Courtney Kerin 13/04/2015 | Posted in Internationalization, New Zealand, Whitewater
The 2015 Citreon Extreme Race was one to be at, but this year it was played out with a bit of a twist. Held on the Citreon Rapid in the Kawarau Gorge (New Zealand). It is NZ’s biggest water extreme race and always offers plenty of entertainment, impressive lines and of course…carnage.
This year went off well with only a few swims and plenty of great racing. It is a four-person start boater cross style race through the ranks. This means it’s not only a matter of getting the right line but doing so whilst maneuvering around your opponents.
Most people would probably agree that the lead in to this rapid is also the crux. This is where you will either make a sweet line or end in a bad place. And unfortunately it’s a fine line that many fear. This makes for a great combination of nerves and excitement in the eddy above the start line and on the shores watching.
This year women’s finals were decided on the Citreon Rapid, with Jen Chrimes taking out the Title, followed by Louise Jull, then me in 3rd.
Our race didn’t avoid the carnage though, with Sarah-Jane taking an epic swim but coming out with spirits high and some nice new colors on her face and legs!
For the men’s, the top ten was decided on Citreon rapid and the finals had a bit of twist taking us down to Retrospect, another big water rapid further downstream that ends in a massive hole.
All 10 of the men who made it through choose to enter with few making nice lines and many getting a good beat down.
Best freestyle would definitely have to go to Jamie Sutton with the fastest creek boat cartwheels I’ve ever seen and the longest thrashing of the day!
In the end Joe Morley took the title, followed by Joseph Jury in 2nd and Jimmy Lohrey took 3rd.
All in all it was an epic weekend, followed by a sweet party thanks to Dylan Thomson and the Extreme Bar in Queenstown.