Hometown Throwdown #1

Local boaters have been warming up in the pool this winter. To kick things off, our first hometown throwdown took place at the Paul Stock Aquatic Center. This event began with a short introduction of the competition layout and rules. Shortly after, the

Jake Skeen throwing some Class IV Cartwheels.

competitors were given thirty minutes to check off as many items as possible from the provided list of moves.

The moves ranged from turning a kayak (class I) to switching kayaks with a partner (Class V). While some moves appeared simple on paper, the actual execution proved to be quite the challenge. Only one participant was able to complete the move that required the competitor to stand up in their kayak while in the water, turn 360 degrees, and sit back down in their kayak.

Of the sixteen competitors participating in this event, there were three women, five youth, and eight men. The top three competitors in each category included:

Youth Female

Lucy (1st)

Youth Male

David (1st)

Hugh (2nd)

Alex (3rd)

Women

Jill (1st)

Billy (2nd)

Men

Jerod (1st)

Taylor (2nd)

Jake (3rd)

Hometown Throwdown #1

Local boaters have been warming up in the pool this winter. To kick things off, our first hometown throwdown took place at the Paul Stock Aquatic Center. This event began with a short introduction of the competition layout and rules. Shortly after, the

Jake Skeen throwing some Class IV Cartwheels.

competitors were given thirty minutes to check off as many items as possible from the provided list of moves.

The moves ranged from turning a kayak (class I) to switching kayaks with a partner (Class V). While some moves appeared simple on paper, the actual execution proved to be quite the challenge. Only one participant was able to complete the move that required the competitor to stand up in their kayak while in the water, turn 360 degrees, and sit back down in their kayak.

Of the sixteen competitors participating in this event, there were three women, five youth, and eight men. The top three competitors in each category included:

Youth Female

Lucy (1st)

Youth Male

David (1st)

Hugh (2nd)

Alex (3rd)

Women

Jill (1st)

Billy (2nd)

Men

Jerod (1st)

Taylor (2nd)

Jake (3rd)

Kayaking Rock Island

For all of you in Atlanta who haven’t taken the trip up to Rock Island, you should! Especially in the winter months. The Falls (or Spout) runs a bunch in the winter time, for some 18 to 25 ft drops that can be ran all day long. Not into waterfalls? ITS OKAY, there is some sweet waves and holes below “the spout” that is the training grounds for the Jacksons, Clay Wright and Stephen Wright. During the winter months you may be paddling with Dane, Nick, Stephen or Emily on a regular basis. Its about a 4 hour drive ( being conservative ) to get here and it is a beautiful drive. So get up there and check it out!! Look up The Happy Kayakers, they can help you with accommodations shuttles or whatever you need really. FANTASTIC people!!

Check out this video we made of Rock Island!!

Rock Island Video

Kayaking Rock Island

For all of you in Atlanta who haven’t taken the trip up to Rock Island, you should! Especially in the winter months. The Falls (or Spout) runs a bunch in the winter time, for some 18 to 25 ft drops that can be ran all day long. Not into waterfalls? ITS OKAY, there is some sweet waves and holes below “the spout” that is the training grounds for the Jacksons, Clay Wright and Stephen Wright. During the winter months you may be paddling with Dane, Nick, Stephen or Emily on a regular basis. Its about a 4 hour drive ( being conservative ) to get here and it is a beautiful drive. So get up there and check it out!! Look up The Happy Kayakers, they can help you with accommodations shuttles or whatever you need really. FANTASTIC people!!

Check out this video we made of Rock Island!!

Rock Island Video

Kayaking Rock Island

For all of you in Atlanta who haven’t taken the trip up to Rock Island, you should! Especially in the winter months. The Falls (or Spout) runs a bunch in the winter time, for some 18 to 25 ft drops that can be ran all day long. Not into waterfalls? ITS OKAY, there is some sweet waves and holes below “the spout” that is the training grounds for the Jacksons, Clay Wright and Stephen Wright. During the winter months you may be paddling with Dane, Nick, Stephen or Emily on a regular basis. Its about a 4 hour drive ( being conservative ) to get here and it is a beautiful drive. So get up there and check it out!! Look up The Happy Kayakers, they can help you with accommodations shuttles or whatever you need really. FANTASTIC people!!

Check out this video we made of Rock Island!!

Rock Island Video

Kayaking Rock Island

For all of you in Atlanta who haven’t taken the trip up to Rock Island, you should! Especially in the winter months. The Falls (or Spout) runs a bunch in the winter time, for some 18 to 25 ft drops that can be ran all day long. Not into waterfalls? ITS OKAY, there is some sweet waves and holes below “the spout” that is the training grounds for the Jacksons, Clay Wright and Stephen Wright. During the winter months you may be paddling with Dane, Nick, Stephen or Emily on a regular basis. Its about a 4 hour drive ( being conservative ) to get here and it is a beautiful drive. So get up there and check it out!! Look up The Happy Kayakers, they can help you with accommodations shuttles or whatever you need really. FANTASTIC people!!

Check out this video we made of Rock Island!!

Rock Island Video

Pool Sessions


The boating community in Cody is on the rise! This year, with the approval of  bi-monthly pool sessions at the local Recreation Center, our paddling community has continued to flourish. Every week, new faces of young paddlers are beginning to appear. With the support from our veteran paddlers, our beginners are using the winter months to develop new techniques, and learn how to roll. For anyone interested in attending a pool session, they are held the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. There is a $4 fee. Boats are available at Gradient Mountain Sports for those who would like to get started. 

Pool Sessions


The boating community in Cody is on the rise! This year, with the approval of  bi-monthly pool sessions at the local Recreation Center, our paddling community has continued to flourish. Every week, new faces of young paddlers are beginning to appear. With the support from our veteran paddlers, our beginners are using the winter months to develop new techniques, and learn how to roll. For anyone interested in attending a pool session, they are held the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. There is a $4 fee. Boats are available at Gradient Mountain Sports for those who would like to get started. 

Pool Sessions


The boating community in Cody is on the rise! This year, with the approval of  bi-monthly pool sessions at the local Recreation Center, our paddling community has continued to flourish. Every week, new faces of young paddlers are beginning to appear. With the support from our veteran paddlers, our beginners are using the winter months to develop new techniques, and learn how to roll. For anyone interested in attending a pool session, they are held the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. There is a $4 fee. Boats are available at Gradient Mountain Sports for those who would like to get started. 

Pool Sessions


The boating community in Cody is on the rise! This year, with the approval of  bi-monthly pool sessions at the local Recreation Center, our paddling community has continued to flourish. Every week, new faces of young paddlers are beginning to appear. With the support from our veteran paddlers, our beginners are using the winter months to develop new techniques, and learn how to roll. For anyone interested in attending a pool session, they are held the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. There is a $4 fee. Boats are available at Gradient Mountain Sports for those who would like to get started. 

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