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[15 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]
2016 Tallulah Race Results, Video & Recap

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2011, 2011 Pro Event Coverage, Teva Mountain Games, Whitewater »

[5 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Teva Mountain Games Final Results and 8 Ball!

The Teva Mountain Games has officially ended. It was another fantastic year, with good weather, good water conditions and a super tight competition.
For me this is 7 years in a row of winning the Teva Mountain Game Freestyle Event. Super cool!
Ruth Ebens and I trained hard together to get ready for the world championships and [...]

2011, 2011 Pro Event Coverage, Teva Mountain Games, Whitewater, jackson »

[3 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | ]

Teva Mountain games is kicking off in style. With the Steep Creek Yesterday and now the Pro Freestyle, there is no shortage of kayaking action.
I had an amazing day cheering on all the competitors, walking around the town, watching the Premier of Ben Stookesberry’s film Kadoma as well as Rush Sturges’s film Frontier. Both epic [...]

2011, 2011 Pro Event Coverage, 2011 USAFK Points Series, 2011 results, Featured, Featured Post, Pro Circuit Results, Rockstar Carbon, WK Pro Event Coverage, bv pro rodeo, south main, usfka »

[2 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
USAFK Tour Stop: Buena Vista Pro-Am Rodeo

For four seasons and counting the Beuna Vista Pro-Am Rodeo has been the centerpiece of PaddleFest Weekend. The fifth USAFK Tour Stop for the 2011 series was slated to go off in the LoDo Wave at the BV Park, but with lower flows and a later melt in the Arkansas River Valley, the event was moved upstream to Downtown Hole. Pro Qualifiers for both Men and Women Pro classes took place on Friday, May 27th, with Junior Men/Women, Open Men, C1, OC1, and Pro Semis/Finals on Saturday, May 28th.
Being the …

2011, 2011 Pro Event Coverage, 2011 USAFK Points Series, 2011 results, Featured Post, Pro Circuit Results, WK Pro Event Coverage, events, green river, wyoming »

[25 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
USAFK Tour Stop: Green River Expedition Freestyle

Green River is a warm, welcoming town in the high plains of southwestern Wyoming most well known as the launching site for John Wesley Powell’s expeditions of the Green River, Colorado River, and Grand Canyon. The Expedition Island Park, a National Historic Landmark, is also the site of a man made play feature and the fourth event of the USAFK Point Series. With the new feature in town, Green River was glad to open their doors and host the first Green River Expedition Freestyle. With high flows in the river, …

Featured, Festival Coverage, WK Pro Event Coverage, WK Throwdown Videos »

[9 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
15th Annual Green River Narrows Race Results

Congrats to all Racers in the list below!  It takes a lot of guts just to show up and attempt to ride the lighting during this wild day on the river…

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[25 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
2010 Lord of the Fork Race Results

Write up by Jay:
The 2010 Lord of the Fork Race is in the books, with a new course this year, a record number of racers, and new men’s and women’s champions. The beautiful sunny weather must have convinced a lot of new people to show up for the race, including racers from New Zealand, Germany, and Canada. The new course started at Skunk Beach (below Fist), and ended at the usual spot below Climax.
The men’s champion came all the way from New Zealand and crushed the dreams of the local …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Throwdown Results, WK Hometown Throwdowns, WK Pro Event Coverage, WK Throwdown Videos »

[29 Sep 2010 | No Comment | ]
2010 N.O.C. G.A.F. Hometown Throwdown Event Coverage

The N.O.C. Guest Appreciation Festival Hometown Throwdown was HUGE FUN!  We had 36 competitors join in for some fun & friendly freestyle competition at the NOC Wave.  We had hundreds of spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from all sides on the river and on the old steel bridge below the feature.  We also had a really cool whitewater wakeboarding show going on beside the feature between heats that wowed the crowd.  This event turned out to be one of the biggest Freestyle events of the year in …

Canadian Freestyle Team Trials, Canadian Team Trials, Feature Story, Pro Circuit Results, Team Trials »

[28 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
Canadian Freestyle Team Trials on the Kananaskis River

