After watching a bit on TV, we went out to the bridge to secure a spot for watching the end of the race. The streets and bridge were packed. People were hanging out on the roofs and balconies to watch, choosing any vantage point possible to get a glimpse of the piraguas as they came into Ribadesella and crossed the finish at the bridge.
The crowd waits and watches:
|Looking across the bridge from the village side.|
|The intersection at the entrance to the village side of the bridge.|
|Any vantage point with a view works, even a skylight.|
|The bridge fills up with spectators.|
The crowd control:
|The officials set up on the winner's podium at the river's edge.|
|First place winners of double canoes bring their canoe in.|
|Second place double canoes row in.|
|Second place winners.|
|First place single canoe winner.|
We knew that August and Oliver's coach, Kiko Vega, from the piraguas course they took, was racing in a single canoe. We had no idea he was a contender until we heard the announcer say that he was in second place as of the town of Llovio. We finished our canoe trips in Llovio so we knew it was just a few minutes up river from the finish.
Kiko finished second! It was very exciting to watch someone we had met win! What a cool opportunity piraguas turned out to be for the boys.
|Kiko (059) paddles to the winners' podium, in San Miguel cowboy hat.|
|Kiko is easy to spot. He is almost as blond as Oliver (and his ears stick out almost as much as Louis' do).|
|Kiko carries his piragua up the stairs.|
|Award ceremony for men's double and single canoes, Kiko at far end.|
|Ditto..with traditional Asturian hats.|
|Kiko is interviewed as he returns down the steps to get his canoe and paddle back to the canoe house.|