Paddle Royale: strategic, ambitious, and winner-takes-all. Utilizing your finest SUPing skills, go head to head with other competitors in this single elimination showdown. Complete a series of checkpoints in the Lower Pond for this heat-based race.  

For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in their respective discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment. Please note that no leashes are allowed during competition.

Thursday, April 25 – 5:30pm

Register for any SUP race here.

Six paddlers per heat will race head-to-head in this single-elimination competition. Participants will navigate their way through a minimum of three mandatory gates throughout 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 their respective discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment. Please note that no leashes are allowed during competition.

Friday, April 26 – 3:00pm

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

The Half Dozen SUP Race is the stand-up paddleboard version of the Baker’s Dozen Kayak Race. The fastest paddler to complete six laps in this mass start, head to head race down the Wilderness Channel will be crowned champion. For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in their respective discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment. Please note that no leashes are allowed during competition.

Saturday, April 27 – 2:15pm

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

Staying upright is the key in this single elimination and distance based race. Stand-up paddleboarders are challenged to navigate the Competition Channel while standing (only feet may be touching the board). The distance will be marked where each competitor kneels, sits, swims, or puts a hand down on the board. Winners will be determined by the participant that sends the farthest distance along the course while standing. If more than one competitor completes the entirety of the channel, a head-to-head round will determine the winner. For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in their respective discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment. Please note that no leashes are allowed during competition.

Saturday, April 27 – 5:00pm

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

Sunday morning’s Flatwater SUP Race is perfect for both the new paddler wanting to test out their racing skills as well as the seasoned and elite level racer alike. Both the recreational 1.25 mile and the advanced 2.5 mile distances circumnavigate Sadler Island on the Catawba River. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gear. Board lengths for the recreational 1.25 mile race must be below 12′. The advanced 2.5 mile race is open to all board lengths. Limited SUP equipment (board, paddle, PFD) is available for rent on a first come, first serve basis. Racers renting equipment will need to do so at the Kayak Center prior to race start.

Sunday, April 28 – 9:30am

Race starts and finishes at the Flatwater Dock. Register for any SUP race here.