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k-1 freestyle prelims will pick back up live in about 20 minutes, americans are in 7th Hunter Katich, 8th Dave Fucili and 9th-Clay wright

UK is currently 1st and Canada is showing strong on their home river 2nd 3rd and 4th
 

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The ride I saw from Dane in K1 was unreal, pretty sure he was still leading/won it. I have been watching since yesterday and it seems like only the K1 paddlers were getting full rides and multiple tricks. Looked to be super tough for the OC1/Canoe paddlers. Anyone know if it was a weird flow or is that feature always that tough? Not that I would be able to do anything more than front surf to window shade.
 

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Seriously how is Dane so good? His air screws are levels above the rest of the competition in their initiation, speed, tightness, and precision. He also stays in the wave effortlessly it seems.
 

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The ride I saw from Dane in K1 was unreal, pretty sure he was still leading/won it. I have been watching since yesterday and it seems like only the K1 paddlers were getting full rides and multiple tricks. Looked to be super tough for the OC1/Canoe paddlers. Anyone know if it was a weird flow or is that feature always that tough? Not that I would be able to do anything more than front surf to window shade.
They haven't done the C1 event, but they kept mentioning that in OC1, the problem was weight. Their canoes fill up with water after their 1st trick, preventing them from getting air.

Yeah, Dane finished on top with a 3113 score. The C1 class starts tomorrow. I expect it'll be a lot better than the OC1.
 

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Great to see the Colorado connections. Max and Paul made it to semis, Leif looked a little uncomfortable not being on a perfect Slave wave. It's still a huge accomplishment to make the team and compete in that stage. Dane is a technician that throws a big trick on every ride. I'm not sure anyone can beat him. I think Max throws bigger tricks, he's just not as consistent. Max and Nick had more air on their airscrews.

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Dane at 20 has been competing and training longer than most except Clay

It's not about who throws a big trick. It's about who throws quantity of high scoring tricks. I counted Dane's first ride he made 12 passes and hit a scoring move on 10 passes. Second ride he hit 11 scoring moves on 12 passes. While, others are surfing and setting up the best know to hit a move with a short pass from in front of the pile.
Dane is phenomenal and may be akin to Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan in their prime. Nick Troutman had a remarkable ride and Dane still bested it twice.
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Can anyone predict a dark horse that could steal the podium?

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The ride I saw from Dane in K1 was unreal, pretty sure he was still leading/won it. I have been watching since yesterday and it seems like only the K1 paddlers were getting full rides and multiple tricks. Looked to be super tough for the OC1/Canoe paddlers. Anyone know if it was a weird flow or is that feature always that tough? Not that I would be able to do anything more than front surf to window shade.
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i watched OC1 on sept 1 about 6am pacific time. and i thought like kayakfreakus evaluation. this event is going to be a dud. the water is too high, they were inexperienced... i didn't know what was wrong but they couldn't stay in the hole/wave after their first move. this also probably was a preliminary or practice and i got a screen shot. later the K1's came in and it was a completely diff story. the girl announcer mentioned that the river was at optimum with cooperation from hydro ottawa. and probably just not having a drought. (for the first time ever my city in oregon has 60 days of water left. my town is like a small Mayberry run by methheads so no one has any idea what to do LOL!).



i've never tried a C1, why does it fill up with water? why doesn't the spraydeck seal? and i'm not a big play kayaker, the most play boats i've extensively paddled were the prijon machine and dagger outlaw and did the traditional enders, surfing, spins. lee s TBP admin.



speaking of it, OC1 preliminary just started right now, 7:15am pacific time sept 3. and word has gotten out, there are 11K viewers compared to 300 on the first day i watched. (lee s). and the guys are doing much better today staying in the wave.
 

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disregard my last paragraph. on the youtude channel they just updated their text to show "REPLAY Tuesday Heat"
 

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C1 and OC1

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i didn't know what was wrong but they couldn't stay in the hole/wave after their first move.
i've never tried a C1, why does it fill up with water? why doesn't the spraydeck seal? and i'm not a big play kayaker, the most play boats i've extensively paddled were the prijon machine and dagger outlaw and did the traditional enders, surfing, spins. lee s TBP admin.
OC1 has came far with the chopping and shortening of boats. I was amazed when the world's was held on the Ottawa's Minibuseater maybe 2007? To see an OC1 scream down the wave and have enough power to catch air was awesome. Playboats have gotten shorter and lighter for a reason. The shorter and lighter the boat the more air, rotation and possibility for tricks. So, OC1 being a bigger craft immediately is at a disadvantage. Have you ever hopped in a freestyle boat designed for a person 50 pounds bigger and tried to huck it? That's basically what every OC1'r is doing. Oh yea, most the time they carry added water weight.

They still hit giant moves but as soon as the OC1's open deck takes on that first load of water big aerial moves become limited. I saw Dane go for a McNasty in the OC1 class which is an excellent strategy for OC1. It's a single blade move that rotates the boat upside down and with a proper placed pull the move could stick in a OC1 to score big points. Catching aerial blunts would be a huge accomplishment in OC1 because it's just super hard to get them aerial and have the power to rotate.

