Nottingham YF & League Event – 1st Place!

Saturday Youth Freestyle

Straight after I was done with the Live’N’Deadly show I drove as quickly as i could back to Nottingham on Saturday afternoon to go help out at the finals of this years Youth Freestyle event and to compete in the League event on the Sunday.

The drive is meant to be about 3 hours from Lee Valley to HPP however after a very early morning to do two rehearsals before the show aired at 9 I had to stop for a little sleep…

I got their just in time to do a little filming for Bren, who’ll be putting together another event edit from the day and also to help out at the Prize Giving. The place was packed with young talented kayakers, the scene in the UK is growing so well!

The young paddlers were also lucky enough to have EJ there as well as the usual helpers he was their coaching and running an “impress Ej” contest along with dishing out the prizes with myself at the end of the day.

This was the last event of the series and its a real shame its come to an end for 2011. Each event i’ve been to this year has been bigger and better than the last and the real stars are all the young up and comers who keep coming along to each event! Come next year, spread the vids around to everyone and drag your friends too! Its a really fantastic series of coaching/ competitions so get involved!

Sunday Brit Champs/ League Event

The Sunday was the League Series Finale, the comp was divided into Novice, Open & Expert Categories. The morning me, Claire O’hara EJ & Bren all ran a few little coaching sessions for the Novice classes and then went onto compete ourselves.

The hole used for the main event was ‘Twin Waves’ its such a sick little hole, I’ve spent the last few weeks sessioning the hole everyday till its got dark pretty much paddling with the next generation coming up to the top James Benn’s, Bren Orton, Ryan Liquorish, James Weight & David Wild. Their actually kicking ass! We’ve been getting a ton of new moves, not your bullsh$t linked crap but full on combo moves, we’ll be putting together a new Nottingham sessions vid later in the year to showcase some of what we’ve been working on 😉 James Benn’s was even hitting tricky whu’s, mc’nasties and Tricky Loops without his paddle just using his hands today…incredible!

Now back to the event, i can’t remember full results but they’ll be up soon enough on the GB Freestyle Page The standard was super high with scores right up there! I was mostly impressed by all the young ones rides James Benn’s won the Juniors with Bren in 2nd & Matt Rodgers 3rd.

In the men I had an absolutely terrible 1st run 🙂 Thankfully i pulled together an alright 2nd & 3rd run to take the win, James Weight got 2nd with some very big mc’nasties and Alan Ward was 3rd.

In my eyes the the star of the show was Ryan Liquorish who has been ripping it this summer working on all our new moves that we’ve been playing with and was the only one in the event to nail one in the comp hitting a entry kickflip linked to “Trick Loop” into ends…Very sick!

Also was really great to see Sam Ward on the water competing, he really inspired me when i used to paddle with him in Uganda and was one of the main reasons I bought my 1st Guigui, he was so sick then but the last couple years he’s had some unlucky injuries and hasn’t been able to paddle too much himself and has devoted a lot of time to coaching and helping the GB team. So its about time and very nice to see him with a big grin hucking himself around in the hole, he had some pretty sweet rides so I can’t wait to see how he’s doing after a few months training in the top class holes in the UK…keep your eye on him!

Overall another good day on the water! with sick paddling, the standard is ridiculous here! as is the Cold wind…

Back to our new moves we’ve been working on our aim over the next few months is to get some of our new moves recognised by the ICF so their is enough incentive to do them in the comps and to encourage paddlers to aim at the top and aim to do the really sick moves rather than go for felix’s…;-)

The problem right now is the max you can get under the current rules is a Trophy 3 which scores 200 when if you would do one of our basic combo moves like a Lunar Loop you’d score more doing it individually so it needs to be in there as like a 300 point move or something, then when you see some of the other stuff we’ve been laying down…Lets just say their shouldn’t be any upside down head spins going on anymore 🙂 Only Walrusses!

Anyhow thanks to Bren for the Pics, i’m off to Kanumessa this week so chack back soon for vids and photos, got any young paddlers in your area tell them all about the Youth Freestyle Series and bring them down next year! Check the videos on my video page for more…



P.S. If you like to felix thats cool, its not an easy move, I suck at them, i just like winding people up about them…;-) Still better off pulling a Walruss though!

The ‘Walruss’ !!!


About James Bebbington

2011 ICF World Freestyle Kayak Champion & 2011 ICF World Cup Freestyle Kayak Champion Passionate about Kayaking, Travel, Nature, Dreams, Raw Food & the Beauty of Life. Don't give up on your dreams, listen to your heart!
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