To hit off 2012 in my homeland, New Zealand, some mates and I loaded up our gear and headed off to the West Coast for some creeking action. Amongst the week of heavy downpours and beautiful sun, we hit up the action on offer. I got on many of the popular runs which ‘only’ required
World Cup #1 Rock Island
World Cup number 1 was held in Rock Island, Tenessee. Just down the road from the Jacksons house where we live. This year is my first year competing in the Womans Division and I’m stoked to be up against all my female idols in the freestyle world.
Day one is prelims, only
Yes! That’s right this year at the London 2012 Olympic Games, freestyle kayaking made an appearance. Six athletes from 5 continents were chosen to be the first to present the sport of freestyle kayaking to the Olympics.
The athletes were James Bebbington (GBR), Claire O’hara (GBR), Motoko Ishida (JPN), Juma Kilakwani (UGD), Dane Jackson (USA) and
After the long haul west we arrived to low water Buena Vista. A small town in Colorado, with an awesome water park floating throughit. But thanks to a crazy low snow fall during the winter, water levels were low. But we didn’t let this faze us. All the competitors made the most of what we
My (Courtney Kerin) first Rodeo event as a pro woman, the NOC shootout 2012.
It’s a big step up from being a Junior but definitely gives me more drive to push myself harder. We arrived on Monday to work on rebuilding the feature in the freezing cold waters of the Nantahala Gorge.
It started out with prelims
I started off the New Year in true fashion…kayaking! I got together with my High school coach and took a group of students from St Kevin’s College to Murchison, New Zealand’s beginner/intermediate kayaker’s paradise.
Aidan (coach), Paddy (coach), Russell (friend), Pete (friend) and I drove up early to scout out the rivers after recent floods. And
Courtney Kerin’s 2011 Year in Review
This year my whole life has made a HUGE change and it was all most definitely for the better! I faced many amazing opportunities, meet numerous incredible people and went to handfuls of unbelievable places! My Year began with a final few weeks in NZ doing some last descents of
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
After just a couple of days in Rock Island, I found myself back on the road again. Dane and I headed out to the Famous Gauley River in West Virginia to make the most of the scheduled releases. The Gauley River is well known for being crowded with rafters, kayakers, and other recreational watercrafts, and
Another country, another adventure. Of course it began with a long haul drive from Salt Lake City, Utah all the way to the Ottawa river just outside the small town of Beachburg. My anticipation to get there was high after a long week of no paddling at Outdoor Retailer. The drive was long, exhausting and