Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kayaker Katya Kullova in action

The World Freestyle KayakChampionships are running this week in Germany.  This week's blog-posts are dedicated to the crazy women who run rivers, and love the white water.

Russian Katya Kullova started in her first kayak about eight years ago, when she got tired of rafting on dangerous equipment. Far from being the built-up sport it is in many European countries, Kullova says the sport is really only starting in Russia now. In an interview a few months ago, she said: "We went in one year from two kayakers in our city to like 20-25 people. Gear was difficult to get. We could get if from Moscow or St. Petersburg, but it took like 6 months. The first boat I got, I didn’t know what to order, so I just got a riot booster without knowing anything. I had no idea what I was getting. There was no one around to give me advice."

This video was shot on the White Nile river in Uganda - a kayaking mecca.

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