“With 26 countries and the worlds fastest slalom racers, creekers, expedition boaters, freestyle kayakers, etc.. all competing, I am comfortable with the idea that this is the World Championships of Extreme racing. No race in the world has a stronger field. Green race has a very strong field but nothing like this. This is the real deal with huge depth of field. Any time you have 10 people stacked into 1 second, you have a strong depth of field. That is pretty awesome. 60th place was only 6.25 seconds behind 1st place in a single run. That is an average of 10 people in each second.”
Ben Brown is truly one of the worlds top white water paddlers. Big water and first descents is what it’s all about. As a professional kayaker Ben gets to live the dream everyday. A quick search of youtube will find video after video of Ben running some awesome rivers, dodging huge stumpers and taking the plunge over some massive drops.
I managed to catch Ben during a rare moment of downtime and asked him if would like to take part in the Unsponsored 2011 Q&A series. Thankfully Ben agreed. Enjoy….
Tell us a little a bit about you accomplishments in the kayaking world…
I have been kayaking full time for the past 11 years and during that period have been fortunate enough to paddle all over the world. The attraction to kayaking to me has always been the exploration aspect of the sport and it has been this that has continued to drive me over the years. I have paddled in over 50 countries and have completed first descents in NZ, Norway, Iceland, Thailand, USA, Canada, Africa and Italy and I am very proud of these accomplishments. However I think what I am most proud of is the fact that I have been able to make a career out of doing what I love the most with by best friends.
Jesse Coombs is one of the worlds premiere extreme kayakers. With calm confidence and a friendly smile, Jesse explores the most intriguing and remote corners of the earth. Jesse continually pushes the envelope and continues to chalk up first descent after first descent. Eric Jackson describes Jesse as “a student of life and as humble as anyone can be”, it was this quote that prompted me to ask Jesse if he would like to take part in the 2011 Unsponsored Q&A series. I am really pleased that Jesse agreed!
Clay Wright is a professional whitewater kayaker and kayak designer. He designed the signature “Java” creekboat for Perception Kayaks back in the day and works at Jackson Kayak. Clay has competed extensively – 2005 US National Freestyle Champion, World Squirt boat champion. 1st Green Race Winner, 1st descents in 7 states and 5 countries, inventor of the Loop, 5x and current US Freestyle Team member.
Clay is definitely one of the big hitters in the kayak world and it is a huge pleasure to have Clay take part in the 2011 Unsponsored Q&A series. Continue reading
Brad Ludden has travelled to over 40 countries as a Dagger athlete, has competed on the freestyle circuit and can be seen gracing the cover of magazines such as Outside, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal. Brad was also voted Cosmopolitan’s Bachelor of the Year in 2008, which must be a first for any kayaker.
In 2000, at the age 18, Brad founded the non-profit foundation, First Descents in order to provide young people affected by cancer the chance to utilise whitewater kayaking and other outdoor adventures in order to play a key role in their recovery process. Continue reading
James ‘Pringle’ Bebbington – 6 time GBR Freestyle Kayak team member, British Champion, World Champion, World Cup Champion and European Silver medalist. James is truly one of the stars of the freestyle world.
I was chuffed to bits when I found out that James had agreed to take part in the 2011 Unsponsored Q&A series.
For the fifth time in a row, the Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion takes place at the legendary “Wellerbrücke” river section in Austria’s Ötztal Valley. Between the 30th of September and the 3rd of October, the best whitewater kayakers on the planet will meet in Tyrol’s longest alpine valley to snatch the much sought-after 2010 world champion belt.
The Adidas Sickline 2011 is being shown live on FreecasterTV on October the 1st 2011.