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Team-D dominated the Giant Slalom on the Green River

Posted: 07.06.2010 by Corey Volt

How It Works: The Giant Slalom is a combination of two races, a down river sprint, and a giant slalom course consisting of four gates.

"The Down River Sprint will start at 12PM at the confluence of Big Hungry and the Green River. The finish will be on river right below Zwicks. This leg of the race will equal half of each racers total score. The top 20 from this event will get two runs on the Giant Slalom course that starts below Pencil Sharpener and ends at the bottom of Powerslide. If you aren’t comfortable racing through Gorilla no worries, you just need to understand the highest you can possibly place is 21st.

The Giant Slalom leg of the race will begin on river left directly above Gorilla and the course will navigate four gates down to the bottom of Powerslide. Each racer will get two runs which will be combined to count for the remaining 50% of the competitors score. A missed gate is a 50 second penalty and a touched gate is a 5 second penalty. The gates will be single pole gates where red indicates a gate the paddler has to pass to the right of, and green will be a gate the paddler has to pass to the left of. This is where boat selection becomes crucial. Sure the long boat will give you an advantage in the down river sprint, but will you still be able to make the tighter moves in The Giant Slalom portion of the event?" Race Description from LVM

The top 3 boaters were all in boats that stood out from the rest of the crowd.

The results for the down river sprint were:

  • 1st: Corey Volt (The Green Boat) 9:10
  • 2nd: Pat Keller (RPM) 9:24
  • 3rd: Toby macdermett (Franken boat....3 different boats welded together)

It goes without saying that The Green Boat was the right choice for this section but was it the right choice for the Giant Slalom portion of the race? The gates where tight and technical on the course. The First Gate: in the notch eddy. Second Gate: about 2' off the river right bank, 7' below speed trap really tough to spank the monkey and come off with enough control to make this gate.Third gate: left of center on nieces. Forth and Fifth gates: were in the pool above powerslide, fourth was all the way river right and fifth on river left. Finish Line: 20' below powerslide there is a slot in the middle of the river. The answer is Yes? Although I wasn't able to stay in first I was able to make all of the gates and have clean enough lines to come in 3rd overall in the event.

You might be wondering why there was only one long boat(the Green Boat) in the competition, Or you might be wondering why you would even want to paddle a long boat when you know your going to have to make tight technical moves.(catch the notch eddy) Before I started paddling the Green Boat I would have said the same thing, but even with its added length the Green boat is very agile and with a little practice can make almost every move that you can in a short boat on the green.

I will be putting a video together with some highlights that may or may not include Shane Benedict trying out for the Green River swim team!

This was a great event put on by: LVM, Green River Adventures, Liquid Logic, and Werner Paddles. Thanks again to everyone that put in the hard work to make this event happen!

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Our First Days in Switzerland

Posted: 08.28.2009 by Corey Volt

Greetings from Swiss Land!! We'd like to send out thanks to everyone who helped us get to Switzerland. Thanks for your generosity and support!

The Utah Whitewater Club did their unique part by making a deal with Corey that for every $100 they raised he would drink a bootie beer. So the night before we left for Switzerland Corey pounded 4 bootie beers. I will upload the video soon!

We left Monday morning for Switzerland. We flew from Charlotte to Baltimore to Philadelphia, where we serendipitously ran into Rush Sturges, fellow Dagger and U.S Freestyle Teammate. Even more surprising was that we all sat together on the flight to Zurich. After a grueling 7 hour flight, we landed in Zurich at 8am local time. This is where the real adventure begins. We arrived at the airport, gathered our bags, Rush's kayak and headed to the train station. This was an adventure in and of itself, it is rather difficult to move 4 bags and a kayak from point A to B.

Once at the train station Corey and I went on to the Guesthouse in Lerchenfeld while Rush went to the wave in Thun. We got lost once but it was worth it cause we got to see construction workers in neon orange short shorts with reflective stripes and no shirts. It reminded me of my beloved father-in-law.

Anyway, the Guesthouse is simply a dormitory. There is a cafeteria on the first floor and our room is on the second floor. We're sharing a room with Aussie, Tanya Faux, and fellow teammate, Elaine Campbell. Yesterday, we got in, dumped our bags and took off with other U.S. athletes to see Thun. The simplest way to get to Thun is to take bus, they run regular bus routes a block and a half from the Guesthouse.

In Thun, Corey got checked in but he couldn't do any paddling due to the lack of a boat and the lack of a wave. The Thun wave is controlled by a dam and it was non-existent yesterday, much to everyone's dismay. So instead of paddling we walked around Thun, it is an amazingly beautiful city! We were both a little disconcerted by the lack of english but we're adapting quickly, pictures are a universal language. The only problem is that sometimes you tend to misinterpret those pictures. Here is a for instance:

Last night we did some grocery shopping and Corey was thirsty so he bought an apple juice. He didn't pick it up where all the other drinks were located but I didn't really think much of it. When we got to the bus stop and were waiting for the bus Corey cracked open his apple juice and took a giant gulp. It was then that he realized it was NOT apple juice but in fact apple vinegar! He had this expression of utter horror and disgust on his face! He quickly turned around and spit it out and then threw away the bottle.

Corey and I had dinner at the Guesthouse then went out with the team to a Hooters a couple blocks away for food and drinks. The only people at the Hooters last night were us (the U.S. team) and the entire Swiss Army! It was interesting...to say the very least.

Today was the first day of training. Corey's boat arrived last night and after about 30 minutes of getting the boat correctly outfitted it was time for some whitewater kayak training. The wave is a very slow feature but it has a retentive spot in the middle, it is a very tricky wave to figure out but Corey is confident he will have it mastered in no time. Each team gets allotted time slots for practice; 1 hour per day. So a couple of the U.S. Team members are going to start adding an early morning training session at 4:30 am.

Time for more whitewater kayak training! Cheers!

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Support U.S. Team Athlete COREY VOLT at Worlds

Posted: 08.10.2009 by Corey Volt

Help support COREY VOLT as he competes at the World Freestyle Kayak Championships in Thun, Switzerland on August 31 - September 6, 2009.
On May 31st, Corey made first alternate to the U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team at Team Trials in Glenwood Springs, CO. On July 29th, Corey was informed that he would be competing due to another team member’s injury.

This is a major accomplishment for Corey; he is very honored to represent the U.S. in freestyle kayaking. Please help us support him as he travels to Switzerland to fulfill his dream.

Please visit www.coreyvolt.blogspot.com to donate or send donations to:
Corey Volt
512 A. Townes Street
Greenville, SC 29601

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