4 MILE Short Course: Starts at a private beach with the finish line at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. This stretch of river is relatively wide with long pool sections and much deeper than the Healdsburg course with no portages! There are no major hazards on this course and we will have safety teams stationed along the route if help is needed in several areas.
8 MILE Long Course: Starts at the Steelhead Beach with the same finish line at Johnson’s Beach. Please note that those entering the 8-mile race should be intermediate-to-advanced paddlers with a significant level of fitness and must provide their own boat. No boat rentals are available for the 8-mile long course. The Long Course has 4-5 riffle sections with turns to negotiate in the first 4 miles with no portages required and only a couple shallow sections. If river conditions change dramatically, we will send a course update the week of the race to all racers.
Age Restrictions: Ages 5-12 may ride in a double boat with a parent. Ages 13-15 may be in single boats only with parental/adult supervision during the Race. Ages 16-17 just need a waiver signed by a parent. For everyone under 18, a parent will need to be present to sign a waiver upon check-in.
The respective race divisions are broken down below. Our goal is to hold a fair race and you are responsible for entering the right division for your boat – call or email us if you have questions. “Pro" refers to lightweight composite racing surfskis, kayaks and canoes (fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon or prepreg) and these craft are only allowed to compete in the Long Course. You may enter a plastic or wood kayak/canoe in the Long Course but you will be racing against faster boats. “Recreational” refers to all other craft including sea kayaks, general kayaks and canoes that are made of plastic or aluminum. Longer sea kayaks (more than 18 ft.) should enter the Long Course.
Historically, most people enter the Short Course hence there are more divisions. In the Long Course, if you are entering in a double boat, canoes and kayaks will be racing against each other. Also, if you enter the Long Course in a single kayak, you will be racing against pro paddlers in surfskis. Prone paddleboards will race in the SUP division in both Long and Short course.
Any double boat can give themselves a Team name (humor and costumes are highly encouraged!)
Please indicate your team name and category on the Registration Page.
IMPORTANT: Please carefully review the race logistics before arriving!
PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES (PFD’S) ARE MANDATORY TO PADDLE ON THE RIVER. They are included with your boat rental. If bringing your own boat, bring your own PFD.