A great event and a great edit from the 2016 Wairoa extreme race.
Every year on the Wairoa River out of Tauranga the kayaking community gathers for one of New Zealand’s best extreme kayak races. The head to head is an exciting race format where racers are seeded against each other till one athlete is crowned the winner. This year saw Jen Chrimes beat Toni George in the womens final and Jamie Sutton take down Kenny Mutton for the mens title.
Check out this highlights video for action from the race.
In July 2014 Josh Neilson was kayaking with friends in Norway near Sjoa. After 5 of his crew paddled ‘Matzes Drop’ it was his turn. After a good entry the nose of his kayak was thrust into the air and caused him to fly through the air and land at the bottom in an undesirable way. At the moment of impact he broke his back and had to be flown to Lillehammer hospital and then on to Elverum for surgery. One year of rehab later and he returns to Voss in Norway for Ekstremsportveko and to go kayaking. This is the story by TV2 on his accident and return to kayaking.
Josh Neilson has produced this superb edit of the Andy Duff Memorial Race. I love it.
The ‘Andy Duff Memorial Race’ is an annual kayak, swim and raft race on the Kaituna River. This is a series of highlight shots from the drone over the river during the 5 races. Continue reading