Monday, February 10, 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!
Monday, August 12, 2013
According to Wikitravel, Voss ''. Jordie and I have been based in Voss this summer working for Voss Rafting Senter and in response to repeated demands by Geni here are some action photos.
'Wilderness Camp' section on the Stranda
Chris stoked as always
Tabs unwrapping his boat from the rock, just like Christmas!!!
Tzak having a flipping good time on 'Tzak's rock'
Marcio getting some air
Nick doing some swim training
Glen just chilling out in the middle of the river
Mikel our ninja bus driver, he can back a mini bus with a trailer at speeds of up to 20 kph
Tzak and Marcio having a wrestle
Work in Voss has been very interesting and a lot of fun! Its been good to get out rafting on some different rivers with a range of different raftable flows.
El Capitan Frouda with the Top Dog Snoopy
Last weekend boss man Frouda let the crew loose on his Fjord side cabin and was even nice enough to shout us some beers and an amazing seafood banquet including king crabs and prawns for Africa! He also called in some favours with the neighbours and got us free access to some awesome toys!!! Jetski, speed boat, sea biscuit, water skis, wakeboard, just to name a few.
Timberhole - this is not the line
Where is Jordie?
Jordie "Chris, hold me, never let go'
See the guy falling out here
To sacrifice many
Glen sacrificing a few
To save the man
Reefton sending his customers for a swim (on purpose)
This season has been a fantastic season, we've been here for just over 2 1/2 months we've had some good times and some not so good times, during the not so good times we've had 3 out of 10 guides taken out, first guide was Slee, he went mountain biking, came off his bike, and obliterated his elbow, from one being 'okay and ten being 'terrible' his elbow was about a 9. After some serious reconstruction surgery he is back in the game as a bus driver. Second guide out was Tzak, he got kicked from his raft into a rock on the Stranda and broke two bones in his hand, one surgery and one realignment later he is still out of the game. Then Jordie got catapulted from his raft and had a partial rear dislocation in his shoulder and tore some muscles. The way I see it, it's like a game of Survivor, if you're lucky, you stay in the game, if you're unlucky, you get eliminated... Hopefully the tribe will speak and allow them back in the game.