Team Adrenal is a Norwegian white water kayaking team. On this Blog you can follow the team and read about the missions they are involved in.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

One for the road!


Big Wolf taking one last look before dropping in

As I had to head back to the UK for a while I was hoping for one last paddle. The rain had been belting down for a few days so myself, Lars Georg and Big Wolf decided to head to our old favourite.

Near Birkeland is a large slide/drop that only runs in flood. The last time we went it was low and 3 out of 4 paddlers got hurt.

We arrived to find the area where we usually park the car under water, so we ended up parking down river and paddling up to the walk in.

After 10 minutes walk there she was with plenty of flow. After a quick game of paper scissors stone Big Wolf was up first.

Unfortunately non of us got sots of him as he hit a perfect line and effortlessly glided through.

Lars Georg was up next with another sweet line and cameras rolling!


Lars as usual hitting the sweet spot!

Next up was me. Last time I was here I boofed out and hurt my back by going too far right, so today i had two voices in my head. One saying go hard left play it safe, and the other real voice saying play it cool stay. While the two voices battled it out I hit the sweet spot too to make it 3 out of 3.


Mark cruising through the fall.


Mark shot from below, taken from Lars new sony hd camera.

A cool trip with 3 nice lines and a great finish to the season, i've left the boys out there with the rain so probably more later from then. For me i'm back in the UK finishing the movie, Un-named Feeling. If you haven't seen the trailer yet check it out on our home site or hit the link below:

  • Un-named Feeling
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2005

    Urban Assault



    This Sunday the 23rd October we got the first signs of snow down here in the south. It wouldn’t have been so bad if we weren’t on our way kayaking! The end of season is here so we thought we would have one last mission.


    Per battling the cold.

    Per Christian had heard of a dam that had never been run. So off we went to check it out.

    After driving down a dirt road that seemed to be leading nowhere there it was in the distance, it looked good but you can never tell till you get there.



    Sure enough the drop was a clean freefall of about 25 – 30 feet. The only problem was the amount of water going over the top.

    There was only a couple of cm of water running over the top of the concrete so the only problem was getting over and away from the dam itself.

    Lars Georg grabbed his Gus and made a clean line down no problem. He then decided to try in his Vision and hit a huge boof with a really hard landing that knocked his man bits and put a tear in his eye!


    Lars Georg laying it flat

    Per Decided he didn’t want to risk his back with flat landing and took his Jefe for a run. The Jefe didn’t clear the lip like the other 2 boats and Per dived in behind the falls. We had already checked this scenario out and it was cool so we just waited as Per appeared from behind with a smile.


    Per Christian dropping in

    I was up next. I decided a big boat was best so I too grabbed my Jefe. The idea was to charge the drop and put a big final stroke to pull me away from the dam and then drop the nose to plug the landing. Unfortunately the Jefe slowed on top as she hit the edge and the big final stroke span me 180 landing me in the base facing the fall as a short blast of water to the head pushed me behind.


    Mark in mid twist

    With a bit more water this will be a really fun drop so we will be back in the spring. Fun day to finish the season, now we are looking forward to warm water elsewhere!

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005

    Un-named Feeling DVD



    After nearly 2 years of filming our first DVD Un-named Feeling is almost finished. The DVD will be available in December but until then you can check out the trailer on our home page. Just follow the link below.

  • Un-named Feeling
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2005

    The Big O Kayak Festival 2005

    Now in it’s second year the Big O kayak festival was back and we had a great time!

    People started arriving on Friday the 19th August to find Norway’s first big air ramp standing on the side of the mighty Otra. After getting lubed up with washing up liquid spins, blunts and airscrews were achievable, but the biggest crowd pleaser had to be the flat landings!!


    "Junior" the youngest paddler at 13 showing his style!

    Lucas from Switzerland flying high

    The first competition was held on Saturday morning and was the crazy slalom. A series of tasks were placed over a section of rapids. 5 minutes of solid paddling left competitors glad of the finish line. Lars Georg took 1st with Per Christian in Second and Mark in third.


