Tuesday, 29 April 2008

9th Hungarian open championship

This year we reserved date of 26-27.4 for Hungarian freestyle event. Last year we didn’t attend it because it was in the same time when Peter was fighting for medal on World Championships. From 2 and 3 years ago we remembered this event like the best one in whole season so we were really excited to go there. Me, Peter and our good friend Vlado alias Capko we got off from Bratislava Thursday evening to get through Budapest in late hours because of traffic jams. We arrived to Miskolc, where event was held at midnight. Friday morning got up when someone was knocking on the car doors. It was the main organizer Jani. He come to welcome us and brought us a breakfast from his restaurant. Than we went check playspot. Water level was little bit higher for their local wave but ok for hole. We had a beautiful weather so whole day we were boating and sunburning. We met with others kayakers from Hungary and Slovakia and in the evening we enjoyed free dinner and free beers in Jani’s restaurant. Saturday morning it started with fun slalom.

I was the only competing women so I was competing in men’s category. There were 25 competitors.

After fun slalom was qualification of freestyle event. In the evening everyone was looking forward to dinner. It was really delicious! Roasted pig, ribs and others Hungarian foods and bears. We enjoyed party until midnight and than we tired after whole day fell to the bed (but others were still partying until 6am). Sunday was final of fun slalom and freestyle. Just 5 from slalom and freestyle went to final. I was so surprised because I got to final in both disciplines. In final in fun slalom we had two rides and best counts. I had good rides and ended up 3! So nice feeling to kick men’s ass. Second finished Hungarian paddler Bonifac and first was Peter with perfect ride without mistake. In freestyle we competed in two features. Because water got lower, the wave and also hole were working. We had two rides in wave and two rides in hole and bests one of each spot were counted. Slovakia took each medal! I was again 3th I was really delighted, 3th place in men category is for me a big honor, second was Capko and first, of course, was Peter.

Yeah he won 300 euro! We also won some nice prizes like outdoor wear and so on. After prize giving we went for free lunch to restaurant and than headed back home. We were glad that we could be there because it doesn’t disappoint us and it was really the best event of year! Any stress, awesome weather, friendly people, great meal include entry fee and free beersJ

Thanks for the pictures to Jan Novak and Jan Rusnak , here is a link for some other pictures picasaweb



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