Taking on the Rogue River

Gold Hill, Ore — It’s no question the Rogue River churns up some of the gnarliest white water in the United States and now the country is taking notice.

“When they announced it was going to be in Oregon I knew there was no way it wasn’t going to be awesome,” said John Mark Seelig, captain of the reigning national champion rafting team, ‘Team 9 Ball’.

Some of the best paddlers in the nation were in Gold Hill this weekend to take on the mighty Rogue River, and take home the title of best in the United States.

“We are here to win nationals,” said Bre Rocksund with “Team Back in Black”.

A dozen teams of four from all over the country converged on Gold Hill for U.S. Rafting’s biggest prize.

“This is the real thing, people train year round for this and the winner goes from Gold Hill to Dubai to compete in 2017 worlds,” said Peter Newport, president of Sawyer Paddles & Oars.

No easy feat for these paddling pioneers.

“It’s a big commitment, big commitment, a lot of training, and having fun with it, because that’s what we’re out here for,” said Rocksund.

Nationals wrapped up Sunday with a downriver run of the Upper Klamath River.

Competitors will be scored on all four of this weekend’s courses and the winner in both men’s and women’s sections are headed to the world championships.

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Matt Jordan is the Chief Meteorologist for KOBI-TV NBC5. Matt joined the NBC5 weather team in 2014 after a year as a reporter and anchor in Alexandria, Louisiana. His experience with the severe weather of the Deep South and a love of the Pacific Northwest led him to pursue a certification with Mississippi State University as a Broadcast Meteorologist. You can find Matt working in the evenings of NBC5 News at 5, 6 and 11 as well as online. Matt also has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. In addition to being passionate about news and weather, Matt is a BIG Oregon Ducks fan. When not rooting for the Ducks or tracking down the next storm over the Pacific, Matt can be found outdoors in the Oregon wilderness with his wife, his daughter and their dogs Stanley and Gordi.
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