FiBARK Hooligan Photos

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Hooliganism refers to unruly, destructive, aggressive and bullying behaviour. Such behaviour is commonly associated with sports fans. The term can also apply to general rowdy behaviour and vandalism, often under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.  (According to Wikipedia)

Hooligans attempt to survive two hydraulics as they float their engineered marvels 200 m.

For those of you who have not experienced the FiBARK Hooligans race here’s a short explaination.  It doesn’t seem that there are any rules other than the craft can’t be an actual approved waterway craft.  Check.  Zero crafts this year would have been coastguard approved.  It’s kind of a get your constructed floatation to the water and cruise past thousands of screaming spectators as you sink, swim, surf, backflip, burn down, and crash into the downtown bridge.

Entrants are heckled by announcers PT Wood and Mike Harvey if a craft looks too much like a pool toy or lacks creativity.  “We like the tall craft, the thing that crashes into the bridge.  We also like things we’ve never seen before…  These people have no regard for their personal lives, their health, kind of the bottom of the barrel when it comes to self-preservation.”  The announcers laugh.

A spider with pool toys attached to legs is bashed apart by an UFO (unidentified floating object) at the wave.

That’s about it.  Let’s check out the photos.

The local fire department cranked a generator with no success as they sank in front of thousands.

Hands Down Crowd Favorite, “The Natural Disasters.”

The "Natural Disasters" fantastically combined nature and creativity with fire and water.
Spectators cheer as the flaming sinking raft readies to crash into the downtown Salida bridge.

Thank you event sponsors:  New Belgium Beer, Subaru, and Colorado Kayak Supply.

Event supporters New Belgium Beer, Subaru, and CKS got in on the fun. Thanks for the entertainment.

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By David Hughes

CKS Content Media Specialist

Owner- Pucon Kayak Hostel, your economical Chile destination with beds, kayak rentals, and beginner to advanced rivers.  “Keep Kayaking.”

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  1. Phil Gamache

    nice photos bro. Hope to see you on the water again sometime

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