2017 New River Gorge SUP Stand Up Paddle Board Race

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Date(s) - 09/17/17
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Fayette Station


Fayetteville is home of West Virginia’s only Stand Up Paddle Board Race! The New River Gorge Stand Up Paddle Board Race celebrates all things WV SUP and it welcomes beginners, seasoned boarders, and spectators! This event takes place every year  on Sunday during Gauley Fest. The event has three race courses to offer opportunities for boarders at varying skill levels; Kids Race, Attainment Race, & Down River Race.


Registration: On site the day of the race—bring $30—starting at noon. Demos and instruction—both totally FREE—also begin at noon. Proceeds benefit the Fayette County 4-H Outdoor Adventure Club for area high school students. Additional donations are welcomed.

Parking: There will be attendants and signage at the event & drop off areas for racers.


When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Fayette Station, New River Gorge National River.

The New River Gorge SUP Race is for everybody, no matter what your experience level and age (within reason). We proudly offer free instruction and equipment demos—thanks to our wonderful sponsors. If you’ve been thinking of buying a board, here’s your chance to get your feet on the latest tech, get details from professionals and meet representatives from local shops. Come out and see what the fastest-growing paddlesport in America is all about on the beautiful New River. And again, no experience necessary. No registration necessary either. Just show up!



1:00pm West Virginia’s first Kid’s SUP Race. More details to come. Free for kids and parents.

2:00pm Attainment Race will begin as a mass start on the water. Racers will paddle upstream 2 miles attaining through a class 1 rapid, around a bouye, and back to the start line. This race takes between 20-45 mintues. It is appropreate for beginner to intermediate paddlers but some expereince is needed and highly recommended that participants have seen the course previously.

3:00pm The Downriver Race is the real deal. Racers will begin in a mass start on the water. There will be 100 yards of flat water before entering a challenging class 3 rapid, Fayette Station. Racers will continue downstream for 2.5 miles through two more class 2 rapids. This course is for confident whitewater paddlers. Shuttle is provided from the finish line back to the start area. Helmets and PFDs are required, leashes are not allowed.

Board length under 12’6″ and you must use the same board for both races.

Spectators are encouraged to attend, talk to SUP athletes, and watch the action of both races. Event opens at 12:30pm.

Parking is limited and each year we continue to grow. Parking attendants and signage will be in place. Please follow directions so the event can continue.

For those familiar with the area, support volunteers and vendors can park in the upper beach parking lot. Racers can drive around the upper beach parking lot to drop off equipment and then move cars to the Cole Lot. The downriver race shuttle will return paddlers to the Cole Lot.

The event usually ends by 4:30pm. Race entry includes dinner.

Sponsored by Adventures on the Gorge, ACA West Virginia, Active Southern West Virginia, Hala Gear, Mountain Surf Paddle Sports LLC. We are now accepting additional sponsors and volunteers for parking, registration, demonstrations, safety boaters for the downriver section, and timers.

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