What is Hometown Throwdown? Is HTTD a place for local amateur boaters to strut their stuff and show off? Is it a venue for healthy competition that drives kayakers in their own communities to push each others limits? Is Hometown Throwdown more than all of that? The answer to those three questions, in Arkansas anyway, is yes! While the HTTD series has evolved over the past few years to encompass more competition, with national rankings, large prizes, major corporate sponsors; Here in Arkansas, we’ve kept it simple. We’ve embraced the spirit and mission of WorldKayak.com and the Hometown Throwdown events. Here in Arkansas we use this event as a builder of our local paddling community by encouraging new boaters, kids, and families to participate. This past event was a great example of how we did that. In addition to our ‘normal’ informal kayak rodeo, we began our first annual “Homemade Boat” Race. We were able inspire kids of all ages to build boats out of litter, cardboard, or whatever they had laying around…and it was such a great success that we held the “Trash Boat Float” a couple of weeks later at the ACC Central Chapter’s Surf N Turf Event.
Here are the pics and the Results:
There were 20 Total Participants in the Rodeo, with another 5 boats for the “race”
1st Place: Scott Hanshaw
2nd Place Tie: Chris Handley (open boat) and Lance Jones
3rd Place Tie: Grant Mathews and Jodi Bentley (Squirt Boat)
4th Place Tie: Garret Mathews and James Robison