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Epic event: The Natural Games, Millau

Back in June, Oli from Blacks HQ headed over to France for one of the fastest growing events in the outdoor world - The Natural Games.

He was invited by our good friends at Columbia, who are one of the main sponsors of this full-on event. Each year, more and more people gather to watch the best of adrenaline sports done in natural environments - including kayaking, slacklining, rock-climbing, mountain biking and paraglilding. The whole event's set against a backdrop of live music, DJs and more, with the laid-back vibe of a festival celebrating everything that's great about Life Outdoors.

So what were Ol's highlights? Well, we've all had a go at slacklining the amateur way - half a metre off the ground, on a campsite, probably with a warm beer in hand after a day of bouldering or some other activity. A quick whip around at the office says we're averaging 5 steps before the wobble takes us. But Brenden Gebhart takes it to a whole new level. Check out this incredible display:

Freestyle kayaking was also a key event at The Natural Games. Also known as 'playboating', freestyle kayaking isn't about getting from A to B, but about performing technical moves in particularly extreme sections of whitewater. It's basically man versus rapid in a full-on wrestle (or embrace, depending on how you look at it). 

Taking a break from spectating, Ol and the guys at Columbia went kayaking down the Gorges du Tarn - a canyon formed by the Tarn River. 

Are you as jealous as the rest of us? Well, heed Ol's insider tips and get your tickets booked for next year: 

"Take suncream because it gets hot... and swimming shorts because you're most likely going to want a dip in the river!

Sign up for the paragliding. You won't regret it!

Stay in Millau which is a classic South French town, quaint and a lot of character."

 

Visit the website to find out more about the Natural Games.

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