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WHITEWATER KAYAKING RACE DESCRIPTIONS

Upper/Lower Slalom, Down River, Giant Slalom

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.

Lower/Beginner Slalom:

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.

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. *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.

 

 

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. Rules for the competition can be found HERE. Not open to amateur levels. 

 

ANNUAL TRIATHLON

Registration for the event is offered the day of beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the tent in front of the Garden Bar. The race begins at the Swan River Road Bridge off Hwy 209 with a 4 mile flatwater paddle on the beautiful Swan River. Then jump on your bike for a scenic 14 mile loop down Swan River Road to the Swan Highway 83 and back to the Swan River bridge. The race finishes with a 4 mile run along the Wile Mile whitewatrer corridor on the Swan River Nature Trail to the finish line in front of the Garden Bar, where lunch is served after. Solo up to 4 man teams allowed. Registration cost $TBA
For more info call Stan Watkins 406-253-4103