Pilsen Freestyle


This weekend I hopped over to Czech to a small spot in the city of Pilzen for a fun, relaxed, freestyle competition.

It was really good to go to a competition and it have such a good atmosphere around it, friendly people and good weather!

The hole itself was very unusual and quite difficult to set up it, the Czech paddlers definitely have had to learn some unusual techniques to paddle here so it took quite a while for the paddlers who hadn’t been here before to get the hang of how to throw moves here at all 😉

The event was more about socialising, (the punk music was a bit dubious though), playing around in the hole, pushing each other on and paddling for the fun of it. That said in the finals the gloves came off as we all had a good fight to the finish.

I thought either myself or Martin Koll won with Jan spindler somewhere near also.  In such a tricky spot its hard to tell what the judges think, so we were all waiting hard to see the scores as it was always going to be close.

This time Jan Spindler won, Martin 2nd & me 3rd. Congrats to Jan!

Here is a short not very edited, selection of the best moves from the finals:





Thank you to all the paddlers, locals and organisers for putting on such a good event and making me feel so welcome to Czech!

Next event is the Lienz rodeo in Austria on the 8th of June, more from me then.





About James Bebbington

2011 ICF World Freestyle Kayak Champion & 2011 ICF World Cup Freestyle Kayak Champion Passionate about Kayaking, Travel, Nature, Dreams, Raw Food & the Beauty of Life. Don't give up on your dreams, listen to your heart!
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