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Eda Skalický

Where, when and how or why did you start paddling?

I sat in a kayak for the first time when I was about 5 years old. At that time, the floods brought me a kayak to Berounce, where we have a cottage, in exchange for a kadibudka.

What do you enjoy about paddling?

I enjoy getting to know new places and people. At the same time, there are few places where one can feel the power of nature, and therefore respect for it, as on the river. Last but not least, it is the adventure itself that I enjoy so much.

Who has been the biggest influence on you throughout your career?

Definitely my dad.

Which part of the training do you enjoy the most and which part do you dislike?

I usually enjoy the beginning the least, and I like the end as a rule. The best trainings are in the spring, when you are already looking forward to the water after the winter and don't care how many degrees it is or how much water the river has. The main thing is that the person is finally there. The worst training I had was probably in the winter when I trained in all weathers for one winter. It often happened then that I had to adapt the route on the river to where it was not exactly frozen.

Which river is your favorite and why?

I don't really have a favorite river. However, one of the most popular rivers I've had the privilege of spending time on is the North Fork of the Payette in Idaho. Firstly, for its beauty of wild water, which is 15 miles in length, and secondly, for its high temperature.

Who do you think is the best kayaker in the world?

I can't say that. The fact that someone does the most difficult tricks, preferably straight from waterfalls, does not mean that they are good at rescuing, planning trips or that they are fun to be with. These are all important and often neglected aspects of kayaking that you don't know about on Youtube.

What are your plans for the future?

Finding a balance in life where you manage to spend a lot of time on the water with loved ones and at the same time have a job that you enjoy.

What do you like to do when you're not paddling?

When it's dry, I climb, slackline or watch the weather forecast to be ready when it's not dry.

Which IG profile do you think is worth following?

I think it's best not to watch it at all.

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