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Ute Heppke

Discipline: Whitewater

Class: Kayak

Hometown: Landeck

Living now: Pettneu Am Arlberg

Current Boats: Wavesport Recon 70

Shaft of choice: Straight and small

Big volume or Steep Creek: Big volume

Favourite paddling spot: Austria, the Engadin, India

Achievements: Managed to do a lot of Kayak-Expeditions and have probably been the only Austrian (or one of very few) to have paddled these rivers ( Chandra, Zanskar, Beas Gorge, First D. on the lower Uhl - all in India ), Sanna at 300 on the new gauge

What's next... ambitions / plans: Exploring more of the Indian Himalaya, improving my technique, becoming a more diverse paddler (playboating, creeking), getting more Austrians to learn and love the sport of kayaking

Best things about paddling: Seeing the world from a different perspective, feeling one with a river, the feeling when you manage to "nail a line"

Best boating moment: My first successful paddle on the Sanna, our honeymoon-expedition on the Zanskar, .... and many, many more

Other hobbies: Skiing, hiking

Ultimate worldwide destination: Indian Himalaya - though I still have to see more of the world to make that decision

Favourite food: Curry, Speck or a good salad

Favourite drink: Fresh fruit juice, banana lassi, Tyrolean spring water

Favourite music: Foo Fighters, Origins