Friday, October 24, 2008

Clemson Whitewater Club Demo

This past Tuesday night, the Clemson Whitewater Club hosted an LVM 27 premiere at Fike Recreation Building. Following dinner and the movie, Pyranha Kayaks hosted a demo and pool rodeo. Casey and I headed down to Clemson Friday evening from Franklin with a pile of boats and our good friend, Caleb. We were met with a good turnout of folks at the premiere and most blew off homework and other responsibilities to join us in the pool for a bit of fun.

Todd couldn't wait to get in!

Emily practicing her hand roll

Mac throwing a flatwater loop

Most of the time we spent in the pool was for folks to spend trying the different boats we had available but the highlight of the evening was the pool rodeo we held at the end of the night. The prestigious panel of judges decided to keep things simple by having two classes: Funniest Trick and Coolest Trick. There were no rules, as long as your ride involved a kayak and the best thing you could come up with. Some amazing feats of skill and daring were displayed but winners had to be chosen.

After much deliberation by the judges, it was decided that Todd Henry had performed the Funniest Trick – a bouncing seal launch to faceplant off the high diving board. Mac McGee did the Coolest Trick, an airscrew off the low diving board. Our winners walked away with Pyranha shirts, stickers, and other swag, but we brought enough that everyone who attended got something.

Thanks to Brian and Dave at Pyranha Kayaks for hooking us up with boats and swag for the event, to Penstock Productions for the video, to the Clemson Whitewater Club for organizing and promoting the event and getting food, and to Clemson University for hosting the event. We hope to be back!

Until next time......