Downhill longboard camp - Camp Woodwings
THE DOWNHILL & FREERIDE CAMP

The academy

OUR COACHING PROGRAM

The Camp Woodwings Downhill Academy, recognized by the International Downhill Federation (IDF), is known worldwide for its progressive (and safe) approach. With our coaching program, tailored to each participant, both starting and experienced longboarders have the unique opportunity to hone their skills in a safe environment. Under the watchful eye of our experienced and trained coaches, lessons are constantly adjusted to your pace and level. Our goal is not only to teach you the (basic) principles of (downhill) longboarding but also to build your confidence so that you feel comfortable when you are on your board. You will develop a solid base to longboard on your own and make downhill longboarding a constant sport in your life. The great time in the mountains and the lifelong friendships, you'll get for free! Below, we would like to explain exactly how we work:

STEP 1 - LEARN TO LONGBOARD

Are you all fired up about the longboard craze and eager to learn your first steps? Or do you already have some weeks of experience? Are you an advanced beginner but would like to master the basic techniques? Then our 'Learn to longboard' lesson is for you! We start the week with the absolute basics of longboarding: we check your stance on your longboard, we train your stability on one leg so you can push and brake better, we work on your push and footbrake technique, we teach you your first turns and carves and we work together on your fall technique to avoid injuries. With this basic lesson, you will be 100% prepared for step 2 of our coaching program.

 

 

STEP 2 - IMPROVE YOUR LONGBOARD

Do you master the basics of longboarding? Are you an advanced longboarder but want to control your slides better? Or are you looking for tips and advice to get more control over your board? Then our 'Improve your longboard' course is made for you! After fine-tuning your turning and carving technique, we switch to your (first?) slides. We'll teach you various exercises to perform slides that bring you to a complete stop, both for the heelside 'coleman' slide, as well as the toeside slide. Do you master this technique? Then we switch to your first pre-drift slides so you can slow down for turns in a controlled way without losing too much speed. Easy peasy? Step 3, here we come!

 

 

STEP 3 - EXCEL YOUR LONGBOARD

The real deal: training on our closed downhill road! Have you laid a good foundation after going through steps 1 and 2 of our Downhill Academy? Or are you already an advanced longboarder and want to learn new slides? Then our 'Excel your longboard' lesson is for you! We give you all the tools you need to descend a road in a safe and controlled way. We start with the basics of slides. In the first lesson, we will work on your heelside 'coleman' slide and toeside slide so that you master them for 100% to safely make an emergency stop. Next, we will switch to pre-drifting the turns. This is a slide technique that allows you to slow down in order to 'grip' the turn in a controlled way. Depending on your preference, we then work on your (first?) stand up heelside and toeside slides. These slides provide you with a wide range of maneuvers to descend a road in a stylish but controlled manner. Want even more adrenaline? Then get ready for step 4 - advanced race tactics!
 

 

STEP 4 - ADVANCED RACE TACTICS

Do you already have a lot of experience in downhill skateboarding and want to get ready for your first real race? Do you want to start faster and push harder? Do you want to tuck aerodynamically or draft more efficiently? Do you want accurate pre-drifts to make the most of the apex of your turn? Then the 'Advanced race tactics' class is for you! Our coaches are pro riders with years of experience in international downhill races. They can give you tips and tricks like no other. With the necessary theoretical explanations and specific exercises, your technique will be refined. They will be there & happy to help for all your questions about racing, traveling, sponsorships, etc. 
 
 
 
 

RENT & PURCHASE EQUIPMENT

As an absolute beginner, do you not have your own equipment yet or as an advanced longboarder, do you want to practice a new longboard discipline all week long? No worries! We rent out the latest gear and the best protective gear, ranging from complete setups to full-face helmets, at bargain prices! Don't forget to mention this when booking.

Would you like to buy your own protective gear or are you looking for a new setup? With our large offer of high-quality brands we will - with no doubt - be able to help you in our shop. Want to make sure that your size of protective gear will be available in the shop? Send us an email to info@campwoodwings.com and we will take care of it!

 

LESSON PACKAGE

The lesson package is inclusive and provides a minimum of 2.5 hours of lessons per day. On the first day, the instructor evaluates your level and then we train you with a personal program. Under the guidance and care of our experienced team of instructors, these lessons are always adapted to your pace and level.

Wearing a helmet and the appropriate protective gear is always mandatory. With high impact mattresses and safety nets we ensure optimal safety on the closed road for your longboard lessons!