Have you ever thought about competing in slalom racing or freestyle competitions? Colorado Whitewater supports amateurs through professionals. Most competitions have categories for boaters of all skill levels