Whitewater Grand Prix Takes Off in Chile

705162_435218233212177_2070803841_oEmergency medical job. Photo: Whitewater Grand Prix/Facebook/Erik Boomer

Medical care before the first official run of the Whitewater Grand Prix in Chile took the form of duct tape. After France’s Eric Deguil, a two-time Association of Whitewater Professionals World Series champion, hurt his ribs paddling through a trial run of the mile-long enduro whitewater race on the Rio Gol Gol, he decided to wrap a band of the multipurpose stuff around his torso for a quick fix. Apparently, it worked well enough. He led the standings after the first official run in the enduro whitewater race. On the second and final run, completed yesterday, 25 other male competitors had a chance to best the Frenchman's fastest time.

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