Saturday, January 10, 2009

2008 Clearwater Kayak Festival Results

The 2008 festival was a great hit with paddlers from all across North America, Australia, and Great Britain joining in on the action packed weekend. The festival featured a Down River Race through the middle canyon of the Clearwater River and a rodeo on “Little Pink” not to mention one of the best festival after parties .... PERIOD!
The Down River results are as follows:

Open - Clearwater DR
Adrian Kiernam,(AUS) Tasmania- 1st
Bryn Thomas, (CAN)Clearwater - 2nd
Richard Clark, (GBR) - 3rd

Open -  Women
Linda Johanson, (CAN) Nelson - 1st
Allison Cano, (CAN) Calgary - 2nd
Crystal Rogers, (CAN) Clearwater - 3rd

Novice Men
Derek O'Dette, (CAN)Clearwater - 1st

With the lower water levels of august, clearwater's famed pink mountain was not at its optimal level, instead being held on one of the clearwater thousand of other small wave/hole play features.  You wouldn’t have noticed the difference between features as competitors still threw down some huge moves.
Freestyle Results follow: 

Rodeo Men
Adrian Kiernan, (AUS)Tasmania - 1st
Bryn Thomas, (CAN) Clearwater - 2nd
Dan Heyworth (GBR) - 3rd

Novice Class
Liam Dhillon and Kelly Williamson - shared 1st

The festival is going into its third year and was started by the late Ben Earle. He would be happy to see everyone out on the river, throwing ends, and having a damn good time. See ya in 2009 for the third annual Clearwater Kayak Festival. It'll be huge!

Mat Kasunich