With the high water levels expected Friday was used as a rest day to allow high flows to clear before the finals on Saturday,
Fortunately the high flows never materialised and left a day of recovery and fun events on the water.
The Fun events planned were
1. SUP Race
The course was set to ferry glide above the upstream bridge before using the flow to go down through the hole river right eddy out round a buoy in the eddy before coming back across the flow to the finish line in the river left eddy – Sounds Simple
Myself, Niamh and Caoimhe took the challenge with no prior experience what’s the worst that could happen?? – Well…. Niamh made a good start but got stuck in the flow and ended up 200m down stream for a long walk back up, Caoimhe did quite well and I spent 5 mins swimming around an eddy after getting the leash between me and the board snagged around the marker buoy, loads of fun and a great way to cool off in the hot Plattling Sun.
2. Teva Big Trick
each competitor was given 2 attempts to plug the biggest trick possible the event was won jointly by KATCHA and those crazy Germans with their 3 man loop – 3 kayaks lashed side by side dropped into the hole before plugging for a loop and sticking it!
2.5 Party Wave
As a side show to get some nice photos we had a party wave session getting as many people surfing the wave as possible – as usual lots of carnage but great spectator sport!
3. King of the wave
Unlike all other king of the wave competitions this one was different,
A le mans style start competitors run to their boats jump in, deck on and seal launch from the river right bank upstream of the hole, drop onto the hole and surf across to the river left side where their prize was being held by a raft suspended above the hole,
The prize was a raw fish slippery and wet, the winner needed to grab this from the raft, unfortunately at the same time the raft crew would be propelling all kinds of nasty stuff at the competitors – ketchup, mayo, potatoes, fish guts, eggs, flour
Coming out on top was Sam Stevens from Team GB a hard fought battle.
The evening was spent around a campfire chatting and drinking before the following day of finals.