SUP and Kayak Action on the Saalach
Paddle together: The Lofer Rodeo, as well as the championships & the Euro-Cup in the whitewater SUP - When the Loferer Whitewater Slaves eV load to the Lofer Rodeo, the Saalach finds itself in an exceptional state for 3 days: All eyes are on the courageous kayak riders and stand-up paddlers who prove their skills in these competitions. Particularly exciting are the head-to-head races at the Boatercross. But the fun is not too short at the Lofer Rodeo. Since the 1990s, the Ur-Lofer Rodeo is known for good mood and lively parties. The legendary boathouse party ensures a cozy finish and completes the event perfectly.
A Look Back at the Lofer Rodeo 2018
Not enough start numbers and not enough beer – despite very optimistic planning, the Lofer Rodeo of the Whitewater Slaves Lofer e.V in the Salzburger Saalachtal on the 14th and 15th September 2018 exceeded all expectations. 149 participants from Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand registered for the boater cross on the Saalach. After the rainfall the week before, the slalom course thrilled with a perfect, sporty water level and the sun came out right on time for the head-to-head races – ideal conditions for a spectacular paddle show for the countless spectators along the course.
The event opened on Friday with the illumination of the river. This magical light provided an extraordinary backdrop on the slalom course on the Saalach from 7 – 11 pm. However, there was something to be taken seriously at the Lofer Rodeo 2018. Current plans for a power plant in Unken threaten a 7 kilometre beginners' section of the Saalach between Unken and Schneizlreuth. For this reason, the Loferer paddlers incorporated the Patagonia documentary "Blue Heart" into the programme of events. This film about the obstruction of Europe's last wild rivers in the Balkans, shown in the unique open-air cinema on the bank of the Saalach on Friday evening, was watched with rapt attention.
On Saturday, kayakers from various European countries met up for battle. The “head-to-head” races of the boater cross are always spectacular. At the same time as the Lofer-Rodeo, the German Championship in whitewater SUP was held on the Saalach. The individual races took place from 9 am to 2 pm on the slalom course. In the evening, the athletes as well as the visitors celebrated all night long to cool music and a chilled-out mood at the legendary boathouse party in the “Schafferstadl”.
After a short night, an impressive statement was made on Sunday: There was a community-ride to the "Day of the Saalach", an information event of the citizens' initiative "Water is life - Save the Saalach" to the planned hydropower plant in Schneizlreuth. Around 180 paddlers, stand-up paddlers and rafters joined the Whitewater Slaves Lofer e.V. to protest loudly against the plans and set a signal for free-flow. The Salzburg Saalachtal Tourism also supported this initiative according to the motto "Do not saw on the branch you are sitting on".
The Video of the Lofer Rodeo 2018 can be found here.
Information about the Lofer Rodeo 2019
Dates & Details
• The Lofer-Rodeo 2019 takes place on the 13th and 14th September 2019
Event location: slalom course at the Teufelssteg
Admission to watch the event is free of charge.
Entry to the boathouse party for over 18s only.
Further information about the event to follow.