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Old 06-12-2011   #1
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David Schmitt Memorial Kayak Rodeo presented by Jackson Kayak

The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival is going to honor one of its own this year with a Kayak Rodeo. On May 7, 2011 David Schmitt was killed in a tragic fall at War Memorial Stadium on the University of Wyoming campus in the early morning hours. This was to be the day Schmitt received his diploma. He was a great student and a captain of the swimming team, helping lead the squad to a third place finish in the Mountain West Conference.

Schmitt was not only a leader in Laramie, but he became a member of the Canon City, Colorado community while working for the Royal Gorge Rafting Company. While in Cañon City he also started to perfect his skills on the professional freestyle kayak circuit. Last year he took 12th place at FIBArk in Salida. Then a week later he was instrumental in setting up the first ever kayak freestyle competition at the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival. Not only did he help set it up, but he was the head judge and announcer for the event. He also helped with two other events at the Festival. He was very vocal about seeing the RGWF grow into a first class event in the coming years.

Now we would like to honor Schmitt by naming the kayak freestyle competition after him and donate $10 from every entry to the David Schmitt Memorial Fund in Casper, Wyoming. We invite all of his fellow kayakers to come to Cañon City on June 24th and 25th to compete at the Whitewater Park, enjoy the festival, and honor one of their own.

If you have any questions please contact Kyle Horne, Co-Chairman of the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival, at (719) 275-1578 or e-mail at khorne@ccrec.org.


Details of the Freestyle competition are listed below.

David Schmitt Memorial Kayak Rodeo presented by Jackson Kayak
Friday June 24, 2011 and Saturday, June 25, 2011 (pending number of entries)
Start Time:
12:00 pm or earlier depending on number of entries
Cañon City Whitewater Park (Arkansas River by the 4th Street Bridge)
On-line or at Centennial Park Registration Tent by 10 am the day of
At Centennial Park Registration Tent by 11:00 am
Amateur (Beginner through expert)
$25 by June 22nd, $30 from June 23rd until event
Both men’s and women’s Junior (18 & under), Open (19-49), Masters (50 & older)

This event is open for all skill levels and will take place at the feature between the Pedestrian Bridge and 4th Street Bridge adjacent to Centennial Park. This is a Hometown Throwdown event open to all skill levels. We will be using the WorldKayak scoring system to determine the winner of the “throwdown” event. Bring your skills whether you can Front Surf or Donkey Flip everybody is welcome! Prizes will be awarded, all participants will receive a T-Shirt, and we will try to raise some funds for the David Schmitt Memorial. The competition is scheduled for two days and if there aren’t enough entries the Friday event will be a free for all and warm-up for the event on Saturday.

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Old 06-12-2011   #2
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Wish I could go its same day as the kayaking rodeo in casper..

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Old 06-13-2011   #3
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I'll be there but the upper wave looked everything but playable yesterday. What's going on with that?
This mustache has a weight limit!
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Old 06-13-2011   #4
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Damn....maybe next year as I will be in Casper as well. Great thing you guys are doing though!

Love ya Schmitty!
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Old 06-13-2011   #5
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Great idea.
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