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Mar 13th, 2017

It’s dark and early. A glimmer of light begins to appear over the alps, exposing what should be a quiet corner of the West Coast. We’re huddled down with at least 1000 others at the edge of the South Island – anticipation for what’s ahead building. You can feel the nerves of other athletes – all here for different reasons but none with any idea of what’s in store.The Coast to Coast was a dream of mine, the ultimate mental test. Something to get completely out of the my comfort zone, experience something a bit different & to traverse from West to East across New Zealand’s ruggered South Island. The 243 km journey would take 2 days and encompass some beautiful bikes, a brutal mountain run & a stunning 70km paddle. Martina and I teamed up in the new tandem class – where we had to stay within 50m of each other throughout the race. The siren hooted & we started. Instantly we were engulfed in the competition – Our goal was completion, slow and steady to make sure we made it to Christchurch 2 da......

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May 3rd, 2016

The days slowly got shorter and a fresh bite could be felt in the early mornings. The signal was clear. It was time to head north for the winter. And so the journey to Rio began at the Air NZ counter loaded down with kayaks, paddles and tons of gear for the season ahead.I boarded the plane to Rio & was engulfed by a deep airplane induced sleep. It had been a fun but busy last few weeks in NZ. The new whitewater course WERO released it’s first flow of water, I launched the “Eat Like The Locals” athlete cookbook to raise the funds to get to Rio, school visits & getting officially named in the New Zealand Olympic Team for 2016. Arriving in Rio feels exciting. The vibe of the games is picking up through the city. Changes are happening, new buildings and roads are almost finished and the people are getting ready to welcome the world in a little over 3 months. Weaving our way through the chaos of a city that seemingly operates seamlessly without any co-ordination, just the continued flow the organized mayhe......

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www.mikedawson.co.nz
Apr 7th, 2016

Join my journey to the Rio OlympicsSupport me by purchasing a copy of my athlete cook book \"Eat Like The Locals\"www.supportmikedawson.comWhats the story?Since representing New Zealand at the 2012 Olympic Games in London I\'ve upped my game, built an incredible support team around me and proved I am a contender on the world stage. Over the past 4 years I have had incredible support from HPSNZ, but leading into Rio2016 I need your help.After the heats ofthe 2015 worldchampionships I was in first place out of 100 paddlers but in the next round I made an“ expensive”mistake and that threw me down the order from 1st to 28th. This meant I secured an Olympic spot but lost a large percentage of my funding. HighPerformance sport stillbelieves in me and have contributed to my Olympic year both financially and with theexpertise they provide, however Ifacea $40,000 shortfall to run a campaign that can get me onthe Olympic podium.I needYOUto joinMYjourney bybuying my amazing\"Eat Like the Locals\" cookboo......

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www.mikedawson.co.nz
Aug 26th, 2015

Boarding a plane and heading South I had a excitment burning, The dream tour of 2015 was continuing. I was fired up to get back onto the race circuit on two rad courses in the bottom half of Europe, but a few weeks of travel and training were taking there toll. So much fun and so many races and I could feel it in my arms.Pau is a fast and dynamic action packed course. It\'s fun, big surgy and full of goodtimes. It\'s a style I have come to like - with so much going on it\'s a race of adapting to the plan. Enjoying the whitewater, using it and the gates come secondary. Running the boat and enjoying the lines. I raced hard, searching for time, trying to attack the course and run tight lines. It flowed & was fun, but brutal mistakes killed this world cup campaign. A split second decision left me with a 50second penalty, and the search for the ultimate run was over. I was left with my pride wounded, wondering what could have been as I was left watching from the bank as others battled on a course I wanted to paddl......

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www.mikedawson.co.nz
Aug 1st, 2015

Slalom is an amazing sport. Dynamic fast and action packed. It’s the formula 1 of kayaking. Nipping and twisting around gates – battling time. The fastest to the finish.This harsh and competitive race against the clock is rewarding but draining. Sometimes the reason for paddling grabs you and drags you back to nature. Away from the artificial environment of slalom and out into the wild.It’s important to stay true to your roots and remember where you come from.This week I flew to a new destination.To Kerala National Park in the South western part of India to take part in the 3rdedition of the Malabar River Festival. A wild rugged place with incredible culture.A feeling of fire and stoke engulfed me when I boarded yet another flight. I was apprehensive to leave the slalom boat and take a break – almost like an addiction that needed to be fed. My objective for the week was to enjoy a culture I’d never experienced. Be stoked and enjoy a race and event in a place that so many want to be. Just en......

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Jul 11th, 2015

Liptoskvy is beautiful. It\'s amajesticcourse surrounded by green grass and high mountains. A pretty amazing place to visit.On the water it is a small and nippy tricky technical place with power behind the waterin a few places despite there only being 9 cm3.The atmosphere was great. The last race in a series of 3 world cups. I sat back and observed the environment - some race the world cup to win to beat the others at all costs. A race against the clock. While others are enjoying the atmosphere, the moment, the course and the environment. For others\' it\'s the final chance to put down a performance, make a semi or get the gates.Slalom is a beautiful sport as it allows both. Some athletes are searching for their first semi-final while others racings for another gold medal. The evolution of an athlete is a pretty amazing process to watch. It’s nice.For me, Liptoskvy was about being stoked. Being stoked with where I was. An amazing place in the heart of Slovakia. Being stoked with the river the training the......

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www.mikedawson.co.nz
Jun 30th, 2015

The chaotic environment of an airport creates a sense of excitement - a new destination or revisiting an old one. This time we were off to Norway - the promised land of kayaking. Our mecca.It was a short trip during a week off from chasing gates and lapping slalom courses. A break from the artificial world of slalom courses. While the rest of the World Cup circuit headed North to Poland we headed to endless daylight. A overnight train took us from Olso across the mountains and through fiords to Voss. The extreme sport weekwas kicking into action as extreme sports athletes from all around the globe descended into this quaint quiet mountain town to compete against eachother in the most extreme of environments.The Ekstremsportveko is one the largest sport and music festivals of its kind. A combination of extreme sports, music, and the stunning surroundings of Western Norway. Every year it attracts hundreds of top national and international athletes, as well as devoted fans.With only seventy-two hours on the ......

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www.mikedawson.co.nz
Jun 29th, 2015

In 2015 I made Prague my base for the season – This means the Prague World Cup was as close to a home race that we kiwi\'s can get in Europe.RACE VIDEOhttps://www.facebook.com/dawsonmj/videos/840915339322360/The 2015 International season kicked off with a blast this weekend in Prague. The first World Cup of 2015 was hosted on the channel just 15 minutes from the center of Prague.This Eastern European country has a strong canoe slalom following making it one of the best venues to compete at. A lot of people line the banks and fill the grandstands cheering on their local heros.The morning of the race was cool and clear. A chill in the air, with the sky threatening rain. Sun burnt through the cloud slowly heating the competition. The course is formed by the side flow of the mighty Vltava River around a small hydro dam. Above flat water stretches for miles. This morning it was crowded with the colorful dots of creatively designed race boats. Washes of kayaks formed trails in all directions as each individua......

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Jun 18th, 2015

The riverside cross is a new creation to bring Slalom to the city centre. It\'s first edition kicked off in Prague in 2014, now we were back for round 2.Prague is a vibrant energetic city. The Vltava River it\'s centre piece with a historic backdrop. These combined to create the perfect location for this event. This unique format of racing saw 16 kayakers in town for the World Cup racing head to head in a fast paced event.We started off in our slalom boats from a 3.5m ramp, racing head to head through a sequence of gates, shooting 5 bi-athalon targets before racing back to the finish line.Super chill atmosphere, hanging around on the edge of the river in the centre of Prague. Very amazing way to spend an evening. Thanks to Vavra Hradilek & his team for putting this bandit race together.Event websiteResultsK1 - M1. Mike Dawson2. Jiří Prskavec 3. Pedro Henrique Goncalves C1 - M1. Tomáš Rak2. Jan Mašek3. Sideris Tasiadis K1 - Ž1. Jessica Fox2. Ricarda Funk3. Ana Sátila VIP1. David Svoboda2. Tomáš Kraus3......

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www.mikedawson.co.nz
Jun 2nd, 2015

When you think of a slalom course, a picture of small controlled easy whitewater in an urban setting enters your mind. This is not the case with Trnvka - the home of the Czech Boater Cross Championships this past weekend.T-XtremeGoPro from the Trnvka Creek Race in Czech Republic. This is an epic race course. Not to dangerous but pretty dam fun!Posted by Mike Dawson on Monday, June 1, 2015This gem of a whitewater course is located just 1hour to the South East of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. A winding road leads you away from the infamous Brno - Prague highway into the small hills, through traditional quaint Czech Villages, past big farms houses and through tree laden valleys. It\'s a completely different world.When you get that feeling that you are lost - it emerges. A dry riverbed below a bridge signals that we\'re close, as well as the kayak laden cars in this totally rural setting. With over 14meters of gradient it\'s continuous, fast and at times hard to control. The flow is sourced ......

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