The beautiful Ötztal valley in the heart of the Austrian Alps welcomed the World’s best kayakers for the 9th running of the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship. 175 athletes from 29 Countries battled to take the Sickline title.

Over the course of 2 action packed days, that 175 was narrowed down to just 16 athletes for the men’s final and 5 for the women’s. The finals themselves are straight shoot-outs for time, with the competitors battling the clock and the 280-metre-long course.

The water level on the river this year was lower than usual, meaning that precision was vital; any deviation off the perfect line being punished by contact with rocks and a loss of time. The competitors knew that simply paddling hard and being untidy was not an option.

Its been a cruisy few weeks after the Slalom World Cups! After the last World Cup in Pau we drove through the night, buzzing off coffee’s and Red Bulls and made it in 20 hrs straight back to Prague.

Its always super nice coming back to Prague as it’s kind of our base in Europe at the moment. I love the buzz of the city, the course and vibes in Prague! 

After only a few mellow days in Prague it was time to hit the road again.

The first three World Cups are done and dusted! After three full on packed weeks, it’s time to rest and refresh!

World Cup I

Nestled at the based of the Italian Alps, lies the historical town of Ivrea, which once was the main gateway to Northern Europe.  Below a magnificent arch bridge in town lies the epic slalom course and the destination for the first of five 2016 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cups. 1000 of people flogged down to the river to watch the race and happenings over the weekend.

For the last couple months I have been working towards and building up for the European Championships Canoe Slalom. The two very last European Olympics spots where available here and many national selections were fought for at this race.

For the last couple years I have celebrate New Years in New Zealand. This year was no different, except that we headed with some friends up to the east coast of New Zealand. It’s quite a remote part of the island with no cell phone reception, no shops and not many people :).

We slept on the beach and saw an epic sunset, and rad moon rise and the first sun of the new year! We brought our slalom boats and had a surf session in a little, plus we paddled over to an island of the coast.

This year I made the decision to switch direction and chase the slalom dream. I am pretty satisfied how the slalom season panned out as a freshy! It made me travel to new parts of the world, I’ve made new friends around the globe and challenged myself in a totally different aspect of kayaking. I’m blessed I have been able to walk down this road and enjoyed every moment of it!

Check out my quick recap video of the year or scroll down to read more about the adventures I had in 2015.

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It’s always good fun travelling to a new country or destination. After exploring Mexico and traveling back home for a couple days I flew back in the same direction, but landed in Rio de Janeiro this time! I never been to Brazil and it was a fantastic experience exploring this new culture and part of the world.

I am pretty satisfied how the slalom season panned out as a freshy! :) Earlier this year I made the decision to switch direction and chase the slalom dream, racing most of the international circuit. It has been a fun and challenging road and I’m satisfied with the progress I have made this year.

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Competitors and spectators alike were treated to a stellar weekend of wicked racing at this years Devil’s Extreme Race on the Vltava River in Czech Republic. The river flows only once a year for a few days, resulting in a accumulation of the best boaters, the biggest beaters and hundreds of river enthusiastic, congregating at one rivers for on reason: to party, paddle and enjoy the best whitewater Czech has to offer.

--> It has been a fun road, traveling around the slalom race circuit and I’m stoked to finish the World Cup season with a sweet weekend!

Last weekend we wrapped up the World Cup Final, which was held on the State de Eaux vives in Pau. This race was the final decider for the overall score of the Canoe slalom World Cup series. Pau held on a good show, attracting lots of spectators to the festival area.
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