The first day starts slowly, the Pollfossen section on the upper Otta is on the agenda. Today's main objective is that camera crew and kayakers get used to each other - smooth coordination of both parties is extremely important. The kayakers should never paddle without a running camera. And the camera should not be running for hours without a kayaker in front of its lens. Thus the two groups agree on signals, test walkie-talkies, and discuss safety measures. At a TV production of this scale nothing is left to chance.
The production crew of Quattro Media is specialised in extreme sports and knows what's important for a successful production. Everything is well structured and with a precise briefing we enter the stream at 7 a.m. sharp. Onboard filming on relatively easy cataracts are the first takes on the agenda: cameras are mounted onto the boat, the helmet, and all sorts of other places to film with the view of the paddlers.
Everything goes according to plan; Petrus is sympathetic to the project and arranges for blue skies. Kayakers and camera crew work perfectly well together. Towards its end the route gets more and more difficult. The 'muzzle', a massive rock channel with bad undercuttings at the exit, is paddled by the entire group. At the actual 'Pollfossen', however, which have a monster reflux at the current water level, only Markus Hummel from Augsburg gets into his boat. Tension is in the air, the reflux is gigantic! But as usual Markus shaves the perfect line through the cataract and conquers the reflux at the only feasible point there is. Once again he finds the eye of the needle. Not only his paddle mates and the camera crew are excited, but some spectators on the bridge cheer for him as well.