When: August 23rd and 24th 2010
Where: Point Break on the Kananaskis River
Hosted by Aquabatics.
48 Paddlers from accross the country turned up at the Canoe Meadows Campground to register and make their bid for a position on the Canadian Freestyle Team.
They came from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and The Yukon!
Monday August 23rd 2010:
Monday was a warm sunny day and with the Canadian Rockies as the back drop the competitors gathered to challenge the hole at Point Break. The feature proved to be very challenging and with a few …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Slalom Survivor, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[18 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]
NOC Canoe Club Challenge – Slalom & Downriver Race Coverage

 Big Boomin’ Fun was not in short supply at the Nantahala Gorge this past weekend (8-14-2010)!! Several paddling clubs from around the southeast region came together at the Nantahala River for some very fun times and friendly competition.  It was awesome to see so many paddlers from around our region gathered together to enjoy a day out on the river!  The combined slalom & downriver race events saw a total of over 350 race starts over the day!!!

The day started off at the Forest Service put-in of the Nantahala Gorge with …

2009 World Freestyle Championships, Feature Story, Team Trials, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[2 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

- Text by Lee Hart of BrandAmp –
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 …

2009 World Freestyle Championships, Feature Story, Pro Circuit Results, Team Trials, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[1 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]

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 …

2009 World Freestyle Championships, Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Team Trials, Throwdown Results, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[1 Jul 2010 | No Comment | ]


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

Women’s K1

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
Nathalie …

Feature Story, Team Trials, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[23 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
World Kayak to cover the US National Freestyle Championships Live via Web Stream

This summer World Kayak will be in Missoula, MT as this fun town plays host to the 2010 USA Freestyle Kayaking Team Trials. Our coverage will be via an online stream hooked directly to the event’s MC and include interviews from the field and as much footage as we can get. 
When the dust settles the best kayakers will be crowned National Champions and selected to represent the United States at the 2011 World Championships.
The feed will be found on a number of sites, including worldkayak.com, worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown and at some of …

Feature Story, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[3 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
NOC Shootout Event Coverage

The 2009 2nd Annual NOC Shootout was simply the most amazing display of kayaking skill I have ever witnessed!  No Joke… watching the final rides of the Men’s Pro K-1 class was astonishing and mesmerizing!!!  If you were not there at the event you can not even begin to appreciate the words I am trying to use to describe this event…

The NOC Staff did a awesome job of organizing and running the events on both days.  Spectators (estimated to be +100) lined the river banks on both sides during the …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[17 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
FIBArk Event Coverage

The 61st Annual FIBArK (First In Boating the Arkansas) Festival has already kicked off here in Salida, CO with live musics, movie premiers and feverish practicing from kayakers of all disciplines.  Salida plays host this year to the USA Wildwater National Championships as well as a dozen other kayaking events.
Tomorrow starts the competition with Wildwater sprints and the Pine Creek Boater X which puts out its fair share of carnage in the infamous Pine Creek Rapid where a towering hole awaits racers mid-course.  For those that have the skill to …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[12 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Event Coverage on WKTV will continue during the weekend of June 18-21 during the 61st Annual FIBArk River Festival.  Until then…

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Reno River Festival, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage, WK World Cup Coverage »

[7 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
TEVA Results and Photos

Men’s Freestyle Results
1. Stephen Wright
2. Nick Troutman
3. Dustin Urban
4. Casper VonKolmf
5. Andrew Holcombe
Women’s Freestyle Results
1. Emily Jackson
2. Tanya Faux
3. Ruth Gordon
4. Nicole Mansfield
5. Devon Barker

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[5 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Check ya later… TEVA makes huge cut

The preliminaries for the Pro Freestyle kicked off today around 1:00 PM with 44 competitors in the men class and 16 women.  As with most preliminary competitions the majority of the rides were conservative where competitors were given 2 rides with their points from both combine to determine who moved on.  The top 15 of the men and 10 of the women were honored to move on to the semi’s tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM, where WKTV will resume coverage.
I personally like to compare this competition to a test in …

Feature Story, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[4 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Hungry for Homestake?

