While it's more fun to watch the competitors negotiating the excitement of the rapids, and this is what the photographers love to shoot and the kayak manufacturers love to promote, it was the irony of the baby stroller parked next to the whitewater kayaks that caught my eye. "Are you watching mommy compete?" Go girl!
The event is put on by Level Six with other sponsors such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), NRS, OWL Rafting, Madawaska Kanu Centre, Wilderness Tours, and Ottawa Kayak School.
The event takes place each spring in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) in the powerful Champlain Rapids from Bate Island, just off the Champlain Bridge, as long as the water levels cooperate. And this year, the Ottawa River was happy to oblige with big spring flows and fair weather. Saturday, May 3 was generous with no rain, a moderate wind, and 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit).
The water levels, rapids, and standing waves the first week of May at Bate Island are still in mint condition after April's big melt-down and powerful flows.
|Pyranha Burn III - new in 2014|