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Idaho Throwdown #2

30 May 2011 No Comment
TD2_17Yesterday was this seasons opening day for Kelly's Whitewater park and the second Throwdown for Idaho. The weather forecast was bleak with snow expected for the day, however we arrived in cascade with sunny skies and a temp of 36 degrees. We began the day at 8:30 with a fantastic KWP opening-day breakfast of pancakes with awesome berries and sausage - what a way to start the day! Next we had a dedication of the bridge to rock island. It's pretty incredible to watch an entire community back a whitewater park - you gotta love Valley County Idaho! TD2_8The waves were all at a great stage. A bit of tweaking of the top wave has actually directed more water to feature 2 on the far side of the island which will make it even better than last year. We didn't know how many competitors would show up given the forecast and the recent snow, but there ended up being ten of us in all, which included four or five  people new to the Throwdowns. Turned out to be a great group of really nice paddlers of all skill levels.  A few spectators showed up and watched us playing around in the cold water. We ran two hole rides and then held a boater cross that seemed to be a big hit.  Natural features at the park made for a great course.  Surprisingly we had close finishes and everyone had a blast. TD2_11We all went up to the grassy hill afterwards to divvy up the prizes and chat about upcoming events. About ten minutes after we left the snow showed up, but it didn't matter then. turned out to be a great day and we were happy with the weather and waves! We were also treated to a little Red-Bull Booty display as Tanner and Brian had a little bet going as to who would have the best score in the Throwdown. Since Brian had the higher score in the Freestyle and Tanner placed higher in the Boater-X we got a double disgusting show :-P Looking forward to our June Throwdown and WARMER  weather! Scores:
Tanner Griffith 1
Troy Wilson 2
Connor Jackson 3
Mens K1A
Mark Cecchini 1
Brian Ward 2
Tristin McClaran 3
Daniel Dixon 4
Mens K1B
Tyler Wilson 1
Andrew chamberlain 2
Kate Beaver 1
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