This weekend was the 2011 Midwest Freestyle Championships! Sunshine and smiles was the theme for the weekend! Paddlers from all over the Midwest converged to throw down and party.
The competition in general has benefited greatly with the addition of these classes. Giving substance to dreams of "going big". This synergy has brought more and more paddlers each year to Wausau Whitewater to try their skill against some of the best!
This year our own John McConville took first place in the men's expert division for the fourth time in a row! Colin Kemp, a world competitor, took a close second with our own Craig Esposito taking third! It was no easy feat to be at the top of the expert division this year. Each paddler in the expert division had it in them to place...they were all that good!
|Craig Esposito and John McConville|
The women's division was dominated by Melissa Grover who won first for the second year in a row. Christa Gornjak taking a close second and Ashley Knutson taking third! Ashley is also the director of Wausau Whitewater! She competed in many classes all while keeping a huge event perfectly organized! Thank you Ashley for all you do at Wausau! Full results can be found at Wausau Whitewater Park.
Part of the magic of The Midwest Freestyle Championships is the community. Tradition has found us every Saturday night in the parking lot of the VFW playing Four Square late into the wee hours. Someone always rides the plane at the VFW in ever creative ways despite the chain link fence surrounding it. It's always friendship and and smiles when we all get together!
Mike Schroeder was in attendance to witness the joy his design brought to all the paddlers. He has worked hard for years to create a world class whitewater park. His design is creative, beautiful and innovative! We can only be blessed that he has dedicated his time and talent to the park. Thank you Mike!!
The end of the day on Sunday brings the tear down and then the drawing for door prizes! Top prize this year was a Jackson Star!! Bob Menard won the drawing for the pretty red kayak! Every paddler won something in the drawing! Amazing! A big THANK YOU! to all the sponsors who help put this on!
The saddest part of the day is the goodbyes. The apex of the summer is the Midwest Championships and it's over. Hugs and farewells. Sweet memories embedded to relive in dreams and day dreams.
I posted four volumes of photos on Facebook. Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, and The finals. Enjoy!