Keep reading – through the week of July 18th to 22nd, the Malabar River Festival came back to Kerala, Asia with among the cash prizes that are biggest in whitewater kayaking on the planet.

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Kayaking’s Elite go back to Asia in the Malabar River Festival


Brooke Hess

A $20,000 bag attracted a number of the world’s well kayakers into the area for the epic week fighting it away on several of India’s most readily useful whitewater.

The events that are kayaking Malabar River Festival were held regarding the Kuttiyadi River, Chalippuzha River, as well as the Iruvajippuzha River, in Southern Asia from the Malabar Coast. The event ended up being created and arranged by Manik Taneja and Jacopo Nordera of GoodWave Adventures, the very first whitewater kayaking college in Southern Asia.

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“Look away for these dudes as time goes on because there are a few future movie stars here”

One of many objectives of this event is always to promote whitewater kayaking in their state of Kerala and encourage locals to get involved with the activity. One of several function organizers, Vaijayanthi Bhat, seems that the festival plays a part that is large marketing the activity in the community. “The kayak community is gathering through the Malabar Festival. A serious few folks are picking right on up kayaking… It starts with people viewing the big event and having wondering. GoodWave Adventures are teaching the locals.”

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Vaijayanthi just isn’t lying whenever she claims the kayak community is just starting to establish. This year’s Malabar Festival hosted an intermediate competition specifically designed for local kayakers in addition to the pro category. The competition that is intermediate a huge turnout of 22 rivals within the men’s category and 9 rivals when you look at the women’s category. Perhaps the expert kayakers whom traveled around the globe to compete in the event had been impressed aided by the skill shown by the regional kayakers. Mike Dawson of the latest Zealand, as well as the champion for the men’s competition that is pro absolutely nothing but good stuff to state concerning the regional kayakers. “i’ve therefore respect that is much your local kayakers. I happened to be stoked to see huge improvements from all of these dudes in 2015 since I met them. It absolutely was cool to see them ripping within the rivers and in addition simply attempting to spend time and get as much questions regarding just how to boost their paddling. It absolutely was awesome to view them rushing and making it through the rounds. Consider this option later on since there are a few stars that are future.”

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“It ended up being awesome so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake” because you had such a great field of racers

Vaijayanthi states the event has future objectives to be known as a global globe championship. To do this, they should attract first class kayakers to your occasion. With names like Dane Jackson, Nouria Newman, Nicole Mansfield, Mike Dawson, and Gerd Serrasolses being released for the professional competition, it currently appears like they are doing a great task of working toward that goal! The competition that is pro made up of four various kayaking events- boatercross, freestyle, slalom, and a superfinal competition down a technical fast. “The Finals for the extreme race held regarding the Malabar Express ended up being the favourite occasion for me personally. It absolutely was an epic quick to race down. 90 moments of constant whitewater having a decent movement. It absolutely was awesome as you had such an excellent industry of racers which means you had to push it and stay in your game without making an error.” states Dawson.

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The impressive level of reward money wasn’t the thing that is only lured these big title kayakers to Kerala for the event. Most of the kayakers have actually remained in Southern Asia following the occasion finished to explore the streams in your community. The possibilities for exploratory kayaking are seemingly endless with numerous unexplored jungle rivers. Dawson understands the nature that is exploratory of area well. “I’ve gone to the Malabar River Fest in 2015. I adored it then, and that’s why I’ve been therefore keen to return. Kerala is definitely a region that is amazing kayaking. Within the rainy season there clearly was therefore water that is much and due to the fact state has a great deal of hills near to the ocean this means that there’s a whole lot of checking out and parts which can be around. It’s a unique sorts of paddling, aided by the streams using you through some actually terrain that is jungly inaccessible. Looking towards returning to Kerala and in addition checking out the other parts of Asia in the foreseeable future.”