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Boise Hometown Throwdown #1 for 2009

18 April 2009 No Comment

Unlike Reno, Boise’s Throwdown was sunny and beautiful – temp at kickoff was 63. Payette river levels have been great for the past couple of weeks and while the water is still cold it is fare more comfortable than March.

It was great to see everyone again and it was great to catch up with those we haven’t seen since September or October.

We ended up with only 6 paddlers at this event as 7 of our regulars were on a trip to California to paddle and three other regulars had kids in school sporting events this evening. Even with the light turnout we had a blast and we worked out some ideas for our survivor slalom events.

We started with 2 hole runs. I noticed everyone is getting more vertical this year already. Next month should be really interesting as the water warms up and everyone has more paddling under their belts. The progress is pretty cool to see over this time last year.

Next we had time for two Survivor Slalom runs. There are four drops at the Gutter and we ran it like this:
-Drop #1 eddy out left and pick up a tennis ball – stick it in the top of the life jacket.
-Ferry across to the right eddy and toss it in a bucket
-Go down drop 2 and eddy out left and pick up a block of wood
-Go down drop 3 and eddy out left and place the block of wood on your paddle blade and reach out to place the block on a target.
-Down drop 4 for your time.

We decided to bag the tennis ball – too hard to place it in your vest. Next time we will use a block of 1×4 for this as well.

After words had a bbq and listened to the sound system :-)

Anyway – looking forward to our May Throwdown and even warmer weather!

Gary

Mens K-1:
1. Phil Bellan

Youth:
1. Mychal Hayes
2. Troy Wilson
3. Connor McLeod
4. Tyler Wilson
5. Connor Jackson

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