Monday, February 25, 2013

Citroen Extreme Race, Kawerau River!

 After two weeks of solid study at Uni in Palmy I was pretty stoked to escape down to Queenstown! I arrived just in time for the Citroen Extreme Race, probably the best venue being used for extreme racing in New Zealand at the moment. This rapid is a few hundred metres long and really sweet! I had a primo day of racing and ended up placing 2nd in the final after South Islander- Sophia Moulder. The mens was taken out by Chilean Lorenzo. The sun was out and it was a really well run event, I am always stoked to be here for it.
On the Sunday 18 of us (including 2 of us ladies) charged  down Nevis Bluff in a mass start form in memory of our good friend and legend- Simon Davidson! It was a skins day as it was super hot, everyone was stoked as. I then continued to do another lap of Nevis Bluff followed by a run down Citroen, Retrospect and the Roaring Meg. The next day we repeated the run- so epic! These are all really big water rapids and retrospect has a massive hole- probably one of the biggest I have been through. Stoked to stay in Wanaka this week playing on the new wave here and enjoying some sessions on the water with NZ Junior ripper Jess Bailey!
 Above- Soph and I in the final. Below- Moonlight session on the new wave with Roy Bailey, Pete Simpson and Ray.
 Below- Following John in the runnout of Nevis.

 Below- NZ Junior Ripper Shaun charging into Retrospect!
 Below- Me hitting the middle of Retrospect
 Below- Looking back upstream...Nevis Bluff

 Below- On water view of Retrospect!

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