Science & Environment

Battling the white dragon

Every two years, the world's elite freestyle kayakers gather at a chosen river and compete in a championship whitewater rodeo. In 1999, it was New Zealand's turn to host the event—at the Fulljames Rapid on the Waikato River. For months prior to the champion­ship, competitors practised at the site to get the feel of the water and to learn the idiosyncrasies of its standing wave.

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