is a Dynamic Sport, which involves surfing a wave and performing aerial manoeuvres.
A competition involves athletes paddling for 45 seconds in a wave or a river trying to do as many tricks as possible and scoring points for each trick. With tricks such as cartwheels and McNasties It is a spectacular sport to watch, and an adrenaline pumping event to compete in."Jez Jezz " Australian Freestyle Coach September 2015
Freestyle kayakers compete by performing a variety of moves or tricks on a stationary river feature. Standing waves, 'holes', or hydraulics, or eddy lines — areas where the water changes direction — are all potential freestyle features.
The athletes perform tricks like cartwheels, loops (full flips), blunts (really fast, near vertical turns that spew a curtain of water), and such colorfully named moves as the Roundhouse, the Phonics Monkey, the McNasty and the Donkey Flip.
There are over 30 different moves, including the 180-pointer Helix (a 360° spin with at least 180° of which the boat must be inverted. The boat must also be aerial at some point of the inverted part of the move) and the 10-pointer Spin (a 360° rotation of the boat at a 0°-45° vertical angle).
In ICF competitions, athletes have a set time to perform as many different moves as possible, and they can score additional points for style. The moves fall into three categories: Entry Moves, Basic Moves, Bonuses.
Kayaks used in freestyle kayaking are often shorter and lighter than other kayaks for Whitewater boating, allowing for increased ease of movement. Some modern freestyle kayaks, made of light plastics, can be lifted completely out of the water by a skilled kayaker.
Originally called ‘playboating,’ Freestyle kayaking has been popular since the mid-1980s, about the time that many extreme sports were emerging or beginning to gain in popularity. The 1990s saw the introduction of organized competitions — initially called rodeos — but the sport really exploded in the 2000s with improvements in boat design and the manufacturing process, which maximized manoeuvrability and dynamic potential.
Freestyle kayaking is a growing sport internationally, and since 2006 has been sanctioned by the International Canoe Federation, the governing body of paddle sports world-wide. The first official ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships were held on the Ottawa River in Canada in 2007, and the first Freestyle World Cup series was held a year later in Prague (CZE), Augsburg (GER), and Thun (SUI). The World Championships and the World Cups are held on alternate years, with the World Championships taking place on the odd numbered years. The last World Championships were held back in Ottawa in 2015
Who: Juniors aged 10 - 17
When: Saturdays 1 - 4pm from 14th October to 9th December 2017
Where: Penrith Whitewater Stadium warmup lake boat ramp (McCarthys Lane)
You’ve learned to paddle - now use those skills to have some fun! Make the Move!!
Each week on the lake you will have a chance to challenge yourself at:
If you want to try whitewater paddling then join us for a weekend of whitewater instruction on an easy section of the beautiful Murrumbidgee River on 18-19th November.
Cost: 9 week program: PaddleNSW members $50 (includes all equipment)
Non PaddleNSW members $70 (includes $20 event membership) OR JOIN AS A JUNIOR NOW for events all year.
If you are not already a current PaddleNSW member, please read and ask your parent to read the PaddleNSW waiver document. Registration in these Sessions accepts that you have agreed and comply to the conditions of membership. The waiver can be found here.Register HERE: https://auscanoe.sportingdna.com/iframes/view/2004What to Bring: Swimmers, Clothes that can get wet, Hat, Sunscreen, footwear you can swim in.
Inquiries: Steven 0402 305 799 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Once again the Big River Canoe Club will play host to the 2017 Clarence 100 held from the 20th October until 22nd October in the Clarence Valley Northern NSW.
Grown from humble beginnings this community paddle event classified now as both competitive and social will provide the paddler a three-day experience paddling the mighty Clarence from Copmanhurst to Yamba. All paddling will finish by lunch time daily allowing the paddler and support crews the opportunity to enjoy the local hospitality provided by hotels and restaurants along the way. There are plenty of accommodation options catering for varying price ranges. The event culminates in a finishers lunch held at the Yamba Surf Club on the final day. The event debrief will be held at the iconic Pacific Hotel on the Sunday evening. This event is becoming the most talked about new event on the paddling calendar because of its great format and beautiful stretch of waterways. The proceeds support the local junior sporting initiatives in the valley. For more detail and registration go to www.clarence100.com.au
Get on the Facebook page “The Clarence 100” for a better understanding of this great event. Contact Ben Sullivan 0433155953 (Event Coordinator) or Gavin Rayward 0467819769 (Big River Canoe Club) for further info.