Tuesday Jun 14, 2011

International whitewater elite to meet for 5th adidas Sickline Kayak World Champs

For the fifth time in a row, the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship takes place at the legendary “Wellerbrücke” river section in Austria’s Oetztal Valley.

Between the 29th of September and the 2nd of October, 150 of the best whitewater kayakers on the globe will battle it out on the Oetztaler Ache River in Tyrol’s longest alpine valley to determine the Extreme Kayak World Champion 2011.

With an incredible time of 58.85 seconds, 23-year-old Sam Sutton from New Zealand not only claimed the gold medal last year, he also set a new course record. Sutton was the only one in the super final of the TOP 15 to break the one-minute-barrier. In contrast to 2009, when only hundreds of a second separated first from second place, Sutton secured his title with a comfortable gap of 2.14 seconds to Michele Ramazza from Italy who claimed silver (1:00.99), and 2.28 seconds to Lukas Kalkbrenner from Germany who won bronze (1:01.13).

This year, too, the so-called »Wellerbrücke« section of the glacier-fed Ötztaler Ache River – that has the reputation of being the Eiger Northwall of whitewater kayaking – will be the centre of the race action. In total, only 150 competitors will be admitted to the World Championship. Last year’s Top 25 will be automatically seeded, the remaining 125 entries will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis to kayakers who master whitewater class 5.

So far 90 extreme paddlers from 20 different countries have entered the race, including athletes from all over Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Canada and Russia. “We are pleased that also in 2011 the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship draws kayakers from all over the world into the Oetztal Valley”, says tourism director Oliver Schwarz. “Among insiders the Oetztal has been known for many years as one of Europe’s most beautiful kayak grounds. With its glacier rivers the Oetztal offers whitewater in all facets between May and October and here, depending on the water level of the Rofener-, Venter- and Oetztaler Ache River, kayakers of all classes can find their personal challenge. Each year more and more kayakers arrive one or two weeks and advance to train in our alpine valley.“

"With the adidas Sickline Worlds we wanted to create an event for the kayaking community and I am pleased that it has been embraced by both, the world elite in kayak sports as well as the international media“, says Axel Burkhardt, head of Olympic Sports, Cycling & Outdoor at adidas Global Sports Marketing. "Last year our event was broadcast live in 11 different countries.“

Only the best advance to the next round The legendary 280m long racecourse on the glacier-fed Ötztaler Ache River is solid class 5 whitewater, both technically difficult and dangerous, so there are consequences to mistakes. Therefore the field of 150 international whitewater kayakers is filtered in two qualification rounds to determine the 45 best paddlers who compete in the world championship race.

The top 3 of the previous year are automatically qualified for the finals. The 48 finalists who race at Wellerbrücke first compete in a ‚head-to-head’ format, i.e. the fastest of the qualification battles the 48th, the second fastest competes against the 47th and so on. The faster kayaker of each heat advances to next round, together with two ‘lucky losers’ (the two fastest of the eliminated top 48 athletes). Then the top 26 compete once again in a knockout system.

The 13 remaining athletes and two more ‘lucky losers’ then advance to the super final where they compete for world championship honours. The top class field of the final 15 usually includes everything from creeking, slalom and freestyle world champions to winners of prestigious extreme races. Each of the top 15 has one try to secure a place on the podium. The kayaker with the slowest race time of the previous run is the first to start. He climbs into the ‘hot seat’ whirlpool, the throne of the fastest athlete until his race time has been beaten. To claim the prestigious champion’s belt the finalists need a very clean, technically accurate and perfect run.

Check out the replay of the 2010 event below...

