Head to head
A big crowd had showed up for the Head2Head Kayak Race in Strandaelva. With music pumping from the speakers, the BBQ fired up and eager paddlers ready to race, it was all set for an amusing day in the river.
Even if kayaking is a rather wet sport it was nice to finally experience a kayak competition in bright sunshine. As happy as we are about the impeccable conditions on land, it was even more important that the water conditions were perfect. And this time both seemed to be close to perfect!
In the Head2Head Competition the kayakers compete four by four, meaning that four paddlers start at the same time. And as you might have guessed, the first one to cross the finish line a few hundred meters down the river is the winner of that heat.
In this competition, getting a good start is important, as it enables the paddlers to get the best position in the river. The fights for this position definitely gave the audience value for money, as the paddlers showed no mercy.
Yet nothing is determined until the race is over. Difficult sections and obstacles in the river can change the positions completely, which is exactly why this is a very spectator friendly competition.
- Today’s Head2Head Competition concluded this year´s VEKO for the kayakers in a great way. Excellent water conditions in Strandaelva, good performances by the paddlers and of course the nice weather all contributed to a successful race, says a very happy Svein Erik Klette, Head of kayaking.
See the results from the Head2Head Competition here.