Some of the world's best kayakers and local legends alike gathered for the North Fork Championship on Idaho’s North Fork Payette. Based out of nearby Crouch, Idaho, this second annual event and third stage of the AWP Whitewater World Series boasts three days of epic races, not to mention parties celebrating the best of whitewater boating through film and photography.
The Championship kicked off Thursday with a trial sprint run down the lower three miles of the North Fork. During the sprint, each athlete paddled alone in one-minute intervals against the clock. More than 40 athletes raced under a warming sun and near perfect water levels on the Class IV section. Athletes race down to the bridge at Banks—the confluence of the North and South forks—finishing under an electronic gate that clocked their times.
Everyone ran clean lines and pushed through the last half-mile of near flatwater to complete the trial. The top five from the trial run advanced to Jake's Slalom Race on Saturday—the Championship’s main event.
TIME TRIALS — 1, Eric Deguil, 15.33. 2, Darren Albright, 15.56. 3, Lane Jacobs, 16.11. 4, Trent Long, 16.14. 5, Marcos Gallegos, 16.15.
Friday marks the boatercross race. Stay tuned at CanoeKayak.com for more updates of the event. Also be sure to check out the North Fork Championship for more detailed information on the event and sponsors.