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[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Germans win the big trick contest.

After the SUP event yesterday there was a big trick contest and all sorts of crazy fun.  The winning trip was from a team of Germans that managed to tie three Rockstars together and throw a big loop.  The best part was that the center boat was back wards for the full trick.  Here is a video thanks to Lee Hart.
Later ;  Colin

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[24 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
SUP cross and a down day.

Today was a down day in Plattling, kind of.  There was open water time for everyone.  You could watch all of the finalist getting ready for tomorrow, as well as seeing tons of other competitors taking long fun rides and just working on evolving the sport.  This afternoon there was a SUPcross race.  Mike Tavers and Dane Jackson were dominating all of the prelim rounds.  Dane and EJ were competing against each other in each of the first rounds, and they also both made it to finals.  As the competitors …

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[23 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Semi-Finals

I started today off with a 4 am short practice session.  I just wanted to get on the water for a short paddle to work the bugs out.  After that I was a bit worthless and I took a long nap.  Semi finals are done for all categories now and the top five are set in each.  Due to my nap and a good bit of email work I did not get to see too much of the semi finals for the other events, but I did see a few …

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[23 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Womens quarters, and Mother Nature’s power!

Last 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 …

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[22 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
K1WJR prelims

The JR women got their chance to shine this afternoon under a blazing sun.  The girls were able to showcase a solid mix of loops, spins, and space godzillas.  US team member Lauren Burress even threw a mcnasty in each of her rides.  I don’t believe the judges scored them, but the fact that they were close is super impressive.  Gabby Bates from the UK threw down to super consistent rides to end up in second place, and Hannah Kertesz from the US had one ok ride combined with one …

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[22 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
OC1 prelims

Anyone who says OC1 is not impressive has obviously now seen what that part of the sport has evolved into.  Any boat that can loop and throw vertical flat water ends is good by me.  One thing you can expect to see at an OC1 event is a big mix in the variety of shapes of boats you will see.  Everything from full planning hulled boats to slightly longer displacement hull boats are all game.  There are some set rules about flotation as well as the volume of water that …

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[21 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Mens prelims.

The men got the day started off right at 7am today with a bang.  The kayaking in the first three heats was amazing with some favorites like Stephen Wright lighting it up with big scores in the 1600 range.  All the big moves were being thrown in both directions with a ton of amplitude, finesse, and speed.  Despite the early hour the Irish team did not disappoint on the spectator end of things.  They are some of the most fun fans to watch got absolutely nuts when any of their …

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[21 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
K1-W, C-1, and Squirt.

What a day we had in Plattling.  The morning kicked off with the ladies tearing up the feature.  Loops, space godzillas, and felixes were the most common moves that we saw the women using to rack up the points, and we were also treated to a good number of mcnastys and phonix monkeys as well.  Each of the women was given two 45 second rides to show us their stuff, and at the end of the day the top 20 women were able to advance on.  Emily Jackson took home …

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[21 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Opening Ceremonies.

Last evening the worlds kicked off with the opening ceremonies.  What a good time!  Everyone was out supporting their home country in every way possible.  The town of Plattling did a great job organizing the event and making it a great time for everyone.  The town square was full of spectators from all around the world as well as right here in Plattling.  Working with kayakers is somewhat like herding cats, so there was a good bit of slack time while everyone found their other country members and got together …

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[21 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]

So far the women have gone and they kick off the event in grand style.  Currently Emily Jackson is sitting in first place with two huge rides.  Ruth Ebens and Clair O’hare were right behind with solid scores as well.  The french team was out creating the most stoak for their team as they could with crazy wigs and spandex shorts.  Current  world champ Nick Troutman thought he was at a rave all morning.  I had no idea anyone could dance so much!  He also was able to get the …

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[19 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Worlds report 3, even higher water and early morning practice.

Once again the water was higher in Plattling today.  The sun is starting to think about coming out, but we will have to wait and see.  The coaching platform that was hung by the event organizers is getting dangerously close to floating away.  The first day that the platform was hung you could sit with your legs hanging off the side and not touch the water.  This morning there was about 6 inches between the water and the bottom of the platform.  The training slots continue to rotate, and today …

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[18 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Worlds report 2, Team training and higher water.

So 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 …

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[17 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Getting to worlds!

My trip to Germany for the 2011 World Freestyle Championships started at 3am when Hope, my beautiful wife, was kind enough to drive me to the airport.  Needless to say at that time of the morning I was less than animated.  I got to the check in counter earlier than the airline workers so that I could make sure getting my boat on the plane was as easy as possible.  Other than the huge fee to fly a boat all went well.  I am always amazed that everyone does not …