A freestyle fanatic
Post Independent Staff Writer
Pan-ams, helixes, and blunts seem bound to make a name for another area kayaker .
Ben Guska, 17, of Glenwood Springs, already has a host of sponsors, won local competitions, appeared in videos, and seems bound to accomplish much in the kayaking world.
He recently won a Colorado East versus West event in Vail’s Teva Mountain Games as part of a Western Slope team. He also won his division in the rodeo, or freestyle, event at the Shoshone Shiver near Glenwood Springs, and took second in a combined race and rodeo at the Stohlquist Go Pro event in Steamboat Springs.
After finishing last in the down-river race portion of the Steamboat event, Guska did so well in the rodeo – his main event – he took second overall.
For Guska though, the attraction of kayaking does not necessarily lie in corporate sponsors, or winning competitions.
“It’s more the community of kayakers,” said Guska. “The community is just overwhelmingly close, which to me is the best part.”
He said even at competitions many kayakers are there more for fun and to commune with other kayakers than to beat the competition.
Guska plans to keep kayaking in the future, and would like to travel and kayak, maybe even make a living kayaking.
“If not a living, just go see the world a little bit,” he said.
If kayaking doesn’t keep Guska busy enough, his other hobbies certainly will.
He designed the web site for one of his sponsors, Colorado Kayak Supply, and is the captain of the Glenwood Springs hockey team, and on the Glenwood Springs High School varsity soccer team.
Though Guska is clearly a gifted athlete, his accomplishments have not come with out putting out the effort.
“Usually when he goes for it, he really goes all out,” said Bob Guska, Ben’s father and the boys soccer coach at Glenwood Springs High School, of the effort Guska puts forth.
Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 535
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