This year’s race was so much fun! We had six competitors, hot sunny weather and my friends Adrian and Kim Kurle helped us run shuttle for the event. I would like to extend a huge thanks to Gray from Osprey Rafting for letting us use his private river access for the event.
Will borrowed a Dagger GT for the race. The day before he and Tom Potter ran the race course and Will was certain that with the GT he was going to take the gold. He kept telling me how fast the boat was. I would think so since Will primarily paddles a play boat and I believe he would have been in the top three overall had he not flipped at Tinley’s.
The access to the House Run is right along Hwy 2 and there isn’t much of a turn out for vehicles so we had to be quick. After we unloaded all the boats I looked up to see this amazing view up Tumwater Canyon. We are truly bless to lived and paddle in this area.
On the hike down to the River we ran into Russ Ricketts from Icicle Tv. If you haven’t been to there website check it out, these guys have been doing an amazing job of capturing all the outdoor activities in Leavenworth and the surrounding area along with the many festivals that take place in Leavenworth. The Header photo and the following three photo are courtesy of Icicle Tv. Thanks Russ for coming out and taking photos for the event!
The series of photos are courtesy of Matt Kurle. These still shots taken with his Go Pro.
After the race, we went back to Leavenworth Mtn Sports for the awards. This was another great year for this event. We had good water levels and hot sunny weather. A huge thanks to everyone who came out and participated in the event!
The Results are as follows:
1st: Garrett Swigart
2nd: Matt Kurle
3rd: Tom Potter
4th: Jean-Luc Robichaux
1st: Jona Schill
2nd: Will Demarest
This year’s long boat class: Tandem kayak vs. Tandem Canoe
1st: Jona Schill and Jean-Luc in the Jackson Kayak Dynamic Dou
2nd: Matt Kurle and Garrett Swigart in the Mad River Canoe
I would like to thank all the sponsors of the World Kayak events for 2013. Also, Leavenworth Mtn Sports for donating prizes for the event and Monika Jacobson for donating several PowerBars for after the race.
Coming up next for the World Kayak Leavenworth region: The Chaos Challenge on August 17th. Check back soon for more details.