On May 2nd Purple Hayes School of Kayaking hosted the first of three World Kayak Throwdowns that will be held on the Chilliwack River in 2010. The turn out was great. We had 19 competitors and around 30 spectators. The competitors were of all different abilities so we were able to run a Beginner and intermediate class in both the Men’s and Woman’s categories. The beginners were very enthusiastic and nervous at the same time. One of the competitors have never surfed a wave before so it was great to see her out trying and having fun. The wave was great for the beginners with enough of a friendly side to get onto the wave in controlled surf with out having to go into the meat of the wave. That being said some of them had some very long side surfs in the meat of it There was a good number of T rescues and even a couple of swims but back in the boat and on the wave they went. Thank you to Jeff and Ryan who provided the rescues and stayed close to help the beginners and then paddle up and compete in their round. I would also like to thank Tracy for helping out with the registrations. I had a chance to speak with some of the spectators and they were having as much fun as the competitors. There was a great crowd support for everyone and lots of cheering. A big thanks to everyone that came out and helped make this event a great success.

Good Clean Fun was had by everyone

I hope to see everyone at the next Throwdown.


Event Results

Event Name: Western Canada Throwdown #1 2010
Event Region: British Columbia

Event Date: May 2nd, 2010 @ 1:00pm
All times are localized to the event location.

Men’s K-1A
Place Paddler Total Points Finalized Score
1 Jeff Cowen (Jeff) 22 0.00
2 Dan Bently (Dan) 23 0.00
3 Steve McConnell (Steve) 24 0.00
4 jonathanmundia 24 0.00
5 Rob Morgan (Rob) 28 0.00
6 Ryan Bayes (Ryan) 42 0.00
7 Kay Uwe Konojacki (Kay Uwe) 49 0.00
Men’s K-1B
Place Paddler Total Points Finalized Score
1 Hanz Mertz (Hanz ) 3 0.00
2 Ura Szumyla (Ura ) 5 0.00
3 Arndt Becker (Arndt) 6 0.00
4 Byron Smith (Byron) 9 0.00
5 Toby Thatcher (Toby ) 9 0.00
Women’s K-1
Place Paddler Total Points Finalized Score
1 Cynthia McHale (Cynthia) 6 0.00
2 Deborah Arnold (Deborah) 8 0.00
3 Gisela Escher (Gisela) 10 0.00
4 Annie Lagueux (Annie) 10 0.00
5 Karin Vikers (Karin) 11 0.00
6 Lianne Germaine (Lianne) 17 0.00




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