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USAFK results for 2010... Our national team for the worlds!

Congrats to Bryan Kirk, Haley Mills, Dane Jackson and Lauren Burress!!!! The 1st place winners of the US team trials events... These are all super great people and it's awesome to see them doing so well this year.

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July 21, 2010 Contact
Risa Shimoda (301) 502-6548

Freestylers Complete Series in Three Months, Four States and Five Events

USAFK Celebrates This Year’s Learning and Looks Forward

(Takoma Park, MD) – US Freestyle Kayaking has announced its 2010 National Champions. These whitewater experts accumulated the highest number of points through their collective performances at five events held April 17 – July 2: the NOC Freestyle Shootout, Lyons Outdoor Games, FIBArk, Gunnison River Festival and the US National Championships in Missoula, Montana.

Bryan Kirk (Charlottesville, VA) and Haley Mills (Salida, CO) led the pack as the 2010 National Men’s and Women’s National Champions. Lauren Burress (Sullivan, IN) and Dane Jackson (Walling, TN) took the honors in the Junior Women’s and Junior Men’s class, respectively. In an unprecedented sweep, Dane also claimed the C1/Decked Canoe and Open Canoe classes, for a total of three National titles.
Bryan, a member of the USA Freestyle Kayaking (USAFK) Steering Committee notes, “Winning the National Championship Series is a great end-of-season bonus to both me and to my sponsors - Wave Sport, AT, NRS, and Predator - for my having performing well consistently at all five point series events. As a member of the US Freestyle Committee I'm proud to see our work setting up the first national series in seven years come to fruition, in addition to taking the win!”
“The point series succeeded in its effort to increase event participation, and grew a competitive story through the season,” notes Risa Shimoda, USAFK Chair and USA Freestyle Kayaking Chair, “We have some improvements to make and will be working with our event organizing partners to encourage even greater participation. Longer term we’d like to see regional circuits over the next few years whose qualifiers move on to National Championships. This direction will encourage paddlers who are not able to travel all over the country.”
Two and a half months after its kick-off on the Nantahala River in western North Carolina, the series concluded with a showcase of impressive skill on the Clark Fork River in front of 18,000 spectators. According to Strongwater Paddle Sports owner, event sponsor and organizer Kevin Brown. “By hosting the nation's top freestyle paddlers, Missoula was extremely excited to create more interest in the sport of freestyle kayaking which will in turn drive demand for lessons, sales and rentals. We were able to showcase Brennan's Wave as a great competition venue; illustrate how a competition in an urban environment can increase spectatorship; and announce future plans for a new downtown river project called the Max. Weeks after the event’s conclusion, my store is rocking!”

“The event was not viewed solely from the banks of the Clark Fork River,” continues KB. “A towering outdoor display board streamed the event live to the thousands gathered under the downtown park’s covered pavilion and an online feed by www.worldkayak.com saw 174,000 viewers. The event even streamed live into the building of our title sponsor, the First Interstate Bank. It did tons for Missoula from economic stand point, and put Missoula on the whitewater competition circuit map.”

Bryan Kirk sums up how these public displays of expertise and athleticism support the national movement to get outdoors: “The freestyle circuit exposes thousands of people to the sport each year, which is good for kayaking and river sports in general. Once spectators see how much fun we're all having and realize there's more than just one way to enjoy the water they, in turn, may go out and hop in a recreational kayak or onto a Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) and have a great day.”

Point series champions will receive a personalized garment, a certificate from USAFK and a free registration for all 2011 USAFK Point Series events.

USA Freestyle Kayak is the governing body for whitewater freestyle kayaking in the United States and one of nine paddling disciplines governed by USA Canoe Kayak. USAFK coordinates the use of internationally approved rules administered by trained judges, and processes results to manage point tallies. In addition, USAFK sponsors the Moves Library for Paddlers and Freestyle Judges], a tool for educating aspiring freestyle paddlers and training judges. Point series events conducted community service projects intended to integrate visiting paddlers into the host communities.

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nice work haley. way to represent the 719.
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How about more than first place?!?

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nice work haley. way to represent the 719.
Agreed!!!

However it would be nice to see a link to the results of all 5 events as well as at least the final podium finishers mentioned here. All the participants are winners and only mentioning the Champions seems to run counter to the concept of the whole series.

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One more clarification...

The 5 comp point series that determined the National Champions did not determine our US Team that's going to the Worlds. That was determined by the comp in Missoula only.
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That's hilarious that a Press Release Titled: "Our national team for the worlds" NEVER ANNOUNCED THE TEAM. Only who got first. Results people, results. Thanks for the article though Craw.
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Whoops. should have titled, "the winners" I guess... good catch crapo! well, sorry, not trying to rain on anyones accomplishments. Not my intent in the slightest. Just forwarding an email from Risa she sent me this morning that outlines what happened this year with the series.

If anyone has the full results that would be awesome to put up here. I don't at the moment and trying to get out of the house for a few weeks on the GRANDdaddy Canyon!!!

I am out for a few weeks, have blast boys and girls!!! Get some Bailey while she's fired up.
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OK, here's a cut and paste from the "Worldkayak" site. These are the results from the Missoula comp. This was the last of a 5 comp point series that gave us our "National Champs". It was also the stand alone US Team Trials comp that gave us the US Team that will be representing the US next June at the Freestyle Worlds in Platling, Germany. Winning the National Champ point series would not put you on the US Team automatically.
Dang... couldn't get the italics to copy so I put an asterisk next to the US Team members. And no, the rest of the podium finishers in the point series are not shown.


MENS C1 (US Team members in italic)

*Dane Jackson – 700 (Point series National Champ)
*Jordan Poffenberger – 620
*Seth Chappelle – 590
Eric Jackson – 220
Brad McMillan – 200
JR Women (US Team members in italic)

*Lauren Burress – 240 (Point series National Champ)
*Hannah Kertesz – 125
Emery Tillman – 40
Brooke Hess-Homeier – 15
Taylor Cote – 0
JR Men (US Team members in italic + Jason Craig, world champ)

*Dane Jackson – 1240 (Point series National Champ)
Will Rudisill – 405 (too old for jr team in 2011)
*Nico Tonozzi – 380
*Eric Bartl – 290
Jordan Poffenberger – 220
JP Griffith – 150
SR Women (US Team members in italic)

*Emily Jackson – 470
*Jessie Stone – 310
*Erin Clancey – 260
*Haley Mills – 215 (Point series National Champ)
Kat Levett – 205
SR Men (US Team members in italic)

*Stephen Wright – 1380
Jason Craig – 1265 (on JR team for worlds)
*Dustin Urban – 1250
*Eric Jackson – 1030
*Clay Wright – 780
*Bryan Kirk (not competing today – Point series National Champ)
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Sweet...congrats to Lauren!!

Don't really know the other three personally, but I've had a few opportunities to paddle with Lauren and her dad. Very very nice family.

It's cool to see her doing so well.
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