Monday, June 15, 2009

Teva Mountain Games 09

This weekend I placed 8th out of 44 pro men at the Teva Games in Vail. It is now the third year that I have finished 8th in Vail.  I guess it is my lucky number.


I arrived in Vail late Wednesday night after creeking in Crested Butte.  I took advantage of the Homestake Creek Race and paddled Thursday afternoon without a line.  I was paddling well and confident for the competition.  Then EJ got back from the creek race and had a new 2010 Allstar for me!  I didn’t want to switch boats the day before competing, but couldn’t resist at least trying it.  And I’m glad I did!  I will have a complete review coming soon, but simply put, it is amazing.


On Friday I wanted to practice without a line and then be rested for the competition so I put on the icy cold Gore Creek at 6:30am.  That was a mistake.  At 7:30 I was freezing cold and stop to thaw out and eat breakfast.  It turns out that the EJ and Nick showed up at 8 which was still early enough to beat the line.  Anyways, my dedication payed off and I had great rides which put me in 3rd place after prelims.  I hit both phoenix monkeys, a mcnasty, both godzillas, and a loop in both rides which scored 820 and 870 points.  


I was so excited that I made the same mistake again before semifinals on Saturday.  This time I put on by 7:30am though.  Later than 6:30, but still freezing cold and the line never came.  Anyways, I was feeling confident and ready when the semifinals came.  I watched everyone before me and knew that I only needed one ride over 810 points to make the cut to 5.  My first ride started off great with both monkeys and a mcnasty.  I had 45 seconds to do a loop and 2 space godzillas, but somehow I couldn’t put it together.  Second ride, same story.  I could hit my hard tricks, but fell apart on the easy stuff.


Later that day Steven Wright, NIck Troutman, Dustin Urban, Casper Von Kalmthout, and Andrew Holcombe (finishing 1-5 place respectively) put on an impressive show in the finals.  The new Allstar went ridiculously huge and the crowd responded.  It was the most exciting finals that I have witnessed.  Check out video finals highlights at www.jacksonkayak.com, watch the whole thing at www.worldkayak.com, or check out www.tevamountaingames.com for prelim and finals results.

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