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South Africa, the country with the rainbow flag.

August 22, 2014

     

 

 

You have never enough, let’s go to south africa! we already decided the journey, map in hand, we arrive in johannesburg and we rent a toyota, first stop Paris.

The first leg is in the center of the rafting center of Corran Addison’s father, we’ll find there our canoes  that we’ve rented online, when we were in italy.

We did not even familiarize with the surroundings, and we were already sailing in river’s waters, just a couple of hours after our landing in south africa…..The wiew is wonderful and we end the day with the first south african sunset! 

 

 

I just let you imagine the beauty of South Africa’s rivers, and i’ll update you about the great time i had in this wonderful country!  

Have good paddling Gigi :-)

                               

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KNIGHT SHORT SLEEVE SEMI-DRY TOP

August 09, 2014

I love so much this short sleeve jacket,  which means hot water and summer! 
This january i’ve been in south africa and i had the chance to wear for more than 21 days this short sleeve jacket, and for my journey i’ve chosen Level Six! 
A good choice! the model is the knight version, a wonderful jacket with nice details, the electro-welded sewings are very good and keeps the water outside, the textile is very resistant over usage.
The jacket features a double tunnel that makes difficult for the water to fill inside, and it also has the dcd (dual cinch system) that allows you to tighten the neoprene skirt.
I appreciated the chest zip pocket in the anterior part, that is very spacious.

In my opinion is a good model of short sleeve jacket, at the same level of the competitors, definitely one of the best.

 

 

see you the next time. have a good paddling :-) 

 

Gigi Codinotti 

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World Cup 2014 Freestyle

August 04, 2014

This year, the World cup of kayak freestyle was in Europe from the 26th of June to the 13th of July. The clash began in Millau, France, during the Natural Games, an extreme sports festival bringing together sport contests and fancy concerts every night! A lot had been planned during those four festive days in Millau: contests, BMX exhibitions, freestyle and extreme Slackline, rock and cliffs climbing, paragliding and last but not least, kayak freestyle! Most of the activities and concerts occurred around the “maladrerie”, the kayak pond, for the greatest pleasure of the kayakers and the spectators. Everyone enjoyed the freshness of the Tarn River. For the first time, the Natural Games received the world cup of kayak freestyle and it was a complete success!

  

The worldwide best champions were at the Natural Games: the Americans, the Spaniard, the Japanese, the French, the Poles, the Koreans, the English, the Germans and the Czechs… In a boisterous atmosphere we played the finals in front of… a French audience!

The junior ladies opened the ball at 2 pm on Saturday. A little French girl named Guénolé Bourgoin was competing! Loop, 360, space Godzilla…It was a very pretty final during which the Spaniard, Nuria Fontane-Maso, (ranked 2nd during the last worldwide championships in 2013) eventually got a leg up on the American, Rowan Stuart, (the first of 2013 worldwide championship). The English, Emma Winterford, succeeded to grab thebronze medal in front our little French kayaker. She was nevertheless glad of her first international contest!


The ladies make room to the junior men! Fabien Lanao and Thomas Richard (vice worldwide champion in 2013) for France were in competition for the podium! They blasted the scores, coming close with those of the best seniors! Eventually, the Swedish karlson won the gold medal right before Thomas and Fabien. In canoe Sebastien Devred take the second place after Tad and before Jordan.

 

The atmosphere of the senior finals, at 19h30 was electric! Pressure was at its most when I throw myself into my first final run! When I came close to the wave, the French tribe catch fire. The roar of the drums was deafening…I rushed forward… The battle and suspense lasted until the very last minute. Eventually, the Japanese Hitomi Takaku (vice worldwide champion in 2013) took the first place. We draw in second place with the American Emily Jackson (worldwide champion in 2009). In this case, the second best run decides between both kayakers and ranks me third.

 

 Men definitively set the Maladrerie pond on fire with magical runs! We witness a great battle of Mc Nasty, Phoenix Monkey, Triky Wu and we were pined down! Bull’s eye for the French team since Sébastien Devred took the first place before the American Dane Jackson, worldwide champion in 2013. Mathieu Dumoulin got the bronze medal!

