Big Waves of Brilliant HTTD

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 1st, 2014

The sound of two grand worth of carbon fibre resonates off dense water as a paddler catches edge and hurls upstream only to disappear momentary and resurface twenty feet in a bubbling mess of confused water. He rolls up and shakes off an impact that would have caused most to be lost underwater grabbing at their ejection loop. This particular kayaker is no stranger to the big waves of Brilliant and knows what to expect of the monster sized waves and big volume chaos to follow. He has been preparing for this kind of water all season and now all he has in mind is making it back into the eddy so he can ride the demons once again. This is the very spirit of big water play—hurling yourself into the immense power of water to face your fears and achieve the moment of silence when boat leaves water and reconnects in abrupt violence.

Tensions were flying high at the third annual World Kayak Hometown Throwdown Brilliant as juicy flows made for an intimidating scene. The format of the competition included a freestyle kayaking session among friends with bragging rights for the biggest trick. To conclude the competition, paddlers lined up for a big volume boatercross race through a huge menacing wave called “Lucky 13” and numerous exploding dynamic features in a head to head mass start format.

The sun was shining bright just in time for the competition as early rain threatened the event below Brilliant Dam on the Kootenay river. People of all ages lined the sloping rocks to witness brave paddlers challenge mother nature in her most powerful form. Paddlers warmed up one after another cheering their comrades on and wincing as inevitable wipeouts ensued.

Start time for the rodeo saw eleven competitors square off to try their hand at nailing a big trick with three rides to do so. Tricks were counted on any of the giant surging waves mainly, Soltice, Lucky 13, Brilliant and Organ Grinder. Most paddlers tried for glory on Lucky 13, usually a nasty hole to be avoided while trying for other waves. On competition day the wave was unpredictable changing from triple overhead green wave to crushing hole that would plunge paddlers under and downstream.

Any paddler that left the eddy to face off with the waves deserves the highest level of respect as most were out of their comfort zone. The big Trick title went to Micha Cyall with a few completely arial Helix’s, a move that requires the kayak to go upside down in the air while rotating 360 degrees. Second place was split between Dylan Davidson and Hayden Standidge. Dylan was throwing consistent areal tricks and long rides during competition time and warm up while Hayden let it all hang out with a few blunts and picturesque clean blunt. Special thanks to the lads from the Shuswap river that attended impressing the locals with giant pan ams, blunts and other dynamic moves. Be sure to mark June 14th on your calendar as the Shushwap river near Enderby BC hosts a legendary party and rodeo.

Paddlers squared off upstream the big waves for the final event, the big water boatercross. The only rules were that racers had to run through Lucky 13 and race down to an eddy to high five time keeper Nick Koldewijn. One of the most impressive race starts in HTTD history saw paddlers line up for Lucky 13 hesitating as they prepared for the impact. Micha took the early lead with Sven Perschmann on his tail. After the train of giant waves, Sven caught a downstream wave in the eddy that propelled him to first at the last second. Congrats to all the paddlers, anyone who competed that day risked the likely chance of a swim or injury at the big waves of Brilliant. Huge shout out to timekeepers/photographers Jason and Nick Koldewijn and all the other spectators who cheered on the kayakers. Special thanks to World Kayak sponsors for the support! This annual event will surely grow as big wave seekers find the big wave of Brilliant in Castlegar BC.

 


 

GoPro Video Guide of Koch Creek, West Kootenays BC

GoPro Video Guide to Koch Creek

 

Check out this exciting video guide of Koch Creek in the beautiful West Kootenays.

This solid class Iv/Iv+ run is commonly done after work or with a crew of weekend warriors any time from late May to Early July once peek flows have subsided.

 

Check it out!

World Kayak GoPro Video River Guide- Koch Creek from Chris Ryman on Vimeo.

 

World Kayak GoPro Video River Guide- Koch Creek from Chris Ryman on Vimeo.

Brilliant Wave Hometown Throwdown- A success!

