The past few weeks have been full-on training. Mike and I have been living in friends’ driveways, Outfitter Shops, and Walmart parking lots that are conveniently located to awesome river features. Since our trailer has been covered with logos we are no longer incognito.

My training over the last few weeks has consisted of working on my weakest tricks and spending time repeatedly practicing. Another aspect of my training has been running sprints and down river sprints. The Nantahala river has been a great location for me to train on the 8 mile class 2+ river for my down river sprints. Most of my freestyle kayak training has been at Rock Island TN, Ocoee River, TN, and Eternity hole, NC.

April 20th was our first major competitive event of the season and a ton of competitors came to compete at the Nantahala Shootout in NC. This is the location for the 2012 World Cup Event and 2013 World’s Event. During our tour I paddled almost all the features a few times and it paid off with a second place finish in the K1 Women Pro catagory. 

The Nantahala Shootout was full of fun with Freestyle Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding events and free demos. LINK  

More to come with all of the excitement from this weekend.

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