 

Finals in video here :  

On Saturday night, a tempest gave the organizers hard times. The spot have been cleared out under heavy rains and howling winds… Nothing to harsh to demoralize a hundred of freestylers overexcited to celebrate these first medals! Eventually a third final take place at the Golf bar restaurant of Millau. The atmosphere was as warmed as the pond’s banks. We finished this first world cup round arm-in-arm, (due to an arm wrestling contest J) between the Americans, the Poles, the French and the Spaniards at 5 a.m., at least for the less courageous.

On Sunday morning, well, more noon, the French team took the road to Salt, in Spain, for the second part of the World cup. We discover a technical roll lost in the middle of the Catalan fields! After four days of practice, the contest could begin with a fancy worldwide opening ceremony: speeches, official pictures, videos and modern ballet choreography on the theme of kayak freestyle. A parade on Salt’s streets mixing batoucada and pyrotechnic show led all the competitors to the sports center. There, a huge meal thrilled the whole community! 

 

Qualifying rounds, quarter final, semi-final…runs came on and on. Competitors gave the best of themselves every day to reach the Saturday final step! The finals were as highly-charged as in France! The roll allowed to manage many types of figures and scores reached the top! Judges are in at 200% and succeed to grade despite the Spaniards’ “caliente” runs, the French’s huge figures and the Americans’ combo!

 

For the junior ladies, Nurià Fontane-Maso, originating from Spain took the first place. For the junior men, Karlson took the gold and Thomas Richard the silver medal! In canoe discipline, Dane Jackson established himself before Pat Dénis and Jordan Poffenberger. As far as senior ladies are concerned, Emily Jackson took the gold right under Hitomi’s nose and I took the bronze medal! As far as men are concerned, Dane Jackson wins the round before Mathieu Dumoulin and Quim Fontane Maso.

  

Finals in video here :

 

 It must be said that pro freestyle, is also a great international bunch of friends! No way to miss an occasion to celebrate those new medals! We all met in our Spanish hostel (an accommodation supplied by the organization for all of the competitors) for a giant “fiesta” which ended on the dance-floor in the city center of Grirone.

To end this world cup on a higher note, athletes take the road again, direction Sort, still in Catluna! Goodbye to the fields and the nice roll of Salt, hello to the “Pallaressa” river. The roll, located in the heart of downtown, offers a perfect show for every Spanish! Kayakers fought against a high-powered roll and the paddles broke for some of us. One must have guts and self-control to master this Spanish body of water! After a tug of war, several French got their tickets for the finals. Junior men and ladies put on the day show with a first place for Rowan and a golden medal for the Swedish Karlson. For the canoe, it’s an American podium with Dane, Jordan and Pat!

 

It was not until 9:30 p.m. that we’ve been allowed to put the kayaks on the water for the senior final! At nightfall, under the spotlights and in front of more than 400 spectators, we rushed forward in the arena! Giant screens, four speakers who were warming the place, interviews and direct broadcast, the organizers had really put on a great spread!

Athletes gave everything they had to get a medal…Bleachers shook and athletes thrilled under the supports of over-excited spectators. After an amazing show and a total harmony with the public, the wave and the athletes, results fell. I finished second of this last round right after Hitomi Takaky (Japan). Emily Jackson (USA) finished at third place. Mathieu Dumoulin also won the silver medal right below the American Dane Jackson and before Nick Troutman (Canada).

At the open category, I am ranked at the third place of this world cup 2014. The French team counted 12 athletes for this world cup. We are proud of our results since no less than 7 Frenchies reached the final at each round. Knowing that a final is reserved for the 5 best worldwide. They succeeded in every discipline: canoe, kayak, junior and senior.

This world cup was by far the best one for me. Just as much for the medals as for the atmosphere and the team spirit of our great French team! I wanted to say a great thank you to all members of the team and to all the fans on the spot or in front of their screens! “Big up” to you, competitors, organizers and judges who made that world cup outstanding!

 

 

Thank's Constance and Maxime for your help! ;)

Photo : tous droits réservés Gilles Reboisson

 

 

 

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We're Hiring! Position: Warehouse Inventory Manager

July 29, 2014

New position available

Position: Warehouse Inventory Manager

Level Six is an Ottawa based designer and supplier of quality casual outdoor clothing and technical paddling gear. We are currently offering part or full time position for Warehouse Manager. 

