Extreme’s presenter is Ciaran “Kipper” Maguire. Kipper first dipped his toe into the world of water sports at school – completing the school’s Liffey descent in 1988. He also competed in the Canoe Polo, Slalom and White water events. From there Kipper went on to national success and was the National Freestyle Champion 3 years in a row. On an international stage, he represented Ireland at the World Championships in Canada, New Zealand, Spain and Austria. His travels didn’t end there. In 1998 he and Alistar Donald embarked on a world tour of Kayaking competitions. On a gruelling tour, they visited 32 different American states; the East and West coast of Canada and then flew on to New Zealand. Kipper has also won several boater cross events and raced in the Liffey descent over 8 times. And claimed 3 wins in the open boat class in the process.
In 2005 Kipper had the privilege to be the National coach for the World championships in Australia. It was here that Mo Kelleher came 6th in the men’s senior class – Ireland’s best ever result in this class. As well as kayaking Kipper is keen on mountain biking and stand up paddle boarding. He runs Rafting.ie in addition to media work such as writing for Outsider magazine amongst others and has featured on RTE, Setanta and TV3.
“People who do these sports are very driven to do these sports and when conditions aren’t right or for some reason something isn’t working, well then they’ll look to get that fix somewhere else so for me, when the rivers are low and there’s no surf, i hit my bike and the trails are always there”