My blog update of the 2013 National Student Rodeo - the largest freestyle kayaking event in the world!

The first weekend of March is the one which every student paddler all over the country looks forward to with eager anticipation, it brings about the National Student Rodeo, the largest freestyle kayaking event in the world with over 800 competitors! The event takes place at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham with students quickly turning the place into a festival atmosphere with over 40 universities taking part. NSR offers the opportunity for paddlers of all abilities to paddle, party, compete and win some prizes! This years NSR theme was circus which brought about some wonderful costumes particularly from the University of Birmingham who were dressed as clowns throughout the weekend as well as bringing their own circus tent and a candy floss machine!

This year the sun came out for the first time in years and we were blessed with glorious sunshine all weekend long which definitely made the early mornings on the water more pleasant after the party nights. The biggest crowd pleasers of the weekend have to be the Old School and Duo events, both packed full of carnage and plenty of swimming! I placed 1st in the C1 category and my university (University of Nottingham) won the event overall gaining us another boat for the club.

The world famous NSR parties certainly lived up to their notorious reputation with everyone feeling slightly worse for wear on the Sunday morning with some people feeling slightly reluctant to be on the water! The circus theme provided plenty of inspiration for some great fancy dress; from bearded ladies to lions to Siamese twins there was everything. There was even our own rendition of the Harlem Shake which can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/61041771. Kayakers certainly know how to party!

To find out more about this fantastic event, and for a full list of the results visit: www.nationalstudentrodeo.org.uk. Stay tuned for the 2014 Hereos and Villiams themed rodeo on the 7th – 9th of March next year.

Thanks to Leeds University and River Legacy for organising a cracking event once again!

Check out Finn Burrow’s edit of the weekend here:

The National Student Rodeo from Finn Burrows on Vimeo.

Sam Ellis Loop

Duo Loop

Nottingham Winners

Photo credits to Dale Mears and Shonagh Lowerson-Head.