This is my first time down Manns Creek in WV. We are getting on the water at 4 pm and trying to beat the sun. Because we were in such a hurry, I was unable to get out and scout any of the rapids. Luckily, Shane Groves is a very good guide for this river, and I just followed right behind him. I think that this might just be my new favorite run. It was a lot of fun.
2013 Tallulah Teaser C-1 Helmet GoPro 3+. I was testing out the Superview setting, but it makes everything look way smaller. Basically it films in 4:3 and squishes it to 16:9, so you can see more, but it makes the drop look a lot smaller.
Stay tuned for more Tallulah footage.
Well, the 2013 Green Race did not go as planned for me, but as always, still an amazingly fun and painful race. For me, the painful part started about a week before the race when I found out that I had shingles.
Video of Tad in his new Wave Sport Project X 56 as a C-1. Video is taken at the Nantahala (Site of the 2013 Freestyle World Championships), New River, and at Eternity Hole. All video is taken by the beautiful Lisa Watkins.
The last day of U.S. Freestyle Team Trials started with a phone call at 9:15 am. At this time I was still in bed because the C-1 Final was not actually scheduled to go until 4 pm. Well, the phone call was from my friend and competitor, Jordan. He told me that because of the rising water level, they are trying to get the competition done as soon as possible. This way the water level does not rise too high and wash out the hole. He also told me that I would be competing in about one hour. So I quickly jumped out of bed, grabbed a granola bar for breakfast, and jumped in the car to drive down to the NOC. Continue reading
I finally got a taste of what Freestyle competitions are all about. It was a little more informal than I expected it to be. I am very used to a slalom race where there is a set schedule and a set start time. In a freestyle event, it appears that you start when everyone is ready. Continue reading
For those of you that do not know, Team River Runner is a non-profit organization that gives active duty service members and veterans an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports.
It is the day before US Team Trials starts, and I am drying out in the sun next to the Nantahala River after paddling. I have really missed being in the outdoors by a natural river. It is so much greener and there is much more wildlife than the “concrete jungle” that I have grown accustom to at the whitewater center in Charlotte, NC. Continue reading