Steamboat Springs, Colo. (May 12, 2008): Head to Steamboat Springs, Colo., Memorial Day (Monday, May 26) for the third annual Paddling Life Pro Invitational-capping off the Yampa River Festival--to watch some of the best men and women kayakers in the world compete in a two-event competition for more than $3,500 in cash and prizes.
unique event tests both downriver creek racing and freestyle, with the
best overall score determining the champion. Scheduled to attend are
former world freestyle kayak champion Ruth Gordon, world kayak
freestyle silver medalist Andrew Holcombe, 2007 Invitational winner
Stephen Wright, 2007 women's winner Tanya Faux, Bryan Kirk and world
freestyle kayak bronze medalist Nick Troutman. "It's an awesome event,"
says inaugural winner Jay Kincaid. "Not many events test both creek
boating and freestyle."
Sponsoring this year's event is local
developer Resort Ventures West, Steamboat in the Summertime, Kokatat
and Yakima. The event also draws attention to Charlie's Hole downtown,
which the City based its successful recreational in-channel diversion
water right (RICD) filing on in 2004. "This is just one way to help
showcase what a world-class feature the town has," says Paddling Life
Publisher Eugene Buchanan. "Plus, it's a great way to showcase and
reward today's best all-around paddlers."
The event starts
with a registration barbecue Sunday, May 25, at 5:30, followed by the
creek race at 10 a.m. May 26 and the freestyle event at 1 p.m. The
festivities are followed by a party at Sunpies Bistro featuring local
bands, beer and other surprises. As an added bonus, look for coverage
of this year's event on Resort Sports Network thanks to Steamboats TV
18. Info: www.paddlinglife.net.
"Visit steamboatsummer.com for complete vacation packages and information or call 877-286-2628."
sponsors: New Belgium Brewing Co., NRS, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.,
SmartWool, Steamboat TV 18, and the Rabbit Ears Motel.
Third Annual Paddling Life Pro Invitational May 26Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Head to Steamboat Springs, Colo., Memorial Day (Monday, May 26) for the third annual Paddling Life Pro Invitational-capping off the Yampa River Festival--to watch some of the best men and women kayakers in the world compete in a two-event competition for more than $3,500 in cash and prizes.
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.