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Valley Sponsors World Surf Kayaking Championships 2011

Valley Sponsors World Surf Kayaking Championships 2011

Valley Surf Kayaks Logo

For those that did not hear, Valley Surf Kayaks has sponsored the world surf kayak championships for 2011. While that news is awesome in and of itself, the coolest part is the news that Valley is sponsoring individual entries into the championship tournament.

The rules for entry are as follows, you must be a member of your country’s surf kayak association, and you don’t have to be a member of your country’s team.

I can almost hear the Karate Kid music in the background for you young/old contenders that did not make it to team tryouts to head down to the Outerbanks in North Carolina this fall, and tear it up on the waves so those guys in skull masks don’t beat you up anymore.

US National Surf Kayaking Championship Results

US National Surf Kayaking Championship Results

This is the promo video for the World Surf Kayak Championships that will be held in the Outerbanks of North Carolina, Cape Hatteras in Fall of 2011.

Basque Surfer Edu flying off the lip in Mega Bullit S
The qualifying event was this past weekend at Cape Hatteras. ESKA, hosted the tournament event. As it turned out, according to ESKA, it was an international event with participants flying in from all over the world, US, Canada, Basque, and the UK.

The Battle For Hatteras Event was hosted at the same time, which made it a full event.

From what I can gather, Battle For Hatteras formed three person teams with any sort of craft to surf in heats for top score against other three person teams. But boat types surfed against boat types, Waveski vs. Waveski, HP boat vs. Hp Boat and so forth. For an amateur, (me) it sounds like something we (Great Lakes) should put together a crack amateur team for the next event.

As it turned out the swell provided 4-5 foot waves for the weekend with one set topping out at 10 feet. This is always a problem for surf events, no waves.

Check out ESKA’s Website for full rundown of the event.

Winners in Category:

  • 1st Buck Johnson Grand Masters (old farts) Long Boat
  • 1st Charles Salters Long Boat
  • 1st Lindsay Usher Women’s Long Boat
  • 1st Steve Riordan Wave ski
  • 1st Tom May Grand Masters Short Boat
  • 1st Garazi Iturralde Women’s Short Boat (also voted best wave of the comp) Sidenote: I wish my name was Garazi Iturralde
  • 1st Matt Radis Grand Masters Short Boat
  • 1st Anthony Bell Long Boat
  • 1st Edu Exteberria Short Boat
  • 1st Junior Julen Arriz (only junior) half of life is showing up!

Honorable Mention in Big Letters here, is 3rd place in the long boat division for John Tarbell who is reputedly from the Great Lakes, I will be hunting down more info on this later.

I am planning on heading down for the World Championships in 2011, I hope to have the world championship coverage first hand from Cape Hatteras.