MWF Championships Draws Record Number of Beginners!

Unlike most competitions, the Midwest Freestyle Championships is set up to allow everyone to compete at their level.  Beginners, Intermediates, Experts, Masters, and Womens’ classes are all options to push your skills to the next level. Over 50 competitors participated in this years beginner freestyle championships and over 90 competitors total. Introduction classes such as the Ray McLain Training Clinic and Rapids Riders Canoe U, have brought dozens of new paddlers to Wausau Whitewater Park over the summer and the paddling community has helped them learn basic surfing skills. Then, this August, the Jackson Freestyle Clinic filled to a record level of over 40 students! 7 experts, a dozen intermediates and over 20 beginners, all ready to learn from our Jackson Kayak Instructors.

Local Junior Paddlers Cody and Erin Achatz participated in the clinic and other beginning juniors including Alex Schrader, Mitch Lutey, and Evan Rose. Erin, Cody and Mitch event stepped up to compete in the Intermediate division. The beginner competition was won by Ryan Strong, who started kayaking only about 1 year ago.

Before the year’s expert competition some feature construction needed to happen though. Little Drop was ruined in a flood and with only 4 hours of availability and funds for a backhoe to help move the rocks back into place, it wasn’t quite right. So, as a group effort, paddlers bounced memories of the previous position of the rocks off of each other to determine the best course of action. Chad Kehn and John McConville did much of the work, moving rocks by hand to narrow the channel by the feature, then Brian Scholz who organized the event helped us get materials for building a removable wing dam. As the water level rose the next morning everyone was watching, for a moment, we saw a great feature, but the water continued to fill. So after some fiddling with water level, we found the right spot and the competition went on! This year’s expert competition champion was once again John Mc Conville followed by Jeremiah Kramasz, and Aaron Schrader.

This year the event added lunch time entertainment of the Ride the Bull Competition on the Big Drop Wave which had a handful of winners! Then the Sunday boater cross. Jeremiah K took first after knocking over little erin achatz who stuck in it to finish 2nd!

It was another great weekend thanks to a great paddling community and Brian scholz for organizing the whole event!

MWF Championships Draws Record Number of Beginners!

Unlike most competitions, the Midwest Freestyle Championships is set up to allow everyone to compete at their level.  Beginners, Intermediates, Experts, Masters, and Womens’ classes are all options to push your skills to the next level. Over 50 competitors participated in this years beginner freestyle championships and over 90 competitors total. Introduction classes such as the Ray McLain Training Clinic and Rapids Riders Canoe U, have brought dozens of new paddlers to Wausau Whitewater Park over the summer and the paddling community has helped them learn basic surfing skills. Then, this August, the Jackson Freestyle Clinic filled to a record level of over 40 students! 7 experts, a dozen intermediates and over 20 beginners, all ready to learn from our Jackson Kayak Instructors.

Local Junior Paddlers Cody and Erin Achatz participated in the clinic and other beginning juniors including Alex Schrader, Mitch Lutey, and Evan Rose. Erin, Cody and Mitch event stepped up to compete in the Intermediate division. The beginner competition was won by Ryan Strong, who started kayaking only about 1 year ago.

Before the year’s expert competition some feature construction needed to happen though. Little Drop was ruined in a flood and with only 4 hours of availability and funds for a backhoe to help move the rocks back into place, it wasn’t quite right. So, as a group effort, paddlers bounced memories of the previous position of the rocks off of each other to determine the best course of action. Chad Kehn and John McConville did much of the work, moving rocks by hand to narrow the channel by the feature, then Brian Scholz who organized the event helped us get materials for building a removable wing dam. As the water level rose the next morning everyone was watching, for a moment, we saw a great feature, but the water continued to fill. So after some fiddling with water level, we found the right spot and the competition went on! This year’s expert competition champion was once again John Mc Conville followed by Jeremiah Kramasz, and Aaron Schrader.

This year the event added lunch time entertainment of the Ride the Bull Competition on the Big Drop Wave which had a handful of winners! Then the Sunday boater cross. Jeremiah K took first after knocking over little erin achatz who stuck in it to finish 2nd!

It was another great weekend thanks to a great paddling community and Brian scholz for organizing the whole event!

