This year's Veko kicked off with an awesome shed party hosted by Amnesty International. Then it was down to business. This was the second year where they were running a competition called 'The Honorable Citizen of Voss'. In order to win this competition you have to enter as many competitions as possible and the higher you place the more points you get. Most points at the end of the week wins. With prize money of 3,000 NOK and prizes such as an iPhone the competition was fierce.
After a day of rest we headed up to the Myrkdal for a new racecourse as the Brandseth was too low. The selected section of the Myrkdal we were racing definitely had a bit more punch than the normal Brandseth race section and it showed itself in the results. There were originally eleven girls entered, from there two girls did not start, three girls did not finish and the top five made it to the second round of which one did not finish. Also in the mens category sixteen men did not start the race. After a pretty terrible run in my first round where I flipped on the first hole and got stuck in an eddy. I managed to have a good solid second run which I was proud of and finished in second place 0.15 seconds behind the winner. Stoked.
Next up was the teams race. I teamed up with Marianne Saether to form the only all girls team entered and we had a pretty sweet run but decided to portage one small rapid (usually a portage) which everyone else ran so we ended up with the slowest time but sweet lines and we were one of the only teams to not run Holy Diver upside down so I was pretty happy.
The final race for me was the head-to-head. Definitely one of my favourite races. With some lucky draws of the straws I was placed on the outside of the pack in each of the races allowing me to get ahead and stay ahead finishing in first place – 200 points.
Hopping back and forth between Rotorua (New Zealand) and Voss (Norway) is Toni’s way of following the summer and the water to where the boating is best. After graduating with a degree in Biological Science, she boarded a plane, then a kayak, and found that nothing else is quite as good as being on the river.