Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kayak race

I was out early this morning. The Sipsey Heritage Commission held their 2nd Annual Kayak on the Sipsey race. I told the editor I don't normally work on Saturdays, but this is my place.

A few hundred feet north of where I took this picture is where I fly fish. The river winds 12 miles through unmolested land.

When I arrived, I took pictures of the kayakers getting ready for the race. There was a VW bus there that had been converted into a camper. Apparently, at least one boater didn't want to be late.

I shot about 50 pictures for the paper. I think they are putting together a picture page for tomorrow but I'm not sure. I'll know along with everyone else when I open my paper as I sip coffee.

The winner stood and used the kayak as a paddleboard. He shot out from under the bridge, which was the starting point, and he never looked back. He did 12 miles in about an hour and 45 minutes. This wasn't his first kayak rodeo.

The temps were sweltering, but the water was 52 degrees. Standing next to it felt as if I were standing in front of an air conditioner.

Below is a photograph I shot from the bridge over the water.  It was a beautiful thing to behold.



10 comments:

  1. Cool, colourful FUN. Thank you.

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  2. I am not a Kayak-er but that does look like fun competition. Good entry!

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  3. Exciting! They have anual kayak races from Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Sioux City, Iowa. The competitors paddle right past here.

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  4. Great photo. Colourful and I see that man standing and leading the race. His kayak racing background is sure to be interesting.
    Alphie

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  5. How lovely to have access to such a beautiful place! Of course, New Mexican's always drool when they see a body of water like that one. :-)

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  6. That looks like SO much fun!!

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  7. Doesn't look like fun to me but everyone is different

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  8. If you took a lot of photos as magnificent as this one, I’d hate to be the one to have to decide on the ones to use. This is frame worthy!
    I would love to try Kayaking and paddle board. Maybe someday.
    Lisa

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  9. Wow! nice shot and beautiful.

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