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[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

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[2 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]
World Cup Finals in Thun – the Grand Finale

Today was the World Cup Final Finals and the results are in! What a great show by many classes having their highest scores here today in the finals!
In the Men’s Kayak Class- Nick Troutman and Stephen Wright dominated the finals with rides in the 900’s in their All-Stars. Peter Czonka had a great first ride at 540 points to take third. Mathieu and Dustin did well but didn’t have their best scores today, getting in the low 400’s.
The overall World Cup Results for K1 Men were:
Peter Czonka- Slovakia- Project
Nick Troutman- …

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[31 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Semis at Thun… the setting is set.

(Sorry photos coming later)
After the dust settled on Semi-final day, we have our scene.  The K1 men’s class had two steps as they were cut from 20 to 10 then 10 to 5.  The end result was once again, Canadian Nick Troutman at the top with a final round ride that was 300 points higher than the next competitor!  Stephen Wright continued his consistancy in the top three on this wave with the second place ride of 580 and Peter Csonka showing that he can still hold onto his 3rd …

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[30 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Men’s Quarter finals

Nick Troutman was the man of the hour in today’s Quarter Finals.  Nick blew the field away with an incredible 1263 point score with Stephen Wright of the US at his heals, but 200+ points behind.  Wow.  Peter Csonka of Sla was in third… a spot he needs to keep to win the world Cup.  Eric Jackson and Dustin Urban made it through to the finals, but the Gauntlet has definitely been thrown by the youngster from Canada and there is a weird air of tension here as nothing is …

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[29 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Prelims at Thun

OK.  The finale has started.  After Germany, the boaters were pretty stoked about getting to the next venue… Thun Switzerland.  Some litterally left after the last ride in Germany, some the next day, but most who continued to compete were on the wave the next day.
The Swiss wave was far different than the first two hole-style events.  Moves were different, and the skill sets to make those moves were different.  Those used to playing in a hole or who trained on holes exclusively were at a profound disadvantage here… the …

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[27 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
World Cup Final Stop – Thun, Switzerland!

Thun, Switzerland is the best setting we have had for any event in terms of sheer beauty, and central location. Both Prague and Augsburg were both great sites as well, but Thun is quite special. I am sure that Vail, Colorado tried to model itself after this town, as we voted unanimously upon arriving that Thun looks like Vail. The difference, is, of course, that the buildings here are 1,000 years old in many cases, and this town wasn’t created to lure skiers.
The river is a wonderful blue color and …

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[24 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
World Cup #2 – Finals

World Cup 2 was held in Augsburg, Germany, on the Eiscanal, a man-made whitewater course built in 1972. The Washing Machine is still the best hole for this type of course and it was built 36 years ago. The feature was awesome, and people had a lot of fun training and competing on it. Let’s focus on the competition…
Today was 100% finals day. The day started with the Junior Women at 10:00am, then the OC1’s, then the C1’s and then …

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[24 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
World Cup #2 Semi Finals

The C1ers started the day with their semis, the top 5 making it to the finals.  Markus Hummel of Germany stood atop the field with 380 points with a remarkable ride in this tough C1 hole.  Out from nowhere Lee Pike of Great Britain took second spot and Stepan Fiedler took third.  Lukas and Alexandre came to the final two spots to set the scene for the finals tomorrow.

The Junior Women took to the stage, starting at the semi-finals due to the small heats.  Leonie Haberling of Switzerland  took the …

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[24 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Augburg Men’s Quarterfinal Results

The day was another for the record books. Again familiar faces kept at the top of the chart for the men’s quarter final round. Peter Csonka killed it with a 1627 combined score with American Dustin Urban making it in second as he starts to feel a consistency to his rides. Dustin is now a 3rd player in amongst the growing rivalry between Peter and Canadian Nick Troutman. Nick was humbled byt Daniel Krummreich of Germany who took third spot leaving Nick and …

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[24 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Prelims in Germany – World Cup Stop 2

Teams and paddlers from 30+ countries arrived at Augsburg, Germany this week to begin training for the second stop on the World Cup circuit. With Prague playing host to a Euro paddler victory, much of the continent is all fired up for more of the same. Canadians and Americans are now dusting off from a tough Prague event and are focused on dialing in the German freestyle feature. .. an amazing hole/wave that hosted many of the top moves!
The big news of the week were some health issues …

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[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. …

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[17 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]
World Cup – Prague Finals

