I'm proud to officially announce that after so many years of work and developing freestyle scene in Poland, we managed to bring home one of the most prestigious events in Freestyle Kayaking to my hometown - Cracow on 18-20 June 2020. There are a lot of great paddlers here, community is great and it will be amazing to have you visit us! To give you sneak peak to how the playspot looks like - check it here
and to see my ride during Polish Champs 2019 go here
They playspot itself is great, it is at the top of the course with two eddies on both sides and enough place to recover. Despite the main feature there are multiple small holes and waves that if you are bored with main one - you can play with! For the World Cup we have planned work that will make it the hole even deeper allowing big plug-ins and huge tricks to happen for all the boaters!
Cracow, why not?
However you don't have to be top class paddler to visit Cracow as there are other interesting things to do around here!
Krakow (Cracow) is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. It lies in the southern part of Poland on the Vistula River in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian Plateau, 219 meters above sea level. Approximately 300 km (190 miles) north is Warsaw, the capital of Poland, and 100 km (60 miles) south are the Tatra Mountains, forming the southern border of the country. The city covers an area of 327 sq. km, equal to 0.1% of the country's surface area. Krakow lies in a region of temperate climate. Weather changes are frequent due to the friction of humid air masses arriving from the Atlantic Ocean and dry, continental air masses coming in from the east.
July is the warmest month and January the coldest. Western winds, conducive to rainfall, blow in summer, whereas in winter there are predominantly eastern winds, decreasing the amount of precipitation.
It is not a simple task to describe the unique character of Krakow to those who still have not had the opportunity to visit this city. This uniqueness is primarily due to the rare cultural heritage embodied in the city's walls. Here, in the year 1000 a Roman Catholic bishopric was founded. Here, a royal castle was built on Wawel Hill, which became the coronation and burial place of kings, for Krakow was the capital of Poland from the 11th to the 17th century. In 1364, the Krakow Academy was established; the first Polish university (today renamed Jagiellonian University).
Tradition entwines with modern times nearly everywhere you go, and each stone has its own history. There is a multitude of architectural monuments - estimated at 6,000 buildings and other structures. This is supplemented by approximately 2.5 million artefacts collected and displayed in museums, churches and archives. Thanks to the extraordinary accumulation of cultural wealth, the city was registered as one of the 12 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It is impossible to describe or even list all the tourist attractions in Krakow, but each tourist will discover his own "magical" Krakow. While some will follow the footsteps of Nicholas Copernicus, others will be interested in sites linked with John Paul II. Some will be fascinated by the worldwide unique underground corridors of the Wieliczka salt mine, others will wander round the Kazimierz Jewish district and many will stand enchanted in front of the Veit Stoss altar.
Benefiting from its geographical location, Krakow, aiming to become a meeting place of many cultures and nations, has successfully claimed its position as a Central European metropolis - a city of culture, art and science. Several universities are located in Krakow and many world-famous representatives of Polish culture reside in the city.
The John Paul II International Airport Krakow-Balice is based just a few kilometres away from the Kayak course where you can stay in local accommodation, camp, go to the pool, saunas, gym, paintball and many more!
Direct flights to: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bonn/Cologne, Budapest, Copenhagen, Chicago, Dortmund, Dublin, Frankfurt, Glasgow, London, Milan, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Rome, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Vienna, Zurich, in season: Chania, Heraklion, Rhodes. Strong base for both regular and cheap airlines which are friendly for transporting kayaks.
Come to Cracow, see the city and be a part of World Cup 2020!
If you are planning to come for a whole tour - next event on following week will be based in Millau (France) which is a big music&outdoor sports festival, and then World Cup number 2 in Sort, Spain where last World Championships were held and finally to final event of the World Cup - Nottingham, where World Championships 2021 will be held! On the way you can see many rivers, playspots, tourist places or simply beautiful breath-taking views during Euro trip that awaits for you!
Foto: Krakowski Klub Kajakowy/Tomasz Jakubiec