Articles in the 2009 World Freestyle Championships Category
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Missoula, MT – The future of freestyle kayaking looks bright if results from the US National Freestyle Kayak Team Trials are an indicator. Kayaking’s version of the ratpack, teens Jason Craig, Dane Jackson begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Jordan Poffenberger and Lauren Burress all turned in impressive performances as they battled in various divisions for the chance to represent the US at World Championships in Germany next summer.
Jackson, 16, not only qualified but outright topped the winner’s stand in three …
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Crowds surge, stakes rise as US Freestyle Kayak Team trials moves toward finals
Missoula, MT – It was a day of high anxiety as competitors battled on Brennan’s Wave on the Clark Fork River to try to make the final rounds of the US National Freestyle Kayak Team Trials. At the end of the day, a total of 21 men, women and juniors will earn the right to represent the United States at the International Canoe Federation Freestyle Kayak World Championships in Platting, Germany next summer.
As the field dwindled today, the …
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RESULTS DAY 1
Dane Jackson – 105 points
Jordan Poffenberger – 80 points
Brad McMillian – 45 points
Jeremy Laucks – 35 points
Eli Helbert – 25 points
Jeff Campbell – 10 points – – – CUT LINE
Jake Ament – 0 points
Emily Jackson – 600 points
Devon Barker – 470 points
Jessie Stone – 460 points
Erin Clancey – 335 points
Haley Mills – 300 points
Kat Levitt 295 points – – – CUT LINE
Alley Fontenot – 260 points
Nicole Mansfield – 250 points
Amy Jimmerson – 200 points
Jessica Yurtinus – 190 points
Elaine Campbell – 190 points
Cheyenne Rogers – 75 points
The late day sprinkles threatened to come early this fine morning, but the sun won out as the Women took to the wave in Thun. Every heat list that was announced seemed like it was THE heat to beat. All of them seemed to be dotted with stars and veterans of freestyle. Some amazingly classic names like Marianne Saether, Jessie Stone, Tanya Faux etc. were all included in the mix with newcommers and rising stars making each round super competitive. Everyone was paddling off of the energy and the shere …
Super heats today, with C1ers racking up big points in their single paddle’d craft. With the wave this flush, its a true test for the OC riders for sure, but points were to be had. Highlight was Vincent Dupont in a traditional canoe in OC1, no points, but hey, they don’t score style apparently.
C1 Results – Prelims
1 87 LaRue Guillaume 1.013,333 Prelim CAN
2 30 Bainbridge David 930,000 Prelim GBR
3 203 BESSEAU Alexandre 813,333 Prelim FRA
4 148 CORROTTE Valentin 760,000 Prelim FRA
5 44 Jackson Dane 661,667 Prelim USA
6 84 Areta Odei …
Today’s prelims was highlighted by one of the biggest fields ever to grace a freestyle World Championships. With 103 competitors from all corners of the globe, there was no end to the drama. Early heats saw names like BIlly Harris of Canada, Stephen Wright of the US making immediate marks with combined scores of 1500 and 1400 respectively. Mikael Lantto of Finland landed a spectacular Air Screw and came in with a score of 1360 and Simon Strihmeir of Germany scored an impressive 1110 allong side Casper Van Kalmthout… spreading …
Thun, Switzerland – Every two years since 1991, the world’s best whitewater kayakers get together for a kind of whitewater United Nations summit known as the International Canoe Federation Freestyle World Championships.
This year’s Freestyle Worlds has attracted more than 250 paddlers from 35 nations – as small as Andorra and as large as the United States – to the Aare River in the heart of Thun, Switzerland Aug. 31 – Sept. 6.
Richard Fox, Second Vice President of the ICF, himself a slalom World Champion, explained that the people who compete …
Thun, Switzerland – Some 250 pf the world’s best kayakers, representing 35 countries, are fine-tuning their Pan Ams, Airscrews, and Helixes in the final days of practice heading into the start of the ICF Freestyle World Championships here next week.
Taking a closer look at this year’s field, the following is a synopsis, by division, of paddlers to watch as the Thun wave starts to boil from all the hot paddlers.
“Like any sport, World Championships brings out the very best in competitors, even more so for freestyle kayaking since we aren’t …
Thun, Switzerland – This year’s ICF Freestyle World Champoionships mark new milestones in the evolution of the youngest discipline in paddlesports.
The first milestone is marked by attendance at the event by VIPs from some of the most august international sports bodies. Headlining the list of dignitaries is International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge. Joining Rogge from the IOC will be Sports Director Christophe Dubin. Other VIPs planning to check out the freestyle kayak action in Thun include Hein Verbruggen, president of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), Denis …
For visitors and competitors alike, we have been putting lots of energy into a working and smart Park&Ride System while this event! Due to very limited parking in the city center, in cooperation with the Swiss Army we have been setting up the Parkinglot “P8″ as “Park&Ride” How to find it: Exit the Highway at Thun Süd and follow the Eventsigns (WM). When you come to a big round-about, follow the sign “Park&Ride”.. the parking is for free, but not the bus which will take you right into citycenter (trainstation)
After the completion of the numerial inscription, the Competition Management finalised the eventschedule. Below you find the schedules for teamtrainings, General informations as well as the heatlists of the competition and final week. The lists are subject of change! (slight changes possible) INPORTANT for athletes: Read the general informations of the coming week! Schedule Team Trainings Wed 26.8- Mon 31.8.09 General Infos- Start Week Schedule/ Heatlist Prelims/ Squirt Event Tues 1.9- Thurs. 3.9.09 Schedule / Heatlist Final Weekend Fri 4.9- Sun 6.9.09 More Infos, especially about the teamcaptianmeetings you find HERE Safe travels and a warm welcome in Thun from the whole Team!!
The organisers are very pleased to announce the partnership with the american kayak company JACKSON KAYAK. Simon Hirter, Head of organisation says: “This is a huge step forward for a young yet very succesful and innovative brand, such as Jackson Kayak. I am very pleased to have a partner within the paddling industry that sees the potential of this event and supports our efforts to organise a fantastic event and showcase our sport to the whole world! As the name of one of the newest innovations out of this company means, I’d call the partnership while this event as one of a “Dynamic Duo!” Eric Jackson, Co- founder and president of this family-operated company as well as 4-times and current World Champion states: ” We believe in freestyle kayaking and believe that it is a shining star in competitive kayaking
Due of construction work on site, the Organisors released today the following news: ” We regret to inform the athletes, that the nation trainings will not start as planned on tuesday, yet only on wednesday. There are certain reasons that we made us decide this way: The construction of the grandstage doesnt mean an immediate risk potential. For the orgnisers the safety does have to be granted
A few days ago, the organisers of the Boater Cross Masters in Interlaken cancelled the event! We regret this step, yet understand and respect the decision! On this very weekend (29.-30th August), we will continue nation trainings on saturday. On sunday, the wave is open for anyone! Everyone, doesnt matter if KAyaker, Surfer or Boogieboarder is welcomed on the wave. We look forward to welcome many wave enthusiasts in Thun on this weekend!
19 days to go! The numerical inscription of the national federations is over, and apart of some teams all that are still working on it, all teams have their athletes chosen. The current list of the different teams you find HERE ! We wish all athletes a safe trip to Switzerland and look forward to spectacular and fierce competitions on the river Aare!