GBA 2 TEVA Lea Extreme Race 2010 from Adrian Kiernan on Vimeo.

Monday Morning Motivation - 2010 Teva Race. Judging by this sweet video from Adrian Kiernan the 2010 Teva Lea Race in Tasmania went off! A big turnout from all over the world, good water levels, and massive industry support from Teva and Kayak4play. Maybe you'll make the journey next year.

Kayaking the Nevis from Pete Simpson on Vimeo.

Spring snowmelt has officially started and we've already heard of one crew that has snuck a run down Central Otago's classic Nevis River.

This video was put together by NZ Pyranha Importer Pete Simpson a few years ago for the hearings to protect extend the Kawarau Water Conservation Order to include the Nevis River. Whitewater New Zealand and Central Otago Whitewater alongside several other environmental organisations presented cases to an independent tribunal. While there was initial success, there has now been an appealed lodged by Pioneer Generation.

We'll keep you updated online and in Cumec Magazine as to progress with this battle to protect our free flowing wild rivers.

Here we have the 'People's Choice' winner from the 2010 Bliss-Stick Kayak Festival Film competition. The final decision was between Matt Woodalls film of local boating by the Otago Polytechnic and University crews, to this clip put together by Jordy Searle of his California season this year. Huge thanks to everyone who sent in films. Enjoy this video and stay tuned for a heap of updates from BlissFest, Women on Whitewater, Adidas Sickline and the International Kanumesse.

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To keep this week's Monday Morning Motivation topical we've found a couple of the original videos from the BlissFest events in Dunedin. Bliss Fest 2010 is on this weekend, so come along if you're in the South Island. If you can't make it it then stay tuned for photos, videos, and results from BlissFest 2010 early next week.

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The Teva Mountain Games are one of the biggest international extreme races in the World, and for the last two years Kiwi's have dominated the results in the steep creek race. Sam Sutton and several other top international paddlers teamed up with GoPro head cameras to make this quick flick about the the 2010 race. Keep an eye out for several other Kiwi paddlers in the background; including Nikki Kelly, Mike Dawson and Louise Jull.

 

Get motivated this week by watching the two fastest female slalom paddlers in the World. Yesterday Corinna Kuhnle (Austria) became the new World Champion and Jana Dukatova (Slovakia) placed second. Sportscene TV was on hand at the the 2010 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships and made this head to head video of their final runs. We'll have a full-wrap of the New Zealand and Australian results later today.

Tatlow Creek, BC from Fred Norquist on Vimeo.

The weekend is over and you've got five days of study, work, school, left until you can get outside and on the water. While you are counting away the hours until the weekend we'll try and provide you some inspiration. This weeks Monday Morning Motivation video is American's Evan Garcia and Fred Norquist running British Columbia's Tatlow Creek. 

Earlier this year Irish paddler Ciaran Heurteau sat in the heart of the West Coast of New Zealand for twelve hours with a dislocated shoulder. During his wait for rescue he was inspired to give slalom kayaking, and whitewater marketing a facelift.
 
Teaming up with none-other than NZ's own Mike Dawson they've produced two videos about the Slalom World Cup and Slovak Open under the banner of 'Twelve Productions'. This introductory video has swept the internet over the last week, having received over 3000 views.
 
Has slalom just stepped out of the shadows as an exciting, vibrant, passionate, and compelling spectator sport? I think so. I'm looking forward to more videos from Twelve Productions, and seeing where Ciaran and Mike will take this project.
Earlier this year Red Bull paddler Ben Brown teamed up with the Red Bull Chronicles film crew to document a descent of the Nevis Bluff and Citreon Rapids on the Kawarau River down here in Central Otago. There are some great angles in this clip that show the Bluff in a different perspective to what you've probably seen before.
 
Ben has since been overseas exploring in Iceland and Northern Norway with Rush Sturges filming for his upcoming film 'Frontier'.