In a week's time, the first Czech Cup race will start in white water rafting. Fights for the national team jersey in three age categories will also break out with him. For many competitors, the Senior World Championships is the highlight of the season, which will take place in Treignac, France. The juniors and U23 representatives will have the European Championship, which will take place in Bosnia and Hercagovina.
Po dvou letech plných restrikcí, omezenému kontaktu a rušení plánovaných jarních závodů se vše vrací do normálu. Termínová listina pro rok 2022 byla schválená a v brzké době opět vypuknou boje na domácím poli.
This year, the rules that previously defined the wildwater boat with two basic parameters have changed. With the introduction of the new rule, one of the parameters that previously bore the typical features of a wildwater boat was canceled. The new restriction only monitors the maximum length, not the width. In previous years, the minimum width was set at 60 cm (K1), 70 cm (C1), 80 cm (C2).
How do kayakers prepare during the winter months, when there are no races and the conditions for training on the water are not always completely optimal? One would say that there is a kind of dead time in the year-round preparation. However, reality is the opposite of this assumption.
The Krumlovský vodácký maraton took place in the second weekend of October. This year, the marathon celebrated its adulthood for the second time. Last year, due to a pandemic, this spectacular event was canceled and the eighteenth year could take place very intently. This year we remained stronger and the largest boating marathon in Europe could take place again.
The Bratislava course tested the world's most successful competitors. After two years, the world championships of two water disciplines (slalom and wildwater sprint) took place again. The busy program of the championship started the team race. The next day, sprinters entered the qualifying fights. Saturday's final decided the new champions.
Light. Stability. Manageability. Strength. Ecology. In a word, Greta.
Adam Satke, Martina Satková and Gabriela Satková. Who wouldn't know them? Three resounding names that almost every racer knows. Although they grew up together in Brno, their paths parted ways. Although everyone trains in a different city, they are still united by a passion for canoeing, discipline and determination. At the moment, all three have met at the championship in Bratislava, where they will represent the Czech colors.
The Czech Republic Sprint Championship closed the Czech Cup in wild water. In the first weekend of September (04. – 05.09) several decisive races took place. On Saturday, there was a fight for championship titles in the team race, Sunday belonged to individual fights. Sunday's race decided on the new champions of the republic, on the overall ranking of the Czech Cup and also on the nomination for the upcoming world championship, which will take place at the end of September in Bratislava. The race also included the European Cup, which was attended by a total of seven countries
Nové mistry České republiky v dlouhém sjezdu proškolila divoká řeka Vltava. Pod lipenskou přehradou, která se pouští jen jednou ročně, proběhl sedmý Český Pohár a zároveň mistrovský šampionát ve sjezdu na divoké vodě. Novopečeným mistrem na singlkanoi se stal Ondřej Rolenc. Mezi kajakářkami zazářila Zuzana Dziadková. Po třetí v řadě obhájil dres šampiona Adam Satke. Mezi ženami, tentokrát na singlkanoi dominovala Marie Němcová a pro čtvrté vítězství v této disciplíně si dojela posádka Daniela Suchánka a Ondřeje Rolence na deblkanoi.
The European wildwater Championships kicked off on Wednesday 25 August. Competitors from the juniors and U23 took part in the start of the championship. A total of seventeen European countries are taking part in the race. The majority countries in this sport, such as the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Italy, are among the absolute world leaders. The Czech team has a total of thirty-four representatives.
The team sprint closed the European Championship in Saber, Spain. The second half of the championship took place on the spritn channel. On Friday (13.08) were the first and second qualifying races in all categories. The next day (14.08) the finals took place in the morning and at the end the team race took place.
France. A state that educates many successful kayakers who are among the absolute world leaders. For us, French racers are rivals on the water and friends in normal life. We always have something to learn from each other. Top competitors pay attention to the choice of boat. Our task is to meet the requirements of the competitor, meet his expectations and create a long-lasting relationship. Divergence dominates the Kick The Waves team.
Four resounding names form a kayak national quartet. Luca Barone, Maxance Barouh, Felix Bouvet and Paul Jean. Internationally renowned kayakers, as well as members of the Kick the Waves team, will stand together at the start of the upcoming European Championships.
"Nomination to the French was challenging. The complete composition was decided by two long and two sprint races. According to the results, a different team was built for the World Championships, the European Championships and the World Cups. It's complicated, but it makes sense, "describes Felix Bouvet.
Luca Barone is the youngest of four French kayakers. The 21-year-old competitor was among the best kayakers last year. In České Budějovice he was better than the reigning world champion, Nejc Žnidarčič. Since then, his successes have been growing. The premiere in the senior national team give the young man valuable experience. Luka will definitely try to establish himself among the excellent Slovenian competitors at the upcoming European Championships.
"This is my first time in the adult national team. It is great. I finally feel like I've achieved something. The qualification was demanding, "comments Luca Barone's nomination.
The international races began at the World Cup, which took place in July in Bosnia and Hercagovina. "I left the World Cup in Banja Luka very disappointed. I wasn't prepared enough. I didn't have everything well in my head, and that affected my result. I'm stronger right now. My preparation was demanding. Now I just have to capitalize on it. I focus a little more on sprinting. I don't like long distances so much. I need a fast and aggressive river. I'm good at that, "comments Luca Barone.
"The whole Kick The Waves company radiates incredible power, which is also reflected in the construction of their ships. My TONGA is strong and fast. I need that, and that is why I will continue to prefer it, "adds the youngest rider of the national team.
Paul Jean. A talented French representative who ranks among the world's best. In recent years, he raced on flat water. At the turn of this year, he decided to make a change. "I missed the rivers. I missed the adrenaline you can't get on flat water. Feeling water and understanding it is the meaning of our sport. I like the length of the classic races. That's why I want to race on wild water again, "explains Paul Jean.
Kayaker Paul Jean won the title of French champion three weeks ago. The weekend after, he became the winner of the first world cup in Bosnian Banja Luka. He entered this season in incredible form.
"After the French championship, I caught a covid, which did not help me much in preparing for the upcoming European Championships. I feel much better at the moment. My goal is to do my best. I want to be satisfied with the finish line and say that I did a good job, ”adds Paul Jean.
Paul was the first of the four current representatives to race on our boats. “I have Kick The Waves boats since I started. Representative colleagues did not start on these ships. I do. I never raced on another type of boat because I was satisfied and I didn't need a change, "adds Paul Jean.
Another competitor at the start of the European Championships will be Felix Bouvet. A Frenchman who dominates in the long distance and in the sprint. He is able to concentrate on his performance and his result exceeds all expectations. He prefers the WAKATWO model over his colleagues.
“Design and construction was the initial impetus for choosing Kick The Waves boat. At first glance, these boats are nice. I'm really happy with them. Although I would need a slight change in volume, the Wakatwo is the best boat for me, ”says another member of our team, Felix Bouvet.
"I did not succeed in the sprint nomination, so I will race only at the European Championships in Sabero, Spain. I consider this championship to be the peak of my season and I would like to be in the game for medal placements - in the sprint and in the long distance, "describes Felix Bouvet.
Maxence Barouh and his vision of this season? Find out in the next article!