Claire O'Hara, Austria - As part of our Europe tour we were invited to test out the new kayak ramp at Area 47, an ultimate adventure and extreme sports centre in the heart of Austria. Area 47 has been a base for people to come and take part in many extreme and adventure sports for the last few years and now hosts a 45 foot high, custom built, kayak ramp amidst its impressive water park.
We spent 3 days playing on the ramp trying to master the bounce and figure out its potential to get big moves. Den dialled it in quickly getting some massive air screws and pan ams from day one. I took a little longer to get used to the timing and technique getting some massive wipe outs and big air bounces, distracted by the excitement of just flying down the ramp at such speeds. By the end of the last session I finally had it dialled and it was amazing being able to throw air moves left and right, front and back without having to have the perfect levels on the perfect wave. The ramp was exhausting with a 45 foot vertical climb back to the top for every ride, but so much fun.