In White Water Slalom, athletes have to navigate their canoe or kayak through gates as they work their way through 300m of whitewater rapids in the fastest time possible. Hitting one of the hanging gates poles or missing one completely results in time penalties which are added to the paddler's time at the end of his or her run. A 2-second penalty is given for a touched gate, and if the gate is missed completely there is a 50-second penalty. There are approximately 18-24 hanging gates for each course. The gates are color-coded to indicate which direction the paddler must pass through. Green gates are negotiated heading downstream while red gates require the paddler to reverse direction and pass through them heading upstream. Two runs and the best run counts.
Retro Freestyle Rodeo
Come throwdown like it’s 1995, when boats were long, shorts were short and colors were bright. Throw on your Pro-tec, Extrasport and grab your 90 degree paddle and paddle twirl, pirouette and spin to your heart’s desire. Boats must be older than the year 2000 (ish). Competitors will be scored on tricks thrown as well as style. The crowd will decide the winner!
Athletes will compete in a surfing competition on Ponderosa Wave at the Durango whitewater park.
Surfers will be scored on their style and flow in a fast paced competition showcasing the growing sport of river surfing.
- SUP & Shortboard Divisions -
The Animas River Days' Boatercross is always a crowd pleaser. Racers compete head to head in heats where the top paddlers will advance to the next heat. High water, must hit gates, and some of the best paddlers around, the Boatercross race guarantees at least a little carnage. The race starts at the top of the whitewater park and ends just below.
Smelter Smackdown Paddle Raft Race
Teams of 6 paddlers will begin with a running mass start from the 9th St. put-in, through the whitewater park and finish at the Santa Rita Park take-out.
Parade Viewing Party
Join us at Santa Rita Park for the Parade Viewing Party on Saturday, June 3rd at 6 pm. Posh Josh will be throwing down a riverside DJ set! Ska Brewing, Toast Mobile Lounge and food will remain open.