Roman Dubsky ( team Adidas ) and me in Ta3 news today !
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Uganda was a great start to the new season. When went home we spent just one week there and than we went to the Hight Tatras ( SVK ) to make a new Adidas movie called “ALL INN TATRY BEZ LIMITOV”. It was kind of hard from 33 °C to -15 °C where we spent all day behind the cameras. The OUTDOOR gear from Adidas is super cool it really worked well and kept us dry and warm, what was really important was not to get sick.
We met the Slovakian Adidas team and it was awesome how similar the outdoor athletes are. We had lot of fun by making this movie and we made some really good friends. I was also really excited about the cinema production because I have never worked with such a big team of people and professional equipment. Every camera had three people to operate. The premiere of the movie will be at the biggest film festival in Slovakia called 'Hory a mesto'http://www.horyamesto.sk/.
Here is the link for the movie site.
I can't wait to see it on the premiere!
Also, we will present our movie 'White water river of Norway' there.
Olaf and few other adidas athletes will make sure the multimedia show is perfect and then we can take a tour of the Bratislava pubs afterwords.
After the shoot we had a week off to have some rest after Uganda and Tatry.
We have already spent the weekends in our kayaks for the last two weeks eventhough the weather still isn't that comfortable for kayaking and the water is freezing cold, but we have to get ready for the season as best as we can. So we decided to start in Graz because it is the closest spot for us and the weather has been best there.
The spot is nice and there is a wave in the middle and hole on the side, so after some under water moves when our heads are freezing there is an option to get warmer in the middle wave :)
I was really surprised because every season the start is kind of difficult, but this time with the new boat I felt like I hadn't lost any skill, but could even improve them! Also Nina was awesome, she wasn't struggling at all, almost from the start she started to try and also do combos like 'loop to splitwheel' or 'slipwheel to phoenix monkey' which is really sick. I think she already is even better than she was last season and we have hardly started yet.
So check out some pictures and video.
Saturday, 3 March 2012
We often spend winter in Uganda. This year it was our sixth time here. We feel almost at home here so there is not much that can surprise us. We started our journey in the beginning of January. It was the right time for us to leave cold Slovakia and go somewhere warm. We were really looking forward to this because Peter and me just got the new vajda boats and we wanted to try them out. The aim for this year is to not overtrain and to not get sick. Last year we had some troubles and were really thinking not to go but then we decided that we had to do some paddling in Uganda.
Luckily, this year everything went alright. We had quite high water in comparison to previous years. 'The Club' wave wasn’t working but 'Nile Special' was running without the rope. Even 'Malalu' wave was running almost every evening.
We stayed all of the time in 'Hairy Lemon'. This campsite has come through many changes during the last years and now it is very good. We enjoyed the meals here and even the new natural swimming pool. To stay in Uganda is not only about kayaking as much as you can but it is also about relaxing. You don't need to take care of anything. Peter was celebrating his birthday there. We went to Jinja and spent an awesome day at Jinja Nile resort, where they have a beautiful swimming pool with the bar in the pool. We also went to the local village and our Ugandan friend and kayaker Chaga showed us his house and family. It was very nice to see this from the view of the local people. We have known Chaga for many years now. We've seen his progress in kayaking and brought him some presents from Slovakia. He was really happy when he got a paddle from us but I think the biggest pleasure we made him were the clothes that we brought. It was very funny to see him to wear beanies but for them it is very cool to wear them even if it is 40 degrees outside. This year we didn’t travel there with our slovak friends, like we used to do, but it doesn’t matter. We meet many kayaking friends from all around the world. We even met our team mate Gerd. We had a really nice time there and it was very hard to go back home. I already miss our friends, the perfect hot weather, the awesome waves and tasty food. Now I know I will travel there again next year.