Team D, Dagger Kayaks' paddling team, kicked off its competitive season with all around wins at the Trinity Rodeo, in Shasta-Trinity National Park, Calif., last weekend and at the Immersion Research Triple (IR) Crown on the Nolichucky River, Tenn., on March 29 to April 6. In addition, Team D earned five spots on the U.S. Freestyle Team. Team D will compete in over 20 competitions in the U.S. and internationally for the 2002 season. The next competition scheduled was the Kern River Festival in Kernville, Calif., last weekend -- no word on how Team D did there. SNEWS® View: All this is great, and there is no doubt these paddlers are superb and gifted athletes, but what is Team D doing for da bottom line? Or, say, something really important like growing the sport? Just wondering. How about we get a press release some time about the excitement of an elementary school class when a team member gave a demo, or a class one of them perhaps gave to a group of handicapped athletes? Now THAT would be news.
Did you hear?... Tao Berman joins Team D
Tao Berman, three-time paddling world record holder and U.S. Kayaking Freestyle Team member, has joined Team D (Team Dagger). His first competition will be the U.S. Freestyle Kayak Team Trials at Rock Island, Tennessee on March 26. Berman, 22, has logged over 40 first descents in ...read more