My 2012 season was completed in beauty. The 2013 season began with more gentle. Indeed, two races have already done: the first two rounds of the french cup, qualifying heats for the World Championships which take place in the United States of America in September.
I didn’t put the butt in my boat for several weeks. The phone rings: a friend invited me to participate in the Pyrenees Cup freestyle kayaking where paddlers French and Spanish will compete for victory. This happens in Salt, Spain, north of Barcelona. I accept the invitation. This is the best way to get back in the bath, two weeks before the championship of France.
I put my freestyle boat and my creek boat in my van and I was off for a six-hour trip on the road. On the spot, all is perfect. We are housed in a beautiful country house, overlooking the valley of the Ter. The roll is really top: all moves are possible, there are many bottom, we are in the middle of the Catalan countryside, it’s green, the sun heats, the birds sing.
Several activities are planned: a freestyle race on Saturday and a concentration of creek boat on Sunday, on a section of the river Ter where there is only one let go of water per year.
I win freestyle qualification phases in front Nico Fayol (French) and Adria Bosch (Spanish). In the final, I confirm my position as leader, the roles are reversed behind me. I get back with a check for € 300.
The next day, place of the concentration. It’s festive, everyone gets along. There are some good carnage on key passages and many paddlers offer great swimming !
In short, a good weekend preparing for the championship of France.
Two weeks later, at the whitewater stadium of Pau, serious things happen. French riders are all there for the same goal, win the national title.
The hole is new for everyone, as it has been specially modified for the event. This is a relatively difficult spot, the current is very cyclical. But the bottom is really far, to the delight of all paddlers.
Qualifications are complex, I take the provisional third place, behind Nico Fayol and Seb Devred. Pressure up a notch in the final stages.
The hole is even more difficult than the day before, movements are complex to execute. The suspense is over until each run of finalists. The judges deliberate. The verdict is there. I won the championship of France. This brings to four the number of my victory in the championship of France since 2007.
These results motivate me even more to select me in France team to compete at the next World Championships in September 2013 in the USA.
This period has been quite busy for me which is why you wont have heard from me lately. Late may held all of my exams, the lead up to which was full (kind of full) of frantic revision and coursework deadlines which has meant my time on the water has suffered. I must admit, it has been quite nice to have a month or so out because i came back refreshed and excited to paddle which is something i was struggling with before hand with the long weeks on the same features at Nottingham!
The euros in Lienz offered the perfect holiday to unwind and enjoy myself. I arrived a week before the competition and i was thrilled to be back since the last europeans here in 2010. Lienz is a really scenic part of Austria and the weather is amazing at this time of year! The atmosphere was great with everyone having fun and making the most of the weather and water. Most of all, i enjoyed seeing the people i had met at previous competitions and making new friends. The river levels at this spot were really inconsistant which gave everyone the perfect excuse to go and relax by the pool, several minor injuries were sustained as expected from the diving boards! 2+1/4 Frontflip. Couldnt of ended worse…
Everyone had fun at the opening ceremony. It was hard not to with free beer all night! Obviously, Great Britain were on best behaviour…
Which is why i had to join the German team!!!
The competition commenced and Britain were strong through the rounds with the majority of paddlers making semis/finals. The seal launch upstream took its toll on my boat just before finals. I can only assume it is performance enhancing because this run was my best score!
The senior mens class was intense. British paddlers Pringle and James Weight both made the cut to the finals and finished 3 and 4 with some truly impressive scores. The top two spots however were claimed by Quim Fontane Maso (Spain) and Seb Devred (France).
The end result was brilliant with my good friends Bren Orton and Sam Stephenson in 1 and 3 respectively and myself in second. The battle between Bren and I was close but the best man won by a lead of 1.667 points. This summer i hope to perfect my shuvits!
The event was amazing, the parties, the people, the venue. The kayaking was allright too! Now i am back i look forward to a long (not long enough) summer of travelling and kayaking.
Thanks loads to everyone involved!
Many people came this weekend, from all France and also from 7 other countries as Vénézuela, from canada still from Austria, from Italy and from Spain. All togather on the theme of the paddle on the Mountain stream of Brousset .
This discipline, particularly spectacular, consists in going down a precarious river as fast as possible. In this purpose, the kayakers had to choose the best line, manage their effort and use movements of water. Several of races allowed every kayakers to express themselves: race, Extrem Slalom and race by team.
Eric deguil(AWP champion) win the singe overal and the french team Caihol, Grollemund, Coldebela win the team race.
The municipality of Laruns who welcomed competitor and organizer, also lived as the sound of the event with a projection of movie on Friday evening and a party opened to all on Sundays evenings. As underlines it the mayor of Laruns ” this demonstration open the summer season in beauty “.
Big thanks to duemstuff and rok for their support on this project!!!
more info and media on : http://www.pyreneesbuddiesrace.com/
official movie: kayak pbr 2012
texte nico fayol & photo Gilles Reboisson
The rains of recent weeks have ended up making up the rivers, despite the advanced state of drought in which we were.
Most artificial dams that spoil our beautiful rivers have given way to good waves, to our delight. Aiguillon, last dam before the confluence of the Lot and the Garonne river, gave us a whole new wave, never tested before. And what a wave ! Slide, bounce, and fifteen meter wide. HAPPINESS !!
It rained a lot. It snowed a lot. Spring will be good !
Last week makeking nice water fall.I was 6m and 7m.double water fall.
And day 2
after the fall starting endless big water.so excite cleeking day.
I flew to Jakarta, where I met with the rest of the crew and flew to Lampung. Here our local friends pick up us and with support of army we start to prepare for the first river, Way – semong. They have paddled the lower part of this river many years ago, but nobody did the upper part, which is approximately 13km more. Few years ago, they did some scouting, but most of the information was not usefull. Anyway, it was a very nice river with some box gorges, class IV-V, but everything runable. We did around 25km of this river.
Last weekend saw the first ever Gladiator of the Sluice competition. This comp was held in the evening and ran into the late hours of the night. As the light faded the competition really came to life with the full effect of the lighting and strobes coming into action. The hole was set up with a curtain entry and paddlers began their run under a flurry of fake snow and smoke! It really was the best UK competition I have ever been to and I hope it sets the standard for future ones. The atmosphere was incredible and every aspect of the event was well organised.
Kayaking wise, I was really impressed with the extremely high standard of paddling – particularly in the senior mens class with more 1000+ scores than ever before. A big trick competition was also ran and was won by Rob Crowe (who else!), a king of the wave session happened to finish and James Weight was the last man standing!
I cant wait for the next competition in this style and i can only hope they will become more regular than annual! Jon Best ran the event and the organisers and judges deserve a huge thankyou! If you couldnt make it this time, dont miss out again on the next one! www.gladiatorofthesluice.co.uk/
Here is a video summary of the event from Bren Orton, Jack Gunter and Martyn Butler.
1ST JAMES WEIGHT – 1146
2ND ROB CROW – 1045
3RD ANDY BRINKLEY – 916
1ST JEN CHRIMES – 336
2ND EMILY WALL – 250
3RD ISLAY CROSBIE – 60
1ST JAMES BENNS – 1166
2ND BRANDON HEPBURN – 856
3RD BREN ORTON – 736
1ST JENNIFER MCGALEY – 76
The first race is behind us. New boat was great and it showed that my paddling really improved. I finnished 4th and I’m really satisfied with that result but for next races I only expect to be better.