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Potomac Whitewater Festival

The 2003 Saturday May 31st Potomac Whitewater Festival featured a series of dazzling contests requiring kayakers to demonstrate mastery of the fast-moving water near Great Falls on the Potomac River. This three-day whitewater extravaganza is the only event of its kind in the DC area.

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A lone kayaker walking along the canal path towards the drop-in point for the competition.

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Getting to the drop-in point is a bit of an adventure on it's own.

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The drop-in point.

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All geared up and ready to go!

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Even though it's a competition, the atmosphere is relaxed and calm.

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This view is up the potomac river a little distance away from the competition.

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The view from the MD. look-out point was breath taking.

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It's a long way down.

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Yikes

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The Great Falls of the Potomac River are one of the most well-known natural wonders of the Washington area.

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Attracting many tourists, they are also a popular site for kayakers.

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The falls are actually composed of several parts as the Potomac divides into several channels at this spot.

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The left and middle channels are easily viewed from both the Virginia side and the Maryland side.

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The left and middle channels are easily viewed from both the Virginia side and the Maryland side.

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The first of these two channels is between the shore and Falls Island.

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