The position also allows for opportunity for advancement.


Starting date: Immediate


Responsibilities

Shipping and Receiving Orders

Warehouse organization

Inventory management

Potential for customer service, sales, and events

 

Qualifications:

Experience in the Outdoor Retail or Vendor industry. 

Skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and Microsoft Outlook. Familiarity with Quick Books an asset.

The ability to work in a goal oriented team environment. 

Excellent communication and organizational skills as well as a “can do” attitude. 

The ability to work proactively to anticipate problems and work within a flexible series of guidelines.

Detail oriented knowledge of outdoor clothing and gear.

Written and Spoken French would be considered an asset.

 

Contact Information.

- All applications will be treated in a confidential manner. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

Salary to be determined based on experience and qualifications.

Send a current resume and letter of introduction to Tyler Lawlor:  HYPERLINK "mailto:tyler@levelsix.com" tyler@levelsix.com  or by mail to our offices, care of Tyler Lawlor.

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before boarding height Chiese upper 2000 meters of the river that excitement home!

July 29, 2014

....Excuse me please tell me for refuge might Val di Fumo?????Thank you

 

 

coming soon the video,

have a good paddling,

Gigi

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How did she go at the Payette River Games?

July 11, 2014

Just days after the North Fork Championships, Cascade Idaho hosted the second annual Payette River Games. These games have almost doubled in competitors since last year. It not only attracts some of the best whitewater kayakers in the world but also the best stand up paddle boarders. With $105,000 on the line, it was not a competition I wanted to miss!

Signing up for Boater X, Freestyle and 8 Ball- I was sure to make gains at the end of the competition... right?

It was an 11 hour drive for me to make with everything shoved into the back of my car and my boats loaded on top- as kayakers do. Once I got there I instantly met a few friends that I paddle with (Rush, Lou, Martina, Aniol), I don't know, you probably don't know them. Anyway, it was unlike any other whitewater competition I have been to- no one took me up on the offer of a beer... WHAT? That is when you know the competition is on!

The next day I thought maybe I should look at the course- maybe it is gnarlier than I think. So walking up and down a 1.5 km whitewater park thinking I was missing something, I didn't see anything that was very intimidating... rephrase, nothing that was scarier than a typical barn cat (pretty cute but may have ill intentions). After sussing it out I decided to go for a freestyle session. 

Well, the hole wathunked me my first time on- so having bruised my pride I went down to the smaller hole. I was paddling with a couple young lads between 8-10years. After that my pride sky rocketed again- I was kicking their butts! haha, 'I know guys, they were only 8 years old...' 

Moving along, we got right into the 8 ball races. This is one that I thought, you know I think I might do well in this race. I am not a favourite and I am fast! What I didn't factor in was who the 8 Balls were... Lorenzo, Tino, Pedro- the Chilean army who love picking on anyone they knew- so of course I got broadsided by two of the three and dispite my second standing initially I ended up dead last. I am not even sure if I crossed the finish line! 8 Ball- OUT

Freestyle competition has never been a strong suit of mine, especially competing on the Ottawa against the best of the best. Competing against three past world champions and one lady still holding the title I wasn't sure if I would make top 10. So I needed to do something I have never done before... No! not flash the judges- I would bust out the only entry move I knew, THE WINGOVER! I did it, I nailed it and I was ready to exit stage left right after that single move, but I held on and did a couple more moves (cartwheel, blunt, roundhouse, spin). That single ride got me into 13th place, which I was stoked about but again, in summary- Freestyle- OUT

Finally we have Boater X. The competition I thought I was going to clean up! I had been practicing in NZ, my confidence was high and I just really wanted any bit of that purse! Luckily my trial time was fairly good so I was able to pick my seat on the ramp most times. This was good because not only was I in a good starting position but I was also usually the fastest in the heat.

So for gate 1 and 2 I was in the clear, I was thinking 'OMG this competition is mine!' UNTIL... that stupid ferry move above the hole! For Cryin' Out Loud I wanted to punch that hole in the baby maker! I spent more time in that hole you would think it was supposed to be part of the race. Unfortunately, it wasn't...

So again to summarize- boater X- out.

