We are going back to Millau! Millau is the unmatched freestyle training ground in Southern Europe, one of EWWS's favourite locations. Convenient logistic arrangements paired with a world-class feature in a beautiful region offering plenty of paddling alternatives from wave paddling to class III to V rivers.
You can come for the EWWS week only (9th -16th of April) or for 2 weeks and join the Salt-ter Kayak Club gang starting on the 3rd of April. As always, the plan is to hit the whitewater park and score 2 sessions per day. Yet, we will be praying for rain so the mighty local waves come in. We might also hit some of the local runs to take a break from the demanding freestyle training and just enjoy being outdoors with friends. The Middle Tarn and the Lower Dourbie Gorge will be on our radar for the class III-IV paddlers whilst the more senior EWWS paddlers might want to hit the Upper Tarn if levels are right.
As usual the coaching team will be composed by David McClure (IRL), Quim Fontane (CAT) and Agata Sobieral-Jakubiec (PL). As we expect planty of you to sign up for this Camp, we will break down the group in smaller packs so you can make the most of your time on the water. Furthermore, on top of the time you will be coached there will be plenty of opportunity for extra paddling, specially if the Gîte de la Maladrerie, the accommodation right next to the whitewater park reopens and we can use it as our base camp.
ARRIVAL - If you are joining for the 2 weeks then your inbound flight should arrive to Barcelona (BCN) or preferably Girona (GRO) on Sunday the 2nd of April. If you are coming only for the EWWS week, the arrival flight should land in Toulouse (TLS) on Sunday the 9th of April as late as possible.
DEPARTURE - Look for a flight departing from Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO) on Sunday the 16th later than 18:00 or on Monday 17th before 13:00. Let us know if there are no flights available for such schedules and we will figure out a solution.
Day 1 - Pick up in Toulouse + driving to Millau. This is a shuttle day from Toulouse to Millau. Millau is roughly 2:30h away from Toulouse, so it's not a massive drive.
Day 2 - 6. The plan is no plan. The most likely outcome is that we won't have water for the waves or the river runs and therefore we will spend most of the time paddling the hole of the famous Millau Whitewater Course. Yet, expect to rally to the local waves and rivers if conditions are right.
How to know when conditions are right?
Vague de Pinet - We need between 120 and 180m3/s on the Tarn in Millau for this wave to work.
Le Figuier - We need more than 250m3/s on the Tarn in Millau for this wave to work.
Aubenas - We need at least 300m3/s in the Ardeche at Vogüe for this epic section with many waves.
Middle Tarn - We need at least 2,00m on the Tarn in Cocures for this section to work. Same for the Upper Tarn.
Dourbie Gorge - We need at least 0,6m on the Dourbie at le Mazet for this section to work. Same for the other sections of this river.
Day 8 - Driving from Millau to Girona/Barcelona + Drop off. It is time for everyone to head back home, you will still have a whole weekend to enjoy before school starts again.
03.04.2023 - 16.04.2023: 1050,00€
09.04.2023 - 16.04.2023: 1595,00€
- Loco Parentis (24h supervision) from point of drop off at departure airport until hand over at return airport.
- All transport once the camp starts.
- Accommodation in Airbnb-style accommodation.
- World class, personalized, low-ratio coaching led by Quim Fontané, David McClure and Agata Sobieraj.
- All meals included except one eat out per week and the meals during transit.
- Final review to help your progression once the camp finishes.
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.
- A suitable travel insurance.
- About 50,00€ spending money per week.
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 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 😉
MY ENGLISH IS NOT THAT GOOD... IS THIS OK?
Can you think of any better opportunity to study English over the summer 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!
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.
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!
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.