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2018 EVENTS AND

RACE DESCRIPTIONS

KAYAKING:

Lower/Beginner Slalom:

$20 Entry Fee for Lower Slalom ONLY

Type of Boat: Kayaks, Canoes, SUP Boards. This race is held on class 2-3 whitewater with 8-10 gates . It is a timed race. If a racer hits a gate they will receive a 5 second penalty. If a racer misses a gate they will receive a 50 second penalty. Competitors will get two runs, with the better time used for their score. This is a great opportunity for advanced beginner to intermediate whitewater kayakers and canoers to try paddling gates. This race will start by the power plant and end at the bridge on Electric Avenue in downtown Bigfork.

 

Upper/Lower Slalom, Down River, Giant Slalom

$45 Entry Fee

Upper Slalom:

Type of Boat: Kayaks and Decked Canoes. NO GLASS OR COMPOSITE BOATS This is an International Canoe Federation style slalom race with 15-20 gates set over 250 yards of continuous class IV whitewater. It is a timed race. If a racer hits a gate they will receive a 5 second penalty. If a racer misses a gate they will receive a 50 second penalty. Competitors will get two runs, the fastest run will count toward overall time. The Upper Slalom begins below the dam on river right and ends at the last gate in “Staircase” rapid.

Down River:

Type of Boat: Kayaks, Decked Canoes. The downriver race is held on a mile of continuous class IV whitewater known as the Wild Mile.  This is an all-out sprint, there are no penalties, fastest time wins. This race will be the time trial for the Giant Slalom Race. Paddlers will start 1 at a time in 2 minute intervals on river left below the dam and paddle to the finish line, the bridge on Electric Avenue in downtown Bigfork.

Giant Slalom:

Type of Boat: Kayaks, Decked Canoes. The Giant Slalom is judged exactly as the Upper Slalom Race with 5 second hit and 50 second miss penalties. The GS has 10-15 gates set over the same stretch of class IV water as the downriver race. Racers start on river right below the dam in 2 minute intervals. The finish line is the downtown Bigfork bridge. Competitors will get one run, fastest time wins.

Whitewater Festival Champion & Overall Scores:

The Event Champion will be the individual with the fastest combined time from the Upper Slalom, Down River and Giant Slalom races.  Times are recorded by Competitive Timing Inc. *Athletes competing for Event Champion MUST USE THE SAME BOAT for all races - NO GLASS OR COMPOSITE BOATS.  Standings from this race will be entered as part of the Western Point Series and the Western Whitewater Championship Series.

 

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD FLAT WATER RACE

Presented by Base Camp Bigfork, we are excited to announce the first annual Bigfork Bay Paddleboard Race!

This race will be a on a buoyed flat water course in Bigfork Bay with a distance of about 1.25 miles. There will be a group start with all competitors racing two laps from the public dock. All racers must supply their own SUP and PFD. $15 entry fee.

Sweet prizes for first, second and third!

Registration 8:30-10:00 a.m. Downtown Bigfork

Safety Meeting 10:30 a.m. Bigfork Bay Public Dock

Race Start 11:00 a.m. Bigfork Bay Public Dock

WHITEWATER RAFTING RACES

Boats consisting of 4-man teams will compete in two events: down river race which will serve as the seeding for the head-to-head. Heats will be determined by number of entrants. $150 per team, 4 members + 1 alternate. Payout is dependent upon number of entries. All registration money goes directly to pot. 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT!

Registration will open on Friday, May 4th

Five people maximum per team with only four persons on the raft during races. No fixed oar rafts. Racers must launch from designated launch area or team will be disqualified. Official IRF rules for the competition can be found HERE. Not open to amateur levels. 

WHITEWATER TRIATHLON

Paddle, Bike & Run on a course that goes around and through Bigfork. 

For more information please call Stan Watkins

406-253-4103