Success of MANIC paddle on Sickline
What is Sickline?
A “sick line” is the perfect, smoothest and fastest line downriver. In search for sick lines extreme kayakers travel around the world. Extreme kayaking is the art of going down steep rivers, high waterfalls and mastering extreme whitewater difficulties.
The Extreme kayak World Championship in Austria (Oetz) is very specific event. Not only ww paddlers but many slalom paddlers came in past years to find out their qualities on the rapids. We have developed special kind of paddle in cooperation with these Olympians and World Champions in slalom to provide the best WW paddle possible. There were two Manic MCQ paddles for testing in Austria this year. We are very proud of Dejan Kralj (2nd place) and Mike Dawson (3rd place) both paddling our Manic.
About the race
24-year old Sam Sutton from Rotorua in New Zealand impressively demonstrated that for the third year in a row he is the fastest extreme paddler in the world. At the fifth anniversary of the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship in Tirol’s Ötztal Valley, Sutton defended his title once again with a winning time of 56.92 seconds, which was not as fast as the course record he had set in 2011 (55.84), but fast enough to win the gold medal ahead of Dejan Kralj from Slovenia (57.81) and New Zealand’s Mike Dawson (58.38).
The Wellerbrücke rapids are solid class 5 whitewater, both technically difficult and dangerous, so there are consequences to mistakes. Compared to the previous year, the course had changed over the winter flood period. However, most of the top paddlers enjoyed the fact that the difficulty of the course had increased.
37-year old Slovenian paddler Dejan Kralj was really happy to finally win a medal at the Extreme Kayak World Championship after always having barely missed the podium in the past four years. “The difficulty is that all the good kayakers come here, both slalom, downriver and whitewater paddlers and the rapids are changing every year a little bit so it’s always something new to discover; if you want to go faster or at least that’s the idea - the river is great for paddling not only racing, but also to just have fun”, so Kralj. "Finally I’m on the podium and I’m very happy that I could make a really good run in the final, specially at the bottom of the course."
Olympian Mike Dawson could close off his successful season with his third adidas Sickline medal, after winning silver in 2009 and 2011 he claimed bronze this year. “I’ve actually given up winning this competition because Sam is always here and he’s always winning it, but to be honest I was quite happy with my runs today. The adidas Sickline is pretty unique. It’s a lot different from a lot of other events, because it’s in central Europe and it’s easy for a lot of the slalom racers, extreme kayakers and river expedition paddlers to come together and have a chance to test and see how they fit against each other in a race situation. In terms of the layout, the head-to-head format in the qualifying makes it really hard to get to the final and once you make it to the final you’re sitting there against fifteen dudes that can kick your ass very, very easily.”