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Date of birth:
1991.04.09
Hometown:
Sort, Spain
Sponsors:
Red Bull, Dagger kayaks, Werner paddles, Sweet protection, Astral,
Hobbies:
Music, reading, flips off cliffs, partying…
Favourite athletes:
Chris Sharma, Andreu Lacondeguy, Shane Mcconkey, Marc Marquez, Tom Wallisch… I love to see people with style

BIO

My name is Aniol Serrasolses, I am 19 years-old and I am from Catalonia, Spain.

I started kayaking when I was 12 years-old at the kayak club in my hometown the Salt-ter. Tired of living in a place with no white water and with really low possibilities for the practice of kayaking, I moved out to Sort, where I’ve been working as a River Guide during the last 4 years.

With no doubts the Noguera Pallaresa river have been my school and the place where I formed myself as a multi-discipline kayaker: Creeker, freestyle-kayaker and expedition kayaker.

During the winter of (2009/2010) I was lucky to travel to Chile and Argentina. That was such an epic trip where we lived many experiences, paddled many incredible rivers, met a lot of new people and shared another culture for 6 months.

For me kayaking it’s a great excuse to travel, discover this amazing world that we got outside and see many incredible places that you can only access with your kayak. The exploration and the search of new rivers and waterfalls is one of the aspects I enjoy the most.

I feel really lucky and thankful to have found this sport that finally has become a way of living for me. I love the life that I’m living and I wouldn’t  change it for a better work, have more money or a more comfortable life…

I really want to keep kayaking, traveling and documenting all the things we attempt for the years to come!


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2011: 2nd descent of big Banana falls 128 ft.
  • 2011: 1st descent of Puma falls, Chile 115 ft.
  • 2012: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th downriver freestyle on rider of the year honey badger award
  • 2012: Best short film by rider of the year
  • 2012: Best short film of the year by KS
  • 2013: 2nd At the best short film by KS Rider of the year nominee
  • 2013: 3d Descent of site zed most runs of the Stikine in a single year (5)
  • 2014: Highest full descent of the Stikine

INTERVIEW 2014.08.29

What are you looking for to accomplish?

I want to travel all around the world paddling the hardest rivers on the most remote and beautiful places.

"Aniol Serrasolses"

What would be your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is to be able to make a living out of kayaking. It is my biggest passion. I love the sport and all the experiences and places involved with it.

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

Drowning, injuries because of hitting underwater rocks….

"Aniol Serrasolses"

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

Having a sick line of a waterfall… completing a first descent or just running a new river somewhere… I love multi day expeditions and getting away of civilization for a while. Enjoying nature in its fullest!

"Aniol Serrasolses"

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

I practice my technique everyday I paddle..

"Aniol Serrasolses"

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

My training success is based on paddling a lot… I don’t focus on any specific training, I just make sure that everyday out there is filled with fun and laughter! If you do something enough times and have fun while doing it, you learn it!

What are you most nervous about when competing?

At the hardest races, I am scared of ending up swimming and breaking a few bones… I am not a really good racer / competitor so I don’t feel much pressure to perform good. I just try to get out there having as much fun as possible and being smooth !

"Aniol Serrasolses"

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

My family !!! They have always been supportive with me following my dreams and they are always excited to watch some of my new videos !!!

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Go for it !!! No matter what people say. If you really want to do something, you have to go for it now !!

"Aniol Serrasolses"

What are your future plans?

Chile in the falls… complete descent of the Indus river in Pakistan…

"Aniol Serrasolses"

What are your tips for those who begin now?

Send it !! Spend a lot of time mastering the basics and you will soon start paddling quality rapids with style and good confidence. It might be hard in the beginning but if you spend enough time trying, you will get to the point where kayaking just becomes the most amazing sport.

"Aniol Serrasolses"