Unlike the last couple of weeks, the skies were blue and cloudless… that was until predictably the rain clouds organized around 2:30.  Fortunately the race was over at that point, so competitors were treated to 70 deg temperatures and sunny skies whereas last year it was raining and sleeting.
Last year was one of the most entertaining in regards to carnage, the lines today were for the most part smooth and uneventful.  The level was around 115 cfs for the event and manky as usual.  I figure if this is any …

Feature Story, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[4 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Next Stop for WKtv is the Teva Mountain Games, LIVE (free) online broadcast!

The weekend of June 5 through 7th will feature our next broadcast of WKtv.  With H2oDreams’ Chris Wing at the helm again with the H2oNation gang (various fools and their frollic, superstars, clingons and many more kayak oriented vagabonds)… the coverage begins with the Freestyle event on Friday (great work viewing) and on Saturday for the finals.  Sunday we are hoping to bring you the 8-ball event and potentially the downriver depending on wireless access.
This broadcast is free and LIVE! We are set up with a cool G3 wifi access …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Team Trials, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[31 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
2009 US Team for Worlds Decided

A few surprises occurred in the US Team Trials Semi and Finals today.  Competition kicked off once again at 9:00 AM promptly, highly unlike kayakers.  The top 5 men, top 3 women, top 3 jr men, top 2 jr women, top 2 OC-1 were decided through an amazingly close competition and included some major upsets as well.
The wave continued to be an extremely challenging feature to deal with as at times the wave would green out and flush the competitors off of the wave, however that did not keep all …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Team Trials, Uncategorized, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[30 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Success!! All Systems Go on Liftoff, launch of WKTV

I just checked Boatertalk and I believe the lack of comments deems it a success, The one comment of the nice video was very nice as well.  We kicked of the official launch of World Kayak TV today during the preliminary round of the US Team Trials.
World Kayak brought in a total of 8300 viewers throughout the day, which in the kayaking community is unheard of.  World Kayak is truly bringing the competition home to the viewers, its original intent.  We will continue to bring live coverage the remainder of …

Feature Story, Pro Circuit Results, Team Trials »

[29 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
WKTV Presents – US Team Trials Coverage LIVE!

Starting Saturday, May 30th, 2009 World Kayak, H2oDreams (Chris Wing) and Elevation Lifestyle Network will be coordinating to bring you the full US Team Trials LIVE via the web.  World Kayak and Chris Wing will be streaming LIVE from the rocks in Glenwood Springs Colorado as the hopefuls in all divisions take to the wave.  Broadcast begins at 9am (subject to change of course) and runs through to the last ride.  We will be interviewing and picking up the play by play live as the comp unfolds.  the stream will …

Feature Story, Reno River Festival, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[9 May 2009 | One Comment | ]
Reno River Festival Men’s, Women’s and Juniors Finals

The Reno River Festival Invitational was not nearly as long winded as the Open event yesterday.  However, a few of the competitors from yesterday faired very well among the dominant freestylers in the sport.  Erin Clancy, came out and placed in the top five after working her way through the Open event yesterday and then beating the majority of the invites today.  Another mentionable, is Kevin “KB” Brown who was a competitor who made it to the invite last year and earned himself an auto-invite this year.  He managed to …

Feature Story, Reno River Festival, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[9 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Reno River Festival Men’s and Women’s Open

The format for the men’s and women’s competition on Friday was a combined two heats to move on to the next round where the finals would be a knockout series.  The Reno River Festival saw recors numbers not only in attendance but in number of boaters entering the competition.  The competition was stiff throughout the 6 hour day of sun and heat.  Below is video of the top rides from the men and women.  It was encouraging to see more than the top dogs competing with the possibility of moving …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Reno River Festival, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[8 May 2009 | One Comment | ]
We are now live!

Cameras are rolling and we are tabulating the scores at the Reno River Festival… more video and updates are on the way.  Coverage starts Saturday!

