Racers trying to grab top spot

The first event of the 2015 World Kayak Hometown Throwdown series took place on the Mighty Slocan River at Initiation wave at Crescent Valley beach.  Competitors came out to race despite the numerous kayaking options this spring due to a early melt and above normal seasonal levels.

Heats of 4 or 5 paddlers decided the make up of the finals with paddlers facing off in a gruelling battle around a gate and across river to the finish line. The race strategy was crucial for a win as some paddlers took a high line at the starting point to ensure a quicker spin around the gate.  Paddlers opting for the low line were left in the wake.