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January 5th, 4th Annual New Year’s Challenge, Seattle, WA
It’s that time of the year and the Challenge Championship Belts are once again up for grabs! Come and join us on January 5th, 2014 for the Third Annual New Year’s Challenge. Last year we had over 120 competitors come out and compete against outrigger canoes, surf skis, kayaks, standup paddle boards, dragon boats, rowing shells, and many other human powered crafts. The New Year’s Challenge will take the paddlers from Gasworks Park, through Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut, into Lake Washington, and north to Sandpoint. paddlingdynamics.com/challenge/

January 18-21, The Keys Challenge, Miami, Florida
A three-day paddling trip that revisits Henry Flagler’s vision of a railroad across the sea that would promote a cultural and economic connection with Cuba, the Panama Canal and South America. paddleflorida.org/keys13/

February 21-23, Sweetwater Kayaks 2013 Symposium, St. Petersburg, FL
Some of the top names in the kayaking/canoeing world will be at the symposium this year. For people who want to have a fun, informative time in the warm Florida weather. From beginners to advanced paddlers, there will be something for everyone. Personal skills, courses, coaching courses, and assessments as well as evening presentations and lots of opportunity to mix it up with paddlers from all over the world. sweetwaterkayaks.com/

March 1, Quietwater Symposium, Lansing, MI
The Quiet Water Symposium is an annual one-day event that celebrates nonmotorized, outdoor recreation. Handcrafted canoes and kayaks, snowshoes, historic watercraft, water and weather safety, first aid, nature photography, diving, sailing, bicycling, traditional skills, and more can be found at QWS. calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com

March 7-9, Canoecopia, Madison, WI
Canoecopia is the world’s largest paddlesport consumer show, hosted by Rutabaga, a paddler-owned business. There are over 120 speakers from all over the world, plus 100,000 sq. ft. of canoes, kayaks, gear, clothing and outdoor equipment, all on sale. Exhibitors and outfitters from all over the globe offer paddling trips anywhere. Show hours are Friday: 4-9pm,Saturday: 9am-6pm, and Sunday: 10am-5pm. canoecopia.com

March 15, 42nd Annual Buffalo Bayou Regatta, Houston, TX
A 15 mile USCA-sanctioned race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou. The start is located at 7700 San Felipe and ends at Sesquicentennial Park. buffalobayou.org

March 15-18, Florida FreeStyle Canoeing Symposium, Yulee, FL
The FFS offers excellent instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve their skills in paddling and precise control of their canoes. Courses are offered in all skill levels and are taught by ACA certified instructors. Student/instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1. freestylecanoeing.com

March 15-21, Dam to the Bay Paddle, Bloxham, FL
Experience the Ochlockonee River and primitive north Florida over approximately 76 miles of wilderness river trail while paddling through the Apalachicola National Forest. Ochlokonee adventure begins at Ed and Bernice’s Fish Camp with overnights at Pine Creek Landing, Whitehead Lake, Mack Landing, Womack Creek, and Ochlockonee River State Park. Trail’s end is at Bald Point State Park, 76 miles down the river. paddleflorida.org/och/ochlockonee.html

March 16, Lula Bridge Race, Gainesville, GA
10K and 20K race on Lake Lanier for all classes. lckc.org

March 29, 5th Annual Battle on the Bayou, Ocean Springs, MS
5th annual 9.5 mile kayak/canoe multi-class race on Old Ft. Bayou in Ocean Springs. A good time is guaranteed. The goal is to get 200 boats on the water during this event. Proceeds benefit the conservation & education efforts of the bayou. battleonthebayou.com

March 28, 29, 30, Jersey Paddlers Paddlesport 2014, Somerset, NJ
The largest canoe, kayak, and stand up paddling show on the East Coast. The show features manufacturers of kayaks, canoes, accessories, sportswear, paddling clubs professional instruction and expeditions, as well as lectures and video and slide shows of paddling trips, expeditions and paddling techniques. jerseypaddler.com/paddlesport-2014