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Reno River Festival »

[6 May 2009 | One Comment | ]
Reno Event Coverage begins Friday

The 2009 Reno River Festival will covered top to bottom by World Kayak and Chris Wing (H20 Dreamin).  The coverage begins Friday, May 8 with the Open competition and will continue on through the entire weekend with full coverage of the Pro event.  This will be the FIRST ever ‘Almost Live’ coverage of a Freestyle event as our cameras will be feeding to a production suite and then on-line with about a 10 to 20 minute delay between heats.  The final product will be most of the runs!  We may …

Feature Story, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[4 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]
2008 Green River Narrows Race Report

While Chris Wing and I were off boating on the Cheoah Saturday; my good friend, Andrew Bentley from Elizabethton, TN, was live at the 13th Annual GNAR Race to report for World Kayak.  Below is his full story:   
Pat Keller was the 2008 Green River Narrows race overall winner this past Saturday with a time of 4:31.  Eric Deguil won the short boat division with a time of 5:01.  Chris Gragtmans came in second place in both the long and short boat divisions. 
For those brave spectators who scrambled down into the …

Canada Cup, Festival Coverage, Juniors, North American Championships »

[7 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]
North American Freestyle and Junior CanAm Championships Part 2: Canada Cup

Saturday, August 31st (Yep, I am a week late writing this. My appologies, regular work kinda got in the way.) was 2008 Canada Cup and the second part of the North American and Junior CanAm Freestyle competition.
The event was put on by Wilderness tours on the Ottawa River as a follow-up to the Blackwater Challenge held in Watertown, New York.
This year, the Ottawa River has been a little bit unpredictable. Mini Bus was out for for a long time in the middle of summer and we had not seen Garb …

Feature Story, Pro Circuit Results, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[25 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
NOC Shootout Final Results

I just returned to Charlotte from rainy Western NC from this weekends NOC/Dagger Shootout.  It was a great display of what this area can offer as an event venue and the overall response from both competitors and spectators was positive with some constructive feedback.  Let’s just say that rodeo is back in Western North Carolina!  Below are a few photos and the full results from the weekend.  The video will be posted once I receive my camera back from WNC where I thoughtfully left it in a cozy spot this …

Feature Story, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[24 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]
Southeast Event Sets a Precedence

Yesterday morning started with a bit of apprehension, apprehension that any organizer would have with their first major event. Daniel Dutton informed me that around 8:00 AM that there were only 16 competitors registered for the event, but that he was anticipating at least ten more. Not so surprising to me, the event ended up with nearly 50 competitors, extremely respectable for a first-time event and extremely well organized. The scoring format that was used catered to both the beginners and the pros alike and allowing everyone …

Feature Story, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[22 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Midwest Freestyle Championships

The Midwest Freestyle Championships were last weekend in Wausau Wisconsin. I was there to coach some freestyle clinics and to soak up the Midwest boating scene. Let me tell you they can get things done in Wausau. Not only was the event a great time and a huge success, but the off water events were spectacular! I was introduced to 4 square, I got to hang at the VFW, and I stood in aw of Team PBR. All you pro kayakers out there Watch Out!
I had two full days of …

Feature Story, Uncategorized, WK Pro Event Coverage, WK World Cup Coverage »

[21 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]

I was out at NOC last week meeting with the event organizers and recruiting photographers for the event as well as catching up with old friends. I had the chance to sit own with Daniel Dutton the event organizer and ask him a few questions. For full event details click here. I also got out with a few friends to try and dial in the feature before this weekend. What I can say is, this feature is fast and powerful and will reward the patient. …

Feature Story, WK Pro Event Coverage, WK World Cup Coverage »

[13 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
World Cup, Event 1 Prague, Czech Republic

First Day of Team Training Slots for all Teams. This means that because there are 35 teams competing and only 24 hours in a day, each team only gets official training one hour, every other day! The time slots begin at 8am and end at 7pm. This means that before 8am is open and after 7pm. That is always a good time to go. Jay Kincaid and I would train at 4:45am every morning in Graz, Austria, trying to get in before anyone else to assure that we got in …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[14 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]
Freestylin Chute Out Style

