Water Ramp and Airbag Schedule 2022

Fortune Freestyle runs water ramp and airbag camps where athletes can safely practice jumps on both trampoline and on skis jumping into a water (lake or pool) or onto an airbag.

 

This year Fortune Freestyle will be running camps at three facilities over the summer and into the fall:

 

The Horseshoe and Lac Beauport water ramps are very user-friendly and cater to athletes of all skill levels and disciplines (moguls and slope). These are both great venues for newer athletes trying their first ramp camp, as well as more experienced athletes working on flips and continuing to progress their skills. The Maximise airbag facility has somewhat larger jumps, with a landing on a sloped airbag. The facility tends to be best-suited for athletes who are comfortable with medium to large jumps or have previously jumped on an airbag (eg. the airbag at Camp Fortune) or water ramp.

Overall, all of  these camps run by Fortune Freestyle are welcoming to athletes of all abilities and, of course, a lot of fun!

 

More information regarding who should attend water ramp and airbag camps is provided below.

 

Our 2022 water ramp and airbag schedule is as follows:

 

Water Ramp (locations as indicated)

  • June 11-12: Horseshoe [TENTATIVE – FO HPP Camp for Ontario Team and Dev Squad Athletes, including ramp, tramp and fitness testing - TBC]

  • July 1-2-3 (Canada Day long weekend): Lac Beauport

  • July 16-17-18: Lac Beauport

  • July 30-31-August 1 (August long weekend): Horseshoe

  • August 19-20-21: Lac Beauport

  • September 2-3-4 (Labour Day long weekend): Lac Beauport

Airbag (Maximise)*

  • June 17-19

  • July 15-16, (17 off), 18-19, (20 off), 21-22

  • August 12-13, (14 off), 15-16, (17 off), 18-19

  • September 2-5

  • October 1-2

  • October 15-16

*note that while Maximize training has been organized as camps, depending upon the number of athletes participating, it should be possible for athletes to attend only a part (select days) of a camp.

Please note that the above schedule is subject to change, including as a result of changes in COVID restrictions, and having the minimum number of athletes registered for each date.  As such, when booking accommodations, please carefully consider cancellation policies.

 

If you are an existing Fortune Freestyle athlete, please indicate your availability ASAP in Teamsnap (the above dates are all entered in the Rec Roster calendar) to facilitate planning. We need to know the number of athletes to plan coaching, and to price the training appropriately (with more athletes we can offer training at a lower cost to participants), and if not enough athletes are signed up, training days or camps may be cancelled. If you are new to Fortune Freestyle, please contact Colin Ingram (colin.ingram@rogers.com) to indicate your interest, or if you have any questions. Pricing and registration will be available in May.

We will be ensuring that public health COVID guidelines are respected and enforced during the camps.  Parents are responsible to be informed about public health recommendations and to ensure their child understands them. More specific information about COVID measures at the camps will be shared closer to the date of the camps.

General Information

Who should attend ramp camps:

Fortune Freestyle Water Ramp and Airbag camps are perfect for any athlete looking for some summer freestyle fun!

 

Water ramp and airbag are great environments for athletes to work on all jumps – spins, uprights, etc. – not just flips 

 

For athletes who want to learn higher level jumps (e.g. flips, off-axis tricks – e.g. corks, flat spins, loops)  – water ramp or airbag is essential – as these tricks must first be learned, practiced and qualified on water ramp or airbag before the trick can be performed on snow. Athletes wishing to work on tricks which require qualification should plan on attending multiple camps over the course of the summer. If you have questions about the qualification process – please reach out to your coach (or Colin or Dillon – contact particulars below).

 

In terms of basic skill level, athletes who are looking to try airbag or water ramp for the first time should:

  • be comfortable with medium-sized jumps. 

  • have a consistent take-off (pop) and be able to execute straight airs with solid landings on smaller jumps.

  • have the physical and mental stamina needed to train for a relatively long day. The training sessions are physically demanding; athletes are required to walk up the hill with their equipment, jump multiple times per session and engage in trampoline training in between jump sessions

 

Athletes will need:

General - Applicable to both Water Ramp and Airbag:

  • A valid freestyle membership and licence (note that memberships purchased for the ski season expire on June 30th). A provincial-level licence will be required to attend camps at Maximise or Lac Beauport. You will be prompted to renew your membership and licence during the registration process

  • Ski Boots. Your normal ski boots will do – but they will get wet… 

  • Ski socks. Even though it is summer, most athletes wear socks in their boots. Because they get wet… it is nice to have a dry pair on hand if you do more than one ramp session in the day

  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved skiing helmet (not a bike helmet) with ear covers.

  • Mouthguard ( recommended for inverts)

  • Sunscreen

  • Running shoes, yoga mat and thera band (if you have one) for warm up and cool down

  • Gloves. Required for Maximise and highly recommended for water ramp if athlete is doing grabs (to prevent cuts), but also desirable on colder days. Neoprene diving/aquatic gloves or water ski gloves work well for water ramp

  • Rain gear

  • Yoga mat or camping chair

  • Water bottle (labelled)

  • Wax (waxed skis run better on the ramps).  Even candle wax will work

Additional – Airbag (Maximise):

  • 1 or 2 pairs of skis. Skis can be similar to what you use on show (e.g. twin tips). Note that Maximise is very picky about equipment used on their airbag – your equipment will be closely inspected before you are allowed to jump. The skis must not be damaged in any way (no cracks/breaks in the edges, no delamination). The ski edges will be ground before use on the Maximise airbag (rendering them unusable on snow)

  • Gloves (there is a rope tow to assist with climbing… and also for grabs)

  • Elbow and knee pads – soft shell (e.g. G-force) not hard plastic like used for skateboarding. Maximise sells pads on site… but does not always have stock and it may be cheaper to purchase pads elsewhere. You are best to come prepared.

Additional – Water Ramp (Lac Beauport and Horseshoe):​

  • 1 or 2 pairs of older skis. Note that skis often break when water ramping, or sometimes get lost in the lake at Horseshoe – it is good to have an extra pair. Look for cheap second hand skis (e.g. on Kijiji). Mogul skiers will want skis similar to their regular mogul skis (same length or slightly shorter than what you use on snow, relatively narrow, preferably no binding risers or heavy mounting plates).  Skis with smaller surface area (narrower) make for softer impact on the water.

  • Lifejacket

  • Wetsuit. Optional, but definitely recommended for cooler weather. The water can be cold first thing in the morning on Labour Day Weekend ;)

  • Bathing suit and towel

  • Tethers (e.g. long shoe laces) to attach your skis to you when water ramping (so that you don’t lose your skis in the lake or pool!)

 

Where to stay:

 

Lac Beauport

 

Horseshoe

Maximise

 

For additional information about water ramp and airbag camps please contact Colin Ingram (colin.ingram@rogers.com) or Dillon Mallory (dvrmskier@gmail.com).