When you think of a slalom course, a picture of small controlled easy whitewater in an urban setting enters your mind. This is not the case with Trnvka – the home of the Czech Boater Cross Championships this past weekend.
In the early morning a wall of water is released creating a turbulent playground instantly. Epic whitewater tumbles down the 700 m long concrete ditch and creates a challenge for many paddlers. With over fourteen metres of gradient it's continuous, fast and at times hard to control.
The flow is sourced from the drinking water supply for the Czech Republic, meaning the river flows only several times a year. This results in a big turn-up of slalom paddlers, whitewater racers, extreme kayakers and rec paddlers, congregating at one river for one reason. To party, paddle and enjoy the toughest whitewater course Czech has to offer.
Weary eyed and tired people slowly emerged from the cars, tents and campers to a blue bird day dawning on the Czech countryside for Sunday’s duel. Starting from a ramp we had to race down negotiating gates while trying to stay ahead of the competitors before launching off a three metre drop to finish.
BoaterX/Overall 1st Mike Dawson NZL 2nd Mira Kondada CZE 3rd Pepe Goncalves BRA
1st Martina Wegman NED 2nd Pája Zasterova CZE 3rd Kačka Barešová CZE
About the author
About the author
With her father running a kayak school and an older brother and sister already hooked on paddling, Martina had pretty much no choice than to become a kayaker. She grew up in the small seaside village of Schoorl, just to the north of Amsterdam, spending her teenage summers working as a kayak instructor for her father or following the European freestyle circuit.