The French paddlers have been pushing limits in freestyle kayakking for a while now with their Gui Gui Boats and progressive paddling, but this years Metz Rodeo was nuts! I took off 8 in the morning, but the quick 4 hour drive the TomTom calculated ended up in 8 hours of traffic jam. We arrived in time to do a little session though and for a medical checkup that was needed (for foreign paddlers).
I was coaching some juniors this competition and it was a lot of fun. Okay, they do question you with a thousand useless questions, but the fun in return is totally worth it. They actually did really well with Jim Rovekamp ending 1st in kids and a personal high score! Myself I got 5th in prelims, pulling it off unexpectedly, but I screwed up the prelims and ended 13th. Pretty happy though as the French level is super high!
Mathieu Dumoulin totally blew everybody away in his new Gui Gui and arguably throwing the biggest and cleanest Mcnasty's and Phoenix's I have ever seen, scoring 1585 point in his final run! Thanks everybody for another great weekend.
ps. Party was crazy French style all-night-long :)