MOIRA RIVER, ONTARIO (May 21, 2019) – Three paddlers competed in the Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) wildwater team trials, which were held Saturday May 11th, 2019, on the Moira River just north of Belleville, Ontario. This marked the third year in a row that the trials had to be moved from the Madawaska River due extremely high water levels. Completing the trials were Warren Hastings, in a time of 22:39, Harold Van Winssen (23:56), and Ed Winacott (24:07).
The week prior to the trials, on May 3rd and 4th, Van Winssen and Hastings participated in International Canoe Federation (ICF) wildwater ranking races on the Cheat River in Albright, West Virginia. Combined with an ICF wildwater ranking event held on the Nantahala River in North Carolina this past March, these were the first ICF wildwater races held in North America since the early 2000’s. They served as test events for the 2020 ICF Wildwater World Championships, which will be held on these same U.S. rivers in late April and early May of next year. The next CKC wildwater event will occur August 12th-18th during the Canadian Whitewater National Championships in Minden Hills, Ontario.
Wildwater is all about getting down a whitewater course the fastest way possible. Competitors have to carefully decide between following the most direct route along a river and the lines with the fastest water, all the while avoiding obstacles.
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