Copa España Millau

El pasado fin de semana se celebró en Millau, Francia la primera competición de la Copa de España de Estilo Libre. Las dos primeras copas de España servirán para decidir el Equipo que participará a Campeonato del Mundo 2011 a celebrarse en Plattling, Alemania a finales de Junio.

Salimos de Sort el viernes por la tarde con toda la peña del AEP, y al cano de 5 horas llegamos a Millau. Intentar cenar algo y a sobar donde se pueda!

Last weekend (March 26th-27th) we had our first Spanish Freestyle Cup in Millau (France). However it's a Spanish Cup, the reason why it was celebrated in France is because we don't have many spots in Spain, and the few we have are not working at the moment, so Millau is always a good option as it's an artificial slalom course in the south of France. We drove from Sort on Friday afternoon and after 5 long hours sitting we finally arrived, caught up with some friends and went to bed.

El sábado por la mañana hicimos las preliminares. El rulo no estaba muy bien, así que una vez finalizada la competí por la tarde lo modificamos e hicimos otro rulo al final del canal para que la gente pudiera remar durante la competí de domingo.

We woke up early on Saturday morning and had a few rides on the hole. The great thing about the course in Millau is that however it doesn't have a lot of gradient or hard moves, you can adjust and move the obstacles so you can create your own perfect hole or course! The access is really easy, the water is not too cold and it works almost all year round… great! Apart from this the village is pretty nice and the people there is very friendly. We were lucky and it was really sunny and warm on Saturday, Sunday's weather wasn't that good but still ok till the afternoon. The hole on Saturday wasn't really good compared to what we are used to have in Millau, so on Saturday's afternoon we shut the water off and modified the hole hoping for a better hole on Sunday's finals. As well we made another spot at the bottom of the course so all the non finalist and kids could paddle while the competition was on.

El domingo hicimos las finales, no éramos muchos pero fue una competición divertida, mucho sol el sábado y un poco menos el domingo. Al final conseguí acabar primero con una primera buena manga en la final. Segundo fue mi hermano Aniol también con una ROCK STAR, y tercero Adrià con una ALL STAR en carbono!

Finals started early on Sunday, but still managed to get a few practice runs on the new hole before the younger ones stared their final. The new hole was way better in my opinion, the shoulders were stronger and the foam pile a bit bigger. However it was a bit more shallow, the hole was more retentive and we could see way better rides from everyone on Sunday.

Last event of the day was the K1 SM final. I didn't do any good on Saturday's prelims so qualified for the final in third place. Luckily for me I was way better on Sunday and managed to win with my first ride. My second ride was pretty bad and third one was ok again… I was happy with my boating and excited about this first place in the first Spanish Freestyle Cup but as well first Spanish Team Trials event out of two, so looking good to qualify for Worlds in Plattling.

Next competition is going to be held in Sort where I'm currently living so I'm expecting some good times!

Good weather is coming and hopefully some snowmelt with it, creek boating pretty soon!

Muy buena competí y buen fin de semana! La próxima el 9 y 10 de abril, seguramente de Sort!

Muchas gracias la club Slt-Ter por la organización de la prueba y al MJC de Millau.

Gracias por las fotos a: Albert Aixàs y Thomas Richard

Thanks to the Salt-Ter club and the MJC Millau for the great organization of the event and the judges for their work!

Thanks for the photos to: Albert Aixas, Thomas Richard

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