MWF Championships Draws Record Number of Beginners!

Unlike most competitions, the Midwest Freestyle Championships is set up to allow everyone to compete at their level.  Beginners, Intermediates, Experts, Masters, and Womens’ classes are all options to push your skills to the next level. Over 50 competitors participated in this years beginner freestyle championships and over 90 competitors total. Introduction classes such as the Ray McLain Training Clinic and Rapids Riders Canoe U, have brought dozens of new paddlers to Wausau Whitewater Park over the summer and the paddling community has helped them learn basic surfing skills. Then, this August, the Jackson Freestyle Clinic filled to a record level of over 40 students! 7 experts, a dozen intermediates and over 20 beginners, all ready to learn from our Jackson Kayak Instructors.

Local Junior Paddlers Cody and Erin Achatz participated in the clinic and other beginning juniors including Alex Schrader, Mitch Lutey, and Evan Rose. Erin, Cody and Mitch event stepped up to compete in the Intermediate division. The beginner competition was won by Ryan Strong, who started kayaking only about 1 year ago.

Before the year’s expert competition some feature construction needed to happen though. Little Drop was ruined in a flood and with only 4 hours of availability and funds for a backhoe to help move the rocks back into place, it wasn’t quite right. So, as a group effort, paddlers bounced memories of the previous position of the rocks off of each other to determine the best course of action. Chad Kehn and John McConville did much of the work, moving rocks by hand to narrow the channel by the feature, then Brian Scholz who organized the event helped us get materials for building a removable wing dam. As the water level rose the next morning everyone was watching, for a moment, we saw a great feature, but the water continued to fill. So after some fiddling with water level, we found the right spot and the competition went on! This year’s expert competition champion was once again John Mc Conville followed by Jeremiah Kramasz, and Aaron Schrader.

This year the event added lunch time entertainment of the Ride the Bull Competition on the Big Drop Wave which had a handful of winners! Then the Sunday boater cross. Jeremiah K took first after knocking over little erin achatz who stuck in it to finish 2nd!

It was another great weekend thanks to a great paddling community and Brian scholz for organizing the whole event!

MWF Championships Draws Record Number of Beginners!

Unlike most competitions, the Midwest Freestyle Championships is set up to allow everyone to compete at their level.  Beginners, Intermediates, Experts, Masters, and Womens’ classes are all options to push your skills to the next level. Over 50 competitors participated in this years beginner freestyle championships and over 90 competitors total. Introduction classes such as the Ray McLain Training Clinic and Rapids Riders Canoe U, have brought dozens of new paddlers to Wausau Whitewater Park over the summer and the paddling community has helped them learn basic surfing skills. Then, this August, the Jackson Freestyle Clinic filled to a record level of over 40 students! 7 experts, a dozen intermediates and over 20 beginners, all ready to learn from our Jackson Kayak Instructors.

Local Junior Paddlers Cody and Erin Achatz participated in the clinic and other beginning juniors including Alex Schrader, Mitch Lutey, and Evan Rose. Erin, Cody and Mitch event stepped up to compete in the Intermediate division. The beginner competition was won by Ryan Strong, who started kayaking only about 1 year ago.

Before the year’s expert competition some feature construction needed to happen though. Little Drop was ruined in a flood and with only 4 hours of availability and funds for a backhoe to help move the rocks back into place, it wasn’t quite right. So, as a group effort, paddlers bounced memories of the previous position of the rocks off of each other to determine the best course of action. Chad Kehn and John McConville did much of the work, moving rocks by hand to narrow the channel by the feature, then Brian Scholz who organized the event helped us get materials for building a removable wing dam. As the water level rose the next morning everyone was watching, for a moment, we saw a great feature, but the water continued to fill. So after some fiddling with water level, we found the right spot and the competition went on! This year’s expert competition champion was once again John Mc Conville followed by Jeremiah Kramasz, and Aaron Schrader.

This year the event added lunch time entertainment of the Ride the Bull Competition on the Big Drop Wave which had a handful of winners! Then the Sunday boater cross. Jeremiah K took first after knocking over little erin achatz who stuck in it to finish 2nd!

It was another great weekend thanks to a great paddling community and Brian scholz for organizing the whole event!

