Teva Mountain Games – Lead Up to the Event

Today is the first day of the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Right about now the Steep Creek race will be kicking off. My bets on either Sam Sutton or Mike Dawson from NZ to take the win, but for now back to the beginning…


View from my hotel balcony

I arrived on Monday evening, unfortunately to find barely any water here…I mean literally none!

With the lack of a playspot I spent the last couple days practicing on the Homestake Creek which although very manky and rocky was actually quite good fun. There was talk of cancelling the Freestyle so I’d thought I better find something to compete in having come all this way 😉

Creeking not really being my forte and only being able to borrow other peoples boats I was pretty scrappy the first 2 runs i did then the last 3, I felt better and better, so was feeling I could do an alright run in the race.

To my great relief however Clay Wright and the rest of the Jackson bunch spent 8 hours dropping in plywood and all sorts to try and make a useable feature and succeeded, allowing the Freestyle event to go ahead after all.

Its very brutal and shallow still but you can do some good moves if you avoid the rocks, considering when i got here there was only a 1cm deep little hole that looked like you might be able to spin in if you got lucky, i’d call their work a big success.

Yesterday I paddled a bunch in the hole, trying to decide whether to use carbon (very traumatic) or plastic.

The sound of me smashing the bottom in my Carbon guigui could be heard back in the hotel…Thankfully Dagger let me borrow a plastic boat to use which is a lot less stressful and actually paddles really well. Still haven’t decided on which one to use so I chose not to do the creek race today to dial the hole in and work out which boat to use.

Freestyle comp qualifier is tomorrow so wish me luck! I’ll keep you updated here…


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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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