Watauga Race

first_imgThe 2012 Watauga Gorge Race has come and gone, and has proven itself yet again to be one of the best grassroots kayak races in the Southeast!This is a fun one because it is tradition to stack the heavy hitters and former winners in the back of a 30-40 person pack, and start everyone all at once!  It is chaos, and it always takes a unique balance to fight through all of those paddlers and still have the energy to finish the run smooth and fast.I personally didn’t have quite as smooth sailing as I have in the past.  The water level was excellent at 400 cfs, but it took me longer than usual to get out from the pack, and then Toby McDermott and I battled and beat each other up through the entire gorge with multiple passes.  This left Eric Chance clear to take the 1st place title.  If you watch the video, I also had a sketchy flip in one of the bony lines of the course, in which I lost my paddle and thought I was going to swim!  It’s good to get humbled by the river once in a while, right?!Enjoy the video, and my apologies for the camera fog…Results:1. Eric Chance2. Chris Gragtmans3. Toby McDermott4. Chris Harjes5. Clay Lucas6. Jim Janney (1st short boat)7. Colin Hunt8. Mike Patterson9. John Quigley and Steve McGrady (First and only K2)10. Tyler Mayo11. Red Green boat with FNA full face???12. Kirk Eddlemon13. Alex Matthews14. Ryan DeKay15. Chris Baer16. Saunders Southecorvo17. Garret Thompson18. Van Nall19. Dylan the Highschooler20. Red green boat geen t-dub ????21. Ty Brown Caldwell22. Dennis Gilfillan….Ladies1. Nikki Malatin2. Erin SavageShort Boats1. Jim Janney2. Kirk Eddlemon3. Garret Thompson4. Dennis GilfillanHand Paddles:1. Bill Clipper2. Edgar PeckPlayboat:1. Mark MillerDuo:1. John Quigley and Steve McGradyGood Lines,Chrislast_img