Report #9 & 10 – World Surf Kayak Championships, Portugal

by Spencer on August 1, 2009

Hello to everyone back home.  This may be the final correspondence before we return.  The 2009 Surf Kayak World Championship Finals wrapped up yesterday and today with some very notable performances.  Conditions this morning were not extremely favorable but ended up providing ample waves to choose the World’s Champions.  Swell size dropped in half from yesterday to today giving waist to chest high waves.

I saw at least 20 hours of the competition like this.  My eyes are tired.

I saw at least 20 hours of the competition like this. My eyes are tired.

My teammates from the US East, Lindsay Usher, Russ Buskirk and Tom May gave noble competition efforts resulting in two 3rd places and one 4th.  Each of them definitely have what it takes as surfers to get the gold but all the puzzle pieces didn’t quite fall into place today.  I’m very proud of these guys for persevering to the finals and I think they all have feelings of achievement.  If not, hopefully they will find the passion and drive to give it another shot at a future World Championship.  This type of motivation can sometimes be difficult to conjure up in oneself, but I feel it needs to be one your own terms.

Sand, lots of sand.

It is crammed into, caked onto and stuck inside of everything we own.

It is crammed into, caked onto and stuck inside of everything we own.


More Notes, some strange:

Sugar comes from elephants in Portugal.  Little known fact.

Sugar comes from elephants in Portugal. Little known fact.


Nathan Eades, Welsh, shredded his way to the short boat finals today.  Nathan happily came out of the water with a 3rd place.  Yesterday the guy was simply ecstatic to make it to the semi-finals, so I think he hit and exceeded a competition goal with a bronze medal.  I’m psyched for both of these guys.  Pretty cool for a couple to both do so well in a world level event.

Nathan Eades with his 7'7" HP boat made by Airtime, the new surf kayak division of Downtime, a UK based composite manufacturer.

Nathan Eades with his 7'7" HP boat made by Airtime, the new surf kayak division of Downtime, a UK based composite manufacturer.

David Speller made his debut into the Men's class this year after his past two (three?) World Championship titles as a Junior.  Here he is seen throwing a gigantic lip move in the long boat class.

David Speller from Team Jersey made his debut into the Men's class this year after his past two (three?) World Championship titles as a Junior. Here he is seen throwing a gigantic lip move in the long boat class.

Nathan Eades and David Speller congratulate one antoher after the finals.

Nathan Eades and David Speller congratulate one antoher after the finals.

Urko Otoxa from the Basque Team (Spain) won his first World Title today in the Men's Long Boat class.  I competed against Urko in my first heat of the worlds last week and he very nicely eliminated me from the contest.  Very nice guy, Urko (pronounced oord-ko) and I'm glad to have been slain by him.

Urko Otoxa from the Basque Team (Spain) won his first World Title today in the Men's Long Boat class. I competed against Urko in my first heat of the worlds last week and he very nicely eliminated me from the contest. Very nice guy, Urko (pronounced Oord-ko) and I'm glad to have been slain by him.

England's Gary Adcock, a Master (40 and over) paddler pulled by far the largest aerial of the entire contest in his long boat and landed it perfectly.  I have this on video and it is outstanding.  There is also a really sick photo of it on kayaksurf.net

England's Gary Adcock, a Master (40 and over), performed by far the largest aerial of the entire contest in his long boat and landed it perfectly. I have this on video and it is outstanding. There is also a really sick photo of it on kayaksurf.net Gary is a man of large stature. He carries his kayak under his arm like a surfboard and it doesn't look at all awkard. Big boy, big air.

Edu Etxeberria of the Basque Team (Spain) performed some of the most memorable maneuvers of the entire event.  He was certainly a favorite for many, but walked away with the 2nd Place in Mens Short Boat.

Edu Etxeberria of the Basque Team (Spain) performed some of the most memorable maneuvers of the entire event. He was certainly a favorite for many to win this event, but walked away with the 2nd Place in Mens Short Boat. Notably, the entire Basque Team are rippers. These guys looked like they trained and trained well for this contest. They should be proud.

An unknown lady slashes the lip in the Women's Long Boat Semi-Finals.

An unknown (to me) lady slashes the lip in the Women's Long Boat Semi-Finals.

Rui Caldon of the Portuguese team and Watertech Kayaks.

Rui Caldon of the Portuguese team and Watertech Kayaks shows one of his shiny new boats.

Pete Blenkinsop of the English Team (now the World Champions) drives the line in his old trusty blue trident.

Pete Blenkinsop of the England, the World Champion Team this year, drives the line in his old trusty blue trident.

At the North Contest Location the Skimboard World Championship went down.

At the North Contest Location the Skimboard World Championship went down.

And a final note to my wife and son waiting at home for me.

Dangerous.

Dangerous.

Still dangerous, but if we're gonna do it let's do it together.  A true test of our love.

Still dangerous, but if we're gonna do it let's do it together. A true test of our love.

See ESKAsurf.com for today’s World Final results for the US East Team.
Visit KayakSurf.net‘s News for tons of amazing photos and full World Surf Kayak Championship Results.

Later,
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Spencer Cooke
US East Surf Kayak Team 2009

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