Welcome to the International Whitewater Hall of Fame


The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to whitewater related activities. To date, 39 honorees have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since the first class was inducted in 2005. The honorees of IWHOF hail from from many countries, including: Australia, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Great Britain, Russia, Slovakia, and the United States. IWHOF is proud to honor their legacy and those of the dozens of other world class athletes, pioneers, advocates, and explorers from around the world who have been nominated to the Hall of Fame. Read More …

International Whitewater Hall of Fame Seeks

Nominations for 2017 Candidates

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) has announced that nominations for the Class of 2017 are being accepted through March 30, 2017. Selected honorees will join an esteemed group of the world’s most accomplished whitewater pioneers, explorers, champions, and advocates.


“We are excited to host this year’s nomination, selection, and induction with our partners at the ACA,” said IWHOF Board of Governors Chair Risa Shimoda. “The nomination process offers time to submit a compelling nomination before the busy paddling season kicks in, so we encourage whitewater fans whose heroes and heroines have not yet been considered to take the time to honor them with a nomination this year.”  The Class of 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Bryson City, N.C., in conjunction with the annual ACA National Paddlesports Conference.


“We are an International Whitewater Hall of Fame, and we recognize the size and importance of our international membership base,” said IWHOF board member Pamela Dillon. “Holding the ceremony in conjunction with the annual Paddlesports Conference at a familiar international paddling venue provides a fantastic opportunity for instructors and individuals seeking training and certification to witness the induction, and meet revered whitewater heroes.”


The IWHOF nomination form asks for a connection to an IWHOF Affiliate Organization, whose leaders may confirm the integrity of the submitted materials. Screening and electorate voting to select honorees will occur April-May 2017. IWHOF Class of 2017 honorees will be announced June 2017.


Submissions should illustrate nominees’ accomplishments with documents, articles, photographs, and video. These materials will be used to produce the annual video highlighting honorees’ achievements to be screened at the induction ceremony. Nomination forms, instructions, and the election procedure and timeline are available online at the IWHOF website, along with videos about each Class of Honorees.  Past nomination submissions remain valid for a six-year period, and individuals who have submitted nominations before 2010 are encouraged to update their prior submissions.


About the International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF)

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHOF) is a program of the American Canoe Association,  a national non-profit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling. IWHOF is led by an international Board of Governors who hail from various paddling backgrounds. Nominations are sought and submitted through IWHOF Affiliates around the world and screened by an international panel. Over 115 members of the IWHOF electorate are eligible to cast votes in each category to determine the year’s honorees in the categories of Pioneer, Explorer, Champion and Advocate. www.iwhof.org


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A special thanks to the ACA, Pamela Dillon and Virgil Chambers, Rafael Gallo, Risa Shimoda, and David Mason for their sponsorship!