This year's event had the most water I have ever seen. Saturday's competition was delayed for four hours to allow the water level to drop a bit. I went to photograph the races with my friend and excellent outdoor photographer, John Dengler. http://denglerimages.com/
It was challenging for even the most experienced paddler. In this photo Kurt Pelzer of Tipton, Iowa, nears the finish line where the most tubulent water made clearing the gates let alone staying upright a real chore.