2013 Freestyle Team at the Worlds Opening Ceremony
The 2013 Freestyle World Championships are underway in Nantahala, USA.
At the opening ceremony on Tuesday spectators and competitors were treated to a display of traditional dancing from the Warriors of AniKituhwa and kayakers displayed their skills by throwing tricks off the ‘Big Air’ ramp into the Tuckasegee River in the middle of Bryson City.
The Junior men kicked off the event on Wednesday. Brad Elliot-Bool led the Australian Junior K1M in the preliminaries, finishing 25th, followed by Rowan Kaar in 27th and Gilbert Coombes in 31st. So far the leader of the rankings is Hunter Katich of the USA. The top 10 competitors from the preliminaries will proceed to the semi-finals.
Next up was the OC-1 semi final, in which Aussie Liam Corr finished 5th and Jez Jez 6th.
The event organisers are using this opportunity to promote the area and the sport. Between events spectators were treated to a Mini-Me raft rodeo, in which they could also participate. Whitewater activities take place on the river throughout the year, as dam controlled releases ensure dependable water levels.
Wednesday 3rd September saw the heats in the squirt boating events, but no Australians competed.
Thursday the 4th will see the heats in the Senior K1M Freestyle, in which Joseph Dunn, Liam Corr, Tim Mann, Joshua Singleton and Richard Cass will be competing. Don't forget to watch them on the live stream - link below.
The championships are the first international event to use a new electronic scoring system that provides real-time results to spectators. Follow the link below to see the results.