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  • Alfredo D'adamoid
    Monday Nov 08, 2010 at 13:31
    super bumber
  • Philippe Doux
    Friday Oct 22, 2010 at 17:19
    the same guy keeps on winning every time i watch... more seriouly yup amazing job everyone...
  • Lin Yangbo
    Monday Oct 11, 2010 at 14:09
    awesome, i love it!
  • Stefanie Vallee
    Saturday Oct 09, 2010 at 03:40
    Great job Steve on hosting the Sick line tv show. Amazing river, I wish I could have run it.
  • Jan-Peter Reichardt
    Wednesday Oct 06, 2010 at 20:42
    very nice!!
  • Robin Rutter-Baumann
    Tuesday Oct 05, 2010 at 11:56
    Nice one Kiwi boy
  • Waiariki Inst
    Monday Oct 04, 2010 at 23:11
    excellent work guys, congrats Sam!
  • Sonja Güldner-Hamel
    Monday Oct 04, 2010 at 20:12
    I can't stop watching this over and over again! Well done Steve, Jared, Olaf, David, Tom, Ernst and Quattro.
  • Lennard Hammer
    Monday Oct 04, 2010 at 20:03
    I love this!!! Just wait, and you'll see me!
  • Graham Hydes
    Monday Oct 04, 2010 at 19:27
    Really enjoyed watching the event.
  • Patty Trespando
    Monday Oct 04, 2010 at 13:35
    la kaña, impresionante filmacion... arriva Eneko y el Pais Vasko
  • Steve Fisher
    Monday Oct 04, 2010 at 00:06
    nicely done guys
  • Mike Hamel
    Sunday Oct 03, 2010 at 23:10
    thanks ray for the great support.
  • Raymond Dulieu
    Sunday Oct 03, 2010 at 15:14
    sound problem solved
  • Gert Spilker
    Sunday Oct 03, 2010 at 13:10
    where are the female paddlers? where are the juniors? and where are the seniors?
  • Boris Volaj
    Sunday Oct 03, 2010 at 12:27
    prava mera mogočega ,voda ti da užitka
  • Gert Spilker
    Sunday Oct 03, 2010 at 11:56
    Erstaunlich wieviele Fahrfeler selbst den Top Ten noch passieren. Auf einer - im Vergleich zu dem was heutzutage expeditionsmäßig gefahren wird - relativ leichten Strecke
  • Eric Parker
    Sunday Oct 03, 2010 at 02:15
    sam sutton is un real
  • Ricky Lambert
    Sunday Oct 03, 2010 at 01:24
    Nz Dominates another sport again.
  • Fred Norquist
    Sunday Oct 03, 2010 at 00:18
    Nice work sam! killed it
  • Ivan Grinbank
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 18:33
    grande enekooo!!!
  • Brian Jennings
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 16:56
    Congrats Sam! Silky smooth...
  • Edgar Menendez Youssef
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 14:36
    webos y actitud sobran...!!!!aguante fabi..suerte bro!!
  • Michael Cree
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 13:59
    awsome paddleing
  • Mel Gas
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 13:40
    yeaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh sooooooo niceeeeeeee
  • Hans Joachim Reusch
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 13:36
    It's impressive.
  • Nick Kolovos
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 13:11
    that course looks awsome!!
  • Raymond Dulieu
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 13:00
    back live for the finals
  • Robert Eck
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 12:48
    Paul Böckelmann will win!
  • Raymond Dulieu
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 12:23
    we're back LIVE at 13:00 CET
  • Naomi Datson
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 12:08
    Where's Pete Scutt.....team GBs legandary paddler?!
  • Ettore Ivaldi
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 11:54
    wonderfull see the race LIVE! at home
  • Robert Eck
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 11:43
    GO PAUL! PAUL for GERMANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Bastian Meier
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 11:37
    is there a start list?
  • Chris Ryman
    Saturday Oct 02, 2010 at 01:55
    looks like an amazing course! good luck Troutman!
  • Martin Adlmaier
    Friday Oct 01, 2010 at 17:16
    So Buam!
  • Philippe Doux
    Friday Oct 01, 2010 at 14:03
  • Philippe Doux
    Friday Oct 01, 2010 at 13:26
    will play this on kayaksession.com live too
  • 박중근
    Monday Sep 20, 2010 at 00:40
    can't wait to see and I will be there to watch how much Outdoor spirit adidas has...