Our test team and staff are the finest. Many World, Olympic and National Champions in all disciplines choose to use our products. We are also proud to be official partners with Plas Y Brenin Mountain Training Centre and Glenmore Lodge Mountain Centre.

Ute Heppke

Hometown: Landeck, Austria

Living now: Arlberg, Austria

Discipline(s): Whitewater, Expedition Kayaking

What's your story?

I often sat by the river Inn or the Sanna to read a book or study and that’s where I saw kayakers for the first time. From that moment on I knew, that I wanted to try and learn kayaking myself. It took a few years before a handsome English man found his way to Landeck and into my heart who was a kayaker and happy to teach me. After a lot of patience, arguments, tears and swims, we share a ton of great memories on many rivers around the world.Kayaking has taught me a lot about myself and life and I really enjoy teaching people this wonderful and amazing sport as an instructor at Kayak School Arlberg.

Kayaking highlights: Honeymoon - Kayak trip on the Zanskar, India - also the first self-support trip with just the two of us not giving up on the Chandra, India

First descent of the Lower Uhl river, India

Colca Canyon and Cotahuasi Canyon, Peru

Quick facts:

Favourite food: Chocolate, Speck, a nice salad from our garden...

Favourite drink: Lime soda

Favourite music: Changes according to the mood

Ultimate paddling destination: Austria, Chile, India, Peru

Motto: only worry when there’s something to worry about

Advice to newcomers: don’t let go of your paddle

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