|NZ Extreme Race series Champs, Sean Curtis (Junior), |
Kenny Mutton (Mens) - Missing, and Lu Urwin (Womens)
Yet another NZ summer flies by!
After a sick Fall bouncing around North America; Ottawa, Gauley Fest WV, BC, Moose Fest NY, and the Green Race NC followed up by Chile & Argentina and the Epic Whitewater Grand Prix, it was nice to be home.
I think we’ve had two days of rain since I got back in late December, which makes for super tight water usage from our rainwater tanks, drought conditions and very limited kayaking. However, we’ve made up for it with good swells for lots of surfing, SUPing, mountain biking, river swimming and general shenanigans. I’ve even dabbled in slalom and freestylin to keep the low kaituna river interesting. With a tight community there’s never a dull moment in Okere Falls however.
It’s still been a great summer for kayak races and other events, probably the most events we’ve ever had in NZ. With the NZ Extreme race series going on and the addition of the Hawea whitewater course (finally we have a half decent playboating feature in NZ!), there have been plenty of occasions for the whitewater community to converge and competition has been tough and a lot of fun.
It’s been pretty successful for me, I feel like I’m boating better than ever and was stoked to finally win the Wairoa extreme race after years of screwing up the final and coming second, and also took out the Womens NZ extreme race series title.
I’m about to begin 6 weeks of intense kayak instruction before it gets too cold in NZ and is time to leave again. Next stop…Hood River and the Little White Salmon, base camp for the spring and a bit of a North American tour and some races. Followed by summer at the Ottawa….good times!
See you all out there!!!
|Kenny Mutton & Carl Whitehead battling hard right before the finish line at the Wairoa X race.|
|Lu, Jamie & Andi scoping the lines at the Wairoa X-race|
|Lu vs Brenna, Wairoa x-race|
|Kenny gets surfed, tyler knocks him out with a back loop, Wairoa X-race mens final.|
|Wairoa X-race Mens Champs, Kenny Mutton, Jamie Sutton, Tyler Fox (Also top 3 overall mens for the series)|
|Wairoa X-race Womens Champs, Lu, Toni & Luuka|