Michael Dolsey SUP

[please login to make this ad block disappear]

Whitewater Grand Prix Heads to Chile

Whitewater Grand Prix Heads to Chile


Jared Siler on the race course's 45-foot Salto de Indio.
Photo courtesy Fred Norquist/www.demshitz.com
Last year's inaugural event in Quebec, won by upstart Dane Jackson, took place in the form of six different stages over two weeks, each stage seeming more ridiculous than the last in terms of difficulty or size, testing 25 of the world's top paddlers invited by selection. This year's will follow a similar format.

"The format of the second WWGP in Chile will be similar, with numerous events over a two week period," says organizer Pat Camblin, adding that most invitees were based on results from around the world over the past year, as well as a view via a select video process. "It's our aim to showcase the sport of whitewater kayaking and some of its most talented athletes in the best venues in the world."

In all, the Whitewater Grand Prix will bring 30 of the world's best to compete in five events over 14 days from Dec. 1-14 on some of Chile's most challenging Class V whitewater.

Invited this go-around are last year's Top 5 winners, including winner Dane Jackson, Ben Marr, Rush Sturges, Nick Troutman and Bryan Kirk; women's top three finishers Louis Urwin from New Zealand, last year's winner, Mariann Saether from Norway and Adriene Levknecht from the U.S. Also invited are France's Eric Deguil, this year's AWP champ; Issac Levinson, last year's winner of the green Race; San Sutton from New Zealand, who took first in this year's Sickline event; Mike Dawson, because, well, he's Mike Dawson; Andrew Holcombe and Evan Garcia, who won two events at last year's Whitewater Grand Prix.

Also getting a last-minute invitation was Jared Seiler, sponsored by Pyranha, IR, Werner, Astral Buoyancy and more. "I've been going down to Chile for the past five years in a row, and am really looking forward to it," he says. "Bringing that many good kayakers together at a world-class playground is very exciting...epic things will happen. The first Grand Prix was a huge success and generated tons of exposure. This year I know will do the same."

For those hoping to catch the action live, the tentative schedule is as follows:

Opening Party: (Location: Pucon, Chile):
"It's an epic party to get things started," says Cambl'n. "We will welcome the athletes in true whitewater form."
Whitewater Enduro (Location: Rio Gol Go):
Kayakers race against the clock on a challenging section of whitewater which includes 18 gates they must cleanly pass through. A highlight from the 2011 event in Quebec, this is sure to test the athletes.

Whitewater Enduro (Location: Rio Puesco, Pucon Region):
Kayakers race against the clock on a challenging section of whitewater which includes 18 gates they must cleanly pass through. A highlight from the 2011 event in Quebec, this is sure to test the athletes.

Whitewater Sprint: (Location: Rio Fuy):
Kayakers race one at a time down a short, steep and technical section of whitewater navigating their way safely down rapids, cascades and waterfalls.

Whitewater Enduro: (Location: Futaleufu River, Patagonia):
Kayakers will finish this year's WWGP with a challenging race down an extended section of big Class V water on one of the prettiest rivers in the world.

BoaterCross: Location: Futaleufu River, Patagonia):
This is sure to be another great event, with the kayakers battling down one of the biggest rapids on the Futaleufu...perhaps at the infamous Throne Room.

Closing party: (Location: Futaleufu River, Patagonia, Chile): An end-all bash to close the event and celebrate the standout performances.

And, drum roll please for PL's pick for the men's and women's winners ....

A U.S. sweep with Dane Jackson in a repeat for the men, and Adriene Levknecht for the women.

Info: www.whitewatergrandprix.com




Paddling Life News on Playak is © and presented by:

Forums

Login to post here

AWetState added a video. 3 hours 12 minutes ago

World Kayak River Guide - Saalach Lofer

World Kayak is putting together a video guide of rivers all over the world. This is a run near Lofer in Austria For more info, visit:...

wbuchmaier reviewed Karma L 20 hours 34 minutes ago

 
Absolutely love the boat and would absolutely recommend to any bigger yaker. Makes everything I paddle about one full class easier. However, I...

CHILKO added a video. yesterday

ADIDAS-SICKLINE 2015 - BEST OF SLOW MOTION -...

ADIDAS-SICKLINE 2015 - BEST OF SLOW MOTION - ISSUE#1 CAMERAMEN: OLAF OBSOMMER, BEN JUNG, MARTIN HAUTZ CAMERA: SONY FS700, Canon 300mm 2.8, canon...

CHILKO added a video. yesterday

ADIDAS-SICKLINE 2015 • 1st comparison 2nd • Seal...

ADIDAS-SICKLINE 2015 • 1st comparison 2nd • Seal Launch FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olaf-Obsommer/183799405144336 WEBSEITE -...

richardohman added a video. yesterday

Point 65 Gemini - assembly manual

This video shows how to assemble and take apart the Gemini, the new modular kayak by Point 65 Sweden.

richardohman added a video. yesterday

Rum Runner film

The Rum Runner, the unique modular Stand Up Paddle board by Point65 Sweden

EJ added a video. yesterday

A John Day Journey

The JK team hooks up with some great people from The Kayak Shed in Oregon to hit John Day River!

AWetState added a video. yesterday

World Kayak River Guide - Otz Middle

World Kayak is putting together a video guide of rivers all over the world. This is a run near Oetz in Austria For more info, visit:...

CBC Soft Stand Up Paddle Board

Sponsors

Boardworks SUP

 

Siren SUP SurfingVictory KoredryPau Hana

 

BruSurfHala GearAirboard SUPRed Paddle CoBody Glove FootwearNRS