The strengths of the Potomac Festival are its overall inclusion of paddlers of all abilities as opposed to showcasing only the elite such as other big sponsor events. I am not saying those events do not have their place, I am only saying that events like the Potomac have theirs as well.
Yesterday’s freestyle event had beginners and intermediates outnumbering experts by a large margin and it could have not been more appropriate as this venue has played host to the “Maryland Chute Out” for many years. For those …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Uncategorized, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[13 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]
D.C. Brings the Heat

Temperatures hovered in the mid 90’s with high humidity in classic D.C. fashion. However, the mid-atlantic region wasn’t the only thing bringing the heat as Jason Beakes, Jeff Calhoun and Danny Stock, local residents, scorched the course during the 2008 Potomac Festival and Great Falls Race.
Water levels sprung up from rains earlier this week bringing the Potomac somewhere in the range of 3.5 feet come race time making the center lines the course of choice for race officials. Such rapids as “Grace Under Pressure” and the “Streamers” were being …

FIBArk 2008, Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[16 Jun 2008 | 3 Comments | ]
FIBArk – Official National Championship Results

I will have the full write up and summary of my two weeks in Colorado in the next day. I would like to say to the individual(s) who stole the cameras from the BLM campground that we WILL FIND YOU! And of course if we don’t, you have some bad juju on you now buddy. Colorado was a blast and I look forward to coming back out here again next year, though the next time a bit longer. Enjoy some of the photos from the National …

FIBArk 2008, Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[14 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]
North American Champion?

Nick Troutman wants to be the U.S. National Champion. There is only one problem with that; he’s not from the United States. However he is currently holding the second position in the Blue Paddle FIBArk Freestyle that is doubling as the U.S. National Championships.
After Day 1 of freestyle action we narrowed the Men’s field of competitors from 60 competitors down to 30, a huge cut. The Women’s and C-1 did not field enough competitors so they automatically advance on to tomorrow. The Men’s competitors consisted of …

FIBArk 2008, Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[13 Jun 2008 | One Comment | ]
FIBArk – The Hungry Hippo Hole

There must be something about extreme racing and inclement weather, because today during the Pine Creek Boater X it was no different. The temperature dipped down into the lower 40’s with wind gusts of 50-60 mph and snowflakes were seen briefly at times. At one point during the race a deer was spotted by spectators looking down from the mountaintop almost as if to say “what the hell are you doing?”
Once again Colorado high water was omnipresent and the spectators were hungry for some carnage, and what they …

FIBArk 2008, Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Uncategorized »

[11 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]
Glenwood is huge, Steamboat smells like eggs and Salida has the party

Colorado has the unique ability to astonish you around every bend, unless of course you don’t like nature, the outdoors or people who are legitimately happy with their dispositions. So if any of that does not apply to you, then I am really confused as to why you are even reading this write up or visit this website. However, if you are trying to understand how those things can enrich your life, then I will work with you.
I have just arrived in Salida after a few days on the road …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games »

[8 Jun 2008 | One Comment | ]

Final Results for the Downriver Sprint were as follows:
1.Tao Berman
2. Jeff Calhoun
3. Jason Beakes
The 8-Ball Race takes place today which should prove to be absolutely entertaining as a normal boater-x will be taken to the next level. Imagine American Gladiators on the water. Hobie promised that this year will live up to its reputation from years past! Keep your eyes peeled for more coverage of todays events and here is some eye candy from yesterdays events.
TMG Sprint & Freestyle Semi’s and Finals from Christopher Wing on Vimeo.

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[7 Jun 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Not much more to say other than Dustin Urban is bomber under pressure. Facing a score of 158 that EJ put up in his second ride, Dustin had one more ride to go. After splashing a bit of water in his face and looking over to his wife Katie he road into the hole and absolutely blew Vail, CO up! He hit just about every trick that is possible scoring an astounding 178 points besting EJ’s by 20 points. This put the pressure on the old …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[7 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]

