Report #8 – World Surf Kayak Championships, Portugal

by Spencer on July 30, 2009

Hello friends.  Final results for our team is 8th place.  Not our wish but that’s what we earned this time.  None of us seem too heartbroken over this and there is a general air of accomplishment among the team regarding our performance.  Just happy to be here representing our country, home towns and families.

South event site at Santa Rita taking some biiig swell today.

South event site at Santa Rita taking some biiig swell today. If it looks big from the beach it is really big. Further, if it looks big from the beach and above, it is really really big. Be forewarned.

In the below photograph you can see the face of Luis Pedro Abreu , proprietor of KayakSurf.net and one of the primary promoters of the sport of Surf Kayaking.  Luis himself is Portuguese but draws interest and attention to kayak surfers and other facets of the sport from all over the globe.  I have had the opportunity to talk with Luis many times via email over the past five or six years but have never met him face to face until now.  He is a very friendly and warm fellow and truly loves the sport of kayak surfing.

Luis Pedro, myself and Russ Buskirk posing in front of the Motherland's National flag.

Luis, myself and Russ Buskirk posing in front of the Motherland's National flag.

I’m very proud to report that four of my team members from the US East are still in the contest and moving to the next rounds.  Lindsay Usher has made the finals of the Women’s Long Boat (IC) division and will face the championship round tomorrow.  As well, Tom May and Russ Buskirk have both advanced to the finals of the Grand Masters (50 and over) division of short boat (HP).  Anthony Bell is still in the game for the Mens Long Boat (IC) division and faces quarter-finals tomorrow.  Please wish these guys and girl luck tomorrow.  Maybe we’ll have some World Champions from the East Coast coming home next week!  As usual you can see more full results from the day’s event at http://ESKAsurf.com

The US East Surf Kayak Team arose this morning for a group photo.

The US East Surf Kayak Team arose this morning for a group photo overlooking yon surfing beach break. (left to right) Myself, Tom May, Joey Hall, Lindsay Usher, Charles Salters, Matt Lewis, Paul Scrutton, Anthony Bell, Andy Gates, Russ Buskirk

More of my photos from yesterday and today.

Downtown Santa Cruz sidewalks.

Downtown Santa Cruz sidewalks. Nothing more, I just thought it was a cool picture.

This huge vein of rock and compacted sea shells runs from the beach between eroded sandstone.

This huge vein of rock and compacted sea shells runs from the beach between layers of eroded sandstone.

For those unfamiliar with surfing competition: Typically, a heat of competition consists of four surfers, each dressed in a vastly different colored bib/rashguard.  The different colors must be easily recognizable so the judges may quickly determine which surfer they are judging.

For those unfamiliar with surfing competition: Typically, a heat of competition consists of four surfers, each dressed in a vastly different colored bib/rashguard. The different colors must be easily recognizable so the judges may quickly determine which surfer they are judging. Here you see Yellow, White, Black and Red.

Commemorative, yet temporary symbol of this event.

Commemorative, yet temporary symbol of this event.

Lindsay Usher took huge drop-ins and cranked her IC boat off the lip today resulting in a ticket to the finals.

Lindsay Usher took huge drop-ins and cranked her IC boat off the lip today resulting in a ticket to the finals.

The flora around the beach is fairly minuscule in size but quite varied in color and type.

The flora around the beach is fairly minuscule in size but quite varied in color and type.

The shortcut to downtown from our hotel is a dirt road.  Apparently our car wants to be washed.

The shortcut to downtown from our hotel is a dirt road. Apparently our car wants to be washed.

Main event site here at the surf break at Santa Rita

Main event site here at the surf break

A downtown Santa Cruz doorstep.  Reminds me of a certain retail shop back home.

A downtown Santa Cruz doorstep. Reminds me of a certain retail shop back home.

Room without a window, can't see out.

Room without a window, can't see out.

Thanks,

Reporting from Santa Come, where I have firmly planted my butt in a seat for at least three hours every day to bring you these updates.

Reporting from Santa Come, where I have firmly planted my butt in a seat for at least three hours every day to bring you these updates. Santa must be around because there are tons of kids and desserts.

Spencer Cooke
US East Surf Kayak Team 2009

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Kevin Foley July 31, 2009 at 6:10 am

Spencer – thanks for the updates, they are fantastic. Really appreciate the work you put into them every day so the folks back home can live vicariously through you all. We are very proud of the accomplishments you all have achieved and continue to look forward to news as the event culminates. One of my favorite quotes is “Winner’s never quit, quitters never win”. In my book you all are winners regardless if you bring back a first place finish. Thanks for competing and proudly representing the USA EAST!

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