So you ask, 'Did Brenna ever make any gains?' Well, if you include the competitors bag, free meals, amazing weather, a sweet hat from an unofficial dance competition and some cool new friends (no those last two don't necessarily go together), then YES! It is definitely a competition that I will go back for. Aside from the world class prizes, there is lots to gain from attending this event. Next year I hope that hole picks on someone else!

See you then!

 

Photography Credit: Chris Gragtmans

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The river that we should not pronounce the name

July 03, 2014

 

The Cassan river is a real gem !

The Cassan is steep, remote and the one hour hike to put in makes it a real creeking mission. As soon as you get into this non-stop class V section you imediatly forget about the hike. The incalculable number of rapids and the quality of the whitewater in this river makes it one of the best creeks on the east coast.

I would like to tell you where it is, but I can't.

I would like to tell you the real name of this river but I can't.

The problem is that this river is located on private lands. In Quebec rivers are public. Anyone can paddle anywhere, but still you need to be able to get to the river and that's the real problem. In many cases there is a public acces or people are gentle enough to let us go on their lands, but the idea of property as it is in North America is a huge problem to access the rivers.

 

For the cassan, owners are adamant, they want to keep their little pièce of paradise for themselves and for the wood industry. Many generations of kayakers have tried to get a legal acces to this river without succes.


This article is to share images of this inaccessible river, but it's also a reminder that rivers acces are a non stop fight anywhere and I want to salute the groups working for kayakers like American Whitewater in the US. I wish one day there will be a Canadian Whitewater.

Enjoy those beautiful images.

Thanks again to Dylan Page for the awesome photos, to Emrick Blanchette for the awesome edit and thanks to Level Six that made all my spring missions easier with quality gear as the hot fuzz unisuit and the emperor Drysuit !

 


 

boofing PARADISE !

 

Creeking is always a serious thing...

 

Charles Arsenault in The ''resoudage''

 

Small drop.

 

Epic shot of the ''chute en L''

 

 

Cassan River from Quebec Connection on Vimeo.


 

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Taureau Season

July 02, 2014

 So, this spring has been pretty hectic again. After recovering for a surgery, again, I set out to get back in shape. Between normal life, the stage 6 WWGP organization and unstable water levels, I paddled as often as possible in order to be back in the game! Everything went smoothly and I was able to return to my ultimate whitewater test: the Taureau section.

 This once mythical section of the Jacques-Cartier River has seen more and more people paddling it every year. The "new schoolers" are able to better manage the rapids and 1000000 boofs on this amazing piece of whitewater. Beware, it remains a long day on the water with most likely overnight consequences if something does go wrong. The steep whitewater and tight valley puts this section of whitewater on the top of my river list and it should be on your too!

 

Here a little POV of the major rapids:

 

 

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Colorado trip

June 23, 2014

Last year, after the world freestyle championships and our trip through North Carolina, I felt that something was undone. United-States are so huge and American people so cool that my boyfriend Luc and I decided to do it again! But no just for a freestyle competition, NO! A road trip through Colorado to discover far more on this country and ourselves!

 

Step 1 : Buena Vista

After a 20 hours trip, we take the road from Denver in our Dodge Grand Caravan direction Buena Vista. It’s tough to adapt to those big American cars all automatic! After few minutes driving we begin to chill out when we saw a strange shape on the side of the road. Surprised, we slow down and here, at the glance of the front beam we saw around ten pair of eyes shining! Around thirty stags were enjoying the calm of the night to come close to the road! Stunning creatures, never seen something that massive! Once we regained our composure, we arrive at 5a.m. in the little city of Buena-Vista. There, we discover a haven of peace where life is good. We take our quarters in the Surf Chateau. Here, beautiful rooms are waiting for us. There are standing straight by the water, built and imagined by Mathieu Dumoulin’s friends, Jed and Kennley Selby. I recommend you this place, welcoming and roomy. Attracted by this soothing atmosphere and the kindness of the inhabitants we stay 5 days in Buena Vista. We take advantage of the Arkansas River to perfect our wave and roll freestyle moves. Later, we fly by upstream on the river to try out the “numbers”, ranked IV, in creekboat! The paradise!

Given the fact that the qualifiers were the Friday for the girls, I couldn’t realized the pro race but Luc Goujon is ranked 2nd for the experts and Mathieu Dumoulin 2nd for the pro.

