The “founder of all artificial canoe slalom courses”, the Augsburg ‘Ice channel’ and canoe slalom stadium with a capacity of 20.000 spectators, has been the idea and model for the numerous canoe courses built all over the world.
In 1957, 1985 and 2003 Augsburg was the venue of the World Canoe Slalom Championships.
In 1972 Augsburg hosted the Olympic Canoe Slalom event as well as numerous World Cups, European Champion ships and other large canoeing events. In addition enthusiastic spectators have watched top athletes competing in Wild Water races, Rodeo and Rafting Championships.
The present course is approximatly 308m long with a drop of 4.1m and a flow of between 3 and 6m/sec. A width varying between 10m and 12m and a depth of 40 cm – 120 cm creates this grade IV wildwater course.
35 concrete obstacles creates the eddies, stoppers and rapids on this White-Water course. The gate posts are fixed into a 1m wide concrete walkway running the whole length of the course, the gates can be adjusted with ease offering many possible course combinations. The quantity of water is controlled through a series of sluices ensuring consistent water conditions for each paddler. Additional adjustable boards/deflectors were built into the course to change the flow.