Monday, June 09, 2008

Teva Mountain Games

This weekend the Teva Mountain Games went off in Vail. It is a 5 day festival of outdoor sports, art, and music. The venue included kayaking, biking, running, dog comps, and the IFSC Bouldering World Cup. It was fun to watch the best in the world compete in their respected sports as well as compete in front of big crowd.

The freestyle competition was the best that Vail has held due to the changes to the feature. Vail installed a bladder system so that the hole can be changed using a touch screen. On friday in prelims 37 men paddled to make the cut to 15 for the semifinals. I had poor rides and just made the cut in 14th place with 126 points combined.

On Saturday due to the reverse order I was the second person in the first heat. I had good rides and my high score was 98 points. As the finals went on other paddlers had great rides and I slowly moved down in the standings. When it was all said and done I was in 8th place. I wanted to make the cut to finals, but I am happy with my performance and that is all that matters.

The finals was exciting to watch. There was high scoring rides and it came down the last rides when EJ had the chance to retake the lead away from Dustin Urban.

Here are the freestyle results. Check out Teva Mountain Games, World Kayak, or Jackson Kayak for more coverage on the event.

1. Dustin Urban
2. Eric Jackson
3. Nick Troutman
4. Stephen Wright
5. Jason Craig
6. Bryan Kirk
7. Andrew Holcomb
8. Greg Parker
9. Jon Meyers
10. Kelsey Thompson
11. Dane Jackson
12. Jonathan Shales
13. Ben Guska
14. Jud Kaiser
15. Tino Specht

1. Emily Jackson
2. Tanya Faux
3. Ruth Gordon

Entry Move

Right Airwheel

Left Airwheel


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