Troutman, Craig and Gordon…TCG. That’s the storyline so far from Thun, Switzerland, in the preliminary rounds of the World Freestyle Kayak Championships, on a pulsating wave that has the world’s best on the edge of their boats and spectators on the edge of their seats…
Who’s it going to be this go around? Will EJ retain his coveted crown? Or will he be usurped by eager-to-prove-himself son-in-law Nick Troutman, high-flying Bryan Kirk, airwheel master Stephen Wright, or some other freestyle aficionado from elsewhere on the globe? Find out Aug 29 – Sept. 6, when 400 of the world's best freestyle kayakers gather in Thun, Switzerland, to compete in the Freestyle World Championships 2009. PL checks in (plus a rundown of who to watch for)...
Joe Pulliam, the man who has spent more time behind the helm of major whitewater kayak manufacturers--including Perception and Dagger--than perhaps anyone else in the business is now lending his Pulliam pull to Jackson Kayaks. PL checks in with the grand master...
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the best kayaker of them all? The New England Whitewater Triple Crown Championships tried to find out, with separate wildwater, slalom and freestyle events and a winner-take-all format in the Tariffville Gorge of Connecticut's Farmington River...
The three-event World Cup of Freestyle is over, with Slovakia proving its whitewater dominance once again (after a three-gold showing in Beijing), composite freestyle boats coming of age, Canada's Nick Troutman nabbing second, and Buena Vista, Colo.'s Dustin Urban taking America's top placing in fifth. As for the Jackson clan, it was all Emily, taking first for the women...
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You expect a lot of things when you decide to review whitewater kayaks during December in Colorado. Staying warm definitely isn’t one of them. We packed up the quiver and drove to the Barrel Springs and Shoshone sections of the Colorado, still running thanks to a malfunction in the turbines of the nearby powerplant. Call us weenies, but it was the first time either of us had kayaked in Colorado in December (it was also the first time we’d ever used pogies on bike handlebars as part of the shuttle).
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