Friday, April 18, 2014

Waimapu

Here is some photos from a very cool mish Pete convinced me to go on yesterday. After a bit of confusion and some conflicting beta we decided to just put on the river and see what was down there. Turns out Phil Mac hadn't paddled this river before and it could definitely become a new classic.

Starts out like this...

Then changes into this...




Pete firing up 'deadweight' falls




Dan testing out the hole



Some synchronised water falling

Pete finding his way down 'Pete's Crack'

Timmy on the Tuna Eater - this rapid has shallow shelf on the river right side, don't go there

Pete bouncing down 'Rocky Road'


Thanks for a great day boys!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Adidas Sickline


I forgot to put something on here about the Adidas Sickline race which I went to for the first time in October last year. Then Nouria made an awesome edit with some of the footage from the girls at sickline so I decided to do a short write up.


Champions Killer

The Adidas Sickline has claimed the title 'the extreme kayak world championships' and is held on the Wellerbrucke rapids on a glacial river in the small town of Oetz, Austria. With its freezing waters, technical rapids, and a strong field of the fastest paddlers from both slalom and whitewater disciplines I think the title is well deserved.


Champion's killer -1 (a very inventive name)

With rising river levels and a strong field I was pretty happy to come away from my sickline debut in 2nd place with Nouria Newman taking 1st and Martina Wegman in 3rd. Special thanks to Voss Rafting Senter for allowing me the week off work to compete and Marcio Franco and Dag Sandvik for the long drive home...






Webisode #6 ADIDAS SICKLINE RACE from TiTs Deep on Vimeo.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Kaituna and Wairoa Extreme Races 2014

The NZ race series kicked off last weekend with the first two races. The Kaituna time trial was pretty grueling as the river was extremely low after a dry summer. The combination of long flat stretches and floating raft obstacles in the rapids made for a tiring but fun race.


Bernd Sommers showing off his Sommers paddle


Lulu and I heading down to set some safety for the boys





Martina Wegman showing the Muttons the line


A highlight for many people was the teams race. Teams of 3 had to race 3 separate sections of the river with the next team member only allowed to begin once they had been passed a baton.































The Wairoa extreme race was business as usual with surprise upsets, multiple lead changes, and last minute overtaking in the final eddy. Congrats to Joe Morley for beating Mike Dawson in the final to become the first foreigner to win the race and Louise Jull for managing to stay ahead of Martina Wegman in the final to claim her first Wairoa win.

Big ups to Brendan Bayly, Lou Urwin and Tyler Fox for organising the events!!!

All photos courtesy of Andrea, thanks!