Tuck Fest - U.S. National Whitewater Center

Kayak

King/Queen of Kayak

Want a shot at the title of King or Queen of Kayak? Compete in three specific Tuck Fest whitewater kayak events (Boatercross, Baker’s Dozen Kayak Race, Freestyle Kayak) to vie for the coveted title. Points will be awarded in each race according to finishing order (first place is awarded 1 point, second place is awarded 2 points, etc.) with the lowest overall score being crowned the King and Queen.

Boatercross Race

 

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 6 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. For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment. Boats must be plastic and no longer than nine feet. C1’s and K1’s will race in the same category. Men and women will race together should there not be sufficient paddlers for separate classes.

Friday, April 20 – 7:00 pm

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Flatwater Kayak Race

Paddle your way around Sadler Island on a sit-on-top kayak during the Flatwater Kayak Race. This race will be broken up into 1.25 mile (one lap) and 2.5 mile (two laps) distances. Kayaks are included on a first-come, first-serve basis. Racers will need to check-in for the flatwater kayak race at the Flatwater Center to receive a paddle and PFD. After receiving equipment and a race number, all racers will proceed to the Flatwater Dock.

Saturday, April 21 – 9:30 am

Race starts and finishes at the Flatwater Dock.

Baker’s Dozen Kayak Race

 

The Baker’s Dozen Kayak Race will test the strength and speed of each participant on the world’s largest manmade whitewater river. This mass-start race will begin in the upper pond. Boaters will complete 13 laps on the Wilderness Channel as quickly as possible while racing head-to-head. For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment. Boats must be plastic and no longer than nine feet, C-1’s and K-1’s will race in the same category.

Saturday, April 21 – 2:00 pm

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Freestyle Kayak

The freestyle kayak competition will take place at Well Hole on the Wilderness Channel.  Each competitor will be allotted three 45 second rides to display their best routine. Boaters will be judged on completed moves, style, and bonus trick points. For all whitewater events, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Sunday, April 22 – 9:00 am

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the competition.

Citizens Slalom

Jump in on the Citizens Slalom race for a test of your whitewater slalom skills. This timed event will include upstream and downstream gates along the USNWC’s freestyle channel. Recreational and slalom boats welcome. This race will also serve as the Southeast regional slalom qualifier. For more information on the selection criteria, please visit the USACK website. For all whitewater races, participants must have prior experience on similar whitewater in the same discipline (kayak or SUP). Participants must provide their own equipment.

Sunday, April 22 – 11:00 am

Mandatory pre-race check-in and pre-race meeting will take place at the Kayak Center 30 minutes prior to the race.

Young & Old Tandem Kayak Race

Come young, come old, come all to the Young & Old Tandem Kayak Race. Teams of two will paddle their way through the Catawba River around Sadler Island, with each team including one youngster (ages 4 to 17) and one adult (ages 18+). Racers will need to check-in for the Young & Old Tandem Kayak Race at the Kayak Center to receive a paddle and PFD. After receiving equipment, all racers will proceed to the Flatwater Dock. Limited spots available. First come, first serve.

Sunday, April 22 – 12:00 pm

Race starts and finishes at the Flatwater Dock.

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