Aussies Represent at 2023 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships

The 2023 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships have come to a close in Columbus, USA, after a six day program saw four Australian paddlers...

2023 Australian Canoe Freestyle Team Announced

Paddle Australia (PA) is pleased to announce the Australian Canoe Freestyle Team for 2023. Following selection at the 2023 PA Canoe Freestyle Championships in Penrith...

Grand Prix 2 and Australian Open UPDATE

Paddle Australia wishes to advise that the remainder of today’s Canoe Sprint Grand Prix 2 events at Sydney International Regatta Centre have been cancelled...


Australia’s canoe sprint and canoe slalom stars have arrived in Penrith ahead of the final selection event for the Australian team this weekend. Olympic gold...

Entries Open for Paddle Australia 2023 National Events

The Paddle Australia domestic season ramps up in coming weeks, with a number of exciting national events in February - April. Entries are now OPEN...

Canoe Freestyle is a whitewater Canoe Disicpline where the paddler performs a range of acrobatic tricks and manoeuvres on a river feature such as a wave or hole. Canoe Freestyle, also referred to as Playboating, is enjoyed by many as a recreational sport. At the top level, Canoe Freestyle athletes participate in competitions both nationally and internationally. The sport is constantly moving forward with paddlers with new spectacular moves emerging at each competition, year in, year out.

The moves and tricks are similar to those seen from Freestyle snowboarders, surfers and skaters, where the athlete completes spins, flips, turns and more. What’s more with today’s boats, athletes can get the kayak completely airborne while performing tricks.

There are nearly 30 different moves, including the 180-pointer Helix (a 360° spin with at least 180° of which the boat must be inverted. The boat must also be aerial at some point of the inverted part of the move) and the 10-pointer Spin (a 360° rotation of the boat at a 0°-45° vertical angle). Other colourfully named moves are the Roundhouse, the Phonics Monkey, the McNasty and the Donkey Flip.

2023 Selection Criteria Supplement

2023 Paddle Australia Canoe Freestyle Selection Criteria Supplement – 10/2/2023

2022 Selection Criteria Supplement

2022 Paddle Australia Canoe Freestyle Selection Criteria Supplement – 19/1/22

2022 Selection Procedures Policy

2022 Paddle Australia Selection Procedures Policy

2022 PA Canoe Freestyle Championships and Selection Competition

Paddle Australia Canoe Freestyle Technical Committee (PACFTC)

Chair: Peter Newland

Vice Chair: Eileen Callaghan

Athlete Representative: Jack Newland

Members: Sue Robb and Gary Finlay

Strategic Plan for Canoe Freestyle in Australia

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