Competitive Kayaking: 5 Great Races in Kayak Style

There are great races you can do in your spare time. The greatest of these, however, is done on the water. If you’re an avid fan of kayaking, then these races might be just for you.

Some of the best races can be found in the US and in Canada, such as:

British Columbia’s Clearwater Kayak Fest

The race is held during July. It attracts paddlers from all over—not only because of the grueling race, but because of the after-party. The festival has the benefit of the great play spots located in the lower canyon.

Montreal’s Great Outrigger Challenge

Set in Montreal, Quebec, be careful not to be confused by the beautiful backdrop of the race. The competition welcomes seasoned as well as novice paddlers; a good race to test your endurance and strength. It offers seven-, 16-, and 32-kilometer courses to people who want to use canoes, rowing skiffs, and kayaks.

The Everglades’ WaterTribe Challenge

Go on this trip only if you’re really, really ready. The Ft. Desoto, Florida course is already a challenge with its navigational issues. Be aware, though, to follow the weather advisories that cancel this race, as it can quickly turn ugly.

Northern New Brunswick’s Race the Phantom

It’s a kind of endurance race that includes kayaking along with mountain biking and trekking. Teams are built of three or four people, racing from checkpoint to checkpoint. The challenge here is to keep up your endurance.

Alaska’s Yukon 1000

This race happens only bi-annually. Relive the days of the pioneers as you race from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in Canada up to the Dalton Highway of Alaska. This race includes a mandatory six hour camping trip.

Challenges of endurance, fitness, and survival can make or break these kayak races in your favor. Be sure you’re physically fit and able to compete when doing these. A half-hearted effort will only result in a slightly embarrassing experience.

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