Video: King of the Alps

90 European paddlers battle for the crown

Seeking the title “King of the Alps,” 90 paddlers chased each other down a Tyrolian river near the Italy-Austria border in June. Aerial drone footage shows the impressive spectacle as hordes of kayakers battle each other in a head-to-head race for the crown.

Riding the early summer snowmelt, racers tested their mettle in a 6.5-kilometer mass start prelim. After quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, five finalists emerged to compete in the timed sprint down a section of Class V whitewater. The final time trial course was intense and technical and, in the end, Daniel Klotzner took home the men’s victory, and Pája Zasterova was crowned queen.

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