Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The hole was dynamic and flushy and only 5 advanced to the finals, so competitors had to be on to make it. In the first heat Jonathon Shales and Dustin Urban had great rides. I had good rides in the second heat which put me in third place, but there were still many great paddlers to come. In the third heat, Nick Troutman and Jason Craig threw down to bump me into 5th place. The last competitor in the fourth heat, Dane Jackson, had high scoring rides which placed him into second. It came down to the last ride in prelims and I just missed the cut which earned me the name “bubble boy” for the rest of the day.
Top pros that didn't make the cut include Erick Jackson, Stephen Wright, Bryan Kirk, Andrew Holcomb, Clay Wright, Jed Selby and the list goes on. It was interesting to see younger generation dominate this competition. We will have to see how the rest of the season goes.
In finals, the best of two rides advanced to the top three. Jonathon Shales and Jason Craig didn’t make the cut and finished in 4th and 5th. From there the best of three rides determined who won. Dustin Urban had an awesome first ride at 122 points. Nick Troutman came close with 119 points to finish second and Dane Jackson finished third.
Here are the results that I remember. Complete results should be posed at the BV Pro Rodeo site soon.
1. Dustin Urban
2. Nick Troutman
3. Dane Jackson
4. Jonathon Shales
5. Jason Craig
6. Greg Parker
7. Stephen Wright
1. Emily Jackson
2. Ruth Gordon
3. Katie Urban
Below is a short video of the highlights from my competition rides.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Check out the Paddlefest Video! (below)
A main element of Paddlefest is the used boat and gear swap where paddlers can buy or sell any of the 5 essentials. This is an excellent way for newbies to get very affordeable, quality gear and for paddlers seeking to buy new boats or gear to sell their used to buy new. This year we had a HUGE selection of boats at the swap from many eras and in all price ranges from $50 - $ 700. On average, you could get a great playboat, creekboat or river runner for about $300.
EJ (Eric Jackson) got out in the instructional pool to help people 'bombproof' their role. It was fun to see techniques from EJ's Rolling and Bracing in real life.
The Kid's paddling clinic at the BV town lake (one block from CKS) was a great success. Kids love kayaking.
Corey Volt dressed up as....himself!
Paddlers gathered at the Ska beer garden for afternoon and after paddling socializing, food and refreshments.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
4 Falls scout (Mark, Miles and I)
Aubrie on the bottom section of 4 Falls
Mark on the bottom section of 4 Falls
Checkin' out Supermax
Ready for takeoff on the bottom of Supermax (AKA Tampax)
Mark riding the pillow on the bottom of Supermax
Mark on the last drop of Supermax
Miles, gettin' wicked
This is what Miles does when he gets excited...
Aubrie cleaning Tampax!