2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2014 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was big booming fun! We had a good turn out with 16 competitors joining in for some friendly freestyle rodeo for the first time since June of 2011!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held at Big Rock on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with mostly sunny warm weather!

The river level was around 680 CFS; which is just starting to get retentive for play boating at Big Rock with the change in the feature due to the past two years of high flows.  We were all pretty excited though to final get some rodeo competition action in the feature!  A good time was had by all!

North Esk River Race 2014 – Summary

The 19th of April 2014 saw the 2nd ever North Esk River Race.

36 paddlers took to the water in 3 classes; Intermediate, Advanced and, for those who dared Ironman. In each class there could only be two winners, one male and one female.

The weather could not have been better with blazing sunshine all day and very little wind.

Despite low river levels the day was a great success and much fun was had.

The day started off bright an early in the beautiful morning sun at 9am with registration at the Burn Estate where people signed in and were given their race number and bib. After that there was a briefing for the Intermediate and Advanced classes and around 10:15am the bus and van started shuttling the competitors to the top started to the start.

The Intermediate Females were first with competitors leaving the start at two minute intervals beginning at 11am. The Intermediate course ran from the pool just above rock garden, down through rock garden and witches step and all the other smaller rapids to finish a short distance above Rocks of Solitude.

Kirsten Rendle dominated in this class and took first place with a time of 00:07:03, 43s faster than the next fastest female.

The Intermediate Males followed on from the females. Jonathan Riddle was first off and set the pace to beat however this was quickly smashed by Gareth Lake who fought of his rivals to take first place with a time of 00:06:37.

After a short break to move the finish line downstream to below Presidents corner, which added both Rocks of Solitude and Presidents Corner to the course the intermediate paddlers had just raced, the Advanced race got under way.

The Ladies were first down the course, With Texa Sim snatching the title from last years female winner Amy Kincaid by just 9s, with a time of 00:08:05.

The mornings racing concluded with the Advanced Mens race. By far the largest category with 25 paddlers competing in this class, there was some hot competition. Blood and Sweat were shed, with several bumps and scrapes and John Peden showing off his swimming skills in the latter rapids of the course. In the end there could only be one winner and this went to slalom paddler Stuart Gerrie who took the title from Leslie Simpson, last years winner with a time of 00:06:53.

 

With the mornings racing over the competitors who wished to compete in the Iron man race had half and hour to get some lunch before the shuttles to the start began. 19 paddlers dared to enter this gruelling 8.15km biathlon of paddling and running. The competitors were started at one minute intervals from the put in eddy and had to paddle all the way to Gannochy Bridge before running all the way back to the car park at the top.

There were some very fast times put down for both the mens and ladies classes. With Iryna Meduniak who came third in the Advanced race taking the ladies prize with a time of 00:54:48 and Mark Wielopolski who was fourth in the Advanced race taking the mens prize with a time of 00:49:06

 

With all the racing done all that was left was for the top 3 people in each class to receive their prizes which were kindly provided by our awesome sponsors; Mitchell Blades, Go Kayaking Scotland, ZET Advanced Boats, Rob Coles and System X.

I would also like to thank World Kayak for providing the insurance for the race, The Burn estate for allowing us to use their land for parking, Fire It Up for providing us with bibs and our Drivers, Timing Marshals and Safety team for all their help throughout the day.

I hope everyone had and fantastic day and I hope you will all make it to next years race which will be even bigger and more competitive.

North Esk River Race 2014 – Summary

The 19th of April 2014 saw the 2nd ever North Esk River Race.

36 paddlers took to the water in 3 classes; Intermediate, Advanced and, for those who dared Ironman. In each class there could only be two winners, one male and one female.

The weather could not have been better with blazing sunshine all day and very little wind.

Despite low river levels the day was a great success and much fun was had.

The day started off bright an early in the beautiful morning sun at 9am with registration at the Burn Estate where people signed in and were given their race number and bib. After that there was a briefing for the Intermediate and Advanced classes and around 10:15am the bus and van started shuttling the competitors to the top started to the start.

The Intermediate Females were first with competitors leaving the start at two minute intervals beginning at 11am. The Intermediate course ran from the pool just above rock garden, down through rock garden and witches step and all the other smaller rapids to finish a short distance above Rocks of Solitude.

