2023 Freestyle World Championships

Published on octobre 13th, 2023 | by Kayak Session https://www.kayaksession.com/img-current-issue/upload-your-video.png

Inside the 2023 Freestyle Worlds – Day 4 OC1 finals, Men’s Prelims

By: Kathy Holcombe / Photography: Peter Holcombe

Today, another champion was crowned at the Freestyle Kayak World Championships.  The morning kicked off with nine men in the open canoe class.  The feature was difficult and many athletes flushed before putting any points on the board.  The preliminary round was a close battle between former World Champion, Jordan Poffenberger (USA) and Landon Miller (USA), with Jordan throwing down a big first ride.  Landon moved to the top of the leader board in his second ride and clinched the top position with a huge trick in his final ride, giving him a sizable lead going into finals. 

Landon Miller (USA) takes the gold in Men’s OC1. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com

Landon Miller (USA) took the lead once again in the final round on his first ride, but Zachary Zwanenburg, from team Canada, laid down a huge score on his second ride that bumped him up to the top of the leaderboard.  Miller on the final ride of the day threw a big panam, securing the third gold medal for Team USA on his final ride.

Men’s OC1 Medalists: Zachary Zwanenburg (CAN) 2nd, Landon Miller (USA) 1st, Philip Josef  (GER) 3rd ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com
Adam Ramadan (GBR) chatting it up with teammate Connor Proud between rides in the OC1 class. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com

The Men’s Kayak Preliminary Round was a steep cut that eliminated 33 athletes.  The competition was fierce throughout the event, but particularly among the top three finishers.  Tom Dolle, from France, placed first in the preliminary round and has come out on top for most of the freestyle competitions this year (winning the Colorado Cup, GoPro Games and Montreal EauVive) and is definitely a top contender for the gold this year.  Dane Jackson (USA) is the reigning World Champion and is only 1.67 points behind Dolle.  Dane is a 4x time World Champion and fierce competitor, and should definitely not be underestimated.  Mason Hargrove (USA) is the local favorite and knows this feature better than anyone else in the world.  He is sitting comfortably in third place and hungry to show his hometown that he has what it takes to finish on top.  It’s anyones guess as to who will leave with the gold in the men’s K1 class this year.  A huge congratulations to all of the athletes who made the cut and will paddle again in the quarter final round on Friday at 13:05 EDT.

 Goodwave on the Chatahoochee River in Columbus, GA is a fickle beast.  It is anyone’s guess if she will spit you out or swallow you whole. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com
Mason Hargrove (USA) came back strong after an unfortunate flush in his first ride. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com
Dane Jackson flying high during the Mens K1 preliminary round. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com
Team Canada had a top notch cheering section.  Rick and Paula Troutman cheering on their son, Nick Troutman, as he secured 4th place in the K1 Mens Preliminary Round. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com
Harry Price (GBR) laid down a beautiful ride in today’s preliminary round safely making it to the quarter final round in 11th place. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com
Chief Judge Phil Shepherd giving the thumbs up to an athlete ready to compete. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com
Four time world champion, Eric Jackson (USA), still giving the youngsters a run for their money after 30 years of freestyle competition. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com
David McClure (IRL) laid down one of the highest scoring rides of the day and is definitely one to watch in this years event. ©Peter Holcombe/kayaksession.com

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