On Sunday, September 21st, Glenwood Springs hosted the first “Throw Down Show Down” freestyle kayaking event. According to the organizers, the event served “as a practice run for the upcoming 2009 Freestyle Kayaking U.S. Team Trials [to be held at the Glenwood whitewater park] which lead to the 2009 World Championships.” South Main Kayak Team’s Jed Selby reports that the hole was touchy but gave up plenty of big moves. In the end, Jed took 3rd behind Glenwood local Connor Flynn in 1st and Colorado ninja John Meyers in 2nd. Here are some pictures from the event.

Here’s an article that appeared in the Paddling Life newsletter: 

Composite Kayaks, Slovakia Make Waves at Freestyle World Cup

It looks like that new wave in Buena Vista has paid off. The U.S.’s top finisher in the World Cup of Freestyle Kayaking is Dustin Urban of, you guessed it, Buena Vista, Colo., home of a series of great new playholes and wife, Katie Selby’s, new South Main development project.

Click here for the full article.

Also, the Ellsworth American of Ellsworth, Maine just ran an article about Dustin Urban’s Bronze finish in the World Cup.

Check out this excellent article in The Mountain Mail of Salida, Colorado:

Buena Vista kayaker third in world cup

by Christopher Kolomitz
Mail Managing Editor

Dustin Urban of Buena Vista finished the World Cup of Freestyle Kayaking as the bronze medal winner Sunday in Thun, Switzerland.

Urban entered the final leg of the three stop competition in second place.

Peter Csonka of Slovakia won the top world cup honors followed by Canadian Nick Troutman in second.

Click here for full article.

Mayor Cara Russell of Buena Vista has proclaimed today, September 12th, 2008 as Dustin Urban Day in Buena Vista, Colorado. Come to the Lariat Saloon at 8 tonight to celebrate if you’re in town. 

South Main Kayak Team’s Jed Selby took 2nd in Big Trick contest in Thun, throwing Pan Ams and McNasties. He also advanced to Quarter Finals in all three World Cup events, finishing in the top 20 out of 89 international competitors. Plus he just celebrated his 30th birthday in Thun… Happy Birthday, Jed!

The World Cup has come to an end. The camping lot is clearing out, and the results have been decided. Stay tuned for more content in the coming days and weeks. For now, here are the results.

MK1 Thun Results

  1. Nick Troutman, Canada
  2. Stephen Wright, USA
  3. Peter Csonka, Slovakia
  4. Mathieu Dumoulin, France
  5. Dustin Urban, USA

MK1 World Cup Results

  1. Peter Csonka, Slovakia
  2. Nick Troutman, Canada
  3. Dustin Urban, USA

WK1 Thun Results

  1. Emily Jackson, USA
  2. Mariann Saether, Norway
  3. Ruth Gordon, Canada

WK1 World Cup Results

  1. Emily Jackson, USA
  2. Ruth Gordon, Canada
  3. Fiona Jarvie, Great Britain

MJK1 Thun Results

  1. Jason Craig, USA
  2. Sebastien Devred, France
  3. Dane Jackson, USA

MJK1 World Cup Results

  1. Sebastien Devred, France
  2. Jason Craig, USA
  3. Michael Palmer, USA

Semifinals for all classes concluded yesterday. Finals today decide World Cup standings. The top five in each class will take 3 rides a piece, with the highest scoring ride winning. South Main Kayak Team’s Dustin Urban, currently ranked second in the World Cup, would have to beat Peter Csonka by four places to move into first. Mathieu Dumoulin and Nick Troutman are 10 and 11 points behind him, respectively. Dumoulin would have to beat Urban by two places while Troutman would have to beat him by three to move into second place. Placement in Thun will break any ties in World Cup standings.

Here are Saturday’s results:

K1M                 K1W          K1JM                C1

Pictures from semis:

With each competitor in prelims taking 4 rides, 2 of which counted, it took the better part of the day to run through the 77 male competitors at the final World Cup event in Thun, Switzerland. Peter Csonka of the Slovak Republic paddled to the first place position in style (see his textbook Clean Blunt above). Stephen Wright threw McNasties galore, taking the second place position. Eric Jackson and Dustin Urban were in 3rd and 4th, respectively. Men’s quarter finals run from 9-noon tomorrow, then it’s semis for all classes in the afternoon. Final World Cup results will be determined Sunday. Stay tuned!

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