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Charles City Challenge: WhiteWater Weekend 2019 2019-06-22T10:48:03+00:00

Join us for fun on the Cedar River at this year’s event in Charles City! Now in its eighth year, the Charles City Challenge will include competitive kayak and SUP events for whitewater paddlers as well as fun for everyone else! Registration fee includes competition entry, event t-shirt, and chance to win one of many prizes.

See registration form here: Register 2019
More details to be added to this event page, so check back often!
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Race Events – Schedule 2019

Charles City Challenge Whitewater Games – Register at riverfront beginning at 9 AM.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE*
• 10 AM Kayak Boater X-Adult/Youth
• 11:00 SUPX
• 11:30 Kayak Rodeo Beginner
• 12:30 Hooligan River Run+
• 1 PM Kayak Rodeo I/A
• 2:00 River Surf Comp
• 2:30 Orange Race
• 3:00 Awards/Prizes

+Hooligan River Run –This “just for fun” race will be held at approximately 12:30 PM and is open to the public with no fee. Must be 12 years to race. Teams can register on site by 12:15 PM.

River Surfing Clinic – Clinic held from 4 PM-6 PM with Hannah Ray J & crew.

Forms

Charles City Challenge Whitewater Games Registration

Hooligan River Run+

Charles City Challenge Whitewater Games Schedule 

 

Other Activities 

FRIDAY, JUNE 21
Course open to recreational paddling.

Party in the Park – Join the fun for “Country Night” with live music by Wildcard. Food, beverages, family fun; Central Park from 5-9 PM.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22
PAWS Dog Jog – 5K or 1 mile walk/ run with or without your dog. Register 7:30 AM; 8:30 AM start.

Farmers Market – Produce, baked goods, more; Central Park 9 AM-Noon.

Book Walk – Walk the trail between 11 AM – 2 PM to read the posted story. Return forms for a chance to win a prize. Sponsored by Friends of the Charles City Public Library.

Vendor Show – Visit the booths on the plaza between City Hall and the Public Library from 11 AM-2 PM. Shop multiple vendors from the area.

Paint & Take – Join The Rustic Corner and Art Box Painting for a special Iowa Themed Painting class at the river. Sessions at Noon & 1:30 PM; Register at therusticcorner.ticketleap.com.

CCWW Rocks – Multiple rocks are hidden around Charles City. Find one with a CCWW painted on it & return to the band shell to receive a free gift.

Scavenger Hunt – Kids can stop by the band shell to pick up a scavenger hunt form, then answer the questions and return to receive a special prize.

Smoke on the Cedar BBQ –
Grillers will compete for the best ribs and “Anything Goes” side dish at this annual BBQ competition. $25 Peoples Choice ticket allows a rib from each of the competing teams beginning at 4:30 PM; General sampling tickets available, beginning at 5:15 PM-$5 for three ribs. Riverfront behind City Hall.

*Organizers reserve the right to adjust events and schedule based on water flow and/or other conditions.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23
Course open to recreational paddling.

Events

Boater X

Location: Entire course
Categories: K1 Playboat, K1 River Runner/Creeker, Open. If needed Canoe.

Mens and Womens divisions (if not enough women, will have the option to run with the men)

Scoring: 2 appointed judges for finish line placement. 1 appointed volunteer per gate/obstacle ensuring sufficient effort taken to navigate course correctly. No timing.

Start: Boaters will navigate the set course. Depending on numbers that sign up, categories will be a mass start. If needed, categories may be broken up into heats.

Finish: Racers will eddy out on the river left side below Exit Exam and physically touch the finish target marker with a hand.

Boater X – Youth

Location: Entire course

Categories: K1 kayak

Scoring: 2 appointed judges for finish line placement. No timing.

Start: Mass start, boaters will navigate the course.

Finish: Racers will eddy out on the river left side below Exit Exam and physically touch the finish target marker with a hand.

 

SUP X

Location: Entire course

Scoring: 2 appointed judges for finish line placement. 1 appointed volunteer per gate/obstacle ensuring sufficient effort taken to navigate course correctly. No timing.

Start: Mass start, SUPers will navigate the set course.

Finish: Racers will eddy out on the river left side below Exit Exam and touch the finish target marker with the paddle. No timing.

