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Sick Hat Trick

New Zealand's Sam Sutton three-peats at Sickline championships

New Zealand’s Sam Sutton, 24, three-peated this weekend at the fifth annual Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship on Austria’s Ötztaler Ache River.

"It's a slalom Olympic year so everybody is extremely fast and it is probably the strongest field here, so it was quite hard,” Sutton said in the event’s recap HERE. (Click HERE to watch the broadcast in its entirety.)

Slovenia’s Dejan Kralj followed in second while New Zealand’s Mike Dawson took third on the short and steep course, while Austria’s Rosalyn Lawrence claimed the women’s title. Click HERE for full event results.

Atlanta’s Isaac Levinson, 23, notched the top North American finish in 10th, followed by Dane Jackson (28th) and Eric Jackson (30th).

After five of six World Series events, U.S. paddler Evan Garcia holds onto a slim half-point lead over New Zealand’s Willz Martin, while the prime Kiwi showing at Sickline vaulted Sutton and Dawson into the top 10 (Click HERE for complete results.) The stage is now set for a tight finish to the AWP Whitewater World Series at the Nov. 3 Green River Narrows Race.