April 11-13, East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival, Charleston, SC
Experience a full weekend immersed in the history, technique, hands-on experience, and fun of canoeing and kayaking. This action-packed festival features a multitude of on-water classes, demonstrations, and classroom presentations by leading instructors, along with over 60 commercial exhibits. You will be able to test boats, paddles, and accessories on the water at the festival site. You will also have the opportunity to speak with equipment designers and manufacturers throughout the weekend. ccprc.com/ecckf

April 20-21, Bay Area Paddlefest, Fremont, CA
Come paddle a range of the newest stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes from leading Paddle sports manufacturers. Try out the latest gear, take a class, meet other Bay Area paddlers, and have your questions answered by pros. Bring the whole family and stay for the day-there’s something for everyone!

April 26-27, French Broad River Classique Canoe and Kayak Race, Asheville, NC
The annual French Broad River Classique Canoe and Kayak Race is a two-day, 34-mile, USCA sanctioned event that is held on the fourth weekend of April near Asheville, NC. The Classique is for experienced racers, while an 8-mile Fun Race on the Sunday of the event will be open for novice racers. fbcanoeracing.org

Date TBD, Jerry’s Baddle, Sula, NC
Jerry’s Baddle is a dual sport race that began in 2006 to honor a good friend, Jerry Beckwith, who had been diagnosed with ALS. The race was born out of a desire to keep his spirit and passion alive by raising money to help fight the disease that took his life and to foster the community he loved.

Date TBD, River City Challenge, Jacksonville, FL
Join fellow paddlers for a fast-moving, action-packed 3-mile/8-mile race and outdoor festival in the heart of beautiful downtown Jacksonville. Set on the banks of the Southbank Riverwalk, you can watch paddlers from all over the southeast challenge the mighty St. Johns River, along with a special exhibition paddle by the incredible dragon boats.www.rivercitychallenge.org/

Date TBD, Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup, Gig Harbor, WA
This two day event is based in historic downtown Gig Harbor with event races for Canoes, kayaks, and SUP. The categories of the races are SUP, Sea Kayak and Canoe, Sprint Canoe and Kayak, and para Canoe races. Racs start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Each day the event will run throughout the day with vendors and booths set up in the park while the raes are taking place. The Expo in the park is an opportunity to try out equipment, view new boats and learn more about paddling sports. gigharborpaddlerscup.com

Date TBD, New England Paddlesports Show, Durham, NH
See the best in paddling! There will be a comprehensive, in-depth look at the season’s top offerings in kayaks, SUPs, canoes and paddling-related accessories. Attend instructional seminars and on-the-water demos in the University of New Hampshire indoor pool. ktpevents.com

Date TBD, Charleston Patriot Challenge, Charleston, SC
A kayak, SUP, and canoe race/charity paddle to benefit those men and women who are missing limbs after serving in our armed services. Both courses tart from Brittlebank Park. We have a three-mile course in the protected waters of the Ashley River and a six-mile course that skirts the city shoreline to the yacht club and back. The course is visible from the windows of the Veterans Hospital. All recreational SUP, canoe, and kayak paddlers are welcome to join in the day’s festivities. charlestonpatriotchallenge.org

Date TBD, Bluz Cruz, Madison Parish Port, LA
A 22 mile paddling adventure down the mighty Mississippi River. Race starts at 8:00 at Madison Parish Port, LA and ends in Vicksburg, MS at the Waterfront. Proceeds benefit Service Over Self, a Christian-based youth service organization. bluzcruz.com

Date TBD, Sandy River Showdown, Sandy, OR
On Saturday we will host the “Dam Derby” downriver race from the confluence of the Salmon and Sandy Rivers near Brightwood down to the old Marmot Dam site. Come race your kayak, whitewater canoe, cataraft or paddle raft as you take on the challenge of the Upper Sandy. The race will be a time trial format with competitors launching in one minute intervals. An awards party will be held after the race at site to be determined! Bring your sleeping bags and tents but keep the pooches at home! Come hang out on the 29th for an awesome “Dodge and Burn Relay Race” sandyrivershowdown.com/