 

Rodeo – Beginner

Location: Exit

Categories: Mens/Womens K1

Scoring
: ICF/Hometown Throwdown combo. Scoring conducted by appointed judges. Competitor gets 2, 2-minute rides to score. Rides combined for the final score. Boaters will be divided into groups for their 2-minute ride. First ride groups released from river left staging area. Once first rides are completed, second rides are started in the same manner.

 

Rodeo – Intermediate/Advanced

Location: Exit or Tew Shanez (aka Docs). Competitors choice, both rides must be in the same feature.

Categories: Mens/Womens K1

Scoring
: ICF/Hometown Throwdown combo. Scoring conducted by appointed judges. Competitor gets 2, 2-minute rides to score. Rides combined for the final score. Boaters will be divided into groups for their 2-minute ride. First ride groups released from river left staging area. Once first rides are completed, second rides are started in the same manner.

SUP Surf Comp

Location: Double D Wave

Categories: Mens SUP, Womens SUP, Youth SUP

Scoring: Appointed judges will score based on technical skill, carves/tricks, and style. Scoring 0-10 scale. 2 rides, each ride combined for the final score.

Competitors stage in eddy, each receives 2 rides, no time limit on ride length (keep it within reason).

 

The Orange Race

Location: Entire course

Categories: K1 Whitewater Kayak and SUP (kayaks and sups will run together in one mass start)

Scoring: Self-judged, fun race for bragging rights. No timing or scoring.

Start: Relay style race, teams of 2 people, each in their own craft of choice (whitewater kayak or SUP). Mass start.

Instructions: Paddler A of the team will start at the top of the course. Paddler A navigates to relay point located in the river left eddy below Tew Shanez (aka Docs). Paddler A then exits their craft and meets Paddler B on the river bank at the ORANGE station.

Relay Switch @ The ORANGE station: Paddler A or B or both, your choice, is required to eat 1 Orange. You are not required to eat the peel, but if you think it’s faster to eat the peel, go for it. Once the orange eating is complete, Paddler B may enter their craft on the river left side ABOVE Tew Shanez (aka Docs), navigate downstream to the finish target located in the river left eddy below Exit, physically touching the target with a hand to finish the race.

Each racer must have their own craft and gear, no swapping crafts or gear during the race. *Orange peelers are allowed if you remember to bring one.

SUP River Surfing Clinic

“This is incredible!” you shout as you stand up on your first river wave loving the feeling of the board under your feet and the invigorating whitewater rushing by. You throw a fist up into the air ‘claiming’ as everyone excitedly cheers for you. Fellow river surfing comrades and onlookers are smiling just as wide as that huge grin on your own face as you revel in the accomplishment of surfing your first river wave!

Join us for Iowa’s only SUP river surfing clinic with Hannah Ray J. Hannah is a Team Athlete at Badfish SUP, Werner Paddles, NoCoast Stand Up, Colorado River Surf Co, Shred Ready and CKS Squad. She is an ambassador at Crawdaddy Outdoors and
Astral. Hannah is a Community Leader at Land Locked Surfing and RAW Hero at RAW Adrenaline.
Hannah and her team of river assistants will guide you in all you need to know about SUP river surfing; equipment selection, SUP river surfing techniques, safety, and surfing on Charles City’s Double D Wave. No SUP river surfing experience necessary but is helpful. Whitewater paddling experience, in general, is also helpful but not necessary.

Dates/Time: June 23 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.
To register, see the Charles City Challenge 2018 Registration Form, the cost is the same as signing up to participate in the Challenge events, but you will need to contact the instructor Hannah Ray J, hannah_rayj@yahoo.com, to reserve your spot in the river surfing clinic. Class size limited to 6 people, get your spot reserved today!

What’s included: Instruction, equipment use: board, paddle, whitewater helmet, whitewater pfd, quick release leash. You are encouraged to bring your own appropriate equipment/gear if you have it.

Location: Charles City Whitewater, Charles City, IA
Requirements: Must be able to swim. Wear water-appropriate clothing and footwear. NO strappy sandals or flip-flops.
Expectations: Bring a positive attitude and ready to get wet! Participants will be swimming in the Cedar River in whitewater conditions with moving currents. Expect rocks, swift current, varying weather and water conditions, and unstable surfaces. And HAVE FUN!