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Woodmill Rodeo

29th June 2019


Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre , Woodmill Lane Swaythling

Information: 03000 200135

Woodmill Outdoor Activity Centre is proud to bring you ‘Woodmill Rodeo’ a moving water event on Saturday 29th June 2019. Woodmill is the only place in the UK that boasts four different types of water.  With a placid water lake, flowing River Itchen, tidal estuary and some thrill ride white water at low tide for kayaking & canoeing.

This makes it a fantastic location for paddle sport, with all abilities and adventures suited perfectly for a Rodeo.

Freestyle kayaking is a whitewater discipline and competitions take place on stationary river features (like Woodmill weir). These can be breaking or partially breaking standing waves, holes and stoppers typically formed at the bottom of small drops or weirs where the water flows back on itself.

**What can you expect?**

Starting with a race on a variety of different crafts such as: white-water kayaks, Sea kayaks, sit on tops, wild-water boats and canoes. The race will start in the ancient salmon pool, contestants will have to navigate their way around markers weaving in and out of the flow. The course consists of 5 buoys which the paddler must touch with their paddle before they can move on. Each contestant will have the opportunity to complete one practice lap and a timed lap. Prizes for the podium finishers!

Secondly a white-water freestyle rodeo on Woodmill weir (the only moving water feature for 80 miles) this will be split in to 3 different age groups. Freestyle is a constantly evolving discipline, with new tricks being developed to complement and improve on existing moves. These moves fall into three categories, entry moves, basic moves and bonuses, and are similar to those performed in freestyle snowboarding, surfing and skating. Spins, flips and turns are accompanied with names including cartwheel, front loop and space godzilla. The freestyle section will be broken down into 3 age ranges 8-15years 16-20years and 21+, this section is for experienced paddlers only. Each contestant will be judge on 3, 45 second runs.

Finally a Try Something New section. Try surfing the wave/hole with any of: white-water kayaks, Sea kayaks, sit on tops, wild-water boats, canoes and SUP’s. Whether you’ve paddled for years or its for first time on whitewater, this is the stage for everyone. Grab a craft and come join the fun!

12:00-13:00 - Racing Stage (ages 8yrs+)
13:00-15:30 - Freestyle Stage, split in to 3 age groups. 8-15yrs, 16-20yrs & 21yrs+
15:30-16:30 - Try Something New (ages 8yrs+)

Finish off the day with a camp fire and prizes for the podium finishers. Bargain for just £5!

This event is about bring the local and not so local paddling community together, whether you’re a racer, freestyler or novice there’s something for everyone! We have lots of big paddle bands coming along to show off their latest products, food stalls and even a couple of activity’s to entertain the family. Follow our social media as we announce the line up.

Why not bring the whole family and try something new or our climbing wall situated right next to our White Water, not to mention trying our delisciuos New Forest Ice Cream!

**What time do I need to be there?**

The gates will open at 11:00 and the first stage will start around 12:00. The registration process may take 5-10 minuets and you will also need to get changed ready for the event.  We therefore recommend that you aim to arrive with plenty of time to ensure you do not miss any of the action.

**What to bring and wear**

We will have a plenty of snacks to purchase at our concession stand including drinks and a BBQ. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink onsite. The event is outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

There is an option to hire equipment for the event, this will needed to be added at the time of booking your event ticket.


There will be an equipment drop-off area at the onsite car park at Woodmill during this event. There is a large, free, public car park adjacent to Riverside Park, a short walk from the centre.  The event is suitable for all ages, under 13's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Dogs other than assistance dogs will not be admitted to events unless otherwise stated.


Event tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged after purchase unless an event is cancelled or postponed.

Events are only likey to be cancelled or postponed in the event of extreme weather or sustained high winds.  In the event of cancellation only the face value of the ticket is refundable. Refunds are normally issued within 10 working days of cancellation or on receipt of returned ticket.

In the event of postponement your tickets will be valid for the new date. If you cannot attend on the new date a full refund will be given on return of the original tickets. You may request transfer to a similar event of equal cost (subject to ticket availability).

In the event of cancellation or postponement, travel or accommodation costs are non-refundable.

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