Date TBD, Tallulah Fest, Tallulah Falls, Georgia
Tallulah Fest celebrates the release of the Tallulah Gorge, and donates money to American Whitewater. A weekend of being outside, listening to handmade music, and having a good time. We show big screen adventure movies, have photo and video contest, give away a lot of cool prizes and jam all night to live music. Check out the video and the slideshow and see for yourself. www.bbbpaddling.com

May 23-26, CKS Paddle Fest, Buena Vista, CO
Colorado Kayak Supply is hosting a huge kickoff party to celebrate the start of the summer paddling season. Join us for an action-packed weekend of fun and educational activities for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Paddles from beginers to aspiring competitors can rub elbows with paddling manufacturers, top athletes, and other industry pros during a weekend chock full of education, competitions, demo days, entertainment, gear shopping and camaraderie. ckspaddlefest.com

May 24-25, South Dakota Kayak Challenge, Yankton, SD
The South Dakota Kayak Challenge is a marathon-endurance paddling race on the Missouri River. The race length is about 75 miles. Racers will have 30 hours to reach the finish line in Sioux City, Iowa after they leave the start on Saturday at 7 a.m. in Yankton, SD. Racers will have four checkpoints on the route. sdkayakchallenge.org

Date TBD, 6th Annual Sweetwater Paddle for the Cure, Tampa, FL
Set against the skyline of downtown Tampa, this kayak and SUP race raises money for cancer research. It includes a five-mile race and two-mile family fun paddle. Kayak and SUP rentals are available. All proceeds will benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The MMRF has been on the forefront of research and development of drugs to fight Multiple Myeloma and other cancers. beatcancerwithpaddle.com

Date TBD, 8th Annual Rivanna Regatta Kayak & Canoe Race, Charlottesville, VA
A 6.2 mile race on the historic and scenic Rivanna River. The race course includes Class II-II+ rapids. An award ceremony will be held at Darden Towe boat ramp shortly after the last race completes the race. rivannaregatta.blogspot.com

Date TBD, Boater Chick Festival, Bryson City, NC
The Boater Chick™ Festival (“BCF”) is a grass-roots, not-for-profit event that began in 2008 to give women in paddle sports the opportunity to paddle together, learn from one another and gather in a friendly and supportive environment.

Date TBD, Annual Benscreek Canoeclub Whitewater Rendezvous, Johnstown, PA
Along with the rendezvous, there will bea downriver race Friday evening and a flatwater race on Saturday. As well as a wild Boater-X race and a Whitewater Rodeo. Throughout the weekend there will be ongoing play in the Whitewater Park; opportunities to paddle the Stony Canyon on releases from Qemahoning and any other rivers running that weekend. There will be music, boating vendors, and food vendors. benscreekcanoeclub.com/rendezvous

Date TBD, Wisconsin FreeStyle Canoe Symposium, Plymouth, WI
The WFS offers excellent instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve their skills in paddling and precise control of their canoes. Courses will be available in all skill levels, both solo and tandem, and taught by ACA certified instructors. Student/instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1. freestylecanoeing.com

Date TBD, Lyons Outdoor Games, Lyons, CO
Originally known as the Lyons Whitewater Festival, the Lyons Outdoor Games, was created 11-years ago as a fund-raising vehicle for the Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Events. The event has evolved from an excuse for paddling buddies from around the country to come together for a day of play inthe famed Lyons Whitewater Park, into a world-class celebration of mountain sports. In addition to a full compliment of kaykaing, biking, fly fishing, chainsaw carving and even dog events, the 2013Games will feature numerous clinics and exhibitions put on by some of the world’s most elite professional athletes. lyonsoutdoorgames.com/

June 1, Start of the Mississippi River Hyperbaric Classic, Coon Rapids, MN
A 30-day adventure down the historical Mississippi River. Traveling down the Mississippi in a kayak or canoe you will tour many historic sites to include Mark Twain’s home, Civil War battlefields, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Graceland in Memphis, and much more. We will have festivities planned along the way that you will remember for the rest of your life and the final party will be held at the famed French Quarter in New Orleans. Most important, your efforts are going to change people’s live by supporting Hyperbaric Therapy treatment. hollipc.com