    Crazy Slalom start point

    Boater cross was next and was a really great event, with some really close competition. Heats of 4 paddlers were drawn. The start was a flat sprint leading into rapids and finishing with a small boof left into the eddy to touch a marker. A final of 2 Norwegian paddlers and 2 Swiss made for a great race with a battle right up to the final drop and sondre who held 2nd place the whole way being squeezed into 4th on the very last second thanks to a risky line paying off for the Swiss. Per Christian took first for Norway with Ron taking second and Lucas grabbing third for Switzerland.


    Boatercross in full swing

    Battle over

    Of course Saturday night was host to a killer party, this time with a 70s theme. Max played late into the night with an awesome set that had people dancing, singing, fire walking and more!


    What a Party!

    Sunday morning was the mass start down river race. Lots of sleepy eyed paddlers arrived at the start and placed their boats at the opposite side of the river. On the start command a quick dash to the river followed by a swim across to collect your boat was followed by an arm-wrenching paddle to the bottom of the river. Lars Georg again took first with Per Christian in second and Mark in third.


    Mass start Down river race

    The last event was the freestyle, which was more of a jam session for people to chill out on the wave before heading home. A voting system saw Becky-Lar take first above all the men, with Lucas taking second and Mark in third.


    Mark and Becky-Lar

    Prize giving was next for the top spots and also lot of spot prizes for fancy dress and swimming etc. The event was very kindly supported by Teva, Gore-Tex, Soulboater Extreme Clothing, Cebe, and Sweet Protection.


    Prize giving

    A great weekend, which we will look forward to again next year, see you all then!

    Thursday, July 28, 2005

    Sjoa Kayak Festival 2005


    Pile on, Per Christian, Lars Georg and Becky-Lar

    After a great week at the Sjoa Kayak Festival we are all back home. Again we weren’t blessed with the best weather but the levels were good.


    Mark on one of the slides

    The first 2 days of our trip were awesome! 10 hours crammed in a van is no fun for anyone and we were starting to get a bit fidgety on the drive North. As boredom hit we drove past a huge dam with what looked like a runable shoot. We quickly U-turned the van and parked up to have a closer look. It was good to go and so was Lars Georg! He jumped into his kit and psyched up while we set the cameras. The speed he came over the top as he dropped in was amazing, 3 or 4 extra power strokes saw him hit the big lateral with a lot of force. A lot of down time later he resurfaced with a huge grin and a sigh of relief!




    Lars Georg charging

    Day 2 we headed for the Upper Jora. The river is pool drop with loads of cool slides and drops and made an excellent trip.


    Per on the Upper Jora

    That evening was the pimp and ho ball at punch. Becky-Lar hit the party in true Ugandan style and kept the things going till the early hours when the pub closed and we headed back to camp to continue. Big shout out to Swedish F**k thanks for the entertainment!


    Shooting an advert for Bergans Norway

    The next days were spent paddling the local rivers, shooting an advert for Bergans as well as the competitions. The boater cross was another great event with loads of action and battles through Amot falls.



    Sjoa Boatercross

    The freestyle was also a great event. Unfortunately after winning the pre-lims Becky-Lar washed off on her ride in the finals and ended up with 4th.

    Now we are back home in the sun again looking forward to the Big O Festival.

    Monday, July 18, 2005

    Heat wave, at last!


    Per Christian taking a dip

    After the start of our coldest season yet a heat wave has finally hit, and not before time!


    Becky-Lar enjoying the warm water

    Returning from Voss after a week of rain and being cold to find our local spot in glorious sun. The water has warmed up and the riverbanks are scattered with scantily clad women, perfect!


    Nixie and Inca

    We have spent the last couple of weeks chilling out and now we are back in the van and on our way to the Sjoa Kayak Festival for some more paddling and partying. More later….


