Damn that was a smok'n good weekend up there in Lyons this year. Water levels were at ALL TIME HIGHs. SSV could not have been better for as far as offering a race to the best paddlers in the world a race that had all of them chewing on their fingernails at the race start area... FULL ON for sure.
Something that every play boater anywhere near the front range should know is that the play feature in Meadow Park is absolutely ROCKING. I had never even known this came in the way it did. According to Stephen Wright "you can throw any trick in the book on this wave/hole feature". This feature was commented on as being a mini Salida by many. Certainly a hell of a lot closer to Denver too! Deep, sticky and a nice foam pile to keep you in. Sounds nasty.. and it was!
2010 Adam Barron Mem Creek Race was held from just below Bed Springs all the way to the typical start area for the Narrows. It was .8 mile course on the road that was probably just shy a mile on the water.
1st Place and $1000.00 first prize, plus $500.00 from Oskar Blues!!!: Tao Berman, by a WHOPPING 16 seconds from 2nd place with a time of 0.05:18. Unreal performance by Tao!!!
2nd Place and $350.00: Bradley Lander took second by 3 seconds above 3rd.
3rd Place and $200.00: Was a tie between Brian Kirk and Clay Wright by 2 seconds above 5th.
5th Place was David Fusilli
I want to throw out a big high 5 to the four or five non pro's from wherever they came from (mostly front range) that showed up to compete with the 27 other pro paddlers. Of those 27, 5 walked off prior to the race due to concerns of water levels. We had over 600CFS in there and I am not sure I have even heard of it being paddled at those levels by anyone, let alone raced at those levels!!! But that didn't stop Tom Janey [email protected]
who took 6th place from literally 14 of some of the best you can think of... Tom you get my highest congrats for firing that shit up big time!!!!
As a matter of fact, I am going to take this second to mention that there was A LOT of shit talking, that best I can tell, only Scott Young, Tom Janey, and Justin Merritt came and stood up too. Scott Shipley is to be noted, but I what I am referring too is the pure local non-pro/olympian that stood up to the best pro's from all over US/Can/NZ. To you boys, the Town of Lyons and Oskars appreciates your home town pride and the fact that you where there to represent.
Evan Stafford? What happened, I thought you only paddled SSV over 300!!!
Cutch? This is a front range favorite of yours?
Well, one thing is for sure. Every person at the race said that it was by far the best creek race in the country. Full on, no BS type of race that no matter low flows in the narrows or scorching flows just above, the Adam Barron Memorial Creek Race puts the fear into the best of them and 2011 is going to be the year that this race gets the notoriety that it deserves... I know that my friend Adam Barron would be stoked!
$500.00 1st Place: Nick Troutman
$300.00 2nd Place: Stephen Wright
$150.00 3rd Place: Eric Jackson
$500.00 1st Place: Emily Jackson
$300.00 2nd Place: Elaine Campbell
$150.00 3rd Place: Haley Mills
Womans JR Freestyle:
1st Place: Lauren Burress (Lauren is on FIRE)
2nd Place: Tracy Darbeloff
3rd Place: Taylor Cote
Mens JR Freestyle:
1st Place: Dane Jackson
2nd Place: Quinton Barnett
3rd Place: Nico Tonozzi
Expert (Open Class):
1st Place: Rob Anna (RIGHT ON ROB!!!)
2nd Place: Duane Gibson
3rd Place: Connor Budell
1st Place: Jordon Poffenberger
2nd Place: Dane Jackson
3rd Place: Jeremy Lauks
4th Place: Jeff Campbell
1st Place: Jordon Poffenberger
2nd Place: Jeremy Lauks
3rd Place: Dane Jackson
Thanks to Oskars Brewing and Smith Optics for recognizing that Lyons has the goods to challenge the best kayak of kayak events anywhere in the world. Especially Oskars for meeting the bet that Tao put up with nothing but pride for the home town crew we have that stood up to it and gave it all they had. These sponsors not only make awesome eyewear and beer, but also are great supporters of kayaking in general. Each of us should be supporting them with our hard earned dollars... that's how this thing works and I for one am going to keep putting my money in their direction. Thank you Chad and the boys at Smith. You guys threw a rocking good party on Saturday night. Great times!
Here's to the 2011 LOG!!!!!!