Craig Kleckner’s Travels
Craig speaks about his most recent experience out west. Read his story and view some amazing photos and videos after the jump
Okay I’ll try and and include everything but still keep it short so here we go. Well when I got home from the GC I spent a week in Watertown, NY paddling the Inner City Wave with Elaine Campbell and she talked me into competing and that’s where it started.
This is a video that Elaine made from the sessions. After that the competing started in Connecticut, in the freestyle I took third the first day and second the following day so not a bad start. Then a few weeks after that my great west adventure started, the first stop was Reno, NV. My good friend and long time riding buddy George Maroukis put me up for about a week during this I competed in the Reno Whitewater Fest I got eighth. The next competition was in Buena Vista, CO but before that I spent some time in Utah paddling then some in other parts of CO paddling. In BV I got thirteenth and that was where I got hooked up with LIquidlogic Kayaks. Then it was time for the US freestyle team trials where I did not perform up to my ability, I got twenty fourth. Then it was off to Vail, CO for the last contest, I had a very respectable fourteenth place finish.
In between all of the competing I still was able to ride my bike, go hiking, knitting, and some soul searching. With each adventure I take I try and learn some thing new and something more about myself, when I paddled the GC it was about our impact on the earth, I think this trip was about simplicity. I learned just how simply one can live. Then is was home for weddings and work, but I recently was asked by Elaine to watch her animals while she went to Switzerland to compete in the World Championships (she made the women’s freestyle team). I had two weeks of pretty good kayaking everyday and here is a short video of the good stuff. Now I’m off to West Virginia to do some fun Gauley River kayaking until next time keep your paddle in the water. -CK