On Sunday April 14h over 20 kayakers and spectators attended the areas first World Kayak HomeTown Throwdown of the season on Brilliant Wave in Castlegar BC.  With a surprise blizzard on Saturday morning and similar forecast for Sunday, organizers were sceptical there would be a good turn out.  An hour before the event  the sun can out in full force making the event even more enjoyable for paddlers and spectators.

c lick here for RESULTS!

Paddlers from as far as the deserts of Vernon and rocky landscape of Newfoundland came out to shed the dust off their playboats and dazzle onlookers.  Clean blunts, entry moves, loops, and paddle twirls were going on like donkey kong on the area’s

famed Brilliant wave.  The feature was a relatively fast hole with surf able shoulders on the right and left allowing paddlers to set up and execute tricks

Out of the woodwork paddled up mid nineties pro boaters Brandon Knapp and Jamie Simon certainly

not missing a step on the feature. Local paddler Mike Grant showed up competitors with a solid variety of difficult tricks and fancy entry moves.  Big shout out to Lori-ann and Nick K for supplying video and photo coverage.  Stay tuned for a video of the day still on the cutting table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all that attended.  Next HTTD in the area will be June 23 after the West Kootenay Whitewater Festival.

 

Stay tuned for video and results.

 

 

 

HTTD- Brilliant Wave, Castlegar BC-RESULTS

Brilliant Wave  World Kayak HomeTown Throwdown event Results

On Sunday April 14h over 20 kayakers and spectators attended the areas first World Kayak HomeTown Throwdown of the season on Brilliant Wave in Castlegar BC.  With a surprise blizzard on Saturday morning and similar forecast for Sunday, organizers were sceptical there would be a good turn out.  An hour before the event  the sun can out in full force making the event even more enjoyable for paddlers and spectators.


 



Event Results

Event Name: Brilliant Wave HTTD
Event Region: British Columbia

Event Date: April 14th, 2013 @ 1:00pm
All times are localized to the event location.


Intermediate Class
Men's Results
Place Paddler Event Points Ranking Points**
1st Toby Thatcher 35 105
2nd Andrew Dieleman 30 95
3rd Mike Butland 40 115
3rd Jamie McDougall 40 135
3rd Steve Ethier 40 125
Women's Results
Place Paddler Event Points Ranking Points**
1st Lori-ann Howard 70 135
Expert Class
Men's Results
Place Paddler Event Points Ranking Points**
1st Cliff Howard 115 105
2nd Trevor Seville 80 85
3rd Lazer Cox 190 125
4th Brandon Knapp 100 95
5th Carl Jacks 120 115
6th Mike Grants 260 135
Women's Results
Place Paddler Event Points Ranking Points**
1st Jamie Simon 115 135


** Denotes points earned towards the World Kayak Throwdown Amateur Ranking Program.

If you have not selected the ranking option when registering for an event, you may either do so when you register for an event, or you can Get Ranked Now, and claim the points you have already earned!




Hometown Throwdown 2013 #3- Brilliant Wave.

Sunday August 4th, 2013 3:00 pm- Brilliant Wave Castlegar BC

Brilliant wave is one of the best waves in Western North America with different styles of wave dependant on water levels of the mighty Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. We are honouring the wave with a WK HTTD this year to celebrate the awesomeness of the wave and solidarity of the community. Expect to be dazzled by incredible tricks and the best spectator spot in the West.

 

Hometown Throwdown 2013 #2- Kootenay WW fest

June 22nd 2013 4:00pm- Indy wave or Ace hole, Castlegar or Trail, BC

After the Kootenay Whitewater festival we will be hosting another WK HTTD. Last year the crew rallied after a big weekend of flood water kayaking to strut their stuff in a thrilling competition at Indy Wave. Competitors and spectators all agreed the after festival event was a success. Due to unknown snow pack and water levels we will announce the location closer to the event but rest assured we will be hosting the comp on the Industrial feature or Ace hole near Brilliant. contact Chris Ryman (250) 304-7569 or register on the World Kayak web page.

 

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