Today was the turn of the Men! 9 heats 5 Irish Senior men it was sure to be a good day.
The morning was spent each taking their own time and space to mentally prepare my self using music as a tool while Ronnie headed for the woods to find his ‘chi’
Time ticked down First up was Myself (Adrian) as a last minute stand in for Tom who had to head off early with very little practice in the hole (As I had spent most the week coaching) I put down a fairly good ride (I didn't die or break anything) everything felt good with loops and cartwheels keeping it simple was the key. but now being relaxed and enjoying the occasion I had 2 unlucky flushed in my second ride leaving me way down the score sheet.
Next came Ronnie and Paul with the two of them in the same heat gave them someone to bounce off Ronnie’s first ride was tense and flushy while Paul had an unlucky flush but put down a solid display in the last 10 seconds to give him a good start. as the second rides came up Ronnie relaxed letting the boat do the work and out in a solid display while Paul caught the surge bouncing him off the wave but still getting some ends down before the buzzer.
Brian being a bit of a veteran of competition was good to go with Dee more nervous than him. as the rain poured Brian linked end over end into splits even sticking a solid loop. he followed this into the 2nd ride with a cool confident ride to leave him top of the Irish men!
Last up was Barry. as many know Barry has a great style and lots of skill until the point a stopwatch is used but Barry came through this putting down solid rides going for his mcnasty but just couldn't get the boat around to score.
As we all waited in anticipation the scores were delivered
Brian 210 points
Paul 150 points
Barry 137 points
Ronnie 111 Points
Adrian 100 Points
we were all left well below the cut and the current leader pringle with his consistent scores of well over one thousand points!