Women’s Nationals rafting competition in Pillow Rock Rapid on the Gauley River, 2018.
This particular image was taken on the day of their practice run. The competition was held the following day. Typically rafts would not run this close to Pillow Rock when they are racing. This team of local, women raft guides chose to go for the big ride since they have spent a lot of time running this rapid for their guiding work.
I was photographing the firs day of Gauley Season for the Beckley Register-Herald.
With all of my years of whitewater video kayaking experience, it was quite a compliment for them to ask me to photograph the opening day of Gauley season.