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We are happy to inform you that from now on C1 kayaks are allowed to start at the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship, provided that they fulfill the boat requirements listed in our race regulations as well as our safety requirements (see extract below)

1.3. Equipment
Only creeker type kayaks that meet the following criteria and latest safety standards are permitted:

  • made of PE plastic
  • boats with a maximum length of 275 cm (9 feet)
  • with a minimum weight of 18kg (complete)
  • a large cockpit that the paddler can escape from easily
  • with high volume ends that encourage the boat to resurface quickly
  • with similar volume in both the front and rear of the boat
  • must be fitted with a full plate footrest or similar (Yakima type touring footrests are not permitted. Solid foam foot plates are allowed)
  • with a minimum of two attachment points in the front (in front of the paddler) and a minimum of two  attachment points at the rear (behind the paddler) that are strong enough to rescue a pinned kayak (at least 500 kg)
  • rear airbags must be fitted
  • with no constructional changes, apart from those offered and sold by the manufacturer and provided that these changes do not impact the safety standards. Handles, full plate footrests and pillars must not be removed!
  • with no constructional damage, in particularly cracks in the shell of the boat

All participants must wear: 

- a helmet conforming to EN1385 Norm
 and recognized by the adidas Sickline Safety Commission (list)
- a white water buoyancy aid conforming to EN393 Norm or ISO 12402-5 Norm and recognized by the adidas Sickline Safety Commission (list)
- sufficient protection against cold water, i.e. a dry suit or a neoprene suit
- boats with a foam wall need two airbags on each side in the back, boats without a foam wall need 1 big airbag 

However, please note that we do not open a separate category for C1. We have one category for men and one category for women at the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship.

We look forward to welcome you in Oetz and see you racing on the Wellerbrücke rapids.