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World Kayak Hometown Throwdowns: A springtime Summary

23 May 2013 No Comment

The spring season has been a crazy paddling season in the Seaway Valley. It all started to fall together after Sylvie and I got back from our US tour and a week of Team Training with the Canadian Freestyle Team at the site at NOC. As soon as we got home it was time to set up a season of events:

Our 1st event of the year was the Sewer Wave Throwdown.

Saturday April 13th 2013

Sewer Wave on the Ottawa River

Hull Quebec.

Brandon Fasan, one of our team members put together a great day for us at Sewer Wave in Hull Quebec (Just across the river from Ottawa, Ontario)

16 boaters came out to brave the weather (t’was cold and rainy) and take advantage of the day.

Several members of the Canadian Freestyle team (Billy Harris, Brandon Fasan, Adam Chappell, Zachary and Emily Zwanenburg, Kaleen and Quinton Kennedy, and Sydney Nixon volunteered to give a short freestyle lesson to 8 newer paddlers. It was pretty cool.

The competition was held following the lesson (once everyone was good and cold)  The format was fun too. The amateur paddlers competed first. The standings of each student competitor were counted as a multiplier to the instructor (Team member) who coached the student.

Then it was time for the team members to compete against each other.

Everyone had a really good time and we all excited to go back to a local restaurant for warm drinks and food.

Day 1 went off without a hitch. Thanks Brandon for putting this together for us.

Our next event was scheduled to take place in Quebec City. Unfortunately the organizers of “Vagues En Ville” on the Riviere St-Charles decided to not allow the freestyle event as they were unsure of the viability… well, we were at the festival, got a chance to see the potential sites for freestyle and have talked to the organizers. It should be good to go next year.

Our 3rd scheduled event of the year was the Coupe Du Quebec / CReW and WK hometown Throwdown,

Saturday May 4th 2013

Riviere St-Charles

Valleyfield Quebec.

Each year the site in Valleyfield hosts several Slalom event. We have partnered with the CEEVV (Centre d’Excellence en Eau Vives de Valleyfield slalom club in Valleyfield)  and have the privilege of offering a Throwdown on the morning of each race weekend.

11 paddlers signed up to compete and it was a lot of fun.

The group was split into Advanced and beginner paddlers and it proved, as always, to be a bit hit.

The beginners took advantage of the advanced boaters to listen to tips and get a few good hints on improving their skills.

Manic, our local play spot has changed a bit over the winter. The feature is longer and the holes surge which makes it harder to stick your moves. The points demonstrated that well. I am guessing as we see the boaters back throughout our season of events that we will see the number crawl back up as they relearn the feature.

We again got to see some of our Junior National Team participate in the Throwdown as well as in the slalom race that followed.

In the end the standings were as follows:

Beginner and masters combined men’s and women:

1-    Sylvie : 17 Points

2-    Colin : 9 points

3-    Zoe : 4 points

4-    Martin : 4 points

 

Advanced boaters and Team members combined men’s and women’s:

1-    Zachary : 344 Points

2-    Aime-Jean : 214 points

3-    Max : 76 points

4-    Sam : 60 points

5-    Emily: 19 Points

6-    Cheryl : 13 points

7-    Sydney : 9 points.

And now it is late May and I will make sure to post the events on the day of happening.

Next up: June 15. Hometown Throwdown #4!

See y’all then.

I will be able to get photos this time too. (rain does not like my camera.. or the other way around…)

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