12 - 18 years
A freestyle camp to prepare you for the season ahead and to get familiar with Plattling and the Isar Welle, the feature of the upcoming World Cup and World Championships. This is Camp is advised for intermediate to advanced freestyle paddlers that are looking at making their respective national teams or have their eyes set on the top spots of the next World Championships.
This camp is designed to boost your freestyle game under the supervision of freestyle legends and top-notch coaches. We will aim to widen your range of tricks, increase your hit rate on those tricks you have dialled in as well as improve your overall freestyle technique.
FLY IN/OUT & PICK UPS -Arrival airport is Munich (MUC), you should aim to book a flight landing before 16:00 on Saturday the 30th of March. We will pick you up at the airport and drive to our accommodation in Plattling to set our headquarters.
DROP OFF – Aim to book your flight back home from Munich (MUC) departing after 12:00 on Saturday the 6th of April.
Sunday will be the arrival day where we will need to do all the pick ups and then we will have a relatively short transfer drive to Plattling.
Once in Plattling the plan is to make the most of the time we have at the feature, however early spring can be really cold in Plattling so each session will be kept relatively short but very intense.
Our goal is to see you thrive, and thriving in harsh conditions require the right mental attitude, everything we do during the day will be directed to making the most out of each session we get. This will require each of the paddlers to take a high degree of responsibility over themselves, by that we mean that you must ensure to put your gear to dry, respect schedules, have good rest, dress warmly...
We will aim to do at lest 2 sessions per day on the water, yet other activities and workshops may take place both in the morning and the evening, these may include yoga sessions, video analysis, visualisation and mental rehersal exercises , meditation and mindfulness tasks...
The last day of actual paddling will be friday as Saturday will be a transfer day from Plattling to the airport.
✔️ Loco Parentis (24h supervision) from point of drop off until hand over or check in completion at return airport.
✔️ Airbnb-style accommodation close to the Isar Welle.
✔️ World class, personalised, low-ratio coaching led by Quim Fontané & Agata Sobieraj.
✔️ All meals included except one eat out and meals during travel.
YOU WILL ASLO NEED
➕ Flights, in case you need to fly in or out at the beginning and end of the camp.
➕ Your own kayaking gear. If you don't have or cannot bring your freestyle boat the EWWS has a complete fleet of recent models for rent. Boats can be rent starting at 25€/day.
➕ A suitable travel insurance.
➕ About €80,00 spending money.
AM I GOOD ENOUGH TO JOIN THIS CAMP AND THE EWWS?
Whilst Plattling is a friendly feature, keep in mind weather conditions may be harsh. That's why being a highly motivated individual is the absolute essential ingredient if you're considering joining the camp. If this description fits you, and you already possess a foundation of freestyle knowledge along with a reliable eskimo roll, then you're more than welcome to enroll in this camp.
WHAT BOAT SHOULD I BE BRINGING WITH ME?
You should bring with a freestyle boat. If you don't have or cannot bring your own boat the EWWS has a complete fleet of recent models for rent. Boats can be rent starting at 25€/day.
WHAT KAYAKING GEAR DO I NEED TO BRING?
Plattling will likely quite cold in early spring. Expect temperatures to range from 6-12ºC during the day and around 0ºC during the night. We must dress accordingly.
You will need to bring long sleeved dry gear, and at least 2 thick long-sleeve thermals and something to cover your legs with - either drypants or wetpants. A drysuit, although heavy for freestyle, might be a good idea for this specific camp.
HOW DOES THE ACCOMMODATION LOOK LIKE?
Currently looking at options...
MY ENGLISH IS NOT THAT GOOD… IS THIS OK?
Can you think of any better opportunity to study English without even noticing it? Sessions will be run in English but in case you don’t understand or you have any questions, our coaches do speak French, Spanish and Catalan. Other Burners may be able to help you as well. Don’t worry, we will find the way to understand each other and your English will improve by the day!
WHAT DOCUMENTS DO MINORS NEED TO FILL TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL ABROAD?
We will send out a IN LOCO PARENTIS FORM you will need to fill and sign. Some airlines require an authorisation form for minors traveling alone. We will also require a scan of the passport.
WHAT SORT OF STUFF DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
We will be sending out a detailed list with all the things you'll need to bring once we get close to the camp. However, in short you will need; sleeping bag, documents (ID, passport…), some pocket money, your favourite board game, a book, an open mind, lots of motivation…
HOW DO I BOOK MY KAYAK ONTO MY FLIGHT?
