What the best I can do for my favourite sport discipline and life passion? Training in different places, travelling, taking a part in sports events all around the world is something what push every paddler forward and it’s very important for individual development. The question is what a single paddler can do to develop his sport?
In 2009 me and my Dad decided to organize Polish Championships in Freestyle Kayaking in our home city Jelenia Góra. Why we made that decision? Maybe because nobody else want to do it. In this time Freestyle Kayaking was still very young in Poland and we knew if we wont do that competition nobody cares ... and probably freestyle will die. It was 4th than Dunajec.
With cooperation with our friends from kayak club and others we found some sponsors, which wasn’t easy and we also invest our private money to do that event . For me and my Dad that was the beginning of fight for better and bigger promotion of freestyle kayaking in Poland. We still didn’t have any playspot which was the biggest problem in organizing all event. Our friends from Ecoland Sp. Z O.O. who have a power plant on Bóbr River (Beaver River) helped us a lot and together we’ve built our first playspot. It wasn’t as good as it is now, but after long time we finally had some place for training and competition and that was the beginning of Bóbr River Games.
In years 2009-2013 we organized five edtitions of Polish Championships in Freestyle Kayaking every time making something new, like new categories, fun events, or nice prizes. In 2011 we build our playspot with all needed permitions and it is working till now, and what’s the most important everyone is welcome to paddle there.
This year our competition doesn’t have a Polish Championship status, but that means me, my Dad, Zosia and group of our friends made together something special. This year different kayak club want to organize competition too! Now we don’t have the only one freestyle event in the wild water per year. We have two events in holeriding and another two on the flatwater. In this year was also the first edition of UMPA UMPA TRUSKAWA KAYAK GAMES where in program was also freestyle kayaking and even Big Air Contest. That makes the future of freestyle kayaking in Poland looking very good. Even we started preparations to the big kayak competitions tour which will be combined from kayak events in different parts of Poland.
I know this is not only my contribution. For all this years we were organizning kayak freestyle events (five times Polish Championships) together with my team mates from Karkonoski Klub Kajakowy, and group of close friends. Of course in Poland are more kayakers with good ideas and desire to do something but in 2009 we were completely alone and we made something what in my opinion saved freestyle kayaking in Poland and now with pleasure I can invite you to one of our fast developing sport events.
I would like to invite you all to the Beaver River Games 2014 which will kick off in the first weekend of September in Jelenia Góra (Poland) on Beaver (Bóbr) river.
This year with help of our sponsors we can provide cash prizes for top five men and top five woman in freestyle kayaking pro categories and for top three men and woman in overall Bóbr River Cup Polish Champs and first made in river other (6000 PLN in total). This year we are doing for the first time competition in 8 Ball where the best woman and the best man will win a new G’Power Harpoon paddle. In program instead of Freestyle and 8 Ball we have also Creek Race and The Best Trick Contest. During all competition everyone can test new Dagger boats like Mamba 8.6, Mamba 8.1 and Jitsu 5.9 plastic and carbon.
Ater that six years of trying to organize a good event and fighting for better future for myself and for my passion finally I can look forward and be sure that everything is going in a good direction.
If you would like to do something for your passion – kayaking just try. I’m sure you will find someone, as I found, who will help you and together you will make some nice sport event, build a playspot or do something else what will help to develop yourself and all discipline.
About the author
About the author
Bronze medalist at the 2013 Freestyle Kayaking World Championships, and with a cabinet load more trophies behind him, Poland’s Tomasz Czaplicki (that’s Cha-plick-ee) is a quiet powerhouse of the world freestyle scene.