RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)- Twelve-year-old Nathan O’Connor, from Reno, has been kayaking for three years.
The cadet freestyler calls the Truckee river is him home-hole. He says it's one of the more difficult and fun kayaking stops in the nation.
"You usually hit rock when you plug, so it's really hard to find the right spot,” says Nathan. “Other rivers: there's some good holes where you won't even hit rock."
Nathan says he's learned from other local kayakers and is lucky to have the Truckee River as his training grounds.
"It's pretty awesome because like, you get to learn new tricks that some people don't have the chance to learn.” He says, “They have to go far, places to learn them."
The Reno river festival attracts professional kayakers from around the world to Nathan’s home-hole, but in its 11 years its grown attracting upwards of 25,000 people each year.
“It's a whitewater kayaking competition that's kind of morphed into adding music, and more of a festival atmosphere,” says Manager, Jim Bowserman.
The festival includes live local music, local food and brews, zip lining, and other fun family activities.
"It was a great day, fun for the kids, we're looking to get a new paddle board, and the zipline was awesome,” says Celia Walker.
The Walker family come to the festival every year, and are considering taking one of the many clinics offered at the festival to introduce families to the Truckee River Whitewater park that attracts professional water sports to the area.
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