June 6-9, GoPro Mountain Games, Vail, CO
Professional and amateur athletes from around the world converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for more than $100,000 in prize money. Summer 2014 sporting events include steep, freestyle, sprint, and full contact kayaking, rafting, mountain, road, freeride, and slopestyle biking, world cup bouldering, amateur climbing, fly fishing, sprint and cross stand up paddling and trail, mud and long dsitance running. There will be concerts on Thursday and Saturday night. tevamountaingames.com/summer

June 7-9, South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous, South Bass Island, OH
The 9th Annual South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous is a great early summer outing. Paddlers make their own reservations at South Bass Island State Park and then join more than 100 paddlers as well kayak the islands of Lake Erie’s western basin. Attendees also join in on our annual potluck dinner on Friday evening. Dip a paddle, social and immerse yourself in a weekend of paddling on Lake Erie.southbassrendezvous.com

June 7-9, Maine Canoe Symposium, Bridgton, ME
The Maine Canoe Symposium is a volunteer-run, non-profit weekend event held annually at Camp Winona on Moose Pond in Bridgeton, Maine. The symposium allows participants of all ages to develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of North American canoeing heritage and to develop canoeing and related skills through educational workshops, presentations, and hands-on instruction.mainecanoesymposium.org/

June 10-12, Olamau Race, Hawaii
The Olamau Race is the ultimate unlimited outrigger canoe challenge in Hawaii. It is a 90-mile open ocean race that takes place over three consecutive days. Olamaurace.com

June 15, Back to the Chattahoochee Race and Festival, Roswell, GA
An 8-mile race for recreation paddlers, and 10-mile race for open class paddlers. A moving water race with call 1-1.5 rapids in the lower half. There will be a family oriented festival following the race with shuttle service provided. chattahoochee.org

Date TBD, 12th Annual Ohio Riverway Paddlefest, Cincinnati, OH
The largest canoe/kayak paddling event in the Midwest with over 2,200 paddlers making their annual trek down the Ohio River during Paddlefest. It is a celebration dedicated to enjoying the experience of “paddling the Ohio River,” one of Cincinnati’s greatest natural assets. It is a fun filled family event designed to bring people together to paddle, enjoy the outdoors, listen to great local music, and much more for the while family. The reiver will be closed to barges and motorboats during the event. ohioriverway.org/paddlefest

Date TBD, Zoar Outdoor DemoFest 2014, Charlemont, MA
Try out the latest whitewater kayaks and canoes at DemoFest, Zoar Outdoor’s 3-day whitewater event held every June on the Deerfield River in MA. Free instruction from top paddlers, demos of the hottest whitewater boats on the market and hardcore paddling videos. zoaroutdoor.com

Date TBD, Gunnison River Festival, Gunnison, CO
The Gunnison River Festival offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts. Previously a white water festival, activities now include kayking, mountain biking, trail running, rock climbing, raft races, clinics, races, and a costume party concert. The event is intended as a festival to explore, experiment and strut your stuff with all extreme outdoor sports. gunnisonriverfestival.com

Date TBD, 21st Annual Against the Tide Event, Hopkinton, MA
A two mile kayak race to support breast cancer prevention that is tied to swimming, walking, and running events as well. Participate in up to three out of six of the available events. Races are between 7 a.m. and Noon. gmbcc.org/swim


July 9-14, 2013 Wooden Canoe Heritage Association Annual Assembly, Paul Smith, NY
The 33rd Annual Assembly of the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA) has a featured theme of “Old Town Canoes.” Each year the WCHA holds an annual assembly, a gathering of 300+ wood canoe enthusiasts bringing over 200 canoes. This four-day event is packed with programs for adults and children, and includes presentations by experts on wood canoe history, paddling skills, canoe building and restoration, and more! wcha.org

July 17-21, Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium, Grand Marais, MI
This is the oldest kayaking symposium on the Great Lakes. Grand Marais, MI has a protected harbor that is ideal for class sessions and skills practice while offering a perfect starting point for unforgettable trips along the scenic Pictured Rocks. downwindsports.com