Kirsten Rendle dominated in this class and took first place with a time of 00:07:03, 43s faster than the next fastest female.

The Intermediate Males followed on from the females. Jonathan Riddle was first off and set the pace to beat however this was quickly smashed by Gareth Lake who fought of his rivals to take first place with a time of 00:06:37.

After a short break to move the finish line downstream to below Presidents corner, which added both Rocks of Solitude and Presidents Corner to the course the intermediate paddlers had just raced, the Advanced race got under way.

The Ladies were first down the course, With Texa Sim snatching the title from last years female winner Amy Kincaid by just 9s, with a time of 00:08:05.

The mornings racing concluded with the Advanced Mens race. By far the largest category with 25 paddlers competing in this class, there was some hot competition. Blood and Sweat were shed, with several bumps and scrapes and John Peden showing off his swimming skills in the latter rapids of the course. In the end there could only be one winner and this went to slalom paddler Stuart Gerrie who took the title from Leslie Simpson, last years winner with a time of 00:06:53.

 

With the mornings racing over the competitors who wished to compete in the Iron man race had half and hour to get some lunch before the shuttles to the start began. 19 paddlers dared to enter this gruelling 8.15km biathlon of paddling and running. The competitors were started at one minute intervals from the put in eddy and had to paddle all the way to Gannochy Bridge before running all the way back to the car park at the top.

There were some very fast times put down for both the mens and ladies classes. With Iryna Meduniak who came third in the Advanced race taking the ladies prize with a time of 00:54:48 and Mark Wielopolski who was fourth in the Advanced race taking the mens prize with a time of 00:49:06

 

With all the racing done all that was left was for the top 3 people in each class to receive their prizes which were kindly provided by our awesome sponsors; Mitchell Blades, Go Kayaking Scotland, ZET Advanced Boats, Rob Coles and System X.

I would also like to thank World Kayak for providing the insurance for the race, The Burn estate for allowing us to use their land for parking, Fire It Up for providing us with bibs and our Drivers, Timing Marshals and Safety team for all their help throughout the day.

I hope everyone had and fantastic day and I hope you will all make it to next years race which will be even bigger and more competitive.

North Esk River Race 2014 – Summary

The 19th of April 2014 saw the 2nd ever North Esk River Race.

36 paddlers took to the water in 3 classes; Intermediate, Advanced and, for those who dared Ironman. In each class there could only be two winners, one male and one female.

The weather could not have been better with blazing sunshine all day and very little wind.

Despite low river levels the day was a great success and much fun was had.

The day started off bright an early in the beautiful morning sun at 9am with registration at the Burn Estate where people signed in and were given their race number and bib. After that there was a briefing for the Intermediate and Advanced classes and around 10:15am the bus and van started shuttling the competitors to the top started to the start.

The Intermediate Females were first with competitors leaving the start at two minute intervals beginning at 11am. The Intermediate course ran from the pool just above rock garden, down through rock garden and witches step and all the other smaller rapids to finish a short distance above Rocks of Solitude.

Kirsten Rendle dominated in this class and took first place with a time of 00:07:03, 43s faster than the next fastest female.

The Intermediate Males followed on from the females. Jonathan Riddle was first off and set the pace to beat however this was quickly smashed by Gareth Lake who fought of his rivals to take first place with a time of 00:06:37.

After a short break to move the finish line downstream to below Presidents corner, which added both Rocks of Solitude and Presidents Corner to the course the intermediate paddlers had just raced, the Advanced race got under way.

The Ladies were first down the course, With Texa Sim snatching the title from last years female winner Amy Kincaid by just 9s, with a time of 00:08:05.

The mornings racing concluded with the Advanced Mens race. By far the largest category with 25 paddlers competing in this class, there was some hot competition. Blood and Sweat were shed, with several bumps and scrapes and John Peden showing off his swimming skills in the latter rapids of the course. In the end there could only be one winner and this went to slalom paddler Stuart Gerrie who took the title from Leslie Simpson, last years winner with a time of 00:06:53.

