''The Irish Whitewater league, has been set up and organised by kayakers for kayakers. We want to promote having the laugh along with kayaking good whitewater. This league is all about the banter, meeting new people and enjoying the river''
So far I've competed in three of the races held so far ....The Flesk Race, Ennistymon Race and Galway Fest
Flesk Race ....The Flesk race was held on the 30th of December 2013 .After a long drive down with non-stop rain coupled with the fact ive never ran the river before and didnt really know anyone going I was quite nervous heading down to this race .When I pulled up to the put in for the river it was tanking at a level that was way too high to run the race on after about an hour or so we were told that instead of running the race over the whole river that it would be a sprint race from the put in to about 200m down.After 3 or 4 practice laps of the short course I was feeling pritty confident of my line.My race run went well and got a time of 1:07 since I was the only u18 there that time in mens would have placed me 9th out of 14 but i still got first place points for the junior league table :)
|Angle Drop High Water|
|Flesk Race Course|
Ennistymon Falls Race....This race was held on the 15th of February 2014. Originally this was ment to be the glens race but thanks to huge storms in Ireland the glens was and still is chocked with trees :( .So Ennistymon Falls was the back up plan .This was another short race with the falls and rapids only covering around 500m .This set of rapids is right in the middle of the village of Ennisymon and features a 18 ft waterfall leading into a set of rapids with loads of ledge drops and slides with plenty of different lines to make things interesting.After a few practice laps I was buzzing to race and ended up getting a time of 1:44 only this time I wasn't the only person in u18 males Sean Cahill was also raceing in this class and bet me with a time of 1:42.Video here.
|Walking Back up for another lap|
Galway Fest ........Was held on the 1st of march in Spidal on the Boluisce from the foot bridge to poll gorm after breaking my paddle the week before on the glenmacnass I was paddleing with a borrowed paddle id never used before and also had sprained wrist from the swim that broke it so I wasn't very confident about how i was going to do in the race.With no practice lap due to the course being too long to walk back up .I ended up comeing 2nd out of 10 in the u18 mens with a time of 6:25 so i was pritty happy with that .....After this tagged along with another group to run the top drop all in all it was a super race with a great atmosphere with 130+ racers .
|Last Few Strokes to the finish line|