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Womens quarters, and Mother Nature’s power!

23 June 2011 No Comment

worlds5 009Last evening Mother Nature showed us who is boss!  As were waiting for the final heat of the women’s quarter finals a wall of clouds descended upon us and decided to tear up the event site.  A massive tent (15ft*40ft) was lifted off the ground, inverted, and then snapped in half over a pretzel stand.  Everyone jumped into action and grabbed a hold of it, until we could break it down into pieces so it would not end up in the river like the Pyranah easy up tent.  As we were hanging on to the big tent we noticed at least 6 or so people waist deep in the rapid below fishing that out of the river.  Once the core of that storm moved along we were able to let the last heat of ladies get moving.  The wait was worth it.  The first round of rides was worth it for sure.  Emily Jackson once again executed a quick snappy ride while maintaining a huge smile.  During this round each competitor gets three rides and the two best count.  In the second round both Ruth Ebens and Clair O’Hara turned it on to match Emily.  Ruth’s ride gained a ton of amplitude and speed which let her rack up some bonus points as well as an extra move.  The best part of this heat for me was that due to the crazy winds I was able to get some exclusive seating in the judge’s tent because I was helping to hold down the tent covering the computer scoring system.  That is why the photos from this last heat are so much better.  We it was all said and done Ruth managed to step it up a spot and is sitting in first place for the moment.  Now everyone has their scores set back to zero and they start over for semi finals.  It should be a great showdown as they fight to make the top five.  Enjoy the boating and post storm photos.


Later ; Colin

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