The second question about why the C1 fills up with water is interesting. Most C1 boaters are paddling the same freestyle designs and skirts as K1 boaters. I use to paddle C1 and did not have a problem with noticably more water. Possibly, since the C1 boater is on their knees and can easily rise up at will there could be an upward pull at times during rolls or big moves lifting/extending the skirt away from cockpit. If the skirt is extended maybe there is additional suction at the skirt and dry top tunnel connection. That's all I can think of.
Any C1'ers got other ideas?
 

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i watched OC1 on sept 1 about 6am pacific time. and i thought like kayakfreakus evaluation. this event is going to be a dud. the water is too high, they were inexperienced... i didn't know what was wrong but they couldn't stay in the hole/wave after their first move. this also probably was a preliminary or practice and i got a screen shot. later the K1's came in and it was a completely diff story. the girl announcer mentioned that the river was at optimum with cooperation from hydro ottawa. and probably just not having a drought. (for the first time ever my city in oregon has 60 days of water left. my town is like a small Mayberry run by methheads so no one has any idea what to do LOL!).
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i've never tried a C1, why does it fill up with water? why doesn't the spraydeck seal? and i'm not a big play kayaker, the most play boats i've extensively paddled were the prijon machine and dagger outlaw and did the traditional enders, surfing, spins. lee s TBP admin.

http://theboatpeople.org/wp-content...1_1078073068888708_347323077532359168_n-1.jpg

speaking of it, OC1 preliminary just started right now, 7:15am pacific time sept 3. and word has gotten out, there are 11K viewers compared to 300 on the first day i watched. (lee s). and the guys are doing much better today staying in the wave.
What I mentioned was that it was OC1 that was filling up with water, and C1 had not be run yet. OC1 fills up with water because they aren't allowed to use a spray skirt.
 

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The second question about why the C1 fills up with water is interesting. Most C1 boaters are paddling the same freestyle designs and skirts as K1 boaters. I use to paddle C1 and did not have a problem with noticably more water. Possibly, since the C1 boater is on their knees and can easily rise up at will there could be an upward pull at times during rolls or big moves lifting/extending the skirt away from cockpit. If the skirt is extended maybe there is additional suction at the skirt and dry top tunnel connection. That's all I can think of.
Any C1'ers got other ideas?
I think the reason why is that the person didn't see C1 boaters at all. They are one of the last heats for today, and had not run yet at the time he questioned them. He saw OC1, and thought they were C1 boaters.
 

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Greetings from the Freestyle World Championships in Ontucky, a deep south feel in Canada’s Ontario province. The foggy, early morning trek to the Garberator Wave on the Ottawa River inspires that prickly feeling where you're sure you just heard a banjo twang in off in the trees. The unmistakable sound of the wave inspires a much happier feeling as you approach the steep, rocky bank where Garb’s awe comes into view. This rugged river scene is now covered in cables, platforms, bleachers, generators (affectionately called gennies by the locals), and a rainbow of plastic and composite kayaks littering the woods in a surreal landscape of what looks like an alien kayak mushrooms patch. And then there’s the river. This river is the king of playboating locations.

I am here, running the scoring software with Demshitz paddler Matt Anger. We are in Day 4 of competition and this is the first time I've had a chance to report from the event. We started out Monday with the Squirt Boating Competition. Most people (and I used to be one of them) either don't understand squirt or simply dismiss it. I am changed. After watching the likes of our new Squirt World Champ, Stephen Wright and second place Clay Wright carefully paddle towards the eddy line then just disappear for upwards of 30 seconds, I have a new appreciation for the discipline. The mystery move was invented for this squirt location affectionately called Big Smoothie.

The Squirt comp was held in one day and some thought it was a bit rushed. While that may be the case, the women's world champion of squirt, Claire O'Hara, not only took away first place, but she also came away with an engagement ring. Jez Jezz from Australia proposed to her in the eddy. It was a fine addition to the competition to see such a touching scene for two highly respected and adored paddlers in our community.

Day two brought the Junior Men and Women along with the Open Canoe (OC) class. As expected, the Juniors saw a strong showing from the US Paddlers. Sage Donnelly topped off the Jr. Women while the top jr. man, Alec Voorhees came in second to a GB paddler. The OC class was highly entertaining. I must say that it takes a high level of skill paddling a bathtub into Garb. All in all, the first two days were entertaining.

Day three is the longest of the competition; the Mens K1 prelims. Yesterday saw 296 rides. Some paddlers flushed, most put down rides that exceeds that which the average paddler can perform, and a top class of 20 paddlers (our own Paul Palmer sitting 14th) who came to demonstrate that they belong on that podium.

Day four, today, was the Women’s K1 and C1 prelims. After a start delay due to a rather nasty storm, 40 women and 20 men competed in these respective preliminaries. You can find all the results on (generated by WaveMonkey Scoring, I might point out!).

The live Stream, while not totally reliable given the remote location, is of high quality and can be accessed here: https://www.worldfreestylekayakchampionships.com/event/watch-live/
The US Team Marching in the opening Ceremonies Parade
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Alec Voorhees in the Jr. Men's Prelims
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Clay Wright in Mens K1 Prelims
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Kayak Mushroom Patch
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Thanks Hojo. Love Worlds events! Envy you being there. Please report as often as you can. Wish we had our Ark valley rep there...
 
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