About Mach 1

About Sunnyside Paddling Park's Year-Round Training Course and Mach 1:

Visit Sunnyside Paddling Park to view our year-round training course where kids and adults alike can develop basic, advanced, or expert skills paddling a kayak or canoe on whitewater. The Mach 1 Slalom Racing Team includes all skill levels — from beginners to those competing at state, regional, national and international levels. The Mach 1 Slalom Team, Sunnyside Paddling Park and Dave Kurtz have produced and/or contributed to the paddling aspirations of weekend warrior river runners, downriver racers, local and regional slalom racers, U.S. Junior National, U23 and Senior Team Members for fifty years. 

Give it a try! We welcome visitors and have boats and equipment to use if you'd like to try it out! 

Sign up for instruction in this high-value educational sport. We recommend ages 10 and up, but have had success with interested younger youth. Instruction is by appointment and can be arranged to fit into anyone’s schedule. 

Call Coach Kurtz at 814-222-0052 or email dik@psu.edu for details or just drop by Sunnyside Paddling Park weekdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (some nights until dark) to watch a training/practice session, ask questions and chat with Team members, or try it out yourself!

Directions to Sunnyside Paddling Park:

Sunnyside Paddling Park is located on the west bank of Spring Creek across from Tussey Mountain Outfitters in Bellefonte, PA, on Sunnyside Blvd. From the Bellefonte Borough Building at the intersection of Lamb and Water Street, cross the Lamb Street bridge. Turn right at the stop sign to the Bellefonte Mart/Unimart. Stay slow and bear right at the first paved road (Thomas Street), which makes a quick right-hand dogleg. Cross the railroad tracks, one-lane bridge and bear right. In about 300 feet, park in the gravel lot next to the NBERR railroad access gate (do not block gate) or pull head-in across the street. Only use the railroad pedestrian crossing just on the other side of the access gate to cross the tracks (This is a live rail line - Cross with caution at all times.). Welcome to Sunnyside Paddling Park!

Full membership in Mach 1 includes year-round use of all club equipment at Sunnyside Paddling Park which makes this sport incredibly affordable. Paddling trips are scheduled in accordance with river conditions and races are a great place to improve skills and develop experience.