Another couple of notes to add..
This year there were not as many racers as there has been in the past couple of years. It has been said but two of the top 4 contenders for champ got hurt in the 48 hrs before the race and could not paddle. No doubt a entire different race happens if dave and jared can compete..
I look at this race a lot like a poker tourney - you have to play/paddle well and get a couple of bounces to win. In the finals Ben got a great bounce when he was pushed right of the hole as he attempted to make the left line when he was out front. Out of every paddler that got pushed right he was the only one the hole let through with out beatin them. Hey they say God likes texans right
... His run right was only one of 2 right runs of the day and both boaters were attempting to make the move left... Also props graham as he could have boofed on top of ben at the finish in order to maybe win but pulled back at the last second - and took 2nd.
From where I sat it looked like Kirk would repeat after the early heats as he seemed to be runnin the fastest/smoothest/cleanest linest... But he was not as lucky when he was out front and got pushed right. BK showed how good of a paddler he is when he took his ride. No doubt I would have swam twice in the length of time he rode the hole.
With that said Ben put himself in a great place to win with fast lines. When given the chance he took it and brought the belt home with him to Texas.. He straight up ran fast heats and won..
Needless to say another great Pine Creek race with what I like to see - a actual man to man comp and not a "race" against a clock but rather a race against other paddlers...
Maybe next year he can repeat but as we have seen this is not a easy task as no one has been able to be a re-peat champ yet!
Yea what a great race - it will be fun to see what 2011 has to offer!