 

With the mornings racing over the competitors who wished to compete in the Iron man race had half and hour to get some lunch before the shuttles to the start began. 19 paddlers dared to enter this gruelling 8.15km biathlon of paddling and running. The competitors were started at one minute intervals from the put in eddy and had to paddle all the way to Gannochy Bridge before running all the way back to the car park at the top.

There were some very fast times put down for both the mens and ladies classes. With Iryna Meduniak who came third in the Advanced race taking the ladies prize with a time of 00:54:48 and Mark Wielopolski who was fourth in the Advanced race taking the mens prize with a time of 00:49:06

 

With all the racing done all that was left was for the top 3 people in each class to receive their prizes which were kindly provided by our awesome sponsors; Mitchell Blades, Go Kayaking Scotland, ZET Advanced Boats, Rob Coles and System X.

I would also like to thank World Kayak for providing the insurance for the race, The Burn estate for allowing us to use their land for parking, Fire It Up for providing us with bibs and our Drivers, Timing Marshals and Safety team for all their help throughout the day.

I hope everyone had and fantastic day and I hope you will all make it to next years race which will be even bigger and more competitive.

North Esk River Race 2014 – Summary

The 19th of April 2014 saw the 2nd ever North Esk River Race.

36 paddlers took to the water in 3 classes; Intermediate, Advanced and, for those who dared Ironman. In each class there could only be two winners, one male and one female.

The weather could not have been better with blazing sunshine all day and very little wind.

Despite low river levels the day was a great success and much fun was had.

The day started off bright an early in the beautiful morning sun at 9am with registration at the Burn Estate where people signed in and were given their race number and bib. After that there was a briefing for the Intermediate and Advanced classes and around 10:15am the bus and van started shuttling the competitors to the top started to the start.

The Intermediate Females were first with competitors leaving the start at two minute intervals beginning at 11am. The Intermediate course ran from the pool just above rock garden, down through rock garden and witches step and all the other smaller rapids to finish a short distance above Rocks of Solitude.

Kirsten Rendle dominated in this class and took first place with a time of 00:07:03, 43s faster than the next fastest female.

The Intermediate Males followed on from the females. Jonathan Riddle was first off and set the pace to beat however this was quickly smashed by Gareth Lake who fought of his rivals to take first place with a time of 00:06:37.

After a short break to move the finish line downstream to below Presidents corner, which added both Rocks of Solitude and Presidents Corner to the course the intermediate paddlers had just raced, the Advanced race got under way.

The Ladies were first down the course, With Texa Sim snatching the title from last years female winner Amy Kincaid by just 9s, with a time of 00:08:05.

The mornings racing concluded with the Advanced Mens race. By far the largest category with 25 paddlers competing in this class, there was some hot competition. Blood and Sweat were shed, with several bumps and scrapes and John Peden showing off his swimming skills in the latter rapids of the course. In the end there could only be one winner and this went to slalom paddler Stuart Gerrie who took the title from Leslie Simpson, last years winner with a time of 00:06:53.

 

With the mornings racing over the competitors who wished to compete in the Iron man race had half and hour to get some lunch before the shuttles to the start began. 19 paddlers dared to enter this gruelling 8.15km biathlon of paddling and running. The competitors were started at one minute intervals from the put in eddy and had to paddle all the way to Gannochy Bridge before running all the way back to the car park at the top.

There were some very fast times put down for both the mens and ladies classes. With Iryna Meduniak who came third in the Advanced race taking the ladies prize with a time of 00:54:48 and Mark Wielopolski who was fourth in the Advanced race taking the mens prize with a time of 00:49:06

 

With all the racing done all that was left was for the top 3 people in each class to receive their prizes which were kindly provided by our awesome sponsors; Mitchell Blades, Go Kayaking Scotland, ZET Advanced Boats, Rob Coles and System X.

I would also like to thank World Kayak for providing the insurance for the race, The Burn estate for allowing us to use their land for parking, Fire It Up for providing us with bibs and our Drivers, Timing Marshals and Safety team for all their help throughout the day.

I hope everyone had and fantastic day and I hope you will all make it to next years race which will be even bigger and more competitive.

North Esk River Race – 10 days to Go

Its nearly here, the second ever North Esk River Race, and what a race it is shaping up to be.

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