14 April 2012

Myllykoski Bigwater Festival

April 2012

People who like wild water kayaking are spoiled in Southern Finland this weekend. Today, Saturday (14-Apr), there's a invitation competition called Myllykoski Bigwater Festival (MBF). It took place on Myllykoski rapids on Vantaa River in Nurmijarvi municipal.

Tomorrow, Sunday, there's another wild water festival called iceBREAK. It'll take place on Vanhakaupunki rapids on Vantaa River in Helsinki.

Went to Myllykoski to see MBF. Cloudy and some light rain wasn't inspiring. Noticed first that all ice was gone from the river. However, seeing some kayaking colleagues there, and especially seeing and hearing rapids with full of running water brought the spirit. Heartbeat raised when kayakers started to run through rapids. Cool!  Btw, these rapids are a bit too demanding to my skills, at least at this time of the year as stoppers looked killers.

About competition. Each one had three attempts from where two fastest were accumulated. Winners in this  years competition were Paula Suurseppa and Jussi Tanskanen. Congratulations! Thanks to all competitors as you entertained us and we had good time there.

And special Thanks to local young Scouts who prepared delicious crepes with jam (muurinpohjalettuja in Finnish)!

Some snapshots

Competition Poster

Ladies Winner

Mens Winner

Enough is enough

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