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July 29th, 2009:

World Surf Kayak Championships Report: Santa Cruz Portugal July 27-29

US East Coast Team has made the top 8 in the Preliminary round and has advanced to the Semi-Finals of Team Competition.  Several of our team members are still in the running for individual world titles as well.

Margot & Tom May hanging with Anthony Bell, our brave captain. - Photo by Effort.tv

Margot & Tom May hanging with Anthony Bell, our brave captain. - Photo by Effort.tv

World competitors all in a row.

World competitors all in a row. - Photo by Effort.tv

Here’s how things stand currently… “the situation…”

HP Mens Individual Preliminary Round
Joey Hall – 1st Place advance to next round
Tom May – 3rd Place eliminated
Spencer Cooke – 3rd Place eliminated
Anthony Bell – 1st Place advance to next round
Russ Buskirk – 2nd Place advance to next round

Masters (40 and over) HP Prelim
Paul Scrutton – 2nd Place advance to next round

Masters (40 and over) IC Prelim
Charles Salters – 1st place (? pretty sure but could have been 2nd, don’t think so though) he did advance to next round

Womens HP Quarter Finals
Lindsay Usher – 3rd Place eliminated

Womens IC Quarter Finals
Lindsay Usher – 1st Place advance to semi-final

Team placement is to be announced.  By the numbers it doesn’t look like it is possible for us to make the top 4 for the finals so we will likely fall somewhere between 5-8th place.  Not certain on this but seems likely.  Nonetheless we were pleased to advance to the next round and thank all of the other countries, especially our hospitable hosts here in Portugal, for the amazing and friendly competition.

Russ Buskirk styles it in the Men's HP Division on a nice wave. - Photo by Effort.tv

Russ Buskirk styles it in the Men's HP Division on a nice wave. - Photo by Effort.tv

This fly-by was really high compared to the first one.  - photo Effort.tv

This fly-by was really high compared to the first one. - photo Effort.tv

That is a large flag.  The Portuguese may have "borrowed" this from their Capital building. - Photo by Effort.tv

That is a large flag. The Portuguese may have "borrowed" this from their Capital building. - Photo by Effort.tv

Surf Wizard, Tom May, shows that wave who's boss in the Grand Master's HP Division. - Photo by Effort.tv

Surf Wizard, Tom May, shows that wave who's boss in the Grand Master's HP Division. - Photo by Effort.tv

This morning, game faces on, Anthony Bell and Russ Buskirk prepare for Team Competition in HP. - Photo by Effort.tv

This morning, game faces on, Anthony Bell and Russ Buskirk prepare for Team Competition in HP. - Photo by Effort.tv

Surf mellowed out a bit for this morning's competition, plus the high tide took somesize off of it.  Anthony cuts back to the lovely pocket. - Photo by Effort.tv

Surf mellowed out a bit for this morning's competition, plus the high tide took somesize off of it. Anthony cuts back to the lovely pocket. - Photo by Effort.tv

Our IC Master, Paul Scrutton either put on too much sunscreen or got deloused.  Either way he's okay now. - Photo by Effort.tv

Our IC Master, Paul Scrutton, either put on too much sunscreen, got a horrible case of poison ivy and has applied calmine lotion, or he got deloused. Either way he's okay now. A little itchy perhaps, but he'll survive. - Photo by Effort.tv

Carlisle Landell from the West Coast of Delaware prepares for his team heat. - Photo by Effort.tv

Carlisle Landell from the West Coast of Delaware prepares for his team heat. - Photo by Effort.tv

Teams meet at the Green judge's tower to get some news from the WSKA officals. - Photo by Effort.tv

Teams meet at the Green judge's tower to get some news from the WSKA officals. - Photo by Effort.tv

Youngster, David Speller, from Jersey and the Channel Islands makes the most of a high-tide righty.

Youngster, David Speller, from Jersey and the Channel Islands makes the most of a high-tide righty.

Our competitors heading out for the HP Individual Preliminary Round. - Photo by Effort.tv

Our competitors heading out for the HP Individual Preliminary Round. - Photo by Effort.tv

WSKA, maybe you've heard of them?  Their new album is out next month.  J-ho on 'da mic. - Photo by Effort.tv

WSKA, maybe you've heard of them? Their new album is out next month. - Photo by Effort.tv

Jim Grossman from the West Coast US Team also works at Home Depot (notice back brace).  Jim, can we get a pound of 16 penny nails when you get a second? - Photo by Effort.tv

Jim Grossman from the West Coast US Team also works at Home Depot (notice back brace). Jim, can we get a pound of 16 penny nails and a couple 2x4's when you get a second? - Photo by Effort.tv

Come back soon for more results and coverage of the 2009 Surf Kayak World Championships and news from the US East Coast Team.

Quick update

Well, the US East team advanced several more surfers out of the 1st round of Men’s short boat yesterday.
Also, we began the first round of the team event and we are currently in 7th.  Lots of good surfing from our team.

Apparently you can see a live score and video feed of the event at this link

http://www.santacruzoceanspirit.org/OS_LIVETV.html