Malabar River Festival 2016: And Here Are The Winners!

White Water Kayaking is still a recreational sport in India. To make it interesting and more adventurous, the Malabar River Festival in Kerala calls in many paddlers to Iruvanjhipuzha and Chalipuzha Rivers to compete with each other. Termed as Asia’s Biggest Kayaking festival, this year the extreme adventure competition in God’s Own Country had events for Kayakers of all levels. A fun event held on 29-31st July had some quirky titles for it winners like ‘The Rapid Rajah’ and ‘The Rapid Rani’ who were the paddlers that won the Super Finals.  

Malabar River Festival 2016
Malabar River Festival 2016

This one hell of a crazy Kayaking competition came to an end with the winning Kayakers having a fun elephant ride.

Here’s a list of all the winners at Malabar River Festival:

Slalom (Expert Category)

1. Callum Strong (UK)

Callum Strong
Callum Strong

2. Rishi Rana (India)

 

Rishi Rana
Rishi Rana

3.  Joe Rea-Dickins (UK)

Joe Rea-Dickins
Joe Rea-Dickins

 

Boater Cross (Expert Category)

1. Callum Strong (UK)

2.Rishi Rana (India)

3. Micheal Waddington (UK)

 

Downriver Time Trials (Expert Category)

1. Callum Strong (UK)

2. James Edward Smith (UK)

James Edward Smith
James Edward Smith

3. Rishi Rana(India)

Under-18 (Expert)

1.Neeraj Singh Mehra

Neeraj Singh Mehra
Neeraj Singh Mehra

2.Ayyappan Shyam

 

Ayyappan Shyam
Ayyappan Shyam

Indian Subcontinent Best Paddlers

1. Rishi Rana

2. Sanjay Rana Bhoota

Sanjay Rana Bhoota

3. Balam Singh Rana

Balam Singh Rana
Balam Singh Rana

4. Narendra Singh / Naveen Shetty

Narendra Singh
Narendra Singh
Naveen Shetty
Naveen Shetty

Intermediate Category

1. Nishtul Jose

2. Ishan Byotra

Ishan Byotra
Ishan Byotra

3. Nidhin Das

Nidhin Das
Nidhin Das

Best Female Paddler (Indian)

Reshmi Ramesh

Best Female Paddlers (Expert Category)

1. Beth Morgan

Beth Morgan
Beth Morgan

2. Sarah Waddington

3. Louise Clutton

Louise Clutton
Louise Clutton

 

Rapid Rani : Beth Morgan

Rapid Rajah : Joe Rea-Dickins

Rapid Rani : Beth Morgan Rapid Rajah : Joe Rea-Dickins
Rapid Rani : Beth Morgan
Rapid Rajah : Joe Rea-Dickins

 

A Hearty congratulations to all these winners! Keep Winning, Keep Kayaking!

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