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October, 2011:

US East team update from the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking

Parade of Nations led by Valley Kayaks and the US East Team - photo Spencer Cooke

US East is doing pretty well in the individual competition leading into the quarter and semi finals.  We still have 4-5 competitors vying for placement in the next rounds.  However, we have been eliminated from the Team competition.  We were edged out by the US West by literally one point.  Our team has no Junior competitors which cost us at least 4 points.  Let’s get some youth into these competitions!  We congratulate the US West, Basque and England teams for moving on to the team finals.

Please enjoy the photos in the gallery below of our US East team.  These are a mix of shots taken by Lynn Usher, Russ Buskirk, Spencer Cooke and Shari Robins.

Thanks again to Sea Kayak Carolina for helping us choose the 2011 US East Team.  We look forward to another great surf kayak event in the fall of 2012 back at Folly Beach with the SKC crew.

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US East Team chosen for World Championships of Surf Kayaking

Thanks to Sea Kayak Carolina for hosting an ESKA sanctioned event at the Folly Beach Washout.  This fun event not only chose the US East Surf Kayak Team for the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking (being held now in Nags Head, NC) but also served as a fun filled gathering for kayakers of all kinds.  Sea kayaks, sit-on-tops and surf kayaks all competed in their respective classes and everyone had a wonderful time on the beach and back at the Sea Kayak Carolina kayak shop.  Thanks again to everyone who attended and for helping the US East team on their way to the World Championships.

Social gathering at Sea Kayak Carolina

Dog and Burger grill-off featuring Yonton from Astral and Mary Ross from SKC. Good time!

Scott Szczepaniak takes off on a wave in the Sea Kayak class.

Major awards were given!

See the rest of the fun in the gallery below.  Please follow us at the Valley Kayaks Presents: 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking, at Nags Head, NC.