Solkan, Slovenia

River: Soča

Sprint course: Semi artificial course

Regulated water flow

Length: 295 meters

Width: 18 – 45 m

Flow rate: 35 – 50 m3

Classic course:

Natural course with parts of III.- WW and flat water



Kayak centre Solkan already hosted the ICF Wildwater Canoeing World Championships in 2013, ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom/Wildwater European Championships in 2008, 2012 and 2016. We can all agree that all events were a great success. Nevertheless, the organisation of the championships is an additional challenge for our organisational committee and many others taking part in realisation of this sporting event. Once again we are preparing ourselves to carry out professional and attractive championships, accompanied by an interesting additional programme in relaxing surroundings and in pleasant natural environment.

As this is one of the most important competitions under auspices of European Canoe Association we expect the participation of the best European competitors in junior and U23 categories.

The local canoeing club built a new kayak centre in 2005 with the help of a city and the government. A modern sports centre had grown at the site of a former sawmill and paper mill also with additional help of the European funds.

Kayak centre includes a partially artificial channel in the natural channel of the river which is suitable for training at different water levels. 300 meters long track and a modern facility adjacent to it allow the organisation of any competition and training session for beginners and the best paddlers as well.
The course on the Soča River is made of stone and is 450 meters long and has a 2.7 meters fall. The water flow is controlled by hydropower plants with a lot of water coverage. The power plant is situated 750 meters up the river. The course has arranged access to water, trails for paddlers and stands for spectators. In a few years of its existance the kayak centre has become well known for popular and interesting events during the day and in the evenings, when floodlights illuminate the course which makes the venue even more attractive for the audience.