Thursday, 29 October 2009

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


I finally have a photo of me doing a mystery move! I always forget to bring a camera with me or bring it and dont bother taking any photos. Thankfully in Thun someone took one for me, well in this case resurfacing after one.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Sluice fun rodeo and C1/Squirt training day

This weekend was the sluice rodeo and the C1/Squirt training day.
On Saturday I headed down to the sluice for the last round of the Irish Freestyle league for this year. There were quite a few people entered in the event, especially in the Junior classes so I ended up helping out judging and scribing for most of the day due to the numbers involved. This event was very different from other league fixtures as it was run as a fun event with a jam format rather than the usual 45 second run format and a different scoring system to the normal one. This proved to be good fun. There were only 4 of us paddling C1 so it was a good atmosphere during the competition.
There was also other aside events like the old skool rodeo and boatercross events which were good craic. Then everyone headed out to Blessington for the presentation and fundraiser for the Irish freestyle team. The results for the Irish League and National Championships were announced at this event. I was happy with my results coming 1st in the League and joint 1st with Orky in the National Championships, apparently this is the first time that has happened with a National Championship fixture. I also came 2nd in the squirt boat national championships event.
After a night camping in Blessington I headed in to help out with the C1 and squirt boat training day. We had a really good turnout for these events with most of the juniors turning up to get a go in the C1s and squirt boats. It is nice to see new people giving these disciplines a go. A few people are already rolling and cartwheeling the C1s and there was a few of the juniors managing bow screws, party tricks and even attempts at switchwheels already.
There is definitely a couple of budding squirt and C1 boaters out there!