kayak_wwgp_blackmass_freestyle-3201
kayak_wwgp_blackmass_freestyle-3375
kayak_wwgp_blackmass_freestyle-3877
kayak_wwgp_boatercross-8996
kayak_wwgp_slalom-5534
kayak_wwgp_slalom-5790
kayak_wwgp_slalom-5997
kayak_wwgp_slalom-6140
kayak_wwgp_slalom-6368
kayak_wwgp_timetrial-1904
kayak_wwgp_timetrial-3205
kayak_wwgp_topwavefreestyle-5027
kayak_wwgp_topwavefreestyle-5086

Final Frames: The 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix in Photos

Photographer John Rathwell captures big wins from Dane Jackson and Martina Wegman

PHOTOS BY JOHN RATHWELL

The Netherlands’ Martina Wegman showed her strength and fluidity, narrowly edging out Norway’s Mariann Saether by a single overall point to take the women’s 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix crown. Meanwhile, Dane Jackson used a narrow victory over Rush Sturges in Sunday’s final sixth stage, a Giant Slalom finale, to vault his way to another Grand Prix title. The win marks Jackson’s third championship title, having won the men’s division of all three invitational events, also hosted in 2011 in Canada and 2012 in Chile.

Click HERE for full results.

Top 5 Overall Women

1. Martina Wegman (NLD) [34 points]; 2. Mariann Saether (NOR) [33]; 3. Adriene Levknecht (USA) [30.5]; 4. Sandra Hyslop (GBR) [24]; 5. Nicole Mansfield (USA) [20.5]

Top 10 Overall Men

1. Dane Jackson (USA) [164pts]; 2. Rush Sturges (USA) [144]; 3. Joel Kowalski (CAN) [141]; 4. Nick Troutman (USA) [126]; 5. Gerd Serrasolses (ESP) [120]; 6. Tino Specht (USA) [119]; 7. Kalob Grady (CAN) [109]; 8. Aniol Serrasolses (ESP) [108]; 9 [tie]: Bryan Kirk (USA) [104], Marcos Gallegos (CHL) [104]

Highlights below from Stage Four: Big Wave Challenge, Black Mass Wave, Mistassibi River, Quebec. Hannah Kertesz, Adriene Levknecht, Martina Wegman finished as the top three women, and Dane Jackson, Joel Kowalski, and Nick Troutman took the top three men’s spots, in respective finishing order.

Stage Five: Freestyle Showdown, finished with Adriene Levknecht, Mariann Saether, and Martina Wegman as the top three women; Nick Troutman, Dane Jackson, and Bryan Kirk took the top three men’s spots, in respective finishing order.
Sunday closed the two-week event with Stage Six: Giant Slalom, where Saether, Wegman, Levknecht finished as the top three women, while Jackson, Rush Sturges, Evan Garcia took the top three men’s spots, in respective finishing order. Stay tuned for more updates and highlights.

CLICK HERE for the final stages expectations of the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix.
CLICK HERE for a report from the Whitewater Grand Prix at its halfway mark.

CLICK HERE for Stage 1 Best Trick results.
CLICK HERE to see an insider’s perspective on the top contenders for the 2014 title.