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.

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!