In hot sunny conditions, Devonport’s Ben Maynard showed consistency and great technical skills to win the final Rapid Sprints Open Mens K1 event, with two runs less than a second apart in time. His combined time of 1.57.87mins put him ahead of Victoria’s Chris Humfries with 1.59.37mins, and NSW’s Ben Jones in 2.20.97mins. Humfries’ first run resulted in a holed boat, but he got back on the water in a borrowed kayak to produce a quicker second run.
The pushy water and turbulent stoppers caused problems for both experienced and junior paddlers alike, with some gutsy performances being seen as boats eddied out or went backwards through the waves until paddlers could recover their lines. Junior paddler’s wildwater skills developed markedly over the two days of paddling on the course, which was acclaimed by both paddlers and spectators alike.
A determined performance saw Hobart’s Carol Hurst take out the Open Ladies K1 section in 2.26.70mins, while Masters competitors Nick Gatland from NSW and Hobart’s own Dave Gray recorded competitive times of 2.02.22mins and 2.05.30mins respectively.
Devonport’s Tom Gibbs again led home the field in the Mens 18Yrs K1 with a combined run time of 2.11.44mins, ahead of Victoria’s Tom Misson with 2.16.18mins and Devonport’s Christopher Maynard third in a plastic wavehopper in 2.18.83mins.
A plastic boat section for junior paddlers was won by Devonport’s Maitland Cameron in 1.27.19mins from Carl Mason of Hobart, with Alexander Lewis from Hobart in third place. Devonport’s Alayne Bonney also showed great improvement to clock in a combined 1.36.00mins over the shorter course.