The Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno, Nevada was host to an estimated 30,000 spectators who jammed the riverbank to see some of the world’s top river boaters compete in the fourth annual Reno River Festival.

The festival celebrations took place in Reno’s typically gorgeous sunny weather and included a kayak expo with dozens of retailers and exhibitors, a charity raft race, paddling clinics for beginner boaters, a food and beer garden, and live music at the riverside amphitheater.

On Saturday the freestyle finals opened With a flow of about 700 cfs. Competitors threw down in front of 8,000 spectators jamming the banks of the Truckee River.

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The Reno River Festival takes place at the $1.5 million Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield, located in the heart of the booming downtown business and arts district in downtown Reno. The park is both Nevada’s and the region’s first whitewater park and kayak slalom racing course and totals 2,600 feet in length. The park is rated a class 2 to 3 for difficulty (on a scale of 1 to 6) and features north and south channels that surround a city park on an island in the river, 11 “drop pools” and boulders for kayaking maneuvers, a slalom racing course, and 7,000 tons of smooth flat rocks along the shores for easy river access and spectator seating. for details about the annual Reno River Festival. For kayaking packages and the area’s best hotel rate, logon to target=new and find the lowest guaranteed rates online.
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Sunday’s action included a downriver kayak race and boater cross finals.

It was another gorgeous cloudless Nevada day as Ed Gordon , Devon Barker and Jason Craig finished first in their respective divisions. In the boater cross finals Josh Bechtel edged out Andrew Holcombe for the top spot in the men’s fnals and 17 year old Emily Jackson finished ahead of Tanya Faux and Devon Barker for the top spot in the women’s category.

Truckee River locals Jay Kincaid and 13 year old Jason Craig took honors at their home playhole saturday, placing first in the men’s and junior’s freestyle comp at the Reno River Festival in Reno, Nevada. Tanya Faux edged out Emily Jackson and Nikki Kelly in the final round of women’s competition to claim the women’s freestyle title for the third year in a row.


1. Jay Kincaid

2. Eric Jackson

3. Bryan Kirk


1. Tanya Faux
2. Emily Jackson

3. Nikki Kelly


1. Jason Craig

2. Dane Jackson

3. Jonathan Shales


1. Jason Craig

2. Sage Donnelly


1. Devon Barker


1. Ed Gordon

2. David Fusilli

3. Randall Fleming


1. Jason Craig

2. Jonathan Shales

3. Dane Jackson


1. Emily Jackson

2. Tanya Faux

3. Devon Barker


1. Jud Keiser

2. Andrew Holcombe

3. Josh Bechtel