Sierra Nevada Kayak Boatercross

First time trials and then a single elimination, head to head kayak race down the James.

Heats of 4-5 competitors will battle it out through the rapids and around the buoys to advance to the next round. Top two survivors move on until only four are left to compete in the championship heat. Spectators can catch the carnage – err competition – from the Tyler Potterfield Bridge. The downriver race starts at the Brown’s Island rapid above the old VEPCO dam and drops through several significant holes in the VEPCO Levy rapids.

Sponsored by

Sierra Nevada Kayak Boatercross

Cost & Registration

Through March 31:  $20
April 1 – April 30:  $22
May 1 – May 16:  $25
May 17 – May 18:  $30
On Site Registration, May 18 – May 20:  $30

Includes: a cool event t-shirt, post-race beer or soda, and a free concert.

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.


Competition Format

Time trials starting at 1pm will send paddlers down the river every minute.  These times will be utilized to determine seeding for a single elimination, head to head competition with heats of up to 6 competitors.  There will be four total rounds of single elimination competition to determine our Kayak Boatercross champion!

Competition Schedule

  • 12:30 p.m. – Pre-event Athlete Briefing
  • 1:00 p.m. – Men’s & Women’s Time Trials begin
  • 2:10 p.m. – Men’s 1st Round begins
  • 2:45 p.m. – Men’s Quarterfinals begin
  • 3:15 p.m. – Women’s Semifinals begin
  • 3:24 p.m. – Men’s Semifinals begin
  • 3:52 p.m. – Women’s Finals
  • 3:55 p.m. – Men’s Finals


  • Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate.
  • All boats must be 9′ or under for both the time trials and the 4 competition rounds.
  • You must be on time! If you are late for time trials, you will be seeded last for the competition rounds.  If you are late for the heats, you will be DQ’d and eliminated from the competition.
  • Navigate your way through the rapids and around three gates, scrambling to be the first to tag the final buoy.
  • All competitors must wear life vests and helmets.  When things get rowdy, you’ll be glad you did!
  • Participant must be upright in boat when crossing the finishline.
  • Ladies, grab your friends.  We need at least six of you to create a women’s only division.
  • Consumption of alcohol before the event is PROHIBITED


Time Trials
Prize money will be awarded to the fastest Male and Female paddler in the time trials.*

1st    $50

Prize money will be awarded to the top three Male and Female finishers.*

 1st $500
 2nd $250
 3rd $150

*Minimum of 10 competitors in each class in order to qualify for the cash.

Past Results

2016 Kayak Boatercross
1. Ellie Deglau
2. Penelope Davenport
3. Katie Lemmert
3. Carrie Hood

1. Bryan Kirk
2. Jason Beakes
3. Patrick Griffin

2015 Kayak Boatercross
1. Ellie Deglau
2. Sejal Kinker
3. Georgia Martin

1. Geoff Calhoun
2. Stephen Wright
3. Cooper Sallade

2014 Kayak Boatercross
1. Melissa Lesh
2. Haley Mills
3. Katie Lemmert

1. Bryan Kirk
2. Danny Stock
3. Patrick Griffin

2013 Kayak Boatercross
1. Adriene Levknecht
2. Courtney Kerin
3. Katie Lemmert

1. Eric Jackson
2. Chris Gragtmans
3. Tom Dalay

2012 Kayak Boatercross
1. Aaron Mann
2. Eric Jackson
3. Cooper Sallade

1. Haley Mills
2. Courtney Kerin
3. Sejal Kinker & Emily Powell (tie)

2011 Kayak Boatercross
1. Eric Jackson
2. Patrick Griffin
3. John Nestler

1. Emily Jackson
2. Meghan Magennis
3. Erin Johnson