HALL OF FAME
Andy Corra introduced into the FIBArk Hall of Fame
Andy has many years with US Kayak Team memberships, three National Champion titles and several additional accolades related to paddling. One of those accolades is holding the Guinness World Record from 2010 to 2017 when he paddled the farthest distance ever in a 24 hour period on flowing water. Andy paddled a phenomenal 269.71 miles down the Yukon River in Canada. This record was only broken in June 2017 when a group of 3 (younger) paddlers completed 287 miles in 24 hours in Idaho.
During Andy’s paddling career, he has (so far) achieved an astonishing eleven wins in the grueling 25.7 mile FIBArk Classic Downriver Race, the longest and oldest whitewater race in the United States! Andy is as much of an icon for America’s Oldest Whitewater Festival as anyone else!
In 2016, Andy was happy to beat his longtime friend and rival, Mike Freeman (also from Durango) who he has been paddling and competing with for nearly 35 years. Andy and Mike have been trading 1st place finishes in the Classic Downriver Race for several years, with Freeman having narrowly beat Corra in a sprint finish in 2015. Although neither Andy, nor Mike, have broken Nelson Oldham’s record of 1:47:18 yet, both were close in 2015 coming in just over 1 hour and 49 minutes.
Andy was inducted into the FIBArk Hall of Fame in 2018.
Three time National Downriver Champion, 11-time FIBArk Downriver Champion, Whitewater Industry Entrepreneur and Pioneer
First FIBArk Commodore 1954, FIBArk Pioneer and Advocate
Pioneer, Champion, FIBArk Downriver Champion 1963, FIBArk Commodore 1967
Pioneer, Champion, FIBArk Downriver Champion 1961, National Slalom Champion 1964
Pioneer racer and boat designer, Founder of Colorado White Water Association
U.S. Slalom Pioneer, 1959 FIBArk Slalom Champion
Community Leader FIBArk Commodore 1959
International Champion, Pioneer, FIBArk Commodore 1966
Theodore M. “Ted” Jacobs
Civic Leader and FIBArk Pioneer, FIBArk Commodore 1956
Laurence “Campy” Campton
1954 Klepper Trophy/1st USA Finisher, Pioneer, Leader, and Champion
The Mountain Mail newspaper owner, Community Leader
1953 Downriver Champion, US Slalom Pioneer & Outdoorsman
954, 56, 58 Downriver Champion, Whitewater Pioneer & Teacher
Carol Kane Dailey
Pioneer in Women’s Kayaking, National & International Champion
Roy Hicks “King of the Hill”
Tenderfoot Hill Climb; 8x Champion
1950 Downriver Race Winner