This week we boarded another flight from Prague and landed in the heart of Norway, Oslo! An epic scenic midnight train ride brought us to our final destination, Voss.
I was stoked to get a few days away from chasing slalom poles and to get on some real whitewater. But mostly stoked to be catching up with friends during Ekstremsportveko.
The Ekstremsportveko is one the largest sport and music festivals of its kind. A combination of extreme sports, music, and the stunning surroundings of Western Norway. Every year it attracts hundreds of top national and international athletes, as well as devoted fans. With only seventy-two hours on the clock, we were stoked that Norway has non-stop daylight, making the most out of our time away!
The kayak racing kicked off with the individual downhill race on the Brandseth River, a sprint down a 400 m section of steep, technical whitewater.
Coming from the slalom circuit and only arriving a day before the race I was a bit intimidated of the whitewater. With one crappy practice lap twenty minutes before the race I lacked the confidence to power down the section and I was mainly focusing on getting clean lines and not getting hurt :).
The clean lines played off as I had two solid runs ending up in second, a fair bit behind Mariann Saether who crushed the course! Palm paddler Toni George rounded out the top three of the women’s category. In the men’s it was as usual very tight racing. At the end of the day it was Mike Dawson (NZL), Dag Sandvik (NOR) and Jamie Sutton (NZL) clearing out the top spots in the men’s. Shot boys!
The next day Mariann Saether had organized a celebration paddle on the Raundalselvi to celebrate the LIFE of Juan Antonio de Ugarte and Louise Emma Jull. They both passed away on the river this winter, doing what they loved most. Stoked we were able to make it over for this special afternoon. Big thanks to Mariann and Ron for making it all happen.
Unfortunately we couldn’t stick around to long and had to leave half way the evening to drive back across to Oslo to make our flight back to Prague. Super stoked I was able to mission out to Norway for three special days. It was my first time in Norway and I had a rad time, can’t wait to come back for more!
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.