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13
Aug

Voss Extreme Sports Week (Veko)

After a short season last year with an injured shoulder and lots of physio and training during the winter I was really eager to get back up to Voss, Norway for the extreme sports week nown as Veko.

Ekstremsportveko is the largest sport and music festival of its kind, and is hosted every year in Voss, Western Norway. veko hosts competitions in kayaking, rafting, mtb-bmx, skateboarding, skydiving, paragliding, hanggliding, multisport, freeride, big air, climbing, BASE and longboarding. For one whole week national and international athletes compete and challenge themselves in the elements. This year was the 15th anniversary of Veko and it shows in the growth.

I met up with the Pyranha team van and UK team athlete Paula Volkmer ready for the week ahead. Water levels were on a low to medium level so the usual classics were in order. Raundalselve, Jordalselve, Brandseth, Myrkdalan (which was high), Strandaelve, Basically the hit list for anyone visiting Voss, and of cause when visiting Voss you have to run Money Falls.

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Looking into Money drop

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Per on the now classic Money Drop

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Paula in the bottom of Money Drop after a clean run.

One of the cool competitions at Veko is the ever growing popular Hogi-ned race which is a multi sports event comprissing of 3 disciplines. The first leg is downhill skiing then DH mountainbiking with a kayak section to finish. Due to snow conditions (or lack of snow!) the ski section was cancelled which left my team mate Christopher Hammersland and myself to do the biking and kayaking. The competition was fierce with teams having lots of mishaps but everyone had a good race and the atmosphere was great.

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Hogi Ned competition

Again Voss delivered the goods and left us all looking forward to next year.

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Typical scenery in Voss.

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Small drop on Jordalselve.