I sat next to Andrew Holcombe this morning after the conclusion of the Downriver Sprint on Gore Creek not realizing he had just finished. He looked surprisingly fresh and dry considering he just sprinted 3 miles downstream through class II-III. “It’s 20 minutes of absolute pain,” Holcombe said. “I will be just happy to place, especially with racers like Jeff Calhoun who specialize in downriver racing.” Holcombe as well as a number of professional and amateur racers participated in this mornings Gore Creek Kayak Sprint on …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[7 Jun 2008 | One Comment | ]
Demonstrations in Controlled Drowning-Day 1

That’s right, I said it! I believe freestyle, especially the kind where you are taking timed runs in frigid water at elevation causing mild hypoxia is nothing more than a demonstration in controlled drowning! And I am convinced that many of todays competitors would quickly agree.
After a brutal day of weather yesterday during the Homestake Creek Race, competitors were treated to fair skies and temperatures extending into the upper 70’s. Quite a contrast, but nonetheless welcomed. Today marked the start to TEVA’s major events, including the Rodeo Qualifier. Roughly 70 …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[5 Jun 2008 | No Comment | ]
Homestake Creek Race – Great lines, Better Carnage

The Homestake Creek Race takes place on the class V Homestake Creek in Red Cliff Colorado. This race had its humble beginnings when Ken “Hobie” Hoeve, Dagger Product Manager, decided to have a race on one of his back yard creeks. The incentive to bring boaters out and participate, a keg of beer. This race brings in some of the top creek boaters in the nation and dishes out its fair share of beatdowns. The beer is still waiting for those at the end of the race.
This year Vail Resorts …

Feature Story, Festival Coverage, Pro Circuit Results, Teva Mountain Games, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[4 Jun 2008 | One Comment | ]
Ice Cream Headaches and Thin Air

I arrived in Vail yesterday, June 2, in the later afternoon after making the drive west for two days. The little 88′ Toyota truck has served me well once again forever proving that they are the greatest vehicles ever made! Being road weary and ready to stretch out a bit and get some much needed exercise, I walked down to the Inertantional Bridge in Vail where the freestyle will be held. There i was greeted with many familiar faces and friends who I have not seen in nearly a month, …

Festival Coverage, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[30 May 2008 | No Comment | ]

I have been preparing for my first big trip of the season, ummm… no wait, I haven’t even packed the truck yet.  But in many other ways I have been getting myself prepped for two of the biggest whitewater events in the United States, the TEVA Mountain Games and FIBArk, which FIBArk will double as the Freestyle National Championships as well.
I have been training up as much as I can, with my sicko moves as well as my grammar and video and photo skills to prepare for this trip.  Many …

Feature Story, Reno River Festival, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[11 May 2008 | 2 Comments | ]
Reno Day 3 – boatercross

Guess what. The sun was shinin’ again in Reno. Biiiiig surprise! After a well behaved evening of Reno frivolity (dinner at a cool Spanish place and blackjack with EJ) I was suprisingly well rested for the day. Day 3, the final day was boatercross. With the Truckee river set at a class II-III designation with lower water I was hard pressed to find a challenge for these athletes… er… it was obviously my first boatercross… aka … I had know idea that most of the …

Feature Story, Pro Circuit Results, Reno River Festival, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[10 May 2008 | One Comment | ]
Reno Day 2 – Pro class comps

Ohhhh baby, sun up we were on #5 and Colin was trying to teach me how to loop… er… I see the move in my head, just got to transfer it from the head, to the arms, paddle and body. Not so good at the loop my friends, even though the kiddies from Reno were poppin’ those suckers left right and center. So after almost getting the loop, I go up and spend a day watching folks do WAY more than just a loop. I’m of the …

Feature Story, Reno River Festival, WK Pro Event Coverage »

[9 May 2008 | One Comment | ]
Reno – Day 1 – Open class comp

Ok, Day 1 on the Truckee River in downtown Reno saw my first tour of the river from both a playboating and whitewater development stand point… this is an amazing class II river run with top of the line play spots… two standing out (#3 and #5), both are shallow holes with great retention. Both allowing playboaters all the moves holes can provide. Day 1 was the Open class competitions for JRs, Womens and Mens. The top 3 were allowed to move on to compete with the Pros in Day …

Feature Story, Reno River Festival »

