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Event series Event series: Play the River

Play the River Weekend

17 Jun 2023 - 18 Jun 2023


The Play the River course is all about playing: get on the river with your Riverrunner and give it your all! Here you will learn how to play your way down the river with tricks and style. Targeted exercises will help you improve your technique, get your tail under water and keep your boat tip in the air! In addition to the different variations of the undercut, we will explain and practise rock splats, rock spins, pirouettes and many other riverrunning techniques in detail.

Individual and exclusive support

In order to offer you the greatest possible learning success on this course, we will take a maximum of 4 participants per kayak instructor. This ensures that there is enough time to deal with all topics and questions and to work with video analysis again and again during the course.

To take part in the Play the River course, you should already have a good general technique (F2 level or higher) and a roll rate - even in unfavorable conditions - of at least 80%.

Information about the kayak course

  • Explanation of the most important terms and material
  • Tips for fitting your kayak and determining the ideal seating position
  • Fundamentals of flow theory
  • Dynamic sweeping with forward stroke and pulling stroke
  • "Hold" the torque on the boat and learn to use it in the various moves
  • Expand dynamic movement using weight positioning and upper body rotation.
  • Use the current: edge correctly and build up pressure on the paddle blade!
  • Different variants of undercutting
  • Rocksplats and Rockspins
  • Candles and pirouettes
  • Backdeck Roll and much more.
  • Dynamic sweeping with a dry tip and dry tail
  • "Hold" torque on the boat over several changes of direction
  • Undercutting when entering the current
  • Undercutting when entering the eddy
  • Positioning the kayak on the stern when crossing waves
  • Candles in rolls and small steps
  • Hold the kayak at the stern and on the tip by shifting your weight over a longer period of time
  • Implement Rocksplat from the drive and from dynamic undercutting
  • Wavewheels and kickflips over waves and shoulders and much more.
  • Discover the fun of riverrunning and learn as many moves as possible
  • Improve boat feel and control over maneuvers
  • Recognize your own "problem areas" through video analysis and feedback from the trainer
  • Define individual exercises that will help you personally and which you can do at any time after the course
  • Implement playful riding in white water
  • Luca Daprá and/or Bernie Steidl

We offer this course in North or South Tyrol. The course location depends on the current water levels and will be determined in good time before the start of the course. The following locations are available:

  • Merano (Slalom Canal and Passer)
  • Vipiteno (Isarco)
  • Innsbruck (e.g. Inn, Imster Gorge)

To take part in the technical course, you must

  • Be able to swim confidently
  • Be in overall good health.
  • safely class III whitewater (e.g. Untere Ötz, abseiling section of the Soca, Brandenberger Ache: Wiesklamm, Loisach).
  • master the Whitewater Roll (at least 80% roll-up rate).
  • be at least 14 years old (for younger children we offer special youth courses courses).
  • bring a Riverrunner kayak. If you don't (yet) have one, we can lend you one.

Key data

  • We meet on the first day of the course at 10:00 am at the agreed location. This will be communicated by e-mail at least two weeks before the start of the course.
  • Daily from 10:00 am to approx. 5:30 pm
  • Course fee € 240,00
  • Rental equipment € 60,00

Do you have any questions about this offer? Then contact us at any time by e-mail. We look forward to advising you!

Level of difficulty

WW3, WW4 and WW5