Photos from the 2011 race by Kuba Suchy

The Association of Whitewater Professionals’ growing six-stage Whitewater World Series makes its second European stop this weekend at the Hiko Devils Extreme Race 2012. You can check out the event site HERE, but we went to organizer Jakub Nemec to get the lowdown on this grassroots race event entering its sixth year. This year’s race is getting both a huge dam-released flow boost from the Czech Republic’s Lipno Dam, as well as an injection of top-level talent with athletes hoping to earn points toward a series title in Saturday’s race. Read more on the Series HERE, and click HERE to read about Stage 3 in Voss, Norway. Stay tuned to for live coverage, and check the AWP World Series Facebook page for updated series standings.

Canoe & Kayak: What exactly is the Devils Extreme race?
Jakub Nemec: This year – Hiko Devils Extreme Race has been around for six years. There is extreme slalom qualifier long sprints for the main race and then we have a team race and kayak-cross, so there is a lot. This year we are fourth stage of the AWP World Series, and for a third year we are holding status of European Open too.

Is it a festival then, like Voss or Teva Mountain Games?
Not really. It’s located in Loucovice, Czech Republic, and with the big starting ramp, and plenty of people who race or just kayak for fun hang out, so it has a lot of festival feeling also.

What is the river section like?
It’s great fun Class III+ with a steeper section of Class IV-V in the bottom section.

What is the creek-racing scene like in the Czech Republic?
It’s actually really big. We don’t have all-year kayaking, but people kayak more than anywhere else I feel like. We have a strong slalom kayakers, creekers who travel for kayaking all year, and just people who go hard and do really well off the couch.

What does inclusion in the AWP Whitewater World Series mean?
We are hoping for more competition, but most definitely we are hoping for more media to look at our event, and it’s a great promotion for our race to be part of AWP World Series.

Who are you most excited to see race?
Vavra Hradilek, Sam Sutton, Willz Martin, [2011 winner] Mike Dawson, Hozna Lasko, Eric DeGuil, and many more.

Czech yourself before your wreck yourself. You may not understand the commentary, but the boating speaks for itself: