For the forth time in a row, the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion takes place at the legendary “Wellerbrücke” river section in Austria’s Ötztal Valley. Between the 30th of September and the 3rd of October, the best whitewater kayakers on the globe will meet in Tyrol’s longest alpine valley to snatch the much sought-after 2010 world champion belt and Freecaster will be there bringing you all the action LIVE.
Olympic champion Alexander Grimm won the gold medal in a thrilling final last year. Grimm finished only 68 hundreds of a second ahead of New Zealand’s Mike Dawson and Jakobus Stenglein from Germany. Over 100 top kayakers from twenty-two countries had travelled to Austria to compete for world championship honours on one of the last non-adjusted whitewater rivers of the Alps.
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 100 competitors will be admitted to the World Championship. Last year’s Top 25 will be automatically seeded, the remaining 75 entries will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis to kayakers who master whitewater class 5. The Top 3 of the previous year are automatically qualified for the finals at Wellerbrücke. In addition, 45 athletes can qualify on Friday to compete in the world championship race.
From 1st of June onwards, kayakers can register online for the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship on the event homepage www.adidas-sickline.com. The start fee is 120.00 Euros and includes the start fee, an adidas Sickline event T-shirt, access to the adidas Reload Centre, three dinners (Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday) and two lunches (Friday/ Saturday) as well as an accident insurance for the weekend. Participants have to be at least 18 years old and master whitewater level 5.
photo: Manuel Arnu