Kayak Competitions in the UK

Kayak Competitions in the UK
The United Kingdom is a major competitor in the international world of competitive kayaking. It is not surprise when the country itself hosts a multitude of national competitions for youths, amateurs and professionals alike. Sea kayaking, surf kayaking and whitewater stunt kayaking are just a few of the options UK paddlers have when they are looking to get into the sport. The enthusiasm for kayaking in the UK continues to grow, as communities of paddlers form teams and push their sport to develop in the country.

Canoe Association of Northern Ireland

The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland hosts several races on the national and international surf kayak circuit. These competitions focus on maneuvers and location in the surf. Surf kayakers developed their sport as an offshoot of surfing. Tricks and daring maneuvers of various sorts earn competitors points. Paddlers with the most points in a competition are the victors.



CANI

Unit 2 Rivers Edge

13 - 15 Ravenhill Rd.

Belfast

United Kingdom

BT6 8DN

0-289-073-8884

cani.org.uk

Icon Classic

The Icon Classic begins in Woolacaombe Beech in the UK and sends paddlers through a difficult section of surf. After negotiating the surf in narrow ocean racing kayaks called surf skis, racers have to pass the challenging and violent Morte Point, French for Death Point. Because of the dangerous sections of the course, only experienced competitors are allowed to participate in the race.



Surf Ski Great Britain

19 Southernhay West, 1st Floor

Exeter

United Kingdom

EX1 1P1

slsgb.org.uk

British Canoe Union National Division Races

The British Canoe Union hosts various whitewater events, including kayak competitions. In these events, paddlers must complete a slalom course that winds through violent rushing waters. Maintaining your course through the slalom markers while navigating through around boulders and through rapids adds to the difficulty of the competitions. The National Division A races for the UK are open to women and men's classes and include age divisions for youths under 23, 18, 16 and 14 years of age.



British Canoe Union HQ

18 Market Place

Bingham

Nottingham

United Kingdom

NG13 8AP

0845-370-9500

bcu.org.uk

UK Freestyle Kayak Competition

The Boulters Freestyle Kayak Competition is the second event in the British Championship series. The series hosts competitions throughout the UK each July. All levels of paddlers are welcome to compete at Boulters. Freestyle paddlers navigate whitewater rapids in the Boulters River, and they're awarded points based on style and technique. Several local canoe clubs and businesses host the event, which has divisions for junior, senior, women, men and elite groups.



British Canoe Union HQ

18 Market Place

Bingham

Nottingham

United Kingdom

NG13 8AP

0845-370-9500

bcu.org.uk

Youth Freestyle Series

A series of races is open to freestyle paddlers 18 years of age and under. The competitions are held on white-water rivers and are meant to be learning experiences for young paddlers new to the sport. Paddling workshops, freestyle competitions and river races are among the activities at each event. Youth Freestyle of the UK hosts the series.



British Canoe Union HQ

18 Market Place

Bingham

Nottingham

United Kingdom

NG13 8AP

0845-370-9500

bcu.org.uk

Article Written By Jim Jansen

Jim Jansen has been writing articles since 2005 and has been featured in publications such as "The River Watch," and also contributes to Trails.com and LIVESTRONG.COM. He has a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Michigan State University. Jansen specializes in outdoor recreation and environmental topics.

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