Thanks to Jed and Kennley, Dustin and Katie Urban for this unforgettable stay!

 

 

 Step 2 : Glenwood

« You can’t come to Colorado without surfing the Glenwood wave ! », the Demshitz (team Pyranah) told us, during a crazy party night. Without thinking twice, here we are travelling to northern Colorado on the road 82, to reach Glenwood. One the way, we went by Aspen where the rocky landscapes disappear little by little under the snow! Splendid! The Demshitz didn’t lie, it’s an incredible wave! Wide and fast, the stream allowed us to link easily blunt, back blunt, donkey flip and helix in an off-putting way for the most skillful of the kayakists! In Glenwood, the time stops…We string together surfing and figures with Eric, Emily, Dane Jackson or Courtney! The night is going to fall, we have been sailing for six hours and we don’t know yet where we are going to sleep. The night before, due to a lack of information we took up residence on a Walmart parking lot (a supermarket where camping-cars are allowed) but for this night, we have a better plan ;). We are sleeping above the mountain that overlooks the wave. We camp in the wild, under the stars. We are lucky to have an absolute breathtaking view on the Colorado valley! Quite a big moment.

    

 Step 3 : Steamboat

Both competitions are standing this week-end, Lyons and Steamboat. After a little consultation between the Frenchitz (little nickname given by team Pyranha, the Demshitz) we decide to take it easy at Steamboat!

We arrive in Steamboat. No need to look very much for the freestyle spot. Without lying, you just have to go where it smells the rotten-egg. To find the wave, here, “the nose-know”. Indeed, the Yampa river is flowing through a sulfur stone. At the edge of the wave many yellow springs can be observed that are joining the main river. We had begun our practice on a powerful roller. After few pretty runs we start to share a conversation with an audience member who was standing near the water. The likable and sweet Holly tells us that her husband, Bryan, is also kayaking and that he is French! We got on well very easily and we meet together in Bryan and Holly’s livingroom around a beer, waiting for the barbecue to reach the perfect heat! The next morning we go to spot the river competition on homestake creek. The water is high and the passage that is usually ranked IV appears to be more difficult. We had the chance to appreciate a great show by Dave Fusili who won the race for the men and Martina Wegman for the ladies. The next morning we keep going on freestyle competition. The organization is for the least relaxed: 3 run for one paddler. Judges take the risk into account as much as the style. There are a lot of people on board. Spectators are waiting for the show between hotdogs and beers! Here I am on the wave, doing blunt, back blunt, loop and air guitare (as far as style is concerned!). This run allows me to won the race before Martina Wegman, ranked 2nd and Eva Luna, ranked 3rd. A big moment of sharing and giggles when Eva lost her paddle during her run. We had to get it back together, she, hanged to my boat and I paddling to try to join the riverside 150 m downstream the wave! Speaking for the boys, Bren Orton did the show and is ranked first before Mathieu Dumoulin.

 

Once the competition over, we hear hysterical screams and we see people running on the waterside. We believed in some young people on swimsuit, riding some rubber ring, so we came closer, laughing….The young man was shaggy…it was a huge bear that was crossing the river by swimming just on top of the freestyle spot! Unbelievable, hideous, he emerged on the opposite waterside and took long strides, climbing the mountain that was in front of us. We were speechless!

 

The evening went as the day begun: with good madness! Everyone went to the Steamboat’s bar where we wriggled our hips on American hellish rhythms with our new friends. The next morning, the bodies a

ching by sailing, dancing and partying, we went with both of our friends, Bryan and Holly to the hotsprings of Steamboat. These hot springs are standing in the middle of a pine tree and birch forest. Those pools are more than 30°C hot, we couldn’t dream better! A great thanks to Bryan, Holly and Eva Luna who made this step quite unforgettable!!

Step 4 : Go Pro Mountain Games at Vail

Light-hearted, we take the road 70 south to the ski resort of Vail. Here, one of the biggest sport event of Colorado is waiting for us. It’s quite a major step, internationally renowned: the Go Pro Mountain Games. The worldwide best paddlers of each discipline: climbing, freestyle kayak, slackline, stand up, creek boat are there. There is no way to play it cool because on top of the renown, the victory can bring 2000$! The atmosphere was more hard-working in Vail and we warmed up on a powerful roller, totally artificial. By the way, it is Clay Write who had succeeded, despite the changeable water level, to create a real roller, thanks to the tuning of air draft stoppers that were placed on the bottom of the river (this device cost more than 800 000 euros).

