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Worlds report 2, Team training and higher water.

18 June 2011 No Comment

squirt boat 005So far the world’s has been an amazing experience.  The local community is very welcoming and everyone seems genuinely excited about their town hosting this amazing event.  Team training slots have started and each country gets 3 minutes per paddler each day, so as you can imagine folks are getting very focused for their limited time on the feature.  Each country is approaching it in their own way.  Some are simply cutting things off just as soon as someone flushes, and other countries are giving each paddler their full 45 sec ride time so that they can practice in competition conditions.  I have watched a good number of countries so far and the quantity of great boaters is very impressive.  The water levels are changing all the time and it is starting to rain hard right now, so chances are the levels are going to continue to rise.  With these fluctuating water levels there a number of folks attempting to guess as to what the level will be during the competition, and choosing carbon or plastic boat based on that.  When the feature is low it is fairly boat abusive, but now it is super friendly to composite boats.  Last night during the squirt boat training slot there was at least 25 squirt boaters in the water at one time.  That was really cool to be part of.  With the higher levels the mystery ride has gotten a bit nicer, but the drop has changed a bunch.  Every day I have spent the first 15 minutes figuring it out and then working to try to get consistent with it.  As the water is coming up the eddy is also starting to swirl at a much higher pace, which is making the flat water component a bit more interesting.  The tent city is continuing to grow each day, and now the event organizers are starting to set up all the booths and event tents as well.  Yesterday Jasper Polak, the head judge, spoke with each country regarding judging criteria and strict rules.  Knowing how the judges will be evaluating things will be a big help to paddling smart.  Enjoy the photos and check back tomorrow for the next update.

Later ; Colin


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