flatwater Kayak racing
Flatwater kayak racing is an extremely fast sport requiring
paddlers to have a good level of expertise. Racing kayaks (also
known as sprint boats) are lightweight and can be up to 6.2
m (20 ft) in length – with narrow beams built for speed.
Flatwater kayaking has been an Olympic sport since 1936. World championships were held in Dartmouth Nova Scotia in 2009.
Flatwater kayak racing hosted at WIFC can include K1, K2 and K4 races. Courses for men and women cover 200 m, 500m, and 1000m.
Kayaking sprints are held on the North Course portion of the Centre.
WIFC is an IFC (International Canoe Federation) sanctioned venue.
Flatwater racing kayaks are closely related to flatwater racing canoes, with both styles of boat usually training at the same club.
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