Blazing Paddles Boatercross

It’s gonna get hot… Blazing Paddles goes down on the channels of the world’s largest manmade whitewater river as competitors face off one-on-one. 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 three mandatory gates, with up to six 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.

Event Details:

  • Date – June 16, 2018
  • Format –
    • Heat based, single elimination style tournament with the top two from each heat moving on
    • Participants will race until a champion is crowned
  • Time – 1:30pm


  • Pre-registration – through June 14
    • $25
  • Race Day registration
    • $35


  • 12:30pm – Blazing Paddles Packet Pickup and Race Day registration begins
  • 1:15pm – Blazing Paddles Packet Pickup and Race Day registration ends
  • 1:30pm – Blazing Paddles Boatercross begins
  • TBD – Blazing Paddles Boatercross Awards


Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers



Additional Event Info:

  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at
  • Whitewater Race Series Refund and Transfer Policy:
    • Race Registration is non-refundable
    • A 100% registration transfer must be requested 2 months (or more) in advance of race day via
    • A 50% registration transfer must be requested 1 month (or more) in advance of race day via
    • Registration transfers are only applicable to the same race the following year
  • All purchased Whitewater Race Series add-on gear must be collected during packet pick-up. Items will not be shipped.
    • If the purchased add-on items are unable to be picked up during packet pick-up, items will be held at Outfitters for pick-up for one week from the date of the event (seven days).
    • It is the participant’s responsibility to email to arrange pick-up.
    • After seven days, all unclaimed items will be donated.
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Restrooms are located at the main USNWC River Center and the Pump House Biergarten
  • Locker rooms/showers are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • All guests are required to pay a $6 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $50