Over 110 athletes from 14 countries are ready to show their skills at the 2016 ECA European Canoe Freestyle Championships in Germany. The Europe’s best freestylers are already in the town of Plattling, which is located approximately 140 kilometres northeast of Munich. The championships full of adrenalin technical moves which are a must see for canoeing fans will take part on May 26 – 28.
The competition part of the championships begins on Thursday with preliminary round, followed by quarterfinals and semi-finals as well as Squirt heats and top 5 final on Friday. The Championships will conclude on Saturday with C1M, K1W and K1M finals.
In the preliminary round competitors will have two 45 seconds rides and the better of the two will count. The startlist will be in a random order. Top 20 athletes will then start in the quarterfinal with three 45 seconds rides (the best two rides will count) in a reverse order of the preliminary round results. Top 10 competitors will then advance to the semi-final. This round will again have two 45 seconds rides and the best ride will count. The start order will be the reverse order of the previous round results. In the final the best five athletes will fight for the medals. They will have three 45 seconds rides with the best one counting for the final result.
The Isar wave in Plattling, which already hosted the 2011 World Championships, is a well known and one of the best playspots in Germany. This is mainly due to the surrounding conditions as the wave is situated in a preserve area and the wave is at the same time very suitable for beginners. It is easier than anywhere else to enter the wave from the eddy and the big eddy is catching everyone back after a flush or an occasional swim.
Livestream of the event will be available on several channels, including ECA website www.canoe-europe.org, official event website www.plattling-freestyle.com/livestream/, German Sportdeutschland channel www.sportdeutschland.tv and on the Sportscene website of course.
You can watch the event live on Thursday 26th from 8.00 until 19.30, on Friday 27th from 8.00 until 21.00 and on Saturday 28th from 8.30 until 15.00.