Races

 

 

 

Race Rules:

 

Race Results are organized by gender, class (your skill level) and category (craft). It takes 3 racers to make a category. (River Board, SUP, I-K will get lumped in if less than 2 show up.)

 

When signing up, choose what class best represents you based on the following definitions:

 

Pro: You are a sponsored or professional boater. ‘Nuff said.

 

Expert: You are the dedicated boater who really gets after it as often as you can. This category is for everyone who has experience boating class IV/V water and is ready to bring your best game.

 

Fun: You are the boater who is here for the camaraderie and the accomplishment. You like the challenge of class IV/V water but only race recreationally for fun. If this level of kayaking is at the top of your comfort zone consider the team category for the support and the good lines.

 

*NO drinking before the races! Anyone found drinking prior to their race run will be automatically disqualified.

 

Craft Categories include: K1 Short Boat, K1 Long Boat, K2, Team (two racers taking on the course together), Inflatable Kayak, Raft, and other whitewater appropriate craft with 3 racers to make a category.   

 

Racers will be expected to come prepared in proper immersion gear in order to participate in the race! Don't show up to race in shorts! It will be spring in the Northwest, which means dress appropriately. Dry suits are not mandatory but are STRONGLY encouraged. Competitors must bring proper safety and rescue equipment to the event (water, float bags, throw ropes, first aid kits, etc.). You are required to have inflated float bags in your boat during the race. 

 

Races

 

Race entry fees are $15 per day (online) or $25 per day (on site) per person. We will have fun, expert, and pro classes for men's and women's K1 categories. Short boat length restriction is 8'11" (2.7m for all you international folk). This length restriction allows all current creek boat designs. Longboat class has no length restriction.

 

Saturday 

 

East Fork Lewis Down River Sprint Time Trials:

 

Racers will compete in timed single boat heats, according to the schedule below, paddlers will negotiate class IV and V- whitewater. The race course consists of boulder-gardens, ledges and waterfalls. Racers will compete for the fastest overall times in each class: men's & women's K1 short and long boat, K2, Team, IK (inflatable kayak), and R2 (two per raft teams). There will be shuttle support for boaters who wish to compete in multiple categories.

 

East Fork Lewis Raft Mass Start:

 

2 person teams. Any raft designed for Class IV-V- whitewater may be used. Mass start by an official starter approximately .5 miles above Sunset Falls. Starting order from beach based on highest card pulled from a deck of cards. Ties = redraw. Highest cards = most downriver starting position. False start = that boat goes to the most upriver starting position. Finish = river left beach/rock just above Horseshoe Falls. International Rafting Federation (IRF) rules in effect when applicable (no intentional blocking of a faster competitor, no intentional touching of the physical person of other competitors, good sportsmanship at all times, etc.) Course officials have the right to dismiss any entrant from competition should they see fit. Points earned will be in accordance with WWCS standards. For reference go to: Oregon Rafting Team online.

 

Kayak Mass Start East Fork Lewis:

 

The Kayak Mass Start is exactly what it sounds like! Kayakers race head-to-head and the first racer's bow to cross the finish line wins! This mad dash starts from a ways above Sunset (exact starting location depends on flows), and finishes right below the falls. Weekend Warriors, speed demons and everyone in between go head to head in this winner take all spectacular. Hard-shell length restriction- 8'11” (2.7m for all you international folk). Note: We may limit the number of participants due to safety concerns.

 

Sunday 

 

Canyon Creek Kayak Challenge:

 

Same as the down river time trials (see above). Expect steeper and more challenging rapids. Due to time constraints, you may only compete in one category for this race. This exhilarating race follows the classic run from the top of Thrasher through Hammering Spot, concluding just above Toby’s.

 

Canyon Creek Raft (R2) Challenge:

 

2 person teams. Any raft designed for Class IV-V whitewater may be used. Course is the same as the kayak course International Rafting Federation (IRF) rules in effect when applicable (no intentional blocking of a faster competitor, no intentional touching of the physical person of other competitors, good sportsmanship at all times, etc.) Course officials have the right to dismiss any entrant from competition should they see fit. Points earned will be in accordance with WWCS standards. For reference go to: Oregon Rafting Team online.


SCHEDULE

 

NWCC -Schedule of Events

 

Saturday

 

8:30 Registration Opens at Sunset Falls Campground

 

9:00/9:30/10:00 AM Shuttle from Copper Creek Confluence - For Practice Runs

 

10:00 AM Registration Closes

 

10:30 AM MANDATORY Competitor’s Meeting - following meeting, shuttle to Mass Start Race

 

11:00 AM Mass Start Race - Kayaks & Rafts

FIRST race is Kayak Mass Start followed immediately by the Raft Mass Start.

 

11:30 AM Time Trial Racing Begins - Be Ready in the Eddy

Time Trial (all classes including raft R-2 time trials) begin immediately following raft mass start and end around 3:30 PM. Racing will continue as long as there are racers in the eddy.

 

11:30 AM Shuttles from Copper Creek Confluence Begin

 

4:00 PM Shuttles from Copper Creek Confluence End

 

4:30 BBQ Provided by Next Adventure at Sunset Falls Park

 

6:30 Volunteer Recognition & Raffle, Awards Ceremony, Event Raffles and more Festivities at Sunset Falls Park

 

Sunday

 

11:00 AM MANDATORY Competitors Meeting at Forest Service Parking Lot.

 

11:15 AM Shuttles to Canyon Creek Put-in Begin from Forest Service Parking Lot

 

12:00 AM Racing Begins at Thrasher

 

1:00 PM Shuttles from Forest Service Parking Lot to Canyon Creek Put-in End

 

2:00 PM Shuttles from Canyon Creek Take-out to Forest Service Parking Lot Begin

 

2:00-2:30 PM Canyon Creek Race is completed

 

4:00 PM Shuttles from Canyon Creek Take-out to Forest Service Parking Lot End

 

4:30 PM Awards Ceremony for Canyon Creek Race at Forest Service Parking Lot Begin

 

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Canyon Creek Race Course

 

Click on the link below for a map of the Canyon Creek Race Course. Scroll over the right icon that reads “traffic” and choose “terrain” view for closer look at the course!

 

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Drop Off / Return:

 

East Fork Lewis Race Course

 

Click on the link below for a map of the East Fork Lewis Race Course. Scroll over the right icon that reads “traffic”; and choose “terrain” view for closer look at the course!

 

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Things to Bring:

 

Float Bags and all other required safety equipment, camping gear, cash for raffle, common sense.  

 

*NO drinking before the races! Anyone found drinking prior to their race run will be automatically disqualified* 

 

There is no water available at the campground, so be sure to bring plenty of water. 

 

Your entry fee includes races, food Saturday evening AND camping, a raffle ticket, a NWCC T-Shirt and more! Register online now to save $$$

 

Confirmation email (does not need to be on the page)

 

Thank you for signing up for the Northwest Creeking Competition: Canyon Creek. We are so stoked to see you in April!

 

A few key things to remember. 

 

Please remember to bring float Bags and all other required safety equipment, camping gear, cash for raffle, common sense.  

 

*NO drinking before the races! Anyone found drinking prior to their race run will be automatically disqualified* 

 

There is no water available at the campground, so be sure to bring plenty of water. 

 

There will be a mandatory meeting at Sunset Falls Saturday at 10:30 am - & Forest Service Parking Lot at Canyon Creek Sunday at 10:30 am. Racers who are not present will not compete in the event. 

 

 

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If you have any questions about the event, feel free to reach out to info@northwestcreekingcomp.com