The August MD Chute out usually has a few things you can count on;
1) low water levels
2) heat and humidity
3) low attendance
This August Chute Out would have one out of three, but a great crowd showed up, with 18 competitors and we had great weather for the end of summer. We had full classes in just about every category; Juniors, K1A, K1B, C1, with the exception of K1w.
With the level being just under 2.9ft, the only play spot would be the good ol’ MD Chute. The spot would be on the very low side of good, but even with it not being “ideal” by any means, there were some impressive moves being thrown nonetheless. Local paddler Jordan Poffenberger (current National and World Champion in C1 managed to get some sweet McNasties out of the feature)
We had a big B-class with six competitors who were also throwin down some nice cartwheels and even going for loops on occasion. The rock was definitely in play, however, so once in a while a nice THUMP would be heard when someone was too far left with that cartwheel or loop, and a chuckle would be heard from the crowd.
In the junior class we had Maddie Kimmel, Tom Dolan, and Kaelin Friedenson. These kids were impressive! Kailin’s score would’ve placed him in 3rd in the men’s B class!
The format called for three 30 second rides, with your two best counting. You could paddle back in if you happened to flush (and everyone did) and you could even enter back in for one last move, after you time expired, so you could just “Do it for the loooove” (and everyone did!)
1st-Kaelin Friedenson 58pts
2nd Tom Dolan 20pts
Maddie Kimmel 16pts