2011 was once again a bloody big year. I headed up to Cairns to help run and participate in Monsoon Madness, the inaugural national boater cross event with the national freestyle championships tied in with it. I was fortunate enough to win the 2011 National Champion at this event and really enjoyed boating with the crew up there
2011 was once again a bloody big year.
I headed up to Cairns to help run and participate in Monsoon Madness, the inaugural national boater cross event with the national freestyle championships tied in with it. I was fortunate enough to win the 2011 National Champion at this event and really enjoyed boating with the crew up there.
As with every year that I have paddled, I headed off to the USA to another fantastic summer. I do believe that I am up to over 20 summers in a row, sweet. While I was there I instructed a bunch, paddled a bunch and had only one day off the water in three months. We estimated that we instructed over 200 kids with our program, thats a whole lot of instruction for sure, but it was again so fantastic to be a part of. One great side effect of heading to this part of the world is that I get to paddle the Green throughout the summer. Warm summer green runs, life is good!
As part of Falling Creek Camp’s kayak adventure program called Huck, we headed up to Canada with a group of very eager kids. With Nick Troutman helping out on the program, we really pushed a few limits with some big water fun dropping into Phill’s Hole and taking on Garb. The Ottawa is something that all boaters should experience and heading back there made me understand why I need to continue to get back up there.
I released Kayaking 4 Kidz instructional video this year showing all the basics for those just getting onto paddling. Jackson Kayak has been throwing in a copy of Kayaking 4 Kidz with every kids kayak sold, thanks JK. In fact the video has gone so well that I am at the moment making a sequel to this vid which is based around an intro to whitewater. I will post more info about this over when I get closer to a release. Videos are available through Jackson Kayak and Rapid Transit Media. www.jacksonkayak.com www.rapidtransitvideo.com
Just recently I headed down to the Snowy River in Australia and was one of a crew that paddled the mighty Snowy River which has not flowed in over 30 years. I just wish this section of river flowed more often, it’s the sweetest run in the Snowy region.
Now the great part about my year is that it’s just heating up down here in Australia so I am out on the water in fantastically warm water once again.
If you haven’t already check out some of my videos that I made from this year.
Green River http://vimeo.com/29253836
Huck Canada http://vimeo.com/28180501
Snowy River http://vimeo.com/31060346
So 2011 was another fantastic year with more time on the water every year.
I am very thankful to all those that help me along the way including Jackson Kayak, Kokatat, Snapdragon, Mountain Khaki.
Thanks guys and hope to see you in the new year on a river somewhere!
Jackson Kayak Coordinator of Karma