Colorado Junior Kayaking Championship

The Colorado Junior kayaking championships are a chance for paddlers under the age of 18, to compete against kids across the state in three disciplines - boater cross, downriver racing and freestyle.

Evan sheir, driving for the lead in the Boater Cross

This event is hosted by Nick Wigston and Nick is also laying the ground rules, and getting things going for the Rocky Mountain Junior Kayak League. These leagues are springing up all over Colorado, (Durango, Boulder, Fort Collins, Glenwood, Steamboat, Vail and the Arkansas Valley) with a common vision of developing young paddlers into safe and confident kayakers. In what some say is a dying sport. The creation of the JKL and its influx of new paddlers, may be the saving grace for the sport of kayaking.

Twelve young and aspiring paddlers came from across the state to attend the first ever Colorado Junior Kayaking Championship. Creating a fun and exiting atmosphere, were the kids could challenge one another wile growing their on water confidence through leaps and bounds. This event introduced these twelve young kayakers to one another, creating friendships that will continue to grow throughout their lives as they search for friends to push the sport of kayaking to new heights.

These kids, and programs like the JKL are the future of our sport. So help promote the JKL and visit Don’t you wish you could have learned to kayak from a professional instructor, twice a week with kids your own age?

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