International WW Hall of Fame Releases Video Honoring Sport's Icons

The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) has released a DVD, produced by cinematographer John Grace of LVM Productions, covering the accomplishments of its six new 2007 inductees.
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For Immediate Release Contact Risa Shimoda (301) 502-6548

February 27, 2008

New Ownership Improves Flexibility in Honoring the Sports' Icons

(Silver Spring, Maryland) - The International Whitewater Hall of Fame (IWHoF) has released a DVD covering the accomplishments of its six new 2007 inductees. Produced by acclaimed cinematographer John Grace of LVM Productions, the DVD was previewed at the 2007 Induction Ceremony at the Whitewater Symposium in McHenry, Maryland, and can be viewed at the IWHoF Website It was also selected to be distributed for viewing during 2008 Reel Paddling Film Festival events scheduled for 75 locations in the U.S., Canada and abroad.

“It's a great way to highlight the accomplishments of these outstanding paddlers,” says IWHoF Board of Governors Chair Risa Shimoda. “It showcases their contributions to the sport and will help immortalize them in the outdoor sports community.”

The 15-minute video recognizes Class of 2007 champion slalom kayakers Richard Fox and Cathy Hearn, former US Team slalom coach Bill Endicott, illustrator William Nealy, boat and paddle designer Tony Prijon Sr., and big-water pioneer Walt Blackadar as honorees. See to view a streaming version.

In other IWHoF news, ownership of the hall of fame has been transferred from McHenry, Maryland's Adventure Sports Center International to the Paddlesports Industry Foundation (PIF), which will license the rights to use IWHoF properties.

The IWHoF was founded in 2003 to recognize and honor those individuals who have made significant in and contributions to whitewater sports. Information regarding past and present inductees can be found at

The IWHOF was founded by Adventure Sports Center International, Inc. located in Garrett County, Maryland. ASCI is home of the first mountaintop artificial whitewater course in the world. The Paddlesports Industry Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that seeks to increase paddlesports participation by celebrating paddling history, educating new paddlers, and increasing opportunities to recreate.

For more information, contact Risa Shimoda (301)502-6548.

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