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Defending champ wins North Fork kayaking title; watch some of the whitewater action

Expert kayakers blast through rapids in North Fork Championship 2017

Competitors go for time through the huge waves and huge holes of Jacob's Ladder and Golf Course rapids on the North Fork Payette. It's the sixth annual event, but the biggest water this year.
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Competitors go for time through the huge waves and huge holes of Jacob's Ladder and Golf Course rapids on the North Fork Payette. It's the sixth annual event, but the biggest water this year.

Dane Jackson of Tennessee became the first kayaker to repeat as champion in the sixth annual North Fork Championship’s elite kayaking race Saturday north of Banks.

Jackson posted a time of 1 minute, 7.58 seconds on his first run. Evan Moore of California finished second in 1:09.60, which was the fastest time of the second round. Alec Vorhees of Meridian finished seventh in 1:12.40. Younger brother Hayden Vorhees was the second wild card out of the Thursday qualifier and finished 13th in the elite event.

Nouria Newman of France, the only woman in the elite race, finished 24th (1:21.25). Learn more about Newman in the video feature below.

Kayakers from Chile, Spain (two), Canada (two) and Argentina finished in the top 12. The flow was about 4,000 cubic feet per second, more than double last year’s flow.

Full results are available here.

Nouria Newman, 25, has been the only female kayaker competing in the North Fork Championship for three years.

Below are the results from the Whitewater Awards, which were held Thursday in Boise. Newman was the female rider of the year. Male rider of the year Aniol Serrasolses of Spain finished 10th in the NFC elite race.

River Steward Award: Balkan River Tours

Photographer of the Year: Eric Parker

Photo of the Year: Eric Parker

Best Beatering of the Year: Galen Volkhausen

Downriver Freestyle Move, Female: Nouria Newman

Downriver Freestyle Move, Male: Galen Volkhausen

Short Film of the Year: “PNW Winter 2016” by Substantial Media House and Evan Garcia

Long Film of the Year: “Chasing Niagara” by River Roots and Red Bull Media House

Best Freestyle Trick of the Year, Female: Nouria Newman

Best Freestyle Trick of the Year, Male: Ben Marr

Best Waterfall Line, Male: Aniol Serrasolses

Best Waterfall Line, Female: Nouria Newman

Honey Badger Award: Eric Boomer

Expedition of the Year: “Into Twin Galaxies” with Eric Boomer, Sarah Landry and Ben Stookesberry

Best Rapid Line, Male: Gerd Serrasolses

Best Rapid Line, Female: Nouria Newman

GoPro Line of the Year: Gerd Serrasolses

Rider of the Year, Male: Aniol Serrasolses

RIder of the Year, Female: Nouria Newman

North Fork Championship splashed into this weekend's events with a wild card qualifier round and an emphasis on safety. This year's high water level makes the rapids faster and more dangerous than ever.

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