The creek boat competition stands every year in homestake creek, a strong river ranked level V, in which slides on rocks and technical falls keep coming. This river instinctively delighted me. So, I went into it ! Sage, a young American girl proposes me her Jackson Karma S…My heart beating, I get onboard in this unknown boat on this unknown river that I’ve only spotted from the side. Luckily, Mathieu shows me the path to follow…The river becomes narrower and the stream faster…Weepy fall, crossing the vicious rocky slide, done, 1rst fall, done, 2nd fall, done! My arms are hurting! Keep going on three last falls, YES!!! I did it !! Adrenaline and great feelings! ;)

 

Vail Go Pro USA from Marlène Devillez on Vimeo.

 After that, one feels unbeatable, and a little freestyle competition cannot stress me as much as this! Well, in fact, yes! That was without counting the hundreds of spectators who came and stack together as bees around a honey pot! We were some wild beats released in an arena! For who was the victory for? For each huge loop, each huge mac nasty the crowd shouted in a single voice! I’ve never felt an atmosphere as electric as that! Loop, Space Godzilla, mac nasty, combos…each athlete had his technique, his style…Eventually Dane Jackson won the race before Dustin Urban. For the ladies, I finish in second position after Claire O’Hara (the worldwide champion)!

 Step 5 : Arches parks

After 2 weeks of intensive kayak we needed to take a break and see other things! We have pushed the road far West on the road 70 to the Utah! The snow-covered peaks of Vail gave the way to an arid landscape and ochre canyons that were breathtaking! This detour to Moab, Arches Parks and Dead horse point has shown us at which point we were small things. These monumental rocks shaped by water, wind and frost/thaw for thousands years made us dreamy! We took an eyeful! I let you judge with those few pictures! And since from the beginning of our trip we had some incidents with the local fauna, we met among other at Arches desert lizards and squirrels! That was great, but the sound of a rattlesnake through the rocks beyond our feet during a little walking, froze us with fear!

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6 : FIBark at Salida

To finish our road trip in Colorado, we went to Salida where the Fibark event, created in 1984, takes place! We rejoined whit our kayakist friend met along our competitions in a city full of coulor and charm. The walls of the houses and the stores covered by old advertising clash with the funfair, carousel and the ice-cream stands that were set for the event. We enjoyed these last couple of days to deeply sail on an rolling-wave slow and easy. On Friday night, a country folk music band concert led by the infamous stringdusters, transported us in another time. On the lawn of the park, one could see American hippie-cowboys wiggle frenziedly on wild rhythms under curls of smoke just as proper to this city. Easily projected in this atmosphere, we’ve been overjoyed until late in the evening before we joined our wild camp located 4 miles away from the city, along the railway.

  

The final on Saturday was epic! Slalom race in the morning with a wide public pleased to see it, then the final of freestyle expert (unprofessional group). Luc did a pretty run and is ranked 3rd! Before the pro final we witness, amuse, the hooligans race. It is a race of unusual boats realized by competitors! Pirate boat, flowing boxing ring or soccer field, improvised rafts…A great show and an easy-going atmosphere attracted a lot of people on the riverbank. The pro finals could begin! As far as the ladies are concerned, I managed to link a loop, space Godzilla, back blunt on both sides, blunt and Felix (Yes, I did it!!!!). With an average of 380 points, I won the Fibark competition before Nathalie and Brooke, both American! For the men, the battle was also hard and eventually it’s Dustin Urban who won with 680 points before Mathieu Dumoulin and Bren Orton!

 

 

Step 7 : Back to Paris

Today, after a Denver-Washington 5 hour flight, 12 hours of call, a Washington-Boston-Geneva 10 hour flight (one emergency stop for a sick passenger) and a trip of 5 hours of train to link Geneva to Paris, I look through the window of my office thinking to the chance I had to live this amazing trip! I am already dreaming to the next one: worldwide cup in Europe from the end of June to mid-July in France and Spain!

