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Getting to worlds!

17 June 2011 No Comment

IMG_0904My trip to Germany for the 2011 World Freestyle Championships started at 3am when Hope, my beautiful wife, was kind enough to drive me to the airport.  Needless to say at that time of the morning I was less than animated.  I got to the check in counter earlier than the airline workers so that I could make sure getting my boat on the plane was as easy as possible.  Other than the huge fee to fly a boat all went well.  I am always amazed that everyone does not fly with sandals these days to expedite the security screening.  My Chacos made short work of the screening process.   I meet up with Devon in Phoenix and we continued on together all the way to Germany.   After a small bit of confusion at the airport, the shuttle service missed us because they thought our squirt boats were surf boards, we made it to Plattling.  Although we were both super tired we managed to get in the water for one session on the last day of open training.  I was surprised at how well the session went considering my delirious state.  The feature is a bit tough to get consistent, but I did manage to get a few good mysteries.  Now I just need to get them consistent! The weather went from sunny and humid to raining overnight.  I got to test out my sweet new Wescomb shell this morning on the walk to the feature, where we found the river level much higher than the night before.  It easily came up 1.5 ft overnight.  I am going to see if I can get the internet to load fast enough to get a bunch of photos up shortly.  I watched the Canadian training session this morning and both Nick and Ruth are doing really well.  We have the first US session at 1:30 this afternoon.  I will report back after that, so keep tuned to www.worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown for reports and photos for the whole world’s event.

Later ; Colin


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