West Virginia's Only Stand Up Paddleboard Competition, with Free Demos, Instruction & Party
Welcome to the home of the New River Gorge SUP Race on the Web. The NRG SUP Race is a grass-roots gathering of SUP athletes, never-before-SUPped beginners, curious spectators and industry sponsors to celebrate all things West Virginia SUP, compete and have a blast. We hold this event amidst the backdrop of West Virginia's stunning New River Gorge every year on Sunday during Gauley Fest.
(Scroll down for Race Results from every year.)
Big thanks to all of our 2016 sponsors!
Registration: Remember this event is the grassiest of roots, so race registration is on site the day of the race—bring $30—starting at noon. Demos and instruction—both totally FREE—also begin at noon.
Parking: We'll have parking attendants and signage at the event. Obey. Obey. Obey.
After Party: Everybody's welcome, but only those who paid a $30 race registration fee get free food and drink. The party starts 5 or 6-ish at Rendezvous Lodge at Adventures on the Gorge!
Free Demoes and Instruction
When: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Where: Fayette Station, New River Gorge National River. Directions.
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!
In 2017, two race courses will offer opportunity for intermediate and advanced paddlers to compete; Attainment Race & Downriver Race.
Race fee is $30 per person with online registration date TBA. This includes both races even if you choose to only do one race. Proceeds benefit the Fayette County 4-H Outdoor Adventure Club for area high school students. Additional donations are welcomed.
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.
Photos and Video
Every year, we have a talented group of folks volunteering their time, expertise and equipment to document this amazing event. Here are a few of our favorites. Check back after the 2014 event for more!