The 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships did not disappoint. The world’s best freestyle paddlers going head to head for the coveted title of World Champion. Athletes from over 50 countries descended on the Nantahala Gorge for an awesome week of competition. We’re all wrapped up now. The titles have been won. Our champions have been named.
First off, the squirt boats. Women’s was really not much of a contest. Reigning world champion, Claire O’Hara [GBR] defended her title with an impressive 1,153 score. Far behind her was a strong Japanese presence in the finals. Motoko Ishida and Yoshiko Suematsu, both of Japan, rounded out the medals. Their scores were 605 and 286, respectively. For the men, Clay Wright of the USA took home the gold. He topped the class with a score of 1,340 point ride. He was trailed by Dane Jackson, also of the USA coming in with a score of 1,160 and a silver medal. Finally, the young Max Karlsson of Sweden took the bronze medal with 860 points.
The OC-1 class was a battle for second place. The canoeing phenomenon, Jordan Poffenber [USA], won a commanding first place with 283 points. Far behind him was Dane Jackson [USA] with a total of 103 points. Jez Jezz [AUS] finished off the class just behind Dane with 100 points taking home bronze.
The Jr. Women’s was bound to be a tight battle between the North Carolina local, Rowan Stuart, and the impressive Spanish lady, Nuria Fontane. Rowan worked the home field advantage and took home her first world title with a score of 423 points. Nuria followed closely behind with 380 points. Kimberlee Aldred [GBR] won the bronze with 200 points.
The Jr. Men’s class was an amazing battle for the title. The top juniors we’re all posting scores that would have kept them in the top 5 for the men’s finals. Hunter Katich of the United States took home gold with 1,200 points with his huge air scoring him big bonuses. The young up and coming Frenchman, Thomas Richard, stayed consistent with his rides and took the silver medal with 1,006 points. Not far behind Richard was the technician Alec Voorhees from the USA with 953 points.
The US held a commanding sweep over the C1 class. It was a nail biter finals. Poffenberger took his second gold medal of the 2013 World’s with a score of 1,068. Tad Dennis had an amazing final ride inching barely ahead of Dane Jackson to take the second place spot with a score of 843. Dane trailed by 3 points rounding out the top 3 with 840 points.
The Women’s K1 class came down to the wire. Hitomi Takaku [JPN] lead the pack all the way through the finals scoring a 650 point ride on her first ride. Claire O’Hara [GBR] managed to oust Takaku with her final ride. O’Hara scored a 708 point ride, and defended her world title. The creeking star, Adriene Levknecht [USA], took home the bronze, showing she can freestyle too. Adriene came in with a score of 326 points.
The men’s battle was as intense as it was expected to be. The young star, Dane Jackson [USA], took home the gold with 1,240 points in his first world’s competing in the senior class. Just behind Dane was Peter Csonka [SKV] with 1,233 points. The dark horse of the world’s Tomasz Czaplicki [POL] captured the bronze medal with a score of 1,208 points.
That’s all for this World’s. For the break down of all heats and results head here.