Dutch KayakFestival 2010

So I had this teacher today telling me that 'Holland is not a flat country and that if you look good enough there are lots of height differences out there'. Right, I am studying Earth sciences now and 5 meters is in geomorfological terms is a lot, but as a kayaker it's a laugh, I declared the man crazy. But, this weekend a lot of Dutch kayakers gathered at a place with a 5 meter height difference, Dutch Water Dreams, a whitewater course. Four different disciplines had their national championships this weekend: Slalom, Downriver, BoaterX and Freestyle.

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The cool thing is that you can paddle 4 Dutch Championships in 2 days, great, I took up the challenge! The prelims of both freestyle and boatercross went well but the slalom was a disaster. Paddling the only leaking 4 meter boat in the field my skirt popped (not a L6 one though) within 20 meters of my run and made me swim, pretty damn scary with a glassfiber 25-year old boat that is!! Same on the downriver, my frontend got stuck between two poles and I did a 360 in a 4 or 5 meter downriverboat, yeah.

In the semi-finals of freestyle I had three bad rides, leaving me on the 8th spot, disappointed and very stressing. I should have done better.. The boatercross went well and it put me in the Finals with the Dutch freestyle coach, who practically teached me boating, he won, but it was super fun to paddle the finals with him, taking bronze here.

Now, enough talk, it was great. Lots of people were introduced to boating of any sort, whitewater, flatwater or Canoeing. It's a pretty cool event, with good atmophere and lots of paddling in one weekend, thanks to all!

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