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Nepal, a small Himalayan country with a population of only 26 million people, has eight out of ten of the highest mountains on the planet and a vast amount of river systems. The three largest rivers, the Kosi, the Gandaki, and the Karnali all originate from high mountain glaciers and flow into the Ganges River in India.  All three of… Read more »

14 December 2016 | no comments | Uncategorized

The Ottawa River Valley has been the perfect destination to start off our World Class Academy year. We couldn’t ask for better levels, as they have been ideal for lots of surf on some of our favorite features – Corner Wave, Baby Face, Phil’s Hole, Push Button and of course Garburator! The Ottawa Valley is a unique place, from the distinct… Read more »

28 September 2016 | no comments | Uncategorized

The first week of the school year is always the most exciting, especially at World Class Academy! This year we we have a team of 15 students and 6 staff representing 6 different countries. The Ottawa Valley in Eastern Ontario, Canada was the first stop for the year on our world tour. The team assembled at the Ottawa airport (YOW) on… Read more »

23 September 2016 | no comments | Uncategorized

World Class Academy has just finished up our second week of quarter four in the remote Salmon River gorge of California. We were lucky enough to stay at Otter Bar lodge where we had hot showers, heated cabins for classes, and only a fifteen-minute drive to the put-in. We arrived April 10th, and the next day we jumped right into… Read more »

21 April 2016 | no comments | Uncategorized

On April 3rd, World Class Academy started its last quarter of the year in White Salmon, Washington. This small mountain town in the Columbia River Gorge and just up the hill from the Columbia river is quiet and in plain view of Mount Hood and Mount Adams, both peaks which are over 10,000ft. For the first week we called Mount Adams… Read more »

17 April 2016 | no comments | Uncategorized

The World Class team reunited in Santiago de Chile with high spirits and an eagerness for adventure after our long winter breaks back home. The first few hours in Chile were spent catching up in our shiny new gold colored vehicle affectionately named “La Chola” on route to the Maipo valley. The beautiful Maipo valley is home to one of… Read more »

12 February 2016 | no comments | Uncategorized

We arrived to Houston, Texas on the 1st of November. We all met at the gate to fly to Mexico, although few students flew in on their own. The plane to Tampico was very small and was mostly occupied by World Class Academy. Arriving in Tampico we drove to the City Express Hotel where we spent our first night in… Read more »

23 November 2015 | no comments | Uncategorized

Deep in the great white expanse that is Quebec, World Class Academy continued our journey north from the Valin to the mighty Mistassibi river. Here, we enjoyed the tremendous hospitality of Quebec Rafting Co., who graciously offered us their property to set up camp for a week of top notch big water. Although the levels turned out to be on… Read more »

16 October 2015 | no comments | Uncategorized

            For the last few weeks, World Class Academy has been trekking farther and farther into Northern Quebec. Our first stop was the “Seven Sisters” on the Rouge River, but unfortunately the waterfalls section was too high to run. We kayaked for 3 days on the upper commercial section of the Rouge where the local rafting company bring their customers… Read more »

07 October 2015 | no comments | Uncategorized

The past 2 weeks have been spent in the majestic Ottawa valley, on one of the best freestyle rivers in the world. We have had the great opportunity to observe the 2015 ICF World Freestyle Kayaking Championships. This started off with us volunteering at the squirt boating event for over 6 hours in total.  We were able to see the… Read more »

15 September 2015 | no comments | Uncategorized