[8 May 2008 | No Comment | ]
Reno – Day Minus One

Day minus one in Reno… well, Nevada… cause today was not tooo much about Reno. It seems the town of Reno is ready for James. Got here at, like, 1:30 am EST… after an epic day of travel, too much rain in Chicago made the metal birds go boing. Luckily Bruce (said with a nice smile) hooked me up on an even better itinerary, on that got me into Reno a bit later, but one that didn’t involve flying all the way to the west coast, down the coast, then …

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[5 May 2008 | No Comment | ]
Mission – What GOs in Reno, stays in Reno… letting Billy Harris live vicariously through me for a change!

With Chris Wing out due to his work schedule and such, looks like I’ve got a ball to pick up… covering the Reno Riuver Festival.  Many of you may not have remembered my first foree into event coverage.  I used to post as POLLO on Boatertalk and set up full coverage of the World’s (Ottawa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Austria).  Funny that my Sort, Spain coverage web site still gets 10,000 visitors a month… weird… must be a log of retro boaters out there.  Well thanks to some well timed negotiations …

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[25 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]
Watch Olympic Trials on NBC Sports 1 hour show!

NBC cameras were rolling today as they did some pre-race interviews. They asked me a lot of questions about things like, “how is it to compete with your daughter” and some Jackson Kayak questions, and , of course, as a former Olympian, how do you feel about this race. Well, it did get me thinking, and I am very excited to be here with my daughter competing in our first father/daughter Olympic Trials. I wish Dane was here too, but he didn’t qualify this time.
Meanwhile- the atmosphere is quite relaxed …

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[11 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]
More from the NAWF

This is the 4th NAWF, and this year with high water, thanks to both rain and North Alabama mountain snowmelt! The organizers have done a great job in putting music to the river, bringing in lots of great sponsors and vendors, and plenty of kayaking, of course.
Yesterday was the Short Creek part of the event where a freestyle over a waterfall and a boatercross with 8 people at a time over the waterfall were the competitions. It is in Albertville, AL.
1. Andrew Holcomb won the waterfall freestyle
2. Nick Troutman was …

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[9 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]
NAWF – Day 2 and closing

We all woke up Saturday morning to a dusting of snow and temperatures near 20 degrees which if your from the Midwest or Canada you shrug off as a warm early spring day. However, we are in North Alabama and most down here have only seen snow five or six times in their lives. So let me just say it was no surprise that they pushed back the 8:00 AM competitors meeting.
Competition eventually kicked off sometime around noon starting with juniors and following with men’s expert, women’s, and pro men …

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[7 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

Greetings from chilly Alabama. The first day of competition went off without a hitch and provided some entertainment as well. With the recent rain that the Southeast has been receiving, Short Creek was stomping today and provided us with some big tricks as well as quality beatings. Andrew Holcombe and Nick Troutman had strong showing today in the Men’s Pro Class.  Andrew was throwing split wheels off of the falls while Nick was continually attempting to throw Mcnasties and coming very close to executing one, though he …

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[5 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

We are just two days away from the start of the 2008 Pro Circuit where Guntersville, Alabama plays host to the North Alabama Whitewater Festival on Short Creek and the Locust Fork rivers. Day one’s festivities include a waterfall freestyle and boatercross on Short Creek Falls. On day two, the Locust Fork will be the site of the Throwdown (traditional rodeo) and the Big Trick (head to head big trick) competitions. Registration takes place at Short Creek on day one and have Junior, Intermediate, Expert and Pro …

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[26 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]
WK and H2O Dream’s Chris Wing partner to cover Pro circuit in 2008

Chris Wing of H2O Dreams has graciously formed a partnership with World Kayak that will bring all of us full web coverage of many of North America’s biggest events. Touring with the pro paddling circuit will allow Chris to bring full coverage… text descriptions, interviews, articles of interest, results and much more will be complimented with photo galleries, video and some fun promotional contests from our sponsors!
Events we will be covering will include:
NAWF – March 7-9
Reno – May 9-11
TEVA – June 4-9
FIBark – June 12-15
Potomac – July …