Some of the Midwest's most daring and skilled kayakers hit Wausau's world renowned whitewater course.
Kayakers twisted and turned for the freestyle competition using the best tricks to impress the judges. Later, there was a slalom race were competitors rushed down the rapids for the best time in groups of three or four.
It didn't matter if you were a beginner, intermediate, or advanced paddler; the rush is what these athletes are all about.
Beginner Champion Jack Mabie told us, "I just like the thrill, being able to just surf in the waves. We're having fun out there and so is everyone on the shore."
The competition allows for paddlers to break out of the normal long kayaks, and hop into shorter more maneuverable ones.
Event he judges got in on the fun this weekend, and to the events credit it shows just how unique the freestyle competition is.
Head judge Chad Kehn elaborated, "Been a great event, and I've been coming here since 2001. Every year its just great."
Men's and women's qualifying rounds were on the docket for Saturday if you missed it.
Organizers say this is the 13th year this particular event has been held in Wausau, and attendance for spectators also continues to rise.
Hundreds were out the first day, and thousands the following day.
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