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The Midwest Freestyle Championships


2010
08.26

midwestfree 063This past weekend I had the privilege to coach the Midwest Freestyle Championships for the third year in a row.  The weekend starts off with two days of clinics on Thursday and Friday.  It has been very gratifying as an instructor to watch a solid group of students come back for all three years and continue to improve.  We have managed to sell out the clinics for the past three years, and to me that is a sign of a community that loves boating and wants to continue to evolve their skills for a life time of boating fun.  After two long days of clinics we get to the main event on Saturday and Sunday.  The folks at Wausau Whitewater do an amazing job of putting together one of the most fun experiences a competitor could ask for.  Saturday brings the preliminaries for all skill levels in the freestyle events.  Wausau has categories ranging from masters to women to expert.  I believe that the beginner category had over 70 participants this year.  Unfortunately I was not able to watch that event because I was judging the intermediate and expert preliminaries.  Unfortunately the tendonitis in my right forearm kept me from defending my boater cross and freestyle medals from last year.  Don’t worry kids I will be back next year!  Saturday is always capped off with movie night.  This year we premiered “Facetime” from Nick Troutman.  We had a huge crowd for the movie in the basement of the VFW.  After the movie it is time to get to the heart and soul of the Wausau boating community, FOUR SQUARE!  The Team Pabst boys never disappoint!  They also unveiled a new game this year called Louisville Chugger, but that is a whole different story.  Sunday morning brought about the boatercross race.  Thanks to John McConville for taking care of the camera for me while I was managing the starting line.  Enjoy the video!

 http://www.vimeo.com/14454009

This is the time of day when you start to realize that you are tired.  After the boatercross the team freestyle events occur.  If you have never watch or participated in a team freestyle event, you need to!  Teams of three boaters have two minutes to get the job done.  You can formulate the plan that works best for your team.  It can involve a strategic break down of the moves that people are the best at or you can try to put two boaters in the hole at the same time.  Needless to say it is a great time.  If that was not enough exertion the individual freestyle finals are next.  We saw a number of great rides again this year from all of the skill levels.  John McConville managed to win the expert category again this year.  Its mine next year John!  Thanks to Adrian Ortiz for taking care of the camera for me during these events.  I was glued to the judging tent for most of the day.  The only time I managed to break away was to get interviewed by the local TV station.  http://www.waow.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?vt1=v&clipFormat=flv&clipId1=5049001&at1=News&h1=Kayakers%20hit%20the%20water%20in%20Wausau&flvUri=&partnerclipid=&rnd=25017521

Once again thanks to Wausau Whitewater for another great year!  I can’t wait until next year.  

http://www.vimeo.com/14457129

Barking Dog Squirt Session.


2010
08.12

Last weekend Noah and I were on the South Fork of the American river practicing our underwater kayaking skills.  Not only is barking dog a fantastic play wave, but it is also a world class mystery spot.  Enjoy the video.

Later ; Colin

http://www.vimeo.com/14079489

South Silver


2010
07.12

This past Saturday a solid group of us got out to get on South Silver before it ran out of water.  We managed to catch it with around 50-60 cfs.  It was a bit low but it was still good to go 100%.  For those of you who don’t know about this run it is Disneyland for kayakers.  It drops 700 feet per mile and is actually very safe.  The clean granite makes for some of the most fun you can have in a boat.  Enjoy the video!

http://www.vimeo.com/13287532

My new squirt boat!


2010
07.12

I finally got my new squirt boat, and I am in love.  The great folks at Murky Water built me a Ninja.  It is unreal!  It has been over 15 years since I was last in a squirt boat, and i can not figure out why it has taken me so long to get another.  I know that from hear on out I will make sure I have one.  Here is a short video my friend Ty made with his I -Phone.  Not bad quality for a phone.  This spot is on the Truckee river, but we we are starting to lose water and it is losing its power.  I was still able to milk it for a few 9-10 second rides.  We also managed to make three very tired dogs in the process.  Enjoy.

http://www.vimeo.com/13261586

West Walker


2010
07.12

The west Walker is a non stop roller coaster ride!  Noah, Newt, and I ran it a few weeks back with around 1000 cfs.  We managed to run 11 river miles in just a few minutes over one hour.  You really get to put your rear and run skills to the test with this run.  It has a wide range of levels that it is good at.  We were on the high side of medium with our flow.  Enjoy the video.

http://www.vimeo.com/13276308

More fun with the Go-Pro in the Reno whitewater park!


2010
06.24

With all of the water that we have had in the Sierra, not only has the creeking been great but we have had a bunch of fantastic play as well.  Noah and I decided to attach the Go-Pro to an old tent pole to see what we could do.  The footage is not bad, but we now know what we need to do to make it better.  A more rigid pole to attach the camera to that will extend further out over the hole will be the trick!  As for now enjoy the show!

http://www.vimeo.com/12623354

Fun flows on the Truckee!


2010
06.24

We have had some really nice flows on the Truckee over the past few weeks.  It has given the Reno community the ability to get out and enjoy all of the different sections of river that we don’t normally get to boat on.  I was able to get a few laps on the upper sections of my new home river for the first time.  It only took me 4 years!  The upper sections have a bunch of non stop class 3 with one or two easy class 4 rapids thrown in for good measure.  There are also a pair of totally safe and fun to run dams.  I know it sounds bad, but they are really good to go and they are a great time.  Enjoy the video!

http://www.vimeo.com/12621950

The Dynamic Duo and the East Branch of the North Feather


2010
05.17

This past weekend I was able to take my dad out for his second kayaking river trip ever.  We had a great flow of 1350 cfs and we were lucky enough to see a family of river otters.  I love the fact that the duo has allowed me to show my dad and others a part of my world that he would never have been able to see otherwise.

http://www.vimeo.com/11824413

My first weekend in the Villain


2010
05.06

So, I am super lucky.  I got my Villain, the big one, and I was able to get it out on a few classic runs.  Both Hope and I got to try out our new Villains on Chamberlin falls and I got to go on 49 to B as well.  I am continuing to play with the Go Pro.  I think I am finally starting to get it figured out.  Enjoy the Video!

http://www.vimeo.com/11498102

New POV video from 49 to B on the South Yuba


2010
05.04

This is my first go with my new Go Pro camera. I am having a blast with it and will have another video soon featuring the new Villain.  Enjoy

http://www.vimeo.com/11287012