Extreme racing

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Extreme racing involves paddling a kayak down a section of hard whitewater. The rivers used for this activity are typically class V and involve waterfalls and dangerous rapids. Races may involve mass-starts or individual timed runs.

Dan Hall and Rob Parker in the Lea Extreme Race

By comparison, whitewater racing involves racing specialised canoes or kayaks down grade II[which?] to IV[which?] rivers. Whitewater racing boats would be unsuitable for rivers used in extreme races and thus are beyond the ability of the majority of whitewater kayakers.

Extreme races are often run as part of whitewater kayaking events. For example, the Ulla Extreme Race is part of the Sjoa Kayak Festival in Norway.

Extreme races are held on the River Nevis in Scotland,[1] the River Ulla in Norway, Russell Fork river in the United States and the Lea River in Australia, among others.

It first originated in the wetlands of New Zealand by extreme racer Hans Meimbam.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Scottish Canoe Association; Bridget Thomas (2004). Scottish White Water: The SCA Official Guidebook. Pedsa Press. pp. 116–118. ISBN 0954706110. Retrieved 3 November 2013.