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Athlete's Feedback


Read what the adidas Sickline competitors had to say about their final runs and their competition.

Aniol Serrasolses (ESP)
1st place adidas Sickline 2016

It’s such a an amazing moment for me to win this emblematic adidas Sickline World Championship, I’m very happy that life is giving me this opportunity to experience such a special moment. It’s very special to win this race the year after my brother Gerd claimed the victory, it’s great to be able to share this passion for kayak with him as well as this title.

Sam Sutton (NZL)
2nd place adidas Sickline 2016
3 times adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champion

The coolest part about adidas Sickline World Championship is that you get all kayakers from a variety of genres, you have like downriver paddlers, slalom paddlers, freestyle paddlers, extreme paddlers, just crazy kayakers like Aniol. Then you really put them on a challenging section of white water where you need to be fast so everybody’s assets are kind of balancing to see who has got the best overall skill level I would say. 

Dane Jackson (USA)
3rd place adidas Sickline 2016

I love coming to the adidas Sickline and I always wanted to be on the podium - it’s a great race and I’m just fired up to be on the podium this year and can’t wait for the next year.

It’s pretty wild to think that I was out after the second round when Hannes Aigner beat me in the head to head. Then I got to the final as one of the Lucky Losers, that was pretty awesome because it’s the second year in a row that happens, then to be able go into the finals and pull out a third place run makes me feel lucky for sure. 

Michele Ramazza (ITA)
9th place adidas Sickline 2016

I always like to come here to adidas Sickline and work hard. I have been here for like two weeks doing a huge number of runs to train. The water dropped quite a bit getting closer to the race so actually the conditions for the race were new for everybody. 

Mathieu Dumoulin (FRA)
13th place adidas Sickline 2016

adidas Sickline is a very intense competition, more than 25 countries and pretty much the best kayakers in the world. It’s very intense three days competition that finish with a big party, we’re all competitors but also all friends so it’s just a very good event - it’s as competitive as it is enjoyable.

Sandra Hyslop (GBR)
1st place adidas Sickline 2016

The best about this event is just having so many friends at the same place for one weekend. Obviously we travel a lot and I’ve got friends all over the world, but to have everyone coming together for a week that’s probably the best thing.

I came last year and had a bit of a nightmare in the final so this year is kind of a redemption year and more than anything I’m glad to have put down consistent lines, showing myself that I can make the lines under pressure, which is where I went wrong last year.

Martina Wegman (NED)
3rd place adidas Sickline 2016

First of all, being on top of that start ramp is pretty scary, to me it’s the scariest part of the whole run going down that steep slide. But I had a good start off the ramp, the first bit was alright I think until the TNT rapid were I got pushed to the left again where I wanted to go right, but I just had to go with it and try to find it back to the right. The Champions Killer was alright and then just the flat sprint to the finish is pretty tough, but I made it over the finish line.