The 2010 Pine Creek race once again lived up to its reputation as the most burly and I would say the best kayak race in Colorado. This year it took 5 laps of hike then rally to make the finals and that = over 5 miles of paddlin and hiking during the race! Anyone who thinks this race is easy has never been anywhere near the finals.
It also looks like I have to eat a bit of crow as the number one spot went to boater from texas in a jackson boat.. I am not sure of the kids name but he ran fast clean lines all day long. So you could say he did pretty well for the only jackson boater out yesterday.
2nd went to Demshitz graham he also paddled well all day. Graham was the only Demshitz to compete due to a dislocated finger the night before the race (jared) and a huge crash on yule 2 days before - that I am sure you will all see on video one of these days (dave).. Heal up for next year boys!
3rd went to another unknown from new zeland..
4th was taken by BV/durango local Kevin Driscol but the hole made sure he was a bit behind the rest. After one year off from the race - Kev made a great run to get into the finals where the hole gave him a pretty good slap!
If you were wonderin plenty of the best boaters around were once again humbled by the hole. I would say the ride of the year went out to last years champ BK - Brian Kirk as his ride into then out of the hole without a swim was amazing to watch. Chris, Kev, and Evan as well as a few others ended up at the short end of a bootie beer...
I would also like to send out a big thanks to Phil, Marco, Earl, Chad, Hixton, all the rest at cks,the safety boaters/crew, the state parks boys, and everyone else that I left out who makes this a great race.
Well 2010 is in the books and for any of you that could not make it up I think that Luke is going to have the video of the race ready for Sat night at Fibark. If you get the chance it will be a good one and worth a look.
"I feel better than any other time when I am in the mountains and uh I cant explain it ya know...." - Shawn Farmer..........