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Vltava river is created by confluence of Teplá (Warm) and Studená (Cold) Vltava in a natural preserve Mrtvý luh near to the community of Nová Pec in Bohemian Forest.
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Lipno - Czech Sea Full Of Dragons - VIDEO
Published: 18.2.2010
Who would intend to plan his holidays in summer only, so he would loss a lot of pleasure. So, when it is not too cold, as in this year, the water level will change into a space, hidding unprecedented possibilities.

Let´s go skating, skiing, or for a walk only…

„Ice-hockey playground“ at dimensions of nearly 50 square kilometres is crossed with the longest skating route of the world. It is almost eleven kilometres long and has the chance to be registered in Guiness Book of Records. Nevertheless, when it happens that all the area will be covered with snow, so this could take a couple of days, when it could be again open for public. Similar route, but three kilometres shorter, can be used by sportsmen in Ottawa (Canada). Our Lipno skating route leads from the community of Frymburk to Lipno nad Vltavou.

The ice-thickness of the route is daily controlled by experts, simply with borers. The thickness record was reached at the end of 2008. At that time, the drill had to be wide 43 centimeres at least, in order the water level could be slightly tought.

The number of skaters and ski-runners, who can enjoy almost endless ice-space, is nearly comparable with quantity of persons, who do skiing in Lipno. To tell the truth, ski-centre Kramolín will be interested more for children and ski-beginners. More experienced skiers are worth to visit Austrian ski-centre Hochficht, distant 20 kms approximately.

The sport which could not be overseen – it is kiting

The flights above immense and flat terrain, covered with several centimetres of snow, could be used by kiters. These are such sportsmen who need snowboard for fulfillment of their joy, and a great dose of adrenalin will be consumed at the same time. Lipno dam is ideal for them, as far as its extention is concerned, not only in winter. Kiting is possible to be made also in summer, on the water.

„When the weather is bad (na draka)“ this slogan brought to our country Peter Beneš, one of kiting founders. He trained  and schooled hundreds of sportsmen, teaching them to use fully two nature elements – i.e. water and wind. He says that kiting is a sport for everybody, but mainly for those who love chaos. We visited his lesson with photo-camera, too.

Text, video: Klára Svobodová

Foto: Štěpánka Svobodová

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