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Marco Merini - Italy

   
Birth date
28/8/72
When did you start kayaking?
In 1986, when I was 13
What is your claim to fame?
I won 3 times the Italian downriver championships and got the top 5 at the Teva Mountain Games Europe. I got first descents in Russia, Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Europe. In the top 5 at the Italian Rodeo Champ., 10 years of Slalom competitions national and International. Several overnight trips in sea-kayaking in the Mediterranean Sea
What is your preferred style of kayaking?
Expedition kayaking, specially multi-day trips and exploring. My favorite area is the Himalaya: India and Nepal.
Your favorite boat of all time?
The Mafia. Too fast to be true ! It reminds me a slalom boat: quick and precise. It's always a great satisfaction paddling it !
Your current favorite boat?
At the moment, the Mad Boy. Even faster than the Mafia, but more stable because of the flat bottom. It keeps the direction very very well, and it's turny enough.
Why do you paddle a Dragorossi?
It's Italian! and it's cool. All the boats are innovative and very different from all the other brands. All of them are fast and performing, and technical. After many years of slalom paddling, I absolutely need a boat like this: I can't paddle a CFS !
What would you like to do, that you have not had the chance to do yet? Paddling the Peru Colca, Cotahuasi and Apurimac Canyons. Go to China to run some river coming from Himalaya and improving my climbing and mountaineering skills: I'd like to reach the highest summits of the Alps. And.. what else... yeah: crossing the Sea from Italy to Corsica by sea-kayak.
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