It is generally easy to book your freestyle boat onto most airline companies. However, some companies have length limitations that would exclude most creekboats. It is important to read the sport baggage policies of the companies you are considering to fly with before booking your ticket. Here is a quick breakdown of the fares of various popular airlines:
Ryanair - 35€ for the regular Sports Equipment, 55€ for a Large Sports Item. It is possible to check in up to 2 Large Sport Items per person per flight. The maximum weight allowed is 20kg, but you might be allowed to fly paying an additional fee of 11€/kg up to 32kg. In general quite a friendly company for both freestyle and creekboats.
EasyJet - The fee is 55€ and only one item per passenger is allowed. You can check in your kayak without problems as kayaks are amongst the items that are allowed on the airline's sports baggage policy. Up to 32kgs. Friendly for both freestyle and creekboats.
Eurowings - Up to 32kg allowed, it has a cost of 50€. Generally a friendly company for both freestyle and creekboats.
Norwegian Airlines - Max dimensions stated on website are 250cmx79cmx112cm. This is more than enough for any freestyle boat and borderline for most modern creekboats. Likely that they would not care about 20cm extra as width and height of the kayaks are much less than their max allowance. 32kg max. weight allowance makes it a good company to chuck your kayaking gear inside your kayak :).
Cost is very reasonable at 30GBP (if booked online) or 50GBP directly at the counter.
Vueling - Kayaks are not on the allowed item list, but surfboards are. You will most likely not have any problems convincing the employees your kayak is actually a paddleboard. The weight limit is 32kg and the maximum length 270cm, which is good for all freestyle boats and many creekboats. The cost is 45€.
Lufthansa - Kayaks are not on the allowed item list, but surfboards are. You will most likely not have any problems convincing the employees your kayak is actually a paddleboard. The maximum length allowed is 3,15m and the maximum weight is 32kg so this is a creekboat-friendly company. The cost is quite elevated, at 70 - 150€ depending if it's a domestic flight or an international flight.
Aer Lingus - Kayaks are not on the allowed item list, but surfboards are. You will most likely not have any problems convincing the employees your kayak is actually a paddleboard. The maximum weight allowed is 23kg and maximum length is 240cm, so freestyle boats are a go, but it is not a friendly company for creekboats. The cost is 40€.
Wizz Air - Kayaks are not on the allowed item list, but surfboards are. You will most likely not have any problems convincing the employees your kayak is actually a paddleboard. A slightly odd company as the price depends on the season and it's higher during the summer months and lower during the winter. Not the most kayak friendly company so better to be avoided if you travel with your boat.
We highly recommend that you book your sports equipment in advance to avoid higher fees in the airport check in, or even worse, finding out that the flight is full and not being allowed to bring your kayak with you on board.
Also, packing your kayak nicely in a bag or using a "sock" for surfboards will maximise the chances that everything goes smoothly and that you don't have any problems.
I AM UNDER 16 AND TRAVELLING ALONE. WHAT COMPANIES ALLOW U16s TO FLY IN THEIR OWN?
Ryanair - This company does not allow unaccompanied minors under 16 years to travel. U16s can travel only in case there is a responsible adult over 16 years of age.
Easyjet - This company does not allow unaccompanied minors under 15 years to travel.
Eurowings - This company allows minors as young as 12 years old to travel unaccompanied. Children between 5 and 11 can also fly if they are accompanied by a sibling over 16 years of age. The company also offers an unaccompanied minors service at an extra charge for passengers younger than 12 years of age. DIRECT FLIGHTS ONLY!
Norwegian - Maybe the best company out there to fly if you are an unaccompanied minor as they accept ages ranging from 5 - 15. From 5 - 11 you will need to contract the Unaccompanied Minor Service. This service is available but only optional from 12-15 and once your 16 you'll be considered an adult.
Vueling - This company allows minors as young as 12 years old to travel unaccompanied. Exception - Italian kids must be at least 14 to be able to travel alone.
Lufthansa - This company allows minors as young as 12 years old to travel unaccompanied. Children between 5 and 11 can also fly if they are accompanied by a sibling over 16 years of age. The company also offers an unaccompanied minors service at an extra charge for passengers younger than 12 years of age, although it is also possible to book for up to 17yo. DIRECT FLIGHTS ONLY!
Aer Lingus - This company allows minors as young as 12 years old to travel unaccompanied. DIRECT FLIGHTS ONLY!
Wizz Air - This company does not allow unaccompanied minors under 16 years to travel. U16s can travel only in case there is a responsible adult over 16 years of age.
REMEMBER: Some countries have specific requirements for any children under 18 years who wish to travel into, out of or within their country. You must contact the country’s embassy website or national authorities for more information before you make your booking, and commence travel as these requirements can vary depending on the country, and can change regularly.
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