July 20, 4th Annual Callaghan Creek Race, Whistler, B.C
The Callaghan Creek Race is a 2 man team, timed race down the full length of Callaghan Creek in Whistler, BC. Registration is the day of the race from 11am-3pm, the race will start at 5pm. Boats are limited to modern creek boats and prior experience on the Callaghan is absolutely necessary. Volunteers and spectators are welcome. The Callaghan Creek is currently under direct threat for hydro development, participation in this race could help save the Creek! liquidlore.com

July 20, Eppie’s Great Race 39, Sacramento, CA
The Largest USA paddling event, “The World’s Oldest Triathlon®” established in 1974. Paddle 6.35 miles after running 5.82 miles and cycling 12.5 miles. Many divisions for teams & iron person, age groups, organizations, & types of water crafts. Bring the kids for the Kids Duathlon. eppiesgreatrace.org

July 24-27, 47th Annual National White River Canoe Race, White River, AR
The Boy Scouts of America: Quapaw Area Council is sponsoring on of the most unique, challenging, and fun scouting events in the country. The National Invitational White River Canoe Race will take you down some of the most scenic country in America. The race is an adventure of over a hundred miles from the heart of the Ozark Mountains near Bull Shoals Lake to the foothills of Batesville, AR. The event is more than just a race though. there are many special activities for everyone. scoutrace.com


Aug 2, Savannah Paddlefest, Augusta, GA
An 8.5-mile race on the Savannah River. First 4 miles has shoals and class I & II rapids. The last 4.5 miles is deep water. There will be a festival that follows the race. savannahriverkeeper.org

Aug 16-18, Ladies of the Lake Sea Kayak Symposium, Grand Marais, MI
“Women Kayaking with Women for Women.” The beautiful waters of Lake Superior will provide a great place for participants of all abilities to hone their skills. During the symposium there will be instructional courses, clinics on a variety of kayaking related topics, interesting and inspiring slide shows, as well as opportunities to try out the latest and greatest paddling gear and clothing. Trips will explore the local shoreline as well as the world-class destination Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. downwindsports.com

Aug 23-24, Oyster The Race: Denver, CO
Merrell’s Oyster The Race is the ultimate urban hybrid race, sending teams of 2-6 racers out on a mystery course around the city. Now heading into its 9th season, Oyster is the longest running “urban adventure race” in the USA. The courses can range from 15-30 miles and 3-6 hours, providing an endurance level to suit all apetites. Oyster has an uncanny ability to combine athleticism with thought provoking strategy. While you “may not” get burned or covered in mud, teams can be seen running, biking, kayaking, rock climbing and performing crazy stunts while solving city and sponsor specific clues in a race to the finish line. Racers can then spend the rest of their afternoon drinking beer and re-fueling with burritos while they reminisce about their day of adventure, mistakes, sweat, awesomeness and discovering the city. oysterracingseries.com/Denver.php

Aug 25-26, Race for the Rivers, St. Charles, MO
Events include a two-stage, 65-mile paddle along the Missouri River for serious canoeist and kayakers. There will also be a 41-mile race, a laid back 20-mile trip, and a 25-mile race on Sunday. Participants attend the Race for the Rivers Festival in St. Charles on Saturday. racefortherivers.org


Sep 7-9, Midwest Freestyle Canoe Symposium, Peninsula, OH
The MFS offers excellent instruction in a quiet water venue for people wishing to improve paddling and precise boat control skills. Courses are offered in all skill levels and are taught by ACA certified instructors. Student/instructor ratio is limited to 5 to 1. freestylecanoeing.com

Sep 17-23, Stand Up World Tour: California, Huntington Beach, CA
The fourth leg of the world tour is located in Southern California. Huntington Beach Pro. standupworldtour.com

Sep 20-21, Gauley Fest, Summersville, West Va
The festival is a showcase for American Whitewater and the top whitewater vendors in the boating community. The festival will feature live entertainment, a whitewater marketplace, raffle, and a silent auction where you can pick up some awesome outdoor gear. Come out and join us for a weekend of great paddling, exciting camaraderie, live entertainment, killer boat raffles, and the infamous silent auction. americanwhitewater.org

