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The Diesel 80 - Revisited

If I were told that I could only have one kayak to take with me for a full year to paddle every river in Costa Rica, the choice would be too easy. A destination like Costa Rica - much like Fayetteville, WV - has literally every type of whitewater from ultra high volume powerful runs(Gauley/Reventazon) to medium-sized pushy creek runs(Pacuare/Meadow), to the tiny little micro-creeks like the Orosi(comparable to Wolf Creek, WV).

Here's the 80 on a newly discovered micro creek in…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on April 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Dialing in the Mobius 6 days from Worlds (with video)

Ive been getting more and more comfortable in the Mobius 57 as we just slipped into the 'Team Training" phase from now until Worlds. The US Team has been training together for an hour slot for the past couple days and it's really brought us all together to support one another and exchange tips like a big family.

A couple weekends ago we had our US Nationals, which was a perfect way of getting back into the groove of competing again. My last comp was way back in June at Fibark…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on August 27, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments

The Mobius Freestyle Boat

It's exhilarating when a new boat design comes along every once in a while that totally rejuvenates your love for the sport of kayaking. Well, this has happened to me recently, and I am more fired up about freestyle kayaking now than I have been in quite some time - and that's really saying something! 

Clean blunt:…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on July 9, 2013 at 12:00am — 4 Comments

Training for Freestyle Team Trials & Worlds

We are now less than 2 weeks away from the US Freestyle Team Trials. This means that there are quite a few freestyle boaters right now who are feeling anxious, excited, focused, and generally fired up to try out for the opportunity to represent the USA in the 2013 Worlds in September. 

Worlds and Team Trials are unique this year. They are both held on the Nantahala River in NC, which means Team USA will get quite the home field advantage at Worlds. Our trials should select the…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on April 14, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

How to Initiate a Mcnasty, aka 180-Flip

These days the loop, or front flip, is the most popular trick in the book for the current crop of playboats. There are a few variations of the loop, such as the Space Godzilla, Phonix Monkey(360-Flip), and the Mcnasty. Dan Gavere called the Mcnasty a 180-Flip while announcing at the Reno Whitewater Fest a few years back - and I thought that described the move perfectly. 

A Mcnasty is a loop initiated from a back surf, or in a steeper hole, a back blast. It is one of the…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on December 30, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

My 2013 Worlds Training Plan

As we roll into the coldest time of the year for the northern hemisphere, I am keeping myself fired up by setting my sights on the 2013 Freestyle World Championship. I am especially excited and motivated this time around since the site of the Worlds is in North Carolina - only 5 hours from my home base of Fayetteville, WV. If there is any single advantage to preparing for a kayaking event, it is being able to spend many hours at the actual competition site. This does wonders to prepare…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on December 29, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Recon: A year of Prototyping!

The beginning of November will bring on Wave Sport's first new creek boat in around 6 years, in 3 sizes. This may be the most-prototyped creeker of all time, with hoards of different prototypes in the different sizes being tested and carefully refined over the past year. We set out with the goal of shaping the most predictable and safe creek boat ever designed. 

After numerous rounds of prototypes of Wave Sport's latest creek boat, the Recon is coming into its own as one of…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on September 23, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

World Cup - 1st Day Results

The men kicked off the 1st event of the 2012 World Cup of Freestyle promptly at 10am. Competitors only had a handful of short practice rides in the past couple days, which was an interestingly even playing field amongst non-locals. As expected, the locals are all right on up there in the standings, and some talent from various other countries did quite well considering. Team WS's Martin Koll from Germany took the #9 spot with an amazing blunt-mcnasty combo.

Here's Martin's…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on August 24, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

Looking back on the 2012 Colorado Freestyle Tour

Team Wave Sport made the absolute most of the freestyle events despite a less-than-ideal Colorado runoff this season. Lyons, CO arranged a great water release for their sweet playpark to defeat the 30% snowpack and give us the best hole of the comp season. 

Elaine Campbell hucking ends in the Lyons hole:…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on June 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Hair of the Wolf

Wolf Creek is the stuff of legend in West Virginia. It rarely gets run, let alone seen by anyone, as there is no hiking trail up the gorge at all. Most folks simply wonder what could be lurking in Fayetteville's local deep crevasse in the Earth. What lies in this 800 ft/mile gorge is something only a lucky few kayakers will ever see; house-sized rocks covered in glowing-green moss and lichen. Rhododendron bushes so old and thick that the only way to get around is to navigate the maze of…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on March 14, 2012 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Attaining

You hear a lot about Green Racers attaining the Ledges on the French Broad River in Asheville to get in shape for the race. Boaters at Virginia Tech do the same types of workouts at McCoy Falls, site of the old New River Rodeo, to keep their forward strokes fit.

