Paddling Life event re-cap and short vid of Fish Creek race
Weather didn't keep away the paddlers or spectators for the 4th annual Paddling LIfe Pro Invitational in Steamboat this weekend. The water levels are really good up there right now as both the creek race and C-Hole had near perfect flows for the event.
The race was on Fish creek from the wier to the bridge (1/2 mile is my guess). It is not the most difficult portion of the creek but is a good spot for the race as it has plenty of challenging lines and is easy for people to watch the action from. Even with a healthy layer of sleet coming down plenty of locals came out to cheer on the racers.
Freestyle started an hour and a half later on the Yampa in town at the C-Hole. Again, the water levels produced a great spot for the paddlers to show their skills in. Big deep foam pile with some green on the shoulders. The format was three rides, one minute long or until you flushed, then next paddler dropped in. Jam format and really the most spectator friendly way to do it. Women went first all the way thru finals then the men.
Race Winners: Andrew Holcombe and Tanya Faux
Freestyle: Tanya Faux and Nick Troutman
Overall combined: Nick Troutman and Tanya Faux
I wore my camera for the race. Here is the view.