The purpose of the American Canoe Association (ACA) is to unite all persons interested in canoeing, kayaking, and rafting and thereby through our organization provide educational, informational and training services to increase safety, enjoyment and skills of those paddling on rivers, lakes, estuaries and other bodies of water. In order to maintain consistent rules and safety standards for paddling events throughout the United States, the ACA provides governance for a number of paddlesport disciplines through National Activity Committees and the National Competition Council. The ACA uses the term “discipline” to refer to the type of paddling activity, which is determined by the type of paddle craft and the waterway on which it is used. Altogether, the ACA sanctions and produces events that represent more than 15 paddlesport disciplines and WWOCD is one of those disciplines. The National Competition Council oversees the development of all program plans and other reports generated by a National Activity Committee such as the WWOCD and develops the general procedures and protocols as it deems necessary and appropriate. The purpose of the WWOC is, to encourage, sanction and sponsor competition in “whitewater open canoe” at local, regional, national, and international levels. See WWOCD By-laws .
A whitewater open canoe is a traditional open Canadian or Native American canoe, which is a boat with ends pointed and higher than the middle, symmetrical side-to-side, and propelled with single bladed paddles. There are two categories of canoes used in WWOCD competitions. They are defined as Formula 16 and Formula 14. The Formula 16 classes are intended to include canoes sold for general recreational use. In general, ABS, polyethylene, aluminum and wood/canvas canoes will qualify for inclusion (assuming they meet all weight and dimension requirements) while fiberglass/kevlar/composite and woodstrip canoes will generally be included in the Formula 14 classes. A canoe MUST be or have been a commercially available, general production model to qualify for the Formula 16 classes. See the WWOCD competition rules for complete details and canoe specifications.
“Last year was a good trial for them. They learned what they needed to do and they’re certainly acting on it this year.” Back for its 42nd year, the Great Dock Canoe Race will have a family-friendly vibe this year, Jaycees president Matthew Flores said. There will be food trucks,...Read More »
Imagine a race across the entire state of Missouri, just you and your boat thrown against 340 miles of wind, heat, bugs and rain. This ain’t no mama’s boy float trip. This race promises to test your mettle from the first stroke in Kansas City to the last gasp in...Read More »
The Yukon 1000 is steeped in the history of the land. When Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie and George Washington Carmack found gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in August 1896, they had little idea of what would ensue.
During the...Read More »
The 70th annual running of One of the Greatest Canoe Races on Earth – The AuSable River Canoe Marathon – is upcoming July 29-30, 2017.
Known by its legions of die-hard fans simply as “The Marathon”, this event is one of the original ultra-endurance events in North America. The Marathon is...Read More »
The Beaver Dam Canoe Jam canoe/kayak race is held every year at Beaverdam Park in Gloucester, Virginia. The race is a family event for all ages. There are races in recreational canoes, sea kayaks and competition cruisers. There is also a 4 person sprint race (4 paddlers in a...Read More »
The American Canoe Association (ACA) Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta will be June 28 through July 2, on the Penobscot River between Old Town and Eddington, Maine. The Penobscot Nation is hosting the event on this historically important and beautiful 9.5 mile section of river, returned to its free-flowing state...Read More »
The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, held annually on the third weekend of April, is the largest paddling event in New England and one of the largest in the country.
Hosted by the Bangor Dept. of Parks & Recreation, the 16.5 mile race begins in the Town of Kenduskeag and ends near...Read More »
Race to the Dome is a canoe/kayak/SUP race on the Missouri River. Two race courses are available to paddlers – Hartsburg to Jefferson City (15.8 miles) and Providence to Jefferson City (27.6 miles). Proceeds from the race support Missouri River Relief’s efforts to connect people to the Missouri River through...Read More »
Races for racing, recreational, kids and youth. Sign-up for races begins Sept 1st. Event takes place between 10:am and 2 PM. Features the High School Cup. A Family Race on the Millers River. New this Year: Pro Races are the first race of the day followed by the Youth Race.
The Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon challenges participants to compete among the rugged hills of scenic southwestern Wisconsin’s rural countryside and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Proceeds from this event benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program.
Paddle 7 miles down the winding Kickapoo River along rock out-croppings and through diverse vegetation....Read More »
Elite triathletes and eager tri teams alike will gather for the 12th time on September 25, 2016 at beautiful D.W. Field Park just a mile off route 24 at Exit 18b. It’s the perfect closer for your tri season and you can leave the wetsuit at home for this one.
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The Connecticut River Paddle Battle is an end of the season event designed to give everyone an opportunity to spend a day on the river and have a good time. The serious racer will compete and then have a chance to unwind...Read More »
The Outdoorsman Triathlon is the nations oldest continuous triathlon and consists of a 1 mile swim, 4 mile run and an 8 mile paddle down the Little Tennessee River. Individual competition is held on Saturday and 3-person relays (1 swimmer, 1 runner, 1 paddler) are held on Sunday. In...Read More »