Courtney Kerin 26/10/2011 | Posted in Whitewater
Another competition and another adventure. I took off with another Team paddler, Stephen Wright to Nags Head in North Carolina for the Surf Kayak World Championships.
Now Surf Kayaking was a brand new discipline for me, but when I was asked to come and represent my country I couldn’t turn them down. A new challenge and high level competition sounded perfect as well as the opportunity to go to the beach! I got a few days practice in before the event began. I entered in both Women’s High Performance (Short Boat) and Women’s International Class (Long Boat). Now surf kayaks, for those of you who don’t know…are very different to Whitewater kayaks. The Hull is designed the same as a surfboard and the short boats have fins. And the scoring system is based on wave selection, which part of the wave you catch, travel along the green of the wave and variety (moves). The event began with a Parade down the street and onto the beach with all the athletes dressed in their team uniforms and carrying their countries flags then along the beach to the Nags Head Pier where we enjoyed a hot dinner together and entertainment. The competition started off with team’s event, so sadly having such a small team NZ was unable to compete. But within the next few days the waves got bigger and the individual events begun. First up for me was short boat. We competed in heats of 4, top two advanced. we had 20 minutes to catch a maximum of 10 waves and our top two scores were kept. I went out and gave it my best shot trying to catch the biggest waves right at their peaks. Sometimes this went well and other times it ended in beat downs all the way to the beach, but I always came up with a fist pump and huge smile that the crowd noted. After getting off the water I was fired up and went to check scores, then I found out I had been penalized with an interference for dropping onto another competitors wave (whoops!) and lost half of my second score narrowly dropped me to 4th in my heat, and so short boat was over for me. The next day I was up for long boat and was in the same heat as Jackson Team paddler Devon Barker. And though I did not get penalized in long boat, I found it more difficult and found myself in 4th place again. But I was in a very strong heat ad was stoked for Devon who took 1st!
A huge congratulations needs to go out to Devon for finishing 5th in women’s long and 4th in women’s short!
All up Surf Kayak World Championships was an amazing event full of fun experiences and awesome people from all over the World! Thanks so much to all the organizers and event sponsors for making it happen!
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