River Surf Competition
Saturday, May 28th @ 12:00p
We love surfing in Colorado. Let's have some fun in these light hearted river surfing comps for women, men, and kids and showcase some of Colorado’s really fun waves.
Registered contestants will meet at the Staircase Wave at 12p for warmups. The competition will begin at 1pm. We will have open heats of 5 surfers at a time. Each surfer enters the wave and surfs for up to one minute at a time. Once you blow off the wave (or your minute is up) the next ready rider enters. For experienced river SUP and Prone Surfers.
Pro Freestyle Kayak Rodeo
Saturday, May 28th @ 1:00p
Pro Kayak Rodeo @ the Competition Wave ~ Buena Vista River Park
Registration is @ the Jackson Tent on the Lawn in South Main @ 12p
Numbers Kayak Race
Sunday, May 29th @ 12:00p
This time-trial race takes place in the Numbers section of the Arkansas River. At 12 PM racers will be released at 1 minute intervals to race a roughly 1.25 miles from Number 1 to the eddy at Number 5.5 on river left, finishing when the bow of their boat crosses the finish line.
Kayakers and Canoeists will meet at 11am for check in and race begins at 12pm. Participants must have solid Class IV paddling experience. One of three classes can be chosen - Men's Long Boat (9ft-12ft 6in), Men's Short Boat (under 9ft), and Women's Open (all boats).
Three Rock Splat Challenge
Sunday, May 29th @ 5:00p
“Second Annual: Three Rock Splat Challenge” under Beaver Falls bridge at the bottom of the BV Whitewater Park, below BV Falls (Also know as Ramsour Bridge).
We will hold a downriver freestyle splat contest where competitors will be challenged to splat the three designated boulders that are below the bridge. Bonus points for impressing the judges by cartwheeling, bow/stern stalling, or any other playful maneuvers in the space between the three boulders. This is the time to be creative and have fun.
The splat comp will be new and exciting for paddlers and competitors! To enter, you must bring a pie of your choice. The winner will get to splat a cream pie in the face of one other competitor of their choosing. All competitors must agree to the possibility of getting splatted with a pie and promise to happily enjoy this treatment. After the competition, everyone including spectators are invited to a potluck-style pie feast on the bridge.
Pies can be obtained in BV from:
Sorelle Delicatessen, City Market, LeGree’s, Loback’s Bakery.
This is a free event, however, if you want to contribute to the completion of Pocket Wave all proceeds will go to the River Park GoFundMe to help with the rebuild. More information + Donate here
All Crafts Welcome
Race to the Grill
Monday, May 30th @ 11:00a
The River Runners’ “Race to the Grill” is a fun, downriver sprint through the infamous Milk Run (family float section) of the Arkansas River. The race is open to any craft- Kayak, Ducky or SUP. The race is a one at a time time-trial release down this Class 2+ section of whitewater, beginning at Wilderness Aware and ending at River Runners Grill for an afternoon of relaxation on the sandy beaches of the Arkansas River. Cold beverages and hot tacos will be waiting for you at the River Runners Riverside Grill, just across the the river from the Fisherman’s Bridge boat ramp.
Come out and participate in this fun-filled event! Jr. racers may need to be accompanied by an adult. You will need to be comfortable and experienced in Class 2 + whitewater and have the gear to accompany.
***Drop off boats at Wilderness Aware prior to registration at River Runners, boats and gear should be placed out of the way of vehicular traffic at the top of the boat ramp.
Cost: $15 per racer