WE ARE OPEN - and GOOD TO GO
With the final event of this years Winter Boatercross Series only two weeks away here’s how things have gone so far.
On the 15th of November we eased people into the idea of Boatercross at Cardiff International White Water. While sticking with our trusted Friday night configuration we challenged paddlers to a slalom course with a twist. Racing three other competitors head to head down the course our paddlers had to pick their lines wisely, the crux being catapult, would people boof or run the shoot and risk being landed on! Round one also saw visitors from Bath University earning them the accolade of most competitive uni (a little challenge to Cardiff and Swansea Universities there).
For round two we decided to mix it up a little. In altering the course configuration we created some narrow shoots. Trying to get four boats through a three foot gap was bound to cause some carnage and I think if we are all honest with ourselves that’s what Boatercross is all about.
Andy Kettlewell looks to have the 17-39 category sewn up, yet to face any real competition we here at CIWW are starting to wonder if there is anyone out there capable of taking him down a peg or two. Our very own Tom Ruddy and Tyler Baldwin put in valiant attempts but in all honesty are looking closer to receiving the Dirty Carnage Award than a winners medal………
Round two saw the introduction of a ladies heat. Now you may think that this would have been a more civilised affair….. how wrong you were! The ladies went at it full throttle with Mrs Laura Hau coming out on top. Watch out Laura.. rumour has it Morgan Rickards is going to show here face on the 14th and ready to make amends for just missing out on victory in Llangollen.
Now for the Youth. Well.. Edward Weeks, not use to paddling downstream put in an excellent performance, smiling all the way while the boys from Seren Dwr fought it out ahead with James Cooper stealing the win from under Elliot’s nose, Better luck next time Elliot!!
With the final event only two weeks away it’s time to start planning. What to change, how to cause chaos and most importantly will the seal launch start work? Keep your eyes pealed we’ll be posting clips of our trails shortly.
See you on the 14th ….