Wilko's White Water Paddling Site

Welcome to my site!

Since quite a bit of my life revolves around kayaking on white water, most of what you will find here is somehow related to that addiction.

  Besides the time spent on the water, I also spend some time on the Rec.Boats.Paddle newsgroup, the Kanoforum, the Soulboater forum as well as on Eric Princen's Boatertalk paddler's forum. I have made several friends through those media, and I sometimes write trip reports. I guess that so far I've written about 60 or 70 of them. Up until now, these trip reports weren't gathered anywhere. That's actually what led me to create this site in the first place.

Over the years I've also shot and collected paddling pictures, both of myself and of some of my friends. There are about 50 galleries with well over 1000 paddling pictures on this site, with more being added regularly.

My native language is Dutch, but since so many of the boaters that I know don't understand a word of Dutch, I've selected English for my website instead. There are a bunch of Dutch language trip reports on this site, though. Enjoy my website, and don't hesitate to let me know what you think of it.


Take your pick below, and go to:

The "Wilko Sized" trip reports   The picture and river signal galleries

The links   "more about me"

Information about trolls, flamers, spam and how to deal with them

Some thoughts about paddling and paddling gear...

Some pages by Chris Walters.

Copyright 2002 - 2016 by Wilko van den Bergh

My e-mail address can be read in this picture:

Last change October 4th, 2011 added pictures to the kayak pictures and Klara's kayak pictures galleries.

February 19th, 2010 added thumbnails to the second Dante's cavegallery and changed the overall directory structure.

August 7th, 2009, Added a second Dante's cavegallery, of our 2008 trip down that cave.

February 25th, 2009, added a few pictures to the new nineth hall of shame gallery, several to my own gallery as well as one or two pictures to several other galleries.

January 25th, 2009, added a Lesse river gallery.

April 24th, 2008, added a couple of pictures to the last hall of shame gallery.

February 5th, 2008Added pictures to the Slovenia and Austria gallery.

October 10th, 2007 Added a Shrimp picturesgallery.

July 31st, 2007 Added a Dante's cavegallery.

July 4th, 2007 Added a How to build your own waterproof containergallery.

January 9th, 2007Added a new Slovenia and Austria gallery, and added some pictures of our cherry shrimp taken with my new digital camera.

Added some pictures of my last two cars, a picture of my old and new Eskimo Salto kayaks, some pictures of paddling in Slovenia as well as some carnage pictures.

December 18th, 2006 added a couple of pictures of carnage in Slovenia and Austria as well as some normal pictures of that same holiday. Click and scroll down a bit! Also added some shrimp pictures

December 12th, 2006 added a couple of pictures of driving (with kayaks on the roof of my Octavia) on a bad rubble track in the mountains in Macedonia. Click and scroll down a bit!

April 21st, 2006 added aquarium pictures

February 12th, 2006 added aquarium pictures

February 10th, 2006 added aquarium pictures

January 15th, 2006 Added a series of paddling mitten pictures, added aquarium pictures and changed the trolls page to reflect the current trolls on the rec.boats.paddle newsgroup.

January 5th, 2006 Updated pictures and links, changed some meta tags and removed some obsolete text

November 22nd, 2005. Added the turtle galleries.

November 5th, 2005. Got a fast glassfibre connection and moved to my own domain www.kayaker.nl, running my site on my own server now.

Looks like I can finally put up whatever I like without having to worry about site size or bandwidth limitations. :-)

October 29th, 2004. Added a Rio Botic trip report

June 12th, 2004. Added new pictures to theCzech paddling picturesGallery.

Also added pictures to the third friends gallery, added a new Slovenia and Italy gallery,added a new Slovenia gallery, and a new eighth hall of shame gallery.

June 8th, 2004. Added a Sava Bohinka trip report.

April 19th, 2004. Added a new Czech paddling pictures gallery to go with the Kamenice trip report.

April 16th, added several links to the links page.

April 8th, 2004. Added new Kamenice trip report.

March, 2004. Added and changed a few pictures in the river signals gallery.

November 30th, 2003, several corrections and minor changes.

November 14th, 2003, added a couple of pictures to a couple of galleries and added text to the page about the Dutch and the Netherlands page.

October 30th, 2003, several minor changes and corrections.

October 23rd, minor changes.

October 2nd, added pictures to several galleries, added hall of shame gallery 7, wilko paddling pictures gallery 3 and restructured some other galleries.

September 16th, added pictures to the boats paddled page.

September 11th, added a few pictures to several galleries.

July 16th, added the seventh Greece pictures gallery.

June 29th, added a couple of Hall of shame galleries as well as two Austria and Slovenia galleries.

June 27th, 2003. Added more pictures to the Greece paddling galleries.


. Added bad experiences with target-master shop: http://kayaker.nl/tm.html and http://wilko.webzone.ru/tm.html