Saint Pierre de Boeuf
12 - 18 years
Girona (GRO) or Barcelona (BCN); Lyon (LYS)
Hole Freestyle, Fun
Saint Pierre is an amazing spot for freestyle kayaking in Europe during the summer months! No need to worry about water levels being right here as the Rhone supplies all the water you'll ever need.
The course boasts a natural river feel, packed with thrilling drops and exciting features. It's nestled amidst an idyllic, lush green landscape that simply radiates good vibes.
Our main focus for the week is all about taking your freestyle kayaking skills up a notch. We'll be spending plenty of time on the water, with two long sessions each day. And when the sun sets, brace yourself for the adrenaline rush of swimming down the course's massive top drop. People have swam this thing in every fashion or style but people always come up with new ideas, so what is it going to be?
Expect the freestyle coaching to get highly technical and specific. We'll be using the same strategies that have helped rising stars like Tim Rees, Leah Hough, Ben Higgson, Nanase Okazaki, and Jools Gardner shine at recent World Championships. Now it's your turn to refine your skills and make a mark on the grand stage!
FLY IN/OUT & PICK UPS -You'll need to book a flight arriving to Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO) before 12:00AM on the Friday 19th of July. If you cannot find a flight matching this requirement let us know so we can figure out an alternative.
DROP OFF – Aim to book the flight leaving on Thursday the 25th of July after 12:00 from Lyon (LYS).
Day 1 will be a transfer day from Girona to Saint Pierre. The drive is quite long so you will need to be patient.
The first couple days will be all about getting familiar with the course and the features, it will also give time to the coaches to assess what you need help with so they can start helping by giving you the feedback that will put you in the right direction.
One of our goals will be to broaden your range of tricks as well as helping you become more consistent and precise with the ones you already do. Corrections will happen both whilst you are on the water and by getting you on the bank and doing visualisation exercises. In the evenings we will likely do other workshops involving video analysis as well as
✔️ Loco Parentis (24h supervision) from point of drop off until hand over or check in completion at return airport.
✔️ All meals included except one eat out and meals during travel.
✔️ Accommodation in bungalows or an airbnb-style accommodation around Saint Pierre.
✔️ World class, personalised, low-ratio coaching led by Quim Fontané & Agata Sobieraj.
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 a freestyle boat we have a complete fleet of freestyle boats to rent out starting at 25€/day.
➕ A suitable travel insurance.
➕ About €80,00 spending money.
I JUST LEARNT TO SPIN, CAN I JOIN?
We do not look for world-class paddlers (hopefully we will help you become one). We look for motivated, passionate and open-minded individuals ready to commit to a full-on week that will transform your paddling and develop your thinking! A solid roll and basic freestyle skills make you a potential Burner! It is your mindset that counts. Expect to be pushed hard.
WHAT BOAT SHOULD I BE BRINGING WITH ME?
The only right choice for this camp is a freestyle boat.
WHAT SORT OF STUFF DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
Sleeping bag, documents (ID, passport…), some pocket money, your favorite board game, a book, an open mind, lots of motivation… oh, and your kayaking gear might be useful too ;)
HOW DOES THE ACCOMMODATION LOOK LIKE?
Currently looking for the best base we can find, we'll keep you posted.
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 KAYAKING GEAR DO I NEED TO BRING?
It can be really hot in Saint Pierre at this time of the year. A shorty cag would be out preferred option. Also, it is only allowed to swim in the course with proper shoes. The rest of gear you need is the usual equipment you'd take to go freestyle kayaking. A thruster is also strongly recommended.
Are you missing any piece of gear? Not to worry, the EWWS runs an online shop and we can sort you out - as an EWWS you can enjoy a 10% discount for most products of our shop.
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.
If in doubt, please use the live chat in the corner to make sure the camp in Saint Pierre de Boeuf is suitable for your age and experience.