I actually began my paddling career following my dad up the Potomac River from Anglers to the base of Great Falls in slalom boats. Now that I'm back in the DC area for a few days for the holidays, I've been excited to hop back…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on December 22, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Manns Creek: West Virginia's Class 5 Gem

It took me around a dozen runs down Manns creek before I actually felt like I wasn't lost in its labyrinth of steep chutes. By Manns Creek, I am referring to Glade Creek at the Gristmill in Babcock State Park, past the confluence with Manns Creek(Real Manns) and down to the New River at Cunard, WV.

 

Here is a Manns Creek headcam movie from around 4": …

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Added by Bryan Kirk on October 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Project X - My 1st Big Wave Surf in a Production PX56

Ever since the original Project came out back in 2005, I've been picking the boat apart with the help of Robert Peerson and the rest of Team WS trying to find ways to make an incredible design even better. We came out with an improvement - the carbon-only Project 54cx in 2009. This boat went better backwards and had ultra-slicey ends yet big pop for loops.

 

We've been working on fine tuning the next freestyle design ever since. The New River Dries in West Virginia is only 8…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on March 16, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Gauley Training in the Project X

So it's this time of the year again....cold temps, not a whole lot of water, and a handful of small playspots. I've found the ultimate cure for the winter timer blues - the Project X! This new design has allowed me to look at the low-water Gauley in a whole new light, and I am stoked to get this new boat on the river any chance I can get! 

Canyon Doors at 2100 cfs!…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on February 8, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments

First Project X Review from the UK

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Added by Bryan Kirk on January 28, 2011 at 8:06am — 1 Comment

Manns Creek - The Real Deal

When most people talk about running Manns Creek in WV, they almost always refer to running Glade Creek to the confluence of Manns Creek and continuing down to the New River. This in itself is arguably the best all-around, most 'classic' West Virginia creek.

 

'Real Manns Creek' refers to Manns Creek proper, which starts near the horse stables in Babcock State Park and continues to the confluence of Glade Creek. On the map below, the differentiation between the two different…

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Added by Bryan Kirk on January 5, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Colorado, Idaho, and Montana

This summer I've been hanging at some of the best and most beautiful kayak destinations on Earth - and they're right here in the US.


The Glenwood Wave in Glenwood Springs, CO is the best manmade spot I've ever surfed. Our US Team Trials were held here last summer, which I won in the carbon Project 54cx. Here's Todd Baker surfing the rowdy middle of the G-wood wave:…



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Added by Bryan Kirk on July 15, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Freestyle End-of-Season News: New National Champs!

Photo: Dave Klutho Paddler: Bryan Kirk




This past week the US Team Trials took place in beautiful downtown Missoula, Montana. This was a perfect event to be the grande finale for the season; over 10,000 spectators, perfect weather, and enough rainfall to bring the wave up to an awesome level to throw every trick in the book!


Wave Sport has spots on both the women AND men US…
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Added by Bryan Kirk on July 5, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Lyons Outdoor Games - Steep Creek Race

The South St. Vrain Creek race was quit a unique one for 2010. First, sweltering weather spiked all the CO creeks. Then it rained for 4 days straight, bringing the Narrows race course up to a level that no one wanted any part of. Luckily, the section just upstream of the Narrows was still not too high, although it was pretty pushy. After the 1st run of the course the organizers, safety crew, and some of the racers decided to call it a day because of the burly flows and cold… Continue

Added by Bryan Kirk on June 16, 2010 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Tanya Faux Takes #1 at Vail Steep Creek Race

Today Tanya Faux had an 8 second lead over the rest of the 14 women after her 1st run, relieving pressure for her second run. The overall ranking is based on a combination of both runs, so consistency was key up on Homestake Creek, the infamously gnarly run outside of Minturn and Red Cliff, Colorado. Props to Tanya for paddling her Habitat 74 to 1st place and securing the $2000 prize!


I placed 15th out of a field of 50 men, with a spin out in my 1st run then a nice clean…
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Added by Bryan Kirk on June 4, 2010 at 12:10am — 2 Comments

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