[Whitewater] ICF Wildwater Canoeing World Championships

There are a number of lesser known paddle disciplines that I wanted to start showcasing, including Downriver sprint canoe and kayak or Wildwater C1 and K1. This video showcases the ICF Wildwater Canoeing World Championships 2012 in Aime M√Ęcot la Plagne and focuses on the rescues are required during the competition.

Also know as Wildwater to distinguish it from whitewater slalom or freestyle. Wikpedia describes the boats as “Wildwater kayaks and canoes are long (4.5 m/14 ft 9 in) and narrow (60 cm/23.6 in), with a rounded hull profile, making them fast but unstable and hard to turn. Wildwater solo canoes (C-1) are 4.3 m (14 ft 1 in) long and 70 cm (27.5 in) wide; 2-person whitewater canoes (C-2) are 5 m (16 ft 5 in) long and 80 cm (31.5 in) wide.[1] Rather than using wide sweep strokes to turn the boat, the paddler tilts the boat to one side, utilizing its curved profile to effect the turn in a manner similar to “carving a turn” in skiing. Two “wings” (flaring protrusions near the stern hull) meet the minimum width required by racing rules and add secondary stability, as well as enhancing the effect of carving a turn. When the boat is under way, most of each wing will be above the waterline so as to minimize drag. The use of kevlar, carbon fiber, and glass-reinforced plastic construction has substantially reduced the weight of wildwater boats, while improving stiffness.”

Here is a POV from the INTEGRALE CHALAUX Canoeing Classic which is the classic race for the European championships 2005 in wildwater kayaking. After in 2008 and 2013, the race was for the French Championships. The river is the mitical river in France.

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