150 of the world’s best whitewater kayakers from 30 different countries meet in Tirol’s longest alpine valley to determine the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion 2012 on the legendary “Wellerbrücke” rapids. With a fabulous time of 55.84 seconds Kiwi Sam Sutton not only secured his second World Championship title in 2011, but also undercut the course record he had set in 2010 by three seconds. This year, the 24-year old kayaking pro from Rotorua New Zealand wants to do a hat-trick. But that’s a tough nut to crack in a highly competitive race.
Last year, places 2 (58.0) to 8 (58.96) all clocked within one second. Sutton’s teammate Michele Ramazza (ITA), who won silver in 2010, is in excellent shape, and the Olympians Mike Dawson (NZL), Vavrinec Hradilek (CZE) – silver in London - and Hannes Aigner (GER) – bronze in London – also hope to benefit from their current slalom fitness at the adidas Sickline Worlds.
There are no official federations within extreme kayaking. Still there had been a strong desire amongst extreme kayakers to have a World Championship. This year, the Extreme Kayak World Championship already celebrates its fifth anniversary. 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 kayaking world elite and the international media“, says Axel Burkhardt, head of Olympic Sports, Cycling & Outdoor at adidas Global Sports Marketing. „In 2010 and 2011 the final was broadcast live in 11 different countries and this year we will cover the race again live and in full HD.“
The Who’s Who in Kayaking
In addition to the world’s best whitewater kayakers the adidas Sickline World Championship attracts many outstanding slalom and freestyle paddlers. This is why the start list reads like the who’s who in kayaking. Dane Jackson (USA), three time gold medallist at the Freestyle World Championship 2011, Grand Prix Champion 2011, 12 time National Champion; Sam Sutton (NZL), adidas Sickline World Champion 2010 and 2011 and silver medallist in 2008, Team Race World Champion 2009/2010, 1st Vail Mountain Games 2010;
Michele Ramazza (ITA), 1st Boater Cross Teva Outdoor Games 2012, 1st Extreme Sport Veko 2009/2011, adidas Sickline silver medallist 2010, bronze medallist adidas Sickline 2008;
Nick Troutman (CAN), Freestyle World Champion 2010/2009;
Fabian Dörfler (GER), multiple Slalom World Cup Champion, World and European Champion as well as Team World Champion 2010;
Vavrinec Hradilek (CZE), Slalom World Champion 2009 and Olympic silver medallist 2012;
Hannes Aigner (GER), Olympic bronze medallist Slalom 2012;
Isaac Levinson (USA), 1st Green Race 2011, 2nd Green Race 2009/ 2010, 4th Teva Mountain Games Steep Creek 2010, 6th Teva Mountain Games Steep Creek 2011;
Mike Dawson (NZL), Olympian 2012, adidas Sickline silver medallist 2009 and 2011, Team Race World Champion 2009/2010, 1st Extreme Sport Veko 2008, 2nd Teva Extreme Mountain Games 2009
Eric Déguil (FRA), 1st Green Race 2008/2009/2011;
Dejan Kralj (SLO), 1st Teva Mountain Games 2009, 5th adidas Sickline 2010, 4th adidas Sickline 2009/2008,
Jakobus Stenglein (GER), bronze medallist adidas Sickline 2009, Slalom Team World Champion 1999
Severin Häberling (SUI), 2 time Swiss Champion Freestyle
Lukas Kalbrenner (GER), bronze medallist adidas Sickline 2010
Paul Böckelmann (GER) bronze medallist adidas Sickline 2011;
Honza Lasko (CZE), overall winner Teva Extreme Games 2008 and 1st Ula Extreme Race 2010;
Tom Wakeling (GBR), 3rd Teva Extreme Outdoor Games 2012;
Egor Voskoboynikov (RUS), 1st Adrenaline Race 2010/2011, are just some of the athletes, to just name a few.
You can watch all the action live from 2:00pm (CET) Saturday 5th October. DON'T MISS IT!