Without a doubt the Highlight of 2011 was the White Water Grand Prix. As a competitor it was more then I could have imagined, in so many ways, but even for the spectators this event took everyone by surprise. Everything seemed to be firing for event organiser Patrick Camblin; the water levels were cooperating to the fullest extent - Gladiator wave after a 4 year hiatus decided to come in on the opening day, and all the race courses were at the top levels of race-ability. The media team was absolutly nailing the coverage of the event, never before has there been so much anticipation to the release of results or even more so the daily highlight video. And to top if off 25 of the worlds top paddlers showed up with there big boy/girl pants on to compete on the hardest whitewater Quebec could throw at them.

A personal highlight of this event was just geting to hang with so many of your good friends, there were no attitudes among competitors so it made the events seem a little less daunting. I mean we all wanted to go faster and bigger then the guy sitting next to you in the eddy, but for most of the events we all shared a common goal ... survival.

Normally I would take heaps of photos while paddling with this many talented paddlers on such amazing rivers, but unfortunately competing made it very difficult. I didn't get that many shots, and I missed a couple events all together, but here are a few shots that I managed to get.

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Kegan going for some style points on his set

Benny launching a massive airscrew on the top wave of the Pilars

Lu trying to take advantage of a beautiful green wave, 2nd wave at the Pilars

Making her way through the mid section of the slalom course, on the Bras Louis

Tino keeping it up right through the giant rooster in the bottom drop Bras Louis

Tino entering into the last section of the double drop on the Bras Louis

Tyler Fox getting an early practice run in on the final drop of the Slalom course - photo Louise Urwin

Louise Urwin fired up to have completed the last leg and solidified her win at the first ever White Water Grand Prix

Well White Water Grand Prix - Chile is still another 10 months away, but beleive me the fire is burning hotter then ever. If you missed out on the first one make sure to tune in and follow the sequel because it is shaping up to be even more EPIC !

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Till next ...

Photos: Tyler Fox

Tyler Fox

Team Level Six

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