US Freestyle Kayak Team Trials Get Under Way

Few surprises on first day of action in OC-1, men’s and women’s senior classes
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Surprises were nearly absent and the Jackson dynasty asserted its place in freestyle kayaking as the US National Freestyle Kayak Team Trials opened today in the heart of Missoula, MT.

Some of the best crowds of recent National Team Trials history packed bleachers to watch prelims for Senior Women and Senior Men as well as the semifinals for OC-1. The last name of the winners of today's divisions was the same as Eric Jackson and his children topped the men's, women's and OC-1 preliminary rounds today.

In senior men, Eric Jackson was among the three oldest competitors in the division to advance into semifinals. With the best-scoring rides and finishing with the top cumulative score of the day was four-time World Champion Eric Jackson, 46. Jackson, who lost his crown last year to 21-year-old son-in-law, Canadian Nick Troutman, definitely has his sights set on making the US Team in order to see if he can achieve his dream of winning five World titles. Both of Jackson's rides were the highest scoring of the day, 880 in the first round, followed by 945 in the second round for a total score of 1825.

Finishing fifth was Jackson's Rock Island, TN neighbor and longtime friend Clay Wright, 43, with 1160 points. The tour's oldest competitor, 49-year-old Jud Keiser finished in seventh place with 960 points.

In all, boats designed and manufactured by Jackson Kayak claimed seven of the top 10 men's spots, rounded out by two Pyranha paddlers, Michael Patterson and Craig Kleckner and Team Wave Sport Manager Bryan Kirk.

Veterans also dominated the women's results today. Emily Jackson, Eric's daughter, proved why she's reigning World Champ by racking up a 600 points in two rides. Tour veteran Devon Barker finished in second with 470, followed closely by Jessie Stone with 460. Rounding out the list of women who will advance to finals were relative newcomers Erin Clancey, Haley Mills and Kat Levitt. Five women would normally advance to finals but as reigning World Champ, Emily Jackson is automatically entered into next year's World c

Championships, allowing six women to advance for the chance to be among the three women on the US team. The only upset occurred as reigning US National Team member Elaine Campbell failed to advance to finals.

In the Open Canoe class, teens captured the top two spots. Dane Jackson (Eric's son; Emily's brother) and Jordan Poffenberger were the top two qualifiers. Joining them in the finals are Brad McMillan, reigning OC-1 World Champ Jeremy Laucks and Eli Helbert.

Team Trials continue tomorrow starting at 2 p.m. with two heats of C-1 prelims, one heat of junior women, OC-1 finals, two heats of junior men and the senior men's semifinals. The day ends with a Big Trick competition scheduled at 7 p.m.

Only members of the US Team are eligible to compete in the next year's International Canoe Federation Freestyle Kayak World Championships in Platting Germany in June.

The complete lists of today's results as well as the heat sheet for tomorrow follows.

To view live streaming coverage of the event, visit http://www.worldkayak.com


• Top Results, Wednesday, June 30

OC-1

Dane Jackson, 105; Jordan Poffenberger 80; Brad McMillan, 45; Jeremy Laucks, 35; Eli Helbert 25; Jeff Campbell, 10.

Senior Women

Emily Jackson, 600; Devon Barker, 470; Jessie Stone 460; Erin Clancey 335; Haley Mills 300; Kat Levitt 295.

Senior Men

Eric Jackson, 1825; Bryan Kirk, 1500; Dustin Urban, 1460; Stephen Wright, 1300; Clay Wright, 1160; Jason Craig, 965; Jud Keiser, 960; Michael Patterson, 815; Shawn Byron, 780; Craig Kleckner, 780.


