2013 Lyons Outdoor Games

Another great week at the Lyons Outdoor games has just wrapped up. With something like a dozen or more features, the North Sain Vrain white water park in Lyons never fails to deliver plenty of great boating. There is a feature for virtually any water level. This year I finally raced the South Saint Vrain creek race. It was a lot of fun despite being pretty low. I had only one practice run the day before and then raced on Saturday morning. My race run went pretty smooth. I was holding back trying to be clean, afraid that I wouldn’t remember the run that well after only one practice lap. As it turned out, I remembered it very well and now wish I would have paddled faster. We only got one race run, but next year I look forward to being a little more competitive in the race. Saturday afternoon we did the relay race boatercross. This is always a fun event. We raced in teams of 4. The first person does 20 push ups then sprints with his kayak about 100 + yards to the put in. He races about 1/4 to 1/2 mile down the river, does one upstream gate then ferrys to the opposite eddy to tag a teammate. The next team member repeats the course. First team to get all 4 people done wins. There was some talk amongst the competitors about adding a mandatory beer chug to the race next year. It is sponsored by a brewery after all. The underage racers could do a milk chug instead. Sunday was the freestyle finals and the Jr’s freestyle. Rowan Stuart won the Jr women’s comp in her Mrs. Jed with an impressive 420 point ride, a score that would have won the Pro women’s comp. 4 of the 10 semi finalists in the Pro men division were in Sir Carbon Jeds. Mike Patterson finished 4th after finals. I think Dave Fusilli was 6th. Craig Kleckner and Matt Anger were also in the top 10 but I’m not sure exactly where, nor do I have the results from the race, nor do I know where I finished exactly. I didn’t do a very good job of getting the results for this event. I guess I won’t have a future as a reporter. On the bright side however, Amy killed it with the photo taking and I did manage to get those up here on the site with some commentary from yours truly. Check them out below. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading.

 

Cheers

Pete

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Matt Anger shows us here that sir carbon Jed is just as good in the air as it is in the water.

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The author getting a little air on a space godzilla. Do you ever wonder who names these trick? I know I do. I see nothing in this trick to make me think of a galaxy far far away or a giant fire breathing dragon that destroys cities.

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The water is cold. I think I’ll jump up here in the sun for a bit.

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Dave taking in some air before throwing his loop.

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Craig Kleckner with the wing over entry move.

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Finishing nicely. Nothing like starting the clock with points on the board.

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Yours truly with an entry move of my own.

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Follow the Brown claw through these next few pictures….

 

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still browning….

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… completes the trick without ever putting that hand back on the paddle. Just the boat and the brown emerging from the water here.

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It probably doesn’t look like it from this picture but this is the move that I blew in the creek race. I got the boof but not with nearly enough angle which caused me to get pushed into the eddy on river right. I then had to turn and ferry back left for the next drop. It cost me a few seconds.

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If I hadn’t of just told you that, from these shots you’d think I aced it. Let’s go with that.

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Miguel gets the move to the left here.

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Craig boofing and posing for the camera. He was the only one without an arm in front of his face.

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Dave boofs while hiding from the paparazzi.

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Rowan does better Phonix Monkeys than I do. (There’s another bizarre trick name.)

 

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Here I am coming into the eddy to tag Dave during the relay race.

 

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2 Responses to 2013 Lyons Outdoor Games

  1. Bobbie says:

    Are all the photos by Amy? Great Shots!!!!!!!!

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