Extreme canoe slalom
Wildwater canoing is one of the very popular disciplines of kayaking evethow it is not an Olimpyic discipline. The competition is held on natural and artificial courses on wild waters, and the competitors try to cross the course in the shortest possible time. As far as competitive disciplines are concerned, we can differentiate wildwater canoing to classic and sprint. In the “classic” competitors compete on longer routes, which means 10 to 60 minutes of padeling. “Sprint” is most often performed on the most demanding part of the “classic” or on the slalom course, without a gate, up to 300m long. We can distinguish kayak K1 men and women and canoe C1 men and women, while as a descent there is an additional discipline canoe C2 two-seater, also men and women. Canoing boats are made slightly differently than slalom boats, precisely because of the speed that competitors in canoing can develop while padeling. The form of the competition is slightly different and the challenge is to get to the finish line with the current down, the competitors most often have the difficult task of maintaining the maximum speed of the boat on the rapids and balance in the boat. Regardless of the diversity of both disciplines in terms of preparation for the race, top runners rarely decide for just one discipline and most often compete in the classic and sprint.
The discipline of kayaking on flat waters is the oldest competitive discipline in the program of the International Kayak Federation and has been on the program of the Olympic Games since 1936. The first Slovenians also competed in these games in the kayak duo. In the sprint discipline, the competitors compete who will be the first to reach the finish line in the distances of 200, 500 and 1000 meters in one of the 9 tracks. In the marathon discipline, the competitors overcome the distance of 5000 meters and 35 kilometers after the group start. There are single kayak (K1), doubles (K2) and quadruple kayak (K4) and in canoe single (C1), canoe double (C2) and canoe quadruple (C4). The equipment itself is relatively accessible also flat water are found in almost every corner of the globe. There are many competing categories (there are currently 11 Olympic), flat waters have spread rapidly to all five populated continents and to a large number of (even quite poor) countries. In comparison to other kayak disciplines, kayaking on flat water is the most popular and developed kayak discipline globally. In Slovenia, the development of this discipline began only about 30 years after the first successes in wild water. That is why the quality of the best and the number of yung athlets is only gradually approaching wild waters. All wild and flat water disciplines can take a lot of knowledge and experience from each other. Therefore, the fact that we are developing both in our club is our great advantage.