The 2009 Teva Mountain Games started yesterday with Bud Light and Jackson Kayaks Steep Creek Championships. Mike Dawson and Nikki Kelly, both Kiwis, won the sixth annual event on Homestake Creek. Dawson edged out last years winner Replica Omega 2503.33 Aqua Terra Automatic Watch Tao Berman on a section of Class V whitewater that drops 480 feet in a quarter mile. His winning time of 3:41.63 was less than a second faster than Berman, while Kelly, the womens winner, edged out Tanya Faux by a twentieth of a second.
A round of the pro-freestyle kayaking event is being held this afternoon and the preliminaries of the womens bouldering competition ended this morning.But this years festive mood has been tempered by the death of Drew Hunter, 29. Yesterday, the kayaker was paddling a Class IV section of East Vail Creek when he swam from his Replica Omega 1599.75 Double Eagle Chronometer Watch kayak after being pushed into a sticky hydraulic. He was reportedly unconscious when his friends tried to rescue him with a throw bag. Authorities recovered Hunters body this morning and a memorial service will be held in his honor at Vail. For more information, check out the Vail Daily.Kyle Dickman
Herbert Nitsch is an Austrian free-diver who has held world records in all of the eight apnea free-diving disciplines recognised by AIDA International. He also kind of looks like Patrik Antonius, the poker player, who also likes to wear Replica Omega 3834.74.34 Speedmaster Watch Breitling.He is the current freediving world record champion, and holds the record for deepest dive. He set the current world record in No Limits discipline at a depth of 214m. To date, he has achieved 31 official World Records.