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Industrial Wave-HTTD #2 West Kootenays, BC

26 June 2012 No Comment

Spectator view of Indy Wave

The second HTTD to hit the koots came after wrapping up the highest water Kootenay Whitewater Festival in history on Sunday evening.  The competitors were soggy after surviving the rainy flood level festival and it seemed like the World Kayak HTTD would produce a weak turnout.  Lucky for us the sun found it’s way through the clouds and the record high water produced a surf wave in Trail that blew everyone out of the water, some literally.

 

 

Industrial hole was in last season for the first time in over 12 years as an aggressive wave hole with a 15 foot ledge hole paddlers had to cross to exit the feature.  This year due to EXTREME heavy rain, warm weather and a plentiful snow pack , Indy hole was transformed into a Skookumchuck style wave that had competitors flying high.

 

The expert class was a head to head arial assault by Mike G and Sven P who were nailing clean blunts, donkey flips, flashbacks and the occasional combo.  Sven came out on top after styling some consistent rides and going big. Honorable mention goes to Sam Butler and Wyatt Riegel for joining the experts and testing out the wave with decent rides and sick boat control.

 

It was anyones game for the intermediate event as most entries were just trying to navigate the wave  without getting tossed around by the sometimes surging hole that took the place of the usually green wave.  Two of the competitors had  lengthy swims after the wave decided to turn into a hole and chew them up but our solid safety team lead by novice kayaker Nick K had them out of the water and picked up with shuttle vehicle in no time flat.   Shout out to Abby for braving the wave in a 6’11″ Badfish SUP board retuning to try it again with nothing but smiles on her face.

The second Home Town Throwdown was a great success thanks to the sun for finally appearing, high water for giving us a remarkable wave and all the participants and spectators for coming out after a looong weekend of extraordinary rain and high water paddling.

Abby trying the new SUP on a giant indy wave

 

Thanks to Jason K and Kel S for the photos!

 

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