Sep 29, 12th Annual Support Strokes Paddle & Fundraiser, Oakland, CA
This is a benefit paddle for San Francisco Bay Area local breast cancer non-profits. Come out and paddle one of the three courses: 2-mile, 8-mile, or a 15-mile circumnavigation of Alameda Island. Kayaks, canoes, and SUP events, raffles, t-shirts, and lunch are all included with the entry fee. calkayak.com

Date TBD, Midwest Canoe & Kayak Collegiate Championships, St. Cloud, Minn
This nationally sanctioned event draws participation from regional colleges and universities to St. Cloud, Minnesota to compete in downriver racing on the Mississippi River. The event is intended to promote paddlesports involvement, at all levels, along with the spirit of competition with participating schools. The Mississippi River provides a unique venue for downriver racing along with being arguably one of our most significant national waterways. For more info, go to americancanoe.org and click on the Competition tab.

Date TBD, ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, Bratislava, Slovakia
Not only is this the biggest slalom competition on the globe, it is also a qualifier for the Olympic Games. Paddlers from around the world converge to test their skills and prove their superior paddling action. Come check out world class athletes and Olympic medalists. canoeslalom2011.com

Oct 4-7, Tour du Teche III, Bayou Teche, LA
A multi-day race through Southern Louisiana’s 125 mile long Bayou Teche. techeproject.com

Oct 5, River Rocks Canoe & Kayak Races, Chattanooga, TN
A 3 and 6-mile race up and back. There are no obstructions in the river. There will be a festival and other events afterwards. riverrockschattanooga.com

Oct 12, Phatwater Challenge, Natchez, MS
42.5 mile canoe and kayak race on the Mississippi River held on the second Saturday of October. kayakmississippi.com

Oct 12, Suwannee River Race Challenge & Marathon, White Springs, FL
There are two races, a 26-mile and a 52-mile race. The 26-mile race starts at highway 6 and ends in White Springs, FL. The 52-mile race starts in Fargo, GA and ends in White Springs, FL. It is on moving water that has no obstacles. A shuttle service is provided. aca1.com

Oct 26-Nov 3, Stand Up World Tour: Brittany, France
The fifth leg of the world tour will be in Brittany, France. standupworldtour.com

Nov 1, Green River Narrows Race, Henderson County, N.C
The Green River Narrows Race was first organized by Leland Davis in the fall of 1996 with a modest field of 16 racers. It has since grown into the greatest show in all of sports. No other prize in the sport of whitewater kayaking is more coveted than the piece of glass so graciously donated each year by Todd Grafe. With names like Tommy Hilleke, Jason Hale, Clay Wright, Al Gregory, Pat Keller, and Andrew Holcombe claiming the top spot there is no doubt the race attracts the best of the best. Greenrace.amongstit.com

Nov 1-3, Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival, Fort Myers, Fla
Festivities include competitive canoe/kayak races, a kayak fishing tournament, paddling clinics and demonstrations, seminars, family activities, archaeological and environmental events, guided tours, and more celebrations along The Great Calusa Blueway. calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com

Date TBD, Washington Whitewater Trust’s 6th annual Benefit Dinner & Auction, Woodinville, WA
For more than 13 years, WWT has been building coalitions around innovative solutions to ensure healthy, sustainable flows in our rivers and streams. The 6th annual benefit dinner and auction features guest speaker Robert T. Anderson, director, Native American Law Center, from the University of Washington. Learn more about WWT and the benefit event: washingtonwatertrust.org

Date TBD, Stand Up World Tour: Finals Location X
The date and location for the Stand Up World Tour Finals is still to be determined. standupworldtour.com

Date TBD, Deception Pass Dash, Deception Pass State Park, WA
Join hundreds of your fellow racers for a six-mile jaunt through the challenging waters of Deception Pass, WA. In 2011, the 6th Annual Dash will feature a two-day paddling festival, Dec. 3-4, with the Dash itself going down on Sunday the 4th, starting at 10:25 a.m. rubycreekboathouse.com