RIVERSPORT Paddlemania

Eight million gallons of raging rapids. Six chaotic competitions. One ultimate whitewater event.

Get ready for PADDLEMANIA – coming to RIVERSPORT Rapids on Sunday, October 1, 2023. It’s your chance to BYOB (Build Your Own Boat), put together a team for Battle of the Paddles, try whitewater raft racing, or show your whitewater kayaking skills. Or just come down to watch – it’s free for spectators!

All event entries are free for members and corporate partners; everyone else can enter most events with just a day pass. Ready to BYOB? It’s only $50 per raft (basically $10 per person)! View Rules

Let the Mayhem Begin…

We’re going to crown the most-skilled, the most-agile and most-innovative paddlers in the region as Paddlemaniacs… we hope you’ll join us!

Register for your Paddlemania event by Sunday, Sept. 24.

Paddlemania Schedule & Registration

Battle of the Paddles – 11:30a

It’s a flatwater raft tug o’ war on the lower pond – no pumps running. Grab your team of four, hop in a raft and see if you can pull the competing raft across the line! Single elimination tournament.

Corporate Rafting League Championship – 12:00p

Corporate teams have been putting in the work, and now it’s time to put their skills to the test in a race against the clock and other teams.

C.A.T. Rafting (Corporate/Athletic Teams) – 1:00p

RIVERSPORT corporate partners, rowing and dragon boat teams take to the water for a new kind of challenge – whitewater rafting! No practices. No coaching. Just six team members in a timed race down the Competition Channel for medals and bragging rights.

BYOB Build Your Own Boat Racing – 2:00p
Float Test – Sept 30, 2:00-4:00p

Build your own boat, then race it down the channels. Entries are judged on creativity, speed and distance traveled (not all may cross the finish line!). View Rules

Whitewater Kayak Racing and EXTREME Kayak – 3:00p

Kayak racing in a timed event. No gates; just top to bottom of the channel.

Extreme whitewater kayakers, you know who you are! Everyone else, come watch as paddlers slide off a ramp 10’ above the water and race in a head-to-head slalom challenge.

FreeStyle Exhibition / Hold My Beer Roll Challenge – 3:30p

Freestyle kayakers… show your stuff and compete to see who does the most rolls in 30 seconds, who can roll with a PFD, roll with a beer (extra points for not spilling a drop) and roll without a paddle. Challenge accepted?

Big Water Rafting – 4:00-6:00p

We’re cranking up the pumps and opening the head gates for big water rafting!