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USAFK Tour Stop: Green River Expedition Freestyle

25 May 2011 No Comment

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Green River is a warm, welcoming town in the high plains of southwestern Wyoming most well known as the launching site for John Wesley Powell’s expeditions of the Green River, Colorado River, and Grand Canyon. The Expedition Island Park, a National Historic Landmark, is also the site of a man made play feature and the fourth event of the USAFK Point Series. With the new feature in town, Green River was glad to open their doors and host the first Green River Expedition Freestyle. With high flows in the river, the feature required quite a bit of tweaking on behalf of the town. Billy Bob and Alan were on it, adjusting the plates on the river bottom, altering the flow, and adjusting until the best possible feature was dialed in.

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The final competition feature was a quirky, non-attainable hole requiring a dynamic ferry to begin surfing. With 29 paddlers registering for the competition, classes included Junior Men/Women, Open Men/Women, and Pro Men/Women.

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The feature at Expedition Island was a welcomed change, moving from predictable and slow to quick and dynamic. The majority of paddlers were challenged by this feature which required focus, control, and drive to remain retentive on more complex maneuvers. The most common moves were Air Loops and Godzillas, with the central pocket giving big pop and some huge bonuses. The winning ride by Stephen Wright included an elusive Blunt Nasty Combo, showing the possibilities at this feature. Finals scores were as follows:

Pro Men:

1. Stephen Wright 730
2. Nick Troutman 616
3. Eric Jackson 306
4. Jud Keiser 120
5. Will Taggard 30

6. Quinton Barnett 206
7. Billy Bob Malesky 150
8. Jake Skeen 120
9. Elliot Buchholz 90
10. Zach Mitchell 80
11. Brent Tyc 0

Pro Women:

1. Emily Jackson 528
2. Ruth Ebens 130
3. Elaine Cambell 90
4. Haley Mills

Jr Men:

1. Dane Jackson 446
2. Teague Manley 90
3. Ian Rubrecht 0

Jr Women:

1. Lauren Burress 90
2. Sage Donnelly 80
2. Hannah Kertez 80
4. Brooke Terkovich

Open Men:

1. Chris Castle 30 pts
2. Forrest Maclean 20
3. Ed Conning 10
4. Jason Baker 3

Open Women:

1. Risa
2. Sue
3. Amanda

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The Town of Green River was fascinated by the influx of kayakers and eagerly welcomed everyone. Free camping was available at the event site and a pancake breakfast complete with chocolate covered strawberries ensured that all of the competitors were fuelled up for the day long competition. With another freestyle event slated for mid-August, kayaking is guaranteed to grow and prosper in the Wild West. Look for more events from this amazing town in the not so distant future.

Justin Kleberg

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