The first event of UNLEASHED began with a bang as perfect levels and weather combined to allow the athletes to compete on the legendary Ruins wave. Competitors where split into two heats, each of which where allotted two hours to surf. The rules for this stage were simple, go big! The three biggest or most complex tricks that a competitor threw would be added together to give them their overall result for this stage. Congratulations to all of the riders that stepped up, threw down and took chances!
The second stage of UNLEASHED saw us travel to a flooded Rouge river to race head to head on some of the biggest rapids in the world. Racers had to be both fully committed and lucky, to make it through this humungous piece of whitewater upright and in a position to make the final move before the finish line. Huge lines, colossal wipeouts and photo finishes, it all went down!
Stage 3 of UNLEASHED brought us to the Basse Cachée river, 30 minutes outside of Quebec-City, where the Giant-Slalom took place. Good flows, technical gates and stacked heats, required all of the competitors to showcase their very best whitewater-skills in order to finish the race successfully. Fast lines, beatdowns and a couple of crashes were all part of this all time event!
The last event of UNLEASHED brought us to the infamous Molly wave in northern Quebec. The window of opportunity for this wave is really narrow, especially as it is rising. Somehow we managed to catch the wave at it's prime and where able to hold the first ever competition on this gentle giant. Despite the friendly nature of this wave, competitors where still faced with adversity in the form of huge ice bergs and other debris floating down the river. Thanks to a team of spotters on the bridge we where able to avoid any serious collisions but there where still a few close calls. Competitors were split into two heats, each of which where allotted one hour to surf. The rules for this stage were simple, go big! The three biggest or most complex tricks that a rider threw would be added together to give them their overall result for this stage. Some of the most ridiculous and biggest tricks ever landed in a kayak were showcased during this stage. Sit back and enjoy these edits from the first ever UNLEASHED competition!