 

I also wanted to thank STACCATO, LEVEL-SIX, BURGEAP, the Conseil Général de Haute-Saône and Sport Ambition 70 who had always supported me and allow me to pursuit my dreams.

 

Thank you Constance and Maxime for your help!

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Pizza, Spaghetti and Vino Rosso. Ayasse-Italy

June 23, 2014

In the last two months, I visited Italy, Slovenia an Switzerland for running some of the best creeks in central Europe.

One of it is called Ayasse in Aosta Valley, next to the French and Swiss boarder. It's one of my favorite rivers in Italy.
Here is a small edit of the upper and lower Ayasse. Enjoy!

 

Pizza, Spaghetti and Vino Rosso. Ayasse-Italy from nils dippon on Vimeo.

Italy. (pictures by Ameli Lehner and Jonas Gruenewald)

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Neilson Race 2014 Recap !

June 13, 2014

After the  successfull  first edition of the Neilson Race in may 2013, Charles Arsenault, Billy Thibault and Emrick Blanchette, main organisers of the Race in 2013, decided to backslide in 2014. This year the event was plan for may 17th, a week earlier than the year before, just to make sure we got a massive water level.

 

So during the week before the race, we took the Quebec Connection mobile and headed to Saint-Raymond and park the camper at the Take out. The camper would be our base camp for the next few days. During these days we did a few laps of the Upper and lower sections of the Neilson at super high flow and we organised a few things for the race. During these days the level was at 8 on the gauge and after 8 there's no more gage (just to give you an idea). 8 is a super high flow, but everything is super good to go, so we were set for a big race. Watching the rain forecast my friend Charles Arsenault was wondering what was going to happen if the level gets too high... Most of us were laughing at him because according to most of us, before that day, the Neilson can't be too high. The higher it is the better it is right ? 

 

The night before the race it was raining suuuuper hard. I was sleeping in my car and I opened my door a few times just to make sure my car was not in the water and I started to realized that maybe the Neilson was going to be too high in the morning... Maybe Charles's concerns had their place...

 

As soon as we woke up, we all ran to the gage to realize that the gage was 3 feets underwater... So the next step was to go to the Big Eyes rapid, which was supposed to be the first rapid of the race, to see how it looks like. The rapid was MASSIVE and the line was super tight. According to most of us it was maybe runnable with a super good safety set up, but racing it would make the Neilson Race the biggest, hardest and most full on kayaking race on the planet. So we all agreed that our safety set up wasn't good enough for that and not enough people wanted to race it anyway. So we had to find a plan B...

 

We took the decision to race the paddle out of the Lower Neilson. Our class V race became a big water class III-IV race. The race became accessible to more people, which is a good thing ! Me and Emrick quickly drove to the town to make the call on the social medias. No it was not a class V race, but it was still super fun and we have been able to keep the high level of stokness around the event ! We did a time trial in teams of two and a boatercross.

 

So our plan B turns out to be super fun, more accessible and more safe. The after party downtown St-Raymond was a huge succes too ! We hope to see more and more people each year racing and enjoying one of the best big water creek runs on the east cost ! Everybody is welcome ! and if you need more info about the Neilson or any runs around Quebec just ask Quebec Connection via Facebook !

Thanks to my unisuit hot fuzz for keeping me warm during those big days of cold water !

Thanks to Dylan Page for the super sick photos !

 

 

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New movie out: "The land of rising sun - a kayaking adventure in Arunachal Pradesh, India"

June 01, 2014

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New movie out: "The land of rising sun - a kayaking adventure in Arunachal Pradesh, India"

This movie by Nils Dippon, Jonas Gruenewald, Florian Petry and David Ernst documents the descent of the Siang River in north-eastern India. The Siang River is one of the world's most powerful rivers and drains the majority of the Tibetan plateau before breaking through the Himalayas and changing its name from Tsangpo to Siang at the Indo-Tibetan border. This is where the adventure starts: a multi-day trip far away from civilization on big water at its best. The movie "The land of rising sun - a kayaking adventure in Arunachal Pradesh, India" shows the difficulties the team had to face and the challenges that put them to the test.


Please support us and check out the movie - big water kayaking at its best. 
cheers Nils

 

 

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