The river itself has everything from grade 4 to the sea within a kilometer or two and is enclosed by a park with paths running along the river with concrete steps and put in spots every 100 meters or so, in short it is one of the best rivers to hold an event of this type on .
Day 1 :On the saturday I entered novice slalom partially because i don't have a real slalom kayak and also because im not very good at the whole gates thing ;) this event took up most of the morning.
After this me and my friend Eoin headed up to do some laps of the middle grade 3 section along with a few laps of the grade 4 ''Claw'' Drop this was the first time Eoin had ever ran anything that big and he styled it :)
That evening we went to the awards in the hotel and in true kayaking fashion it started two hours late .
Day 2 : Sunday for me held the most important event of the weekend the boatercross a style of race where 6-7 people are let down the river at once fastest 2 go to the next heat ,after about 10-15 runs of the claw the biggest drop on the race course I felt pritty confidant I was hitting some good lines and was looking forward to the race.Our heat of 7 got to the start line someone shouted go, I was behind everybody elce at the start and leading into the first rapid but I keeped pushing and thanks to some advice from Brian Keogh I took the left lines on all the rapids where as everybody was going for right not only did this give me more room to paddle but also put me in a better possission for the claw I hit my line on the claw and paddled hard to the finish where I picked up 3th place since the small numbers in the under 18s there was only one heat and results from that heat were final
On a other noat I had the Brand new Burn 3 out on the water for the first time absolutely savage boat loveing the new design :)
|Rafting action Silverbridge/Wild Water kayak club jr raft team|
Thanks to Total Experince for supplying me with the new Burn Mk3 for the event check them out here as well as just kayak for organizing the event !!!