The Wildest Club in Whitewater

The most unusual award in whitewater racing was born because Washington, DC area paddler Ron Lugbill wanted to get people psyched up. He envisioned a trophy so outrageous that athletes would do anything to win it for their club. When he pitched his idea to fellow Housatonic Area Canoe and Kayak Squad (H.A.C.K.S.) members in the summer of 1988, Sean McCarthy, of South Egremont, Massachusetts, became inspired.”

Ron talked about it as the ‘King of Clubs Trophy,’ like in a deck of cards,” recalled Sean, ” but I thought of Fred Flintstone.”

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