Collisions and flipped boats at whitewater boater cross race on the Chilliwack River

Whitewater kayakers competed in the Tamihi Boater Cross race on the Chilliwack River on Saturday.

Darius Ramrattan (left) of Calgary and Jason Wills of Kelowna crash into each other during the Tamihi Boater Cross event Saturday at Tamihi Rapids on the Chilliwack River.

Competitors from B.C. and Alberta braved the icy Chilliwack River on the weekend to compete in a whitewater boater cross event.

Above, Darius Ramrattan (left) of Calgary and Jason Wills of Kelowna crash into each other during the Tamihi Boater Cross event Saturday at Tamihi Rapids.

Whitewater kayak boater cross is an event where four to six paddlers race downriver at the same time. Collisions and flipped boats are a common sight.

A total of 11 paddlers raced that day including Jon Allen from Chilliwack. The winners of the competition were: Darius Ramrattan of Calgary for first place, Mike Holroyd of Calgary for second place, and local kayaker Jon Allen for third place.

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