Today the weather was sunny and the crowd gathered for Czech beer, great music, and paddling. The finals got off on time with the OC1, and Junior Women going first. I don’t have printed results yet, so this will be more of a wrap up with only a few results that I remember each name.
Men’s Kayak
Peter Czonka took first place with an awesome first ride of 980. His second two were in the 600-500’s.  Nick Troutman took second with 840 points.  Mathieu Domoulin took over the third place position from …

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[16 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
World Cup Prague – Nighttime Men’s Semi’s

The rain let up tonight at about 9:20pm.   The 4 large overhead spot-lights and the colored concert lights were in full force lighting up what we dubbed the “Freestyle Dance Floor” as the DJ Cranked the music with everyone singing “Hey Ho, Let’s Go,  Hey Ho, Let’s Go” to just about everything you would imagine at a rocking club at 2am.   The stands were full, literally standing room only, with athletes, coaches, spectators, friends, relatives, and organizers from over 30 countries all kicking off the “losers party” with the Semi-Finals …

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[16 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Women’s Semi-finals really came down to who was able to land a few moves without flushing in the higher water. The cut was a big one, the hardest in the event- from 10 to 5. Fiona Jarvie from Great Britain, who got 2nd in prelims and is the European Champion for 2008 came in hot and took the top honors going into finals and her seeding will stay the same throughout the three finals rides. Emily Jackson, from the USA, also had an awesome second ride to come in …

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[16 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
World Cup Mens Quarter final results

The rain has been relentless here in Prague with the water rising slowly but continuously. The Men just finished their cut from 20 to 10 at about 5pm tonight. Yet, they/we are not finished for the day! We still have the cut from 10 to 5 left under the lights!
The first heat of 5 men had Stephen Wright in it, who got 17th in the prelims. That is an unusual place for world’s biggest air master to be in, so he decided to change his rank in this competition and …

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[16 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]
Day 2 Prague – Women’s Prelims

The Rain is coming down in a big way making it cold and wet. It is 54 degrees outside for a high today with the clouds, rain, and wind from the North. At 10:00am there was a 15 minute break with some sun, but then back to the rain again. For the Women’s Prelims today the water didn’t come up any, making the hole still at a perfect level. The heats took all morning and only 10 women get to move on the next round making it a big cut. …

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[16 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

7:48 am and I just finished training this morning. I expected higher water with rain that lasted all day and night and is still going on. It is only slightly higher than yesterday which makes for a great level.
Ruth Gordon will lead off the Women’s K1 heats this morning at 8am. This means 8:30am by the look of things. She is paddling well and fun to have at the event. Very grounded, funny, and has a great outlook on things. …

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[15 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]

Last night it started raining in the middle of the night, again, and all day today was cold and grey. Everyone was wrapped up in layers, raincoats, some had umbrellas, but everyone was on deck to start the first event of the 2008 World Cup at 8am today. The Junior Women went first today but their results were at another location that I couldn’t find at the time of this writing, sorry! I’ll get them out tomorrow.
The Junior men went second and it started off with a bang with some …

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[15 Aug 2008 | One Comment | ]
World Cup – Prague Day 1 – Prelims

Mens JR K1 – Prelims
The JR’s started the day with the JR women automatically passing through to the next rounds as the field was under the 10 person cut line.  There was a very unique air of unexpectancy (new word) as many of these athletes have never competed on the same stage before and the new rules made for new strategies and exciting, highpointed rides.   Most importantly, the expectation of any type of single country dominance was immediately washed away with an incredible showing from all corners of the globe!  …

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[13 Aug 2008 | No Comment | ]
Busy 2 days in Prague- T-minus 2 Days to World Cup Opening Ceremonies…

The past two days was like a blur. Official National Team Training Slots began. International Canoe Federation- ICF- now the International Governing Body for Freestyle is doing a three day rules seminar and discussion about the final version of the Freestyle Rules for the 2008 World Cup and 2009 World Championships. Where the main rules, known as the “General Rules” and the “Technical Rules” are officially set, the Appendix is still being discussed, tweaked, and final wording created. The Appendix includes the descriptions of each move, as well as the …

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[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 …

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[28 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]
World Kayak to cover the 2008 World Cup in Europe!

World Kayak is building a team aimed at covering the 2008 World Cup in Europe this coming summer.  Our coverage will be extensive with complete results, articles of interest, photos and, of course, video.  Our journalist team will be setting the events up with pre-event coverage, interviews, blogs and much more.  During the event we will be posting up on-site articles, interviews, results and coverage text.  Our cameras will be rolling to ensure we get as good a show as possible… obviously internet dependant
Stay tuned for more!