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Demonstrations in Controlled Drowning-Day 1

7 June 2008 One Comment

That’s right, I said it! I believe freestyle, especially the kind where you are taking timed runs in frigid water at elevation causing mild hypoxia is nothing more than a demonstration in controlled drowning! And I am convinced that many of todays competitors would quickly agree.

After a brutal day of weather yesterday during the Homestake Creek Race, competitors were treated to fair skies and temperatures extending into the upper 70’s. Quite a contrast, but nonetheless welcomed. Today marked the start to TEVA’s major events, including the Rodeo Qualifier. Roughly 70 competitors participated with hundreds of spectators enjoying the show throughout the day, and some wondering why a human being would subject themselves to breathing water. Most competitors warmed up this morning before the event kick off at 1:30PM. First and foremost, big props to Dan Gavere the emcee and all of the judges and scribes who worked tirelessly throughout the heat of the day. Freestyle is typically some of the hardest events to work as they encompass the majority of the day through the hottest weather during these summer months.

Quick side note, Hobie helped arrange an interview with Tanya Faux before the weekend is out to talk about her epic hit during the Homestake Creek Race as well as a special time to get Ruth Gordon drinking her well deserved “bootie beer.”

The crowd today was treated to many oooh’s and aaaah’s as shredders worked through an array of their best aerial tricks. There were a total of 2 heats for women, and 8 heats for the men. The top 5 women, and the top 15 men will move onto the semi-finals tomorrow. Tomorrow will conclude the freestyle with the finals as well.

The competition was stacked, where Jr’s were combined with normal Pro Class bringing some of the hottest young talent into the mix. A good portion of those moving onto the semi’s will be Jr’s. The overall atmosphere was one of accomplishment, elation, aggravation and disappointment as competitors skills were tested in Vails newest addition to Gore Creek.

The full gambit of tricks were being thrown, and huge air-loops and air-wheels were bountiful. Mcnasty’s and phonix Monkeys were a bit more challenging as the feature was a bit steeper than earlier flows this week. The adjustable feature proved to be well worth the expense as a great feature was prominent up to and including competition today. Look forward to more action come tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s events include the 3 mile Downriver Sprint down Gore Creek and the Semi’s and Finals for the freestyle.

My apologies for the lack of women’s coverage in the video, I was prepping for my runs in the first men’s heat. Ladies, you take precedence all day tomorrow! Many thanks to Trevor Clark who shot the top shelf photos of the event, he will be assisting World Kayak the rest of the weekend shooting the events while I shoot video and write. If you are interested in any of his photos he can be reached at trevor@trevorclarkphoto.com

Women Advancing
1.Emily Jackson
2.Ruth Gordon
3.Tanya Faux
4.Jessie Stone
5.Nikki Kelly

Men Advancing
1.Eric Jackson
2.Dustin Urban
3.Bryan Kirk
4.Andrew Holcombe
5.Stephen Wright
6.Nick Troutman
7.Jason Craig
8.Kelsey Thompson
9.Jonathan Shales
10.Dane Jackson
11.Ben Guska
12.Jud Keiser
13.Jon Meyers
14.Greg Parker
15.Tino Specht

TEVA Rodeo Qualifier from Christopher Wing on Vimeo.

One Comment »

  • Some guy named Dave said:

    Sounds exciting but, for those of us ‘soul boaters’ that don’t follow the rodeo scene, in what country and on what river is this event being held?

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