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.
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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.
As every year, Free Kayak Tour (french freestyle championship) begins with the regional stage. Jo Suc and Nico Fayol have gone in Tabaze Rodeo Vinon sur Verdon, now unavoidable step. The atmosphere was good to date. The former leaders of the French freestyle as Nico Chassing and Xavier Lacroix, like to meet there. This mix of generations on the water gives rise to trade rather sympatic, Trickster or other Switch alongside the latest composite boat in a hole for running the entire directory, old school and new school.
A special contest was held for the older, for boats of more than two meters, contest won handily by Xavier Lacroix, European Champion 2002! Qualifying on Saturday offered a lot of show, with, among others, some latest moves as butterfly or back mac nasty. For Jo and Nico, that’s good, they complete the qualifications for first and second place. The evening will certainly be remembered, thanks to a nice show of a former team member from France.
Jo and Nico, for the show !
The following day, up to the final. Painful awakening, the stomach at the bottom of the socks, the hair that grows inside the head … but for everyone the same, everyone was very present at the party! The first splash are good, but the faces remain tense in the idea of three runs and give the best of itself. Nico and Jo are struggling to make their moves, they can’t remain in the roll … Olivier Bret, certainly the new recruit of C1 GUYS, dominated the final in the first two runs with more than 100 points ahead . The third run is coming. In an excess of lucidity, Jo and Nico managed to get a nice run last minute and grab the first two steps of the podium. It should be noted the performance of Xavier Lacroix, who finished fourth, the former is still in it !
The next contest will be the Flip Flap Party in May. Meanwhile several destinations are scheduled: the Noguera Pallaresa in Spain, the Cevennes, a few sessions in the ocean … The stories to follow.
See you on the water.
Me - © 2011 Richard Bord
Me - © 2011 Richard Bord
Me - © 2011 Richard Bord
Nico and me on the podium
Thanks to Fafa Poueyto and Richard Bord for the pics.
After a well deserved holiday, the new season starts on September, 17th and 18th with Charnay Beach Contest.
Last 20th and 21st of March has taken place the FKT first round (France championship): 150 competitors gathered at Tournon Saint Martin white water stadium. The weather was good, very sunny and the water was perfect with retentive and powerfull hall very pleasant to ride. This first competition was the occasion for many mates to meet again after a long winter riding separately.
Friday night: After a few beers and many long chats, everybody went to bed to be ready and fit for the Saturday.
Saturday: Qualification in the afternoon and semi-final in the evening… by night! Everything would have been ok if I hadn’t finished 6th and missed the final so closely.
Sunday: Racing with an open canoe, I’ve managed to turn the table on as I’ve finished 2nd in the final. As an information regarding the mates of the club: Rodolphe has finished 4th in C1 and Arthur 2nd in K1 but also 1st in C1 junior.