Whitewater

Inside UNLEASHED

by seth-ashworth
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
   Whitewater
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
The biggest whitewater, The worlds best kayakers, The most innovative competition! Unleashed is a 4 stage event that was held in Ontario and Québec during April/May 2017. Here is a gallery of photos from the event.
Seth Ashworth
by Seth Ashworth

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Unless you were living under a rock this spring you probably saw some or all of the coverage of the first UNLEASHED whitewater competition. This multi-stage whitewater event traveled through Ontario and Québec seeking the biggest waves on the planet and some world class whitewater.

UNLEASHED event organizers SEND collective. Left to right Bren Orton, Kalob Grady, Dane Jackson and Adrian Mattern
UNLEASHED event organizers SEND collective. Left to right Bren Orton, Kalob Grady, Dane Jackson and Adrian Mattern

Following the highly progressive format of the late Whitewater Grand Prix (WWGP), a new collective of whitewater rippers calling themselves SEND, have taken the torch from the WWGP creating UNLEASHED. Held from April 28 to May 7, the SEND crew (Bren Orton, Adrian Mattern, Dane Jackson and Kalob Grady) invited some of the top big-wave kayakers to taste the north. Over the course of the 10-day competition, 15 men and five women would battle it out for cumulative points in four stages of the event to determine the best all-round kayaker.

Using a points system based on each athlete’s finishing position in each event, Kokatat’s Dane Jackson and Darby McAdams came away with the wins. Unleashed tested kayakers in a number of disciplines of big-water paddling and created their own scoring system for the freestyle components, placing an emphasis on amplitude, style and use of the wave. The camaraderie of competing while encouraging and looking out for each other was another unique aspect of this event.

Check out a gallery of images by Seth Ashworth and stay tuned for the next UNLEASHED on the legendary whitewater of the White Nile in Uganda, January 5 - 13, 2018.

Read more about UNLEASHED at Canoekayak.com

Stage 1: Three-trick freestyle stage at the Ruins on the Ottawa River in Ontario

Kalob Grady gets in the zone before big trick at Ruins Wave, Ottawa
Kalob Grady gets in the zone before his big trick at Ruins Wave, Ottawa
Kalob Grady and Paul Palmer waiting their turn to unleash the big trick at Ruins Wave, Ottawa
Kalob Grady and Paul Palmer waiting their turn to unleash the big trick at Ruins Wave, Ottawa
Kokatat ambassador Kalob Grady taking flight at Ruins Wave
Kokatat ambassador Kalob Grady taking flight at Ruins Wave

Stage 2: Big-water boater cross race on the flooded Rouge River in Québec

Kalob Grady charging way ahead in round 1 of the boater cross
Kalob Grady charging way ahead in round 1 of the boater cross
Dane Jackson, Bren Orton and Emrick Blanchette battle it out to make it through to the next round
Dane Jackson, Bren Orton and Emrick Blanchette battle it out to make it through to the next round
Genevieve Royer taking an early lead in the Women's Boater cross, which would later slip away from her
Genevieve Royer taking an early lead in the Women’s boater cross, which would later slip away from her

Stage 3: Giant Slalom course on the Basse Cachée River in Québec

Dane Jackson exploding out of the tricky waterfall on the Basse Cache race course
Dane Jackson exploding out of the tricky waterfall on the Basse Cachée race course
Genevieve Royer accelerating down the hardest part of the course
Genevieve Royer accelerating down the hardest part of the course
Dane Jackson helping LP Rivest after a swim on the Basse Cache
Dane Jackson helping LP Rivest after a swim on the Basse Cachée

Stage 4:Ten-trick freestyle competition at the Molly Wave on the Mistassibi River in Québec

competitors work hard to get a fire going in driving rain, waiting for ice flow to subside before competition begins on Molly Wave, Misstasibi.
Competitors work hard to get a fire going in driving rain, waiting for ice flow to subside before competition begins on Molly Wave
Ice eddy at Molly wave, the competition here was postponed three hours due to heavy ice flows
Ice eddy at Molly Wave, the competition here was postponed three hours due to heavy ice flows
Genevieve Royer surfing Molly wave during her competition ride
Genevieve Royer surfing Molly Wave during her competition ride
Kokatat ambassador Kalob Grady sending a big airscrew on molly wave, which put him into second overall
Kokatat ambassador Kalob Grady sending a big airscrew on Molly Wave, which put him into second overall
athletes keep a brave face through freezing conditions and wait for ice to pass
Athletes keep a brave face through freezing conditions and wait for ice to pass

Finals

Kokatat pro team Dane Jackson celebrates a win after leading the competition all the way from the start, Kalob Grady takes second overall and Bren Orton narrowly pushed into third
Kokatat pro team Dane Jackson celebrates a win after leading the competition all the way from the start, Kalob Grady takes second overall and Bren Orton narrowly pushed into third

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