Be 2019 race ready with the Woo Outrigger Downwind Camp

Downwind aficionado’s look no further! January 2019 brings you the opportunity to learn or improve your down-wind paddling skills with Woo Outrigger in the tropical seas of Guadeloupe.  Woo founder Guy Ringrave, discusses the camp that will take place from the 5th January 2019 in Saint Francois. Situated just 300m from the beach it is an idyllic situation to paddle and to take advantage of the tropical scenery. If you are the owner of an OC1 or regularly practice paddling as a part of a club and want to start your downwind career in a safe environment, then this is the workshop for you!

Who’s Woo?

The Woo brand is born from my passion for outrigger canoeing, our canoes are considered to offer the highest performance within the market and have been designed to give you the added inch on your competition – whether paddling recreationally or competitively, Woo has the right fit for you. The Woo downwind camp will give you the chance to paddle these world-class OC1’s as well as benefit from excellent coaching from both myself and Benoit Arribat – a combined paddling experience of in excess of twenty years. Arribat combines his passion for OC with his role as a physical and mental preparation coach for the French Olympic sailing team and will help you to develop an individual program of muscular strengthening to ensure you are well prepared to get the most out of the camp.

The Camp

The downwind camp offers 3 levels of paddling to choose from depending on your ability or goals. In all 3 you will be totally immersed in downwind paddling – being on the ocean for 6 half days from Monday to Friday. Within the 6 days of paddling you will grow accustomed to the OC, acquire paddling techniques and downwind skills all whilst paddling a world class specification outrigger canoe. Made of carbon, the Woo OC1 weighs no more than 22lbs (10kg) for its 6.30m length – a lot of boat for little weight! This week-long workshop is aimed at individuals who are physically fit – while you don’t need to be a high level athlete you must be capable of paddling 12.4 miles with a minimum average speed of 5 miles/ hour (8km/hr). Each day will be organised in accordance with the wind conditions and discussed with all workshop participants in order to ensure that all paddlers get the most out of the camp.


The sumptuous villa offers a luxurious place to relax after a day’s paddling. Comprising of 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, the 249m ² accommodation is situated just 300m from the lagoon, has a panoramic view and tropical garden to enjoy and unwind in. The villa is ideally located for you to take advantage of your free time. Bicycles are available to visit the surrounding area and explore the many sights it offers.


The camps are over a week-long period
Saturday January 5th to Saturday January 12th
Saturday January 12 to Saturday January 19
Saturday 19 January to Saturday 26 January – ZE RACE
Saturday, January 26 to Saturday, February 2


Included in the costs are airport transfers, boat rental, coaching, safety boat, a restaurant meal and Woo downwind T-shirt. Paddle and Buoyancy aid are not supplied. Price for the Downwind camp is 650 euro (6 downwind runs in the week). Accommodation is from 750€  for  a single, 189€ for a shared room of 4,  See here for more details!

Interested, so what next?

Contact Guy at the above email and get packing!
Deposit of 350€ for the DW Camp and for the full amount for your accommodation (depending
on the chose of room). Payment by bank transfer only.

Booking Contact

Woo Downwind camps

2 allée des artisans
ZA du Redon – 64600 Anglet.

About the Author

Helen Trehoret

SUP, OC1, V6, Surfski ... and field hockey coaching, Helen is a busy British mother of two who lives in Bretagne, France with a passion for all things Ocean. Helen runs Barrachou SUP, a SUP tour company specialized in excursions around Bretagne and Scotland.

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