The first event for our freestyle series kicks off next Saturday (5/14/11) @ 2:00PM! Make plans to join us at Big Rock on the Nolichucky for some big booming fun! Click on the event website link for all the details: http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2011/04/14/2011-nolichuckynantahala-hometown-throwdown-series/
2011 Noli/Nanty Hometown Throwdown Event #1
Nantahala Cascades Race
BCC Demo Day, Eternity Pro-Am
Base Camp Cullowhee’s 6th Annual Kayak Demo Day we off without a hitch this past Saturday. Pyranha, Jackson, Bliss-Stick, and Wave Sport athletes arrived the Eternity Hole just before noon, staging up todays freshest kayaks for an afternoon session which won’t soon be forgotten. Dagger and Liquid Logic boats were also available for demo, with a solid 2 ½ hours of demo time before the first event of the 2011 World Kayak Hometown Throwdowns. Everyone attending the demo was encouraged to participate in the Pro-Am format event scheduled for the afternoon. Competition participants would be split into teams of three with one boater, a second good boater, and a third better boater. With 24 local paddlers registering for the event, an even eight teams were easily divided. The competition would run in 3 heats with each paddler getting two rides, each lasting for one minute. Individual scores within a team were compiled for an overall team score.
Scoring was done by the team of Jason and Samantha Miller (Charlotte Region), as well as the team of Brad Caldwell (Nantahala Region) and myself. Points were awarded as such: 1 point (any 180 degree rotation), 4 points (loop, Godzilla, or any variation), 6 points (loop, Godzilla, or any variation with air), and 10 points for the more advanced tricks (McNasty, Phonics Monkey). In addition to technical points, all paddlers were able to score a maximum of 10 style points (brow claw, paddle guitar, blowing kisses to the crowd, ECT).
Heat #1 brought the teams of Tommy Pagles/Jay Mahan/Brand Caldwell, Hugh Willard/Mike Dorsey/Paul Butler, and Andrew Blease/Michael Thurmond/Kerry Porche to the water for their much anticipated minute ride in Eternity. Heat highlights included kickflip entry moves from Kerry and Mike, well established side surfs, loops, paddle tosses, and stealth beer chugging.
With Heat #1 coming to an end the boat swap began, everyone eager to be in their favorite demo boat. Heat #2 would welcome to teams of Shannon Christy/Trent Thibodeaux/Tommy Yon, Spencer Redmond/Ian Kennedy/Casey Jones, and Shawn Sheffield/Ashley Doty/Sam Fulbright to the Eternity Hole for a round full of cartwheeling, air-looping, and a little swimming. Big style points go to Shannon and Tommy for their excellent team work (it does take two for the Hand of God; twice…)
Heat #3 was the smallest of the rounds with only two teams. After watching the beginning of the competition, the final teams of Matt Redmond/Mich Beardon/Chan Jones and Zach Agneu/Jackson Amburn/Chris Wing took to the water. More big loops, a few snappy window shades, and a Brown Claw or two made for a thrilling final heat.
With the competition complete, participants packed up and headed back to the Illusions Club at Western Caroina University for some prizes, pizza, and paddling porn. Final scores are as follows:
1st: Team 4 – Shannon/Trent/Tommy 219 points
2nd: Team 6 – Shawn/Ashley/Sam 188 points
3rd: Team 8 – Zach/Jackson/Chris 142 points
4th: Team 5 – Spencer/Ian/Casey 134 points
5th: Team 1 – Tommy/Jay/Brad 119 points
6th: Team 2 – Hugh/Mike/Paul 118 points
7th: Team 3 – Andrew/Michael/Kerry 114 points
8th: Team 7 – Matt/Mich/Chan 104 points
Many thanks go to all of our participants for starting off the 2011 World Kayak Hometown Throwdown Series off with a bang. For more information on upcoming World Kayak Events in your region check the Hometown Throwdown Site. We would like to thank all of the sponsors and supporters of this event: Base Camp Cullowhee, World Kayak, Diamond Brand, ERA, Pyranha, Jackson Kayak, Bliss-Stick, WRSI, Team Scum, Outdoor 76, LVM, River Roots, Eno, Watershed, Monster Energy, Mountain Kahki, Ripple Noseplugs, NattyShred, WCAT, and Tuck Reader.
See everyone on the water real soon,