Home » Feature Story, Throwdown Results, WK Hometown Throwdowns

CReW and World Kayak – Seaway Valley Hometown Throwdown – September Edition ☺

19 September 2010 No Comment

IMGP0667A warm sunny day on Saturday September 18th set the stage at the Riviere St-Charles in Valleyfield, Quebec for the September edition of the WK Seaway Valley Hometown Throwdown.

Every time we come out to do this event we are always asking ourselves how things will turn out. Today’s was no exception. When I arrived at the site in the morning with my family, the place was deserted….. So we got busy and set up for registrations and set up our judges area for the event. This was a new idea and with a little help from Zachary we bridged the gap over the hole named “bob” so that we would not need to move the judges between features during the event. Go figure…. It worked :)

By 1 PM we had 17 people signed up and ready to show us what they could do.

We had a cool mix of experienced paddlers and new paddlers. Men , Women and Juniors. Even a couple C1s.
Loops and Space gods, Kartwheel and enders (even a splitwheel or 2) where the moves that stood out. Spectators (yep we had those too) oohed, awed and cheered for their favorite paddlers.

Our Junior turnout was excellent and we were lucky to see a lot of parents and friends watching the kids on the side lines :) These kids are the future of our sport and it is great to see them encouraged and supported.

In the end the results were as follows:

Cheryl McGregor:             138 points
Sylvie Lebel:                         52 points
Patrizia Dizazzo:                 33 points
Erin Bell:                              22 Points

Men A:
Francois Bergeron-Proulx  209 points

Men B:
Jimmy Bergeron:                    26 points
Maxime Guevin:                      23 points
Stephane Roy:                            8 points
Paul St-Denis

Juniors (mixed)
Zachary Zwanenburg:           243 points
Weston Hill:                             147 points
Sean Hakvoort:                         96 points
Emily Zwanenburg                  44 points
Samuel Lizotte:                        43 points
Andrew Oxley:                          39 points
Zachary Hakvoort:                   17 points

Francois Bergeron-Proulx      94 points
Francois Lizotte:                      86 points

Sean also entertained us with his strong man antics picking up boats and paddlers alike J Go Sean. Ahhh to be 16……

IMGP0667 IMGP0669

At the end of the afternoon we surprised many of the participants with sweet prizes drawn from a hat. Eyes lit up as we drew names and many of them walked away with a cool prize from Kokatat, Smith Optics, Jackson Kayaks, World Kayak, Mountain Khaki, Kiwi Designs and CReW.
To finish up all the participants sang happy birthday to Sylvie (although I did not set anyone up to this). She puts up with my endless adventures and it was great to see her part in our program and events get recognized by the paddlers we play with.
CReW continued the day by inviting anyone who would make the drive out to our home, out for a BBQ. A great day, a great collection of paddlers and a lovely evening to finish it up. Mary-Jane (Sean and Zachary Hakvoorts Mom) baked an awesome cake for Sylvie and everyone had a great time.  Thanks everyone.

That is what our throwdowns are about: Community, paddling and fun.

What is next in the Seaway Valley?
October 2nd 2010 (Saturday) CReW and World Kayak will be holding the last Survivor of the year. We have decided that this will be a boatercross format. 2 paddlers at a time with a hullahoop or 2 along the way.
I hope we will see a lot of boaters out for this. (Time to start building a boatercross start ramp/gate)
Till next time, Play hard but play safe,

Robert Zwanenburg

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.