In 2021, SAPM created the Southern Appalachian Whitewater Hall of Fame. It honors more than fifty heroes of our sport – Innovators, Pioneers, and Leaders – who have made it so that our region has become a worldwide mecca of whitewater paddling. We are delighted to announce the inaugural inductees, including photos and thumbnail bios, with this 14-minute video.


Criteria for Induction

To merit induction, a nominee must have exhibited one or more of the following qualities in ways that have profoundly and positively impacted the sport of whitewater paddling in the Southern Appalachians: As an INNOVATOR by creating new methods, technologies, or products; as a LEADER among people in organizations or movements; or as a PIONEER who defined new pathways for others to follow, particularly in paddling sport.
Inductees need not have resided in the Southern Appalachians but must have had significant activity and influence in the region. Individual inductees may be deceased or living, of any age, and may remain currently active.

We look forward to more inductions in future years.