Yesterday was the first Upper Palquin boater cross race. The competitors meeting was set up around 10 AM in Kayak Chile. After we signed up for the race and after some time we all head up to the Upper Palguin put in.
TC and Logan signing up
There were 9 heats of 3 people with the fastest kayaker going to the next round. The Upper is amazing for such a race. There is a technical double drop (where most of the carnage happens), followed by a left hand 12ft waterfall with a nasty hole. After clearing those, there is a nice clear fall and couple rapids to the finish. Mix it with 3 racing kayakers and you get an amazing racing course. There were 9 heats of 3 kayakers with the winner progressing to the next round.
Evan Garcia leading his heat
The "carnage" heat, Aniol, Jared and Ian
I was doing quite well until the first double drop where I touched a rock that messed up my line and was passed by Ian Garcia. Overall the race was great with a lot of action and carnage. Six more swims were added to this years Pucon swim club.:)
The second drop
After getting through the rounds, EG (USA), Aniol (SPA) and Keegan (CAN) made it into the finals and Keegan took the gold. Congrats.
The race was followed by a BBQ at the Ben's house right at the Take out/ Put in and a crazy night in down town Pucon...
Just chilling afer a great day...
Overall this was an amazing event. Today I have been just chilling and getting ready fro a road trip with TC, Logan and Anton. Still waiting for the car- today or tomorrow, then we should finallu hit the road...