Many of the freestyle moves can be attempted on flat water, and this is how many people first get into the sport. Most rivers contain waves and holes that can be used for training purposes. However, advanced events require powerful features such as Sluice weir in Dublin, Curragower in Limerick and Clifton in Galway. Most of Ireland’s top competitors spend time abroad, training on world-class rivers such as the Ottawa in Canada and the White Nile in Uganda.
Freestyle is a sport that is constantly evolving, with new moves being invented every year. The general format for freestyle competition involves each competitor getting a timed run, in which they have to perform as many moves as possible. Scores are awarded for their technical difficulty and the variety of moves the competitor completes.