle in Atlanta and return of that vehicle at IAD or BWI. After the World Cup, the organizers will be on site for only one day (May 9th), so all boat transport from Albright must be arranged within this window.

World Cup courses 3 and 4 (particularly 4) may incur significant boat damage. We do appreciate that shipping repair materials internationally can be challenging so, if provided sufficient notice, we can order repair materials for our cost and provide tools for you to use at a central location in Albright.