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“Rockadock” returns to Geneva

Rockadock was founded three years ago by Youtuber Trip Smith, this is the second year the event has been held in Geneva.
Published: Oct. 2, 2020 at 12:49 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Hundreds have gathered at Robert A. Fowler Memorial Park in Geneva for this year’s Rockadock. The event was founded three years ago by Trip Smith, a youtuber who invites his subscribers to take part in what he enjoys most, camping and being on the water.

Campers gather to explore the outdoors and to overall spend time in the confluents of the Pea River and the Choctawhatchee River.

"My philosophy is always, if it gets you on the water, bring it and we’re going to get on the water and we’re going to have a good time,” Trip Smith, event director, said.

Hundreds of people have traveled across the country to Geneva for the Rockadock weekend, ready to hit the water.

“We’re going to be at about 260 people from across the country,” Smith said. "It would have been from across the world had covid not messed up some peoples flights from new Zealand, but we had the first people coming from Washington state so that’s, I don’t know, over 1,000 miles away.”

Ron McClendon travelled from Arkansas to the five-day paddling and camping event.

“There’s a lot of good water out here to be had and to be going down,” McClendon said. "But also, the main thing is the community. Having people around a campfire, sharing food, sharing friends, you know, that’s the most important thing to me about Rockadock.”

Rockadockers bring an assortment of watercraft for the weekend.

“Between kayaks, standup paddle boards, a few little micro skiff, you know, motor boats and stuff,” Smith said. "But they’re just bringing whatever they want to get on the water with, and we don’t care, we don’t have a preference, there’s canoes here.”

From beginner campers and kayakers, to experts..

“Seeing all of those types of people come together and help each other out, build community,” McClendon said. "You know, you come to Rockadock you can come by yourself, be brand new to kayaking or being on the river or water, and come in and learn and get with older people and leave with friends.”

The event originated in Marianna, Florida, but moved to Geneva after hurricane Michael. This is the second year the event has been held here.

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