    Becky-Lar, Mark and Per Christian

    Saturday, July 02, 2005

    Voss Extreme Sports Week 2005


    Heading over the tops.

    No sooner had I returned from the UK I got a call from Kokatat paddler Christie Glissmeyer, “ Hey Mark, I’ve just finished the poweraide competition in Europe are you guys going to Voss?”
    Do bears crap in the woods?!!!


    Scouting


    The Voss Extreme week is the event we all look forward to the most. The festival brings people from all backgrounds (mountain bikers, base jumpers, kayakers, rafters, skydivers, skaters, snowboarders, skiers and many more) to the small western town of Norway. The week is filled with competitions and parties with live music playing each night in the festival tent, just after today’s video, which is a rap up of what happened that day.


    Mark on one of the many slides


    Per landing his boof

    We hooked up with Christie and headed for the festival. Norway has had its largest snow pack in 50 years and we turned up in Voss it was raining hard and had been doing for some days. With all the rivers bursting their banks we decided to warm up with a play run. Normally this section is quite timid but at these levels was a really good run, almost like a cold Africa with big wave trains and holes.


    Mark about to drop in


    Christie mid flight

    These 2 shots were taken by Zoomgoto.com who followed the festival through out the week, to see loads more shots visit their site:
  • Zoomgoto.com


  • We returned to a soggy camp to hear rumors of several paddlers having to walk out of normally relatively calm runs due to water levels. As we were debating what runs may be possible for the following day a group of German army soldiers cycled past our camp. Now we aren’t the brainiest bunch but we know that 1 plus 1 equals 2, and a group of German soldiers in a foreign country normally equals cheap beer! Norway is stupidly expensive for alcohol, and facing a lot of camp time due to high flows Becky-Lar was quick off the mark!


    German beer supply!

    The next couple of days were spent running some of the tributaries to the normal runs and thanks to the high water the Milky wave, which was almost an urban myth until this week, was working in the middle of town. It was the first time we had seen this wave, which was only discovered over the past couple of years. We arrived to find a big glassy wave on the side of a nice hole with eddy service and only 2 people paddling it. We ran back to the van threw our kit on and charged back to find a queue of around 20, obviously the word was out! The rides were well worth the wait though and it was decided that the freestyle competition would be held here the following day.


    Christie back stabbing Milkywave


    Becky-Lar carving it up. Photo: www.Zoomgoto.com

    The competition was held in a jam style format and even though the wave had dropped a lot it was a great event with Becky-Lar getting third and Christie in second both being beaten by Norway’s paddling queen Mariann Saether.


    Lars Georg styling


    Per Christian off the final drop

    The next competition to take place was the Down river “extreme” race. We decided to go up the day before and see what the levels were like. The race section is called the Brandseth and is a great little run. As expected it was high, we took a quick run down and had a blast, the race was going to be great. The level dropped slightly for race day but was still high and proved to be very challenging when trying to paddle exhausted at full speed. A record number of swims and crashes were witnessed with much enthusiasm from the crowd. One rock in particular just above the finish caught a few paddlers out, but luckily Voss rafting provided plenty of cover and everything ran safely. Good job guys!


    Becky-Lar, what else can I say!

    The last night of the Voss extreme week is always the big party night and this year was no let down, swim beers and much more were drunk which ended in some fun and games and Lars Georg trying to wrestle me, sometimes you just have to show them who’s boss!


    Lars Georg nursing his ankle

    The next morning saw camps been broken down as people moved away to leave Voss as the little quiet town it usually is. The local police force came to camp and stood offering people free breath tests to see if they could drive or not, a much better idea than standing at the end of the road and fining people. The idea was well received and safe driving was promoted and enforced in a manner everyone agreed with, it would be nice to see more of this rather than authorities just trying to line their pockets.


    The partying catches up, Viv crashed out

    Yet again another great festival that has left us waiting for next years, see you there!