2011 Colorado Tour and National Championships at Kelly’s Whitewater Park.

The tour in Colorado has been great!  For the first few weeks Lauren Burress was traveling with us and  we had a great time, taking first and second in most events.  Right after The Teva Mountain Games, Lauren left to go to Worlds and it was back to 4 dogs, a cat, and 3 people in a van.

In Buena Vista, Colorado, I helped Nick Troutman with an intro to play boating clinic. There were two people in the clinic and I had a great time helping. Thanks Nick, for letting me help.  Then I went to go help with the kids clinic on the pond. It was tons of fun and it was awesome seeing so many kids on the water.

huge loops in BV!

Next up was the Creak at the Peak competition on the class 4 section of Clear Creek. It was a fund raiser for a non profit called G.O.A.L.S. (Get outside and learn something.) there goal is to get kids out on multi-day river trips. The river was lots of fun and it was AWESOME.

Lyons was up next.  We arrived to an awesome hole with a sweet looping spot. For the comp. I was 3rd in Jr. Men since there were no other Jr. women.  In Fibark, I competed against my friends Sage Kitson and Anna Scherer in the Salida wave, not the usual hole due to high water. I was 1st, Sage was 2nd, and Anna was 3rd.  Good job girls!  In between FIBark and Gunnison I was able to teach Wyatt, Ellie, and there mom Chris how to roll.  Can’t wait to see you guys next year!  Last but no least was Gunnison where I was 1st, Anna was 2nd, and Sage was 3rd:)

Sage Kitson, Anna Scherer, and Sage Donnelly

From Colorado, we drove to Missoula, Montana, where we visited some old friends and I competed on Brennan’s Wave at high flows. It was super fun and I was able to get clean spins, shuvits, round houses and back roundhouses, but flushed on my loops. I won first in Women’s pro and won a trophy half the size of me!  KB

and Luke put on an awesome festival!     

Then it was  off to Cascade, Id. for the National Championship’s at Kelly’s Whitewater park.  The city is small but the park is wonderful! The top hole, called Big Nasty, has a huge foam pile with a tractor beam pull back to the trough and can really chunder you, but if you drop from the top or paddle through the chunder spot, its a lot of fun and you can go HUGE! The next wave down is a sweet, little wave hole where you can do both wave or hole moves and stick them easily. There are 2 other features that looked fun but I never made it to them. There were tons of people working on the park and it looked beautiful and the bathrooms were always clean and nice.

The jr. Women’s, Expert Women’s and Cadet’s  were held in the 2nd feature while the Jr. Men’s, Expert’s and all the Pro’s were held Big Nasty. Going into finals, I was in 3rd place to Courtney Kerin, a 17 year old from New Zealand and currently 2nd in the world, and 15 year old current World Champion Lauren Burress. I knew I had to throw down a really good ride to be close to these two incredible boaters, and I was determined to do it.

On our last rides, Lauren was first and I was second, followed closely by Courtney.  Unfortunately I flushed early but paddled up quickly and threw an airloop, space godzilla’s both ways, front and back roundhouses, spins and a shuvit in about 30 seconds! It was enough to put me in first by 5 points, and after everyone’s rides were over, I realized I had won!

After the competitions were over, They held the awards ceremony downtown and I received an awesome, HEAVY medal and a beautiful ceramic bowl, as well as a skateboard for first place. The whole experience was incredible!

2011 National Champion!

The tour has been an awesome experience this year and I loved meeting all the cool people and traveling to new and old places.  I am off to Jr. Olympics right now in Golden, Co. so I will keep you posted.

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