Kiwi Sam Sutton Repeats at Adidas Sickline

Fast-times all around as Kiwis finish 1-2 and Sutton sets new course record in Austria

Sam Sutton on course at the Adidas Sickline Championship in Austria Friday and Saturday. Photo: adidas-sickline.com

From the Adidas Sickline — OETZ, Austria — Sam Sutton from Rotorua in New Zealand impressively demonstrated Saturday that he is still the fastest extreme paddler in the world. At the fifth edition of the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship in Tirol’s Ötztal Valley, the 23-year-old Sutton defended his title with a new course record of 55.84 seconds, undercutting the record he set in 2010 by three seconds. Sutton’s compatriot Mike Dawson claimed silver (58.00) with German Paul Böckelmann (58.03) in third—and the rest of the top eight finishers coming in under 59 seconds.

Over 140 of the world’s best whitewater, slalom and freestyle paddlers from no less than 26 different countries met Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, in the picturesque town of Oetz to compete for world championship honors on the legendary Wellerbrücke rapids, a section of the glacier-fed Ötztaler Ache River that is considered to be one of the most difficult whitewater sections on the planet.

That’s the short report—see the rest of it here ». Meantime, if you missed the live webcast over the weekend, well, no worries, mate, because you can watch the Kiwi domination of the superfinal round on re-broadcast, right here, right now. Provided you’ve got 62 minutes or so. Note: race action starts in at around 9 minutes on the video, and Isaac Levinson, who took 7th, was the lone American to make it to the superfinal round of the top 15 paddlers.

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