• Heat list, Thursday, July 1, starting at 2 p.m.

in order of start

C-1 Heat 1

Jordan Poffenberger, Dane Jackson, Eric Jackson, Seth Chapelle, Ellis Smitz

C-1 Heat 2

Jake Ament, Jeff Campbell, Brad McMillan, Garrett Bryant, Jeremy Laucks

Junior Women

Taylor Cote, Brooke Hess-Homeier, Hannah Kertesz, Emery Tillman, Lauren Burress

OC-1 Finals

Jeff Campbell, Eli Helbert, Jeremy Laucks, Brad McMillan, Jordan Poffenberger, Dane Jackson

Junior Men Heat 1

Eric Bartl, Dylan Evans, JP Griffith, Max Karlsson (cadet), George Milhelm

Junior Men Heat 2

Jordan Poffenberger, Will Rudsill, Nico Tonozzi, Dane Jackson, Kyle Butler

- HALF HOUR BREAK -

Senior Men's Semifinal, Heat 1

Shawn Byron, Craig Kleckner, Michael Patterson, Jud Keiser, Jason Craig

Senior Men's Semifinal, Heat 2

Clay Wright, Stephen Wright, Dustin Urban, Bryan Kirk, Eric Jackson







Related

Crowds surge, stakes rise as US Freestyle Kayak Team trials moves tow

It was a day of high anxiety as competitors battled on Brennan's Wave on the Clark Fork River to try to make the final rounds of the US National Freestyle Kayak Team Trials. At the end of the day, a total of 21 men, women and juniors will earn the right to represent the United ...read more

Jackson Kayak Sweeps Top Spots at US Team Trials

Team Jackson Kayak swept the top spots in the kayak division at US Freestyle Kayak Team Trials concluded yesterday on the Ottawa River in Canada. Making the event a family affair, Eric "EJ" Jackson, 42, won the men's division, his daughter, Emily, 16, won the junior women's ...read more

US, Team Jackson Kayak Lead World Cup Results

Team Jackson Kayak claimed seven of the 12 top spots in kayaking divisions during the inaugural World Cup of Kayaking. Competition among the top ranks of boaters was intense at all three venues that comprised the World Cup Tour held the first three weekends of September.When ...read more

Jackson Kayak Dominates World Freestyle Championships

Eric “EJ” Jackson earned a record fourth world title at the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships May 2 – 4 on the world-renowned Bus Eater wave on Canada's Ottawa River. Jackson's prevailed over a field of nearly 70 of the best 20-something boaters from around the globe. ...read more

Jackson Kayak Sweeps Teva Mtn Games Freestyle

It was a Star-studded final at Teva Mountain Games freestyle kayaking event this weekend in this resort town as Jackson Kayak athletes swept the podium in both the men's and women's divisions of the freestyle kayaking competition.When all the looping, space godzillas, McNastys, ...read more

Combo Moves Highlight US National Freestyle Kayak Championship

SALIDA, CO – Freestyle kayaking will never be the same after kayakers with enough medals and titles to sink a boat converged on this legendary Colorado river town to vie for the title of US National Freestyle Kayak Champion during the 58th Annual Blue Paddle FIBArk Whitewater ...read more

Image placeholder title

Kokatat Outfits 2013 USA Freestyle Kayak Team

ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, April 30, 2013– This past weekend the 2013 USA Freestyle Kayak Team was named in Bryson City, NC, during the NOC's Freestyle Shootout & 2013 USA Canoe/Kayak Freestyle Team Trials. Kokatat is proud to equip each athlete on the team with its GORE-TEX® Full Zip ...read more

Jackson Star Series Dominates US World Cup Team

Jackson Kayak's Star series of boats proved to be red hot during this spring's series of major Western freestyle kayak competitions anchored by the Reno River Festival, Teva Mountain Games at Vail, and the US National Championships/US Team Trials held during the FIBArk Whitewater ...read more

Jackson Kayak continues innovation in freestyle with Rock Star debut

Jackson Kayak is kicking off the New Year by turning up the volume and amplifying what the world expects from a freestyle kayak to bring you the Rock Stars. Jackson Kayak’s iconic Star series is will continue to play the game as the new Rock Star line takes to the spotlight on ...read more