I was sitting on the same rock right behind you so got the same view as in the video! Great camera work! The safety guy who threw the line to one of the boaters who flipped in the blue boat was right below where we were watching. I was impressed by how well he carried out his responsibilities perfectly and without a hitch. Very well done! He's in the video.
After the race, the Teva US National team gave me a ride back down to Pumphouse! A floatilla of about 15-20 kayaks and rafts paddled all around the Teva raft, just having a big ole time making it down, shooting the breeze and enjoying the ride. When asked about a favorite ride the team has had, Mike Reed told me it was when they went down a 3 1/2 mile unscouted class IV section in China. H-E-L-L-O!!!
I was also impressed by how they paddled hard, in perfect unison, down even some easy slower floating water going down to the takeout. Guess it's just how they go for it all the time.
I'm a wade fisherman and think that's a pretty fun thing to do, but after watching the race and experiencing the paddle down, I'm now figuring that this boating thang is wayyyyyyyyyyy more fun so I believe I'll get a boat or kayak, practice for about, what, maybe 15 minutes or so?, and try out for the next year's team!!!
The race was way the hell cool and thanks for sharing the vid, Clair!!!