Iceman Kayak Race 2014 – Butts Smoked

by admin on January 6, 2014

IMG_6595_millrace The first Saturday in January every year, same place, same time – The Iceman Championships and Millrace Massacre is a paddling race on the Saluda River in Columbia SC that brings in the new year in a cool way. – Race organizers Andy Grizzell (top right) and Joey Hall (top left) set safety and shoot video of participants. IMG_6578jack_frost The windows of my house looked like this on the morning before the event, a good sign of a chilly day on the water. IMG_6587_parkinglot Astral, Adventure Carolina, River Runner, Dagger and many other industry companies attend and support this race annually. IMG_6589_jesse_pup *
Jesse Koch takes a business call while his pup pops a wheelie. IMG_6592_augustine Saluda Boy Steve Augustine looks downstream after the Millrace. IMG_6603_robbie_gilson Greenville SC paddler Robbie Gilson strokes it into the finishing eddy. IMG_6612_straight_shooter Danielle Blew boofs into the finishing eddy. IMG_6618_cheering_squad Finish line cheering squad from Asheville NC. IMG_6622powerline *
Looming and somehow omniscient power lines are not a sight to see at the Saluda, but a sight that cannot be ignored. Hydro-power generation dictates and allows recreational activities on the Saluda and many other waterways around the nation. IMG_6626palmetto_paddlers Palmetto Paddlers warming up for the race. IMG_6632smoked_butts DON’T FORGET THE BUTTS!!! An iceman race tradition – South Carolina pork butts are smoked slowly by the riverside in preparation for the award ceremony. Big thanks to the guys who put their loving time into this New Year’s feast.

– Photography and captions by Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc.

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Meghann Lapine January 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm

The ‘unnamed lady racer’ that ‘boofs into the finishing eddy’ ‘s name is Danielle Blew.

admin January 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Thank you! We added her name to the caption.

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