In an absolute dream run, New Zealand’s own Lisa Carrington simply smashed every race she entered. Proving herself to be the strongest and most consistent kayaker around, Lisa won five gold medals in both the 200m and 500m K1 Senior Women divisions. Post-race she was typically modest and seems focussed on training for the future – the World Champs in Italy in August – her opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.
The competition was Lisa’s first major outing in the new Nelo K1 Cinco. When we spoke to her before the event, Lisa was looking forward to testing it in a serious racing environment.
"The Cinco responds differently – it wants to go forward instead of going sideways. It rocks less and propels forwards. At a good speed it sits on top of the water. I need to be aware and have confidence in where the boat moves."
Well Lisa, it certainly moved – and fast. A real inspiration to watch.
Despite being the first major competition since its launch, new Nelo K1 Cinco was very popular amongst K1 athletes at the World Cup.
Both Lisa Carrington and Max Hoff demonstrated an aggressive paddling style that made the most of the Cinco's quick acceleration from a standing start. Max helped to design his Jantex Rio paddle with the same aim of increased stability from the first pull. Lisa stuck with her favourite Jantex Gamma Paddle. Clearly the Nelo K1 Cinco and Jantex Paddle combination was unbeatable.
As the exclusive NZ distributor of both Nelo and Jantex, we could not be prouder of the results. To talk about how Nelo and Jantex can improve your times, give Terry a call on 021 074 8485.
See Lisa’s amazing performance in the K1 Senior Women’s 500m A Final at Copenhagen (from about 1:30)
Check out this interview with Lisa after her victory in the 500m
Want to know more about competitive kayaking? Here are some of our favourite sites.
NZ Canoe Racing Website New Zealand’s Canoe and Kayak Association, with what's happening around NZ and the world
NZ Canoe Racing Facebook Page Really good posts and links to other paddling stories in the media.
Planet Canoe Facebook Page Links to the live streams and excellent photos of current competitions
International Canoe Federation Website Calendar of all the main events on the International Canoe and Kayaking Circuits
Nelo NZ website Take a closer look at the Nelo Cinco and other Nelo Boats used by the NZ Kayaking Team.
ipaddle is the exclusive NZ distributor of Nelo Kayaks
Winning World Cup Deal: Order any Nelo Kayak and score a FREE kayak bag worth up to $400.
Jantex Website Check out the paddles the team uses.
ipaddle is the exclusive NZ distributor: buy Jantex paddles here
Lisa Carrington Links
Max Hoff Links
Max Hoff Website (in German)