Grab your goggles and head to the Catawba River for Swim the Ford, Tuck Fest’s open water swimming race. Named after the Tuckaseegee Ford, this race will feature a sprint triathlon distance (.75k) and an Olympic triathlon distance (1.5k) near the flatwater dock. The shorter distance will be a single lap format, while the longer distance will be two laps.

This race is not intended for recreational swimming (ie: playing in the water), and swimmers should be confident in their own abilities as this is a self-assisted race. In order to participate, swimmers are required to bring their own brightly colored swim cap.

Tuck Fest’s Flatwater SUP Race is perfect for the new paddler and the elite racer alike. Choose between the recreational 3 mile or the pro 6 mile distances, both of which start and finish on the Catawba River. This lap based race around Sadler Island will begin with a mass start from the USNWC flatwater dock. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gear. Board lengths for the recreational 3 mile race must be below 12′. The pro 6 mile is open to all board lengths. A limited number of SUP gear packages are available on a first come, first serve the morning of the race.

Racers will meet at the Catawba River dock. Racers renting equipment will need to do so at the Kayak Center prior to race start so they can be at the dock by race start time.

2015 Results

Think you have what it takes to be the King of SUP? Compete in all three Tuck Fest whitewater SUP events (SUP Cross, SUP Enduro, FW SUP) to vie for the coveted title. Points will be awarded in each race according to finishing order (first place is awarded 1 point, second place is awarded 2 points, etc…) with the lowest overall score being crowned the King.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

2015 Results

Paddle your way around Sadler Island on a sit-on-top kayak during the Flatwater Kayak Race. This race will be broken up into 1.5 mile and 3 mile distances. Kayaks are included on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Racers will need to check-in for the flatwater kayak race at the Flatwater Center to receive a paddle and PFD. After receiving equipment all racers will proceed to the Catawba River Dock.

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall Male/Female finishers.

Know your way around whitewater on a SUP? Ready to put your skills to the test? This head-to-head, single elimination race will feature up to six racers per heat navigating their way through a minimum of three mandatory gates on the Wilderness Channel. Scores will be calculated based on finishing order and gate completion, with the winner advancing to the next round.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Results

Think you have what it takes to be the King of Kayak? Compete in all Tuck Fest kayak events (Whitewater Enduro, Boatercross, Freestyle, Flatwater kayak, Citizen Slalom) to vie for the coveted title. Points will be awarded in each race according to finishing order (first place is awarded 1 point, second place is awarded 2 points, etc…) with the lowest overall score being crowned the King.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

This single elimination, head-to-head kayak race will take place down the class III and IV rapids of the Competition Channel. Each competitor is guaranteed one timed run down the Competition Channel with a minimum of 3 mandatory gates, with up to 6 boaters participating in each heat. Head-to-head runs will follow based on rankings from timed runs, with the fastest competitors advancing to the next round.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Boats must be plastic and no longer than 9ft, C1s and K1s will race in the same category.

The Baker’s Dozen Kayak Race race will test the strength and speed of each participant on the world’s largest manmade whitewater river. This mass-start race will begin in the upper pond. Boaters will complete 13 laps on the Wilderness Channel as quickly as possible while racing head-to-head.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater and provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Boats must be plastic and no longer than 9 feet, C-1’s and K-1’s will race in the same category.

The freestyle kayak competition will be held at a feature along the whitewater channels determined on the day. Each competitor will be allotted three 45 second rides to display their best routine. Boaters will be judged on completed moves, style, and bonus trick points.

Pick up your paddle, strap on your PFD and helmet, and hop on your board for the SUP Enduro race. Similar to the format of the Kayak Bakers Dozen Race, participants will complete six laps navigating the various whitewater features of the Wilderness Channel. This will be a mass start, head-to-head race.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Ready to put your hard earned slalom skills to the test? Jump in on the Citizens Slalom race for a test of your whitewater slalom skills. This timed event will include upstream and downstream gates along the USNWC’s freestyle channel. Recreational and slalom boats welcome. This race will also serve as the Southeast regional slalom qualifier. For more information on the selection criteria, please visit the USACK website.

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

2015 Results