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WTVM hits the rapids on a Whitewater adventure

Jason and Curtis gear up for their kayaking adventure on the rapids of the Chattahoochee. Jason and Curtis gear up for their kayaking adventure on the rapids of the Chattahoochee.

News Leader 9's Jason Dennis and Curtis McCloud are hitting the rapids today.  Officials, media, and invited guests will be testing the rapids of the Chattahoochee River. 

A little after 9:30 AM, Jason and Curtis headed down to the banks of the Chattahoochee River. We suited up with life vest, helmet and paddle. They then boarded a raft for one of the first public tours of the local Whitewater course.

On scale of 1 to 5, at least one rapid we experienced today was about a class 4. We hit two rapid dips; the first named the Turner Tumbler after John Turner one of the innovators of this Whitewater rafting project which is moving at a faster pace.

"Everything is going great sort of milestones all the way through the wave shaper which is the big piece on the Georgia side we will be finished by late October progress keeps going up the river we are completely finished with the Alabama side." 

Today, two companies vying to be the main outfitter for rafting in the Chattahoochee Valley led our tour on the rapids. Dan Gilbert, who owns Whitewater Express, says this course offers something totally different than any other in the world.

"I think it's going to have a tremendous impact this is some of the biggest Whitewater in the Country."

That proved to be true when our raft hit the big dip called cubit. Luckily everyone in our raft stayed inside the boat but that wasn't the case for others including Dave Arwood and Brian Waters with our radio partners PMB. They weren't the only ones dumped into the river after experiencing the wrath of cutbait.

"It's going to attract people from all over and probably going to bring Whitewater enthusiast out of the wood works and a lot of college students will get into kayaking and rafting.

Yak Martin, a guide with Oconee Rafting, says the rapids will be suitable for anyone tough enough to brave the waters.

After our close encounter with the rapids, we helped a few folks who were thrown out of their raft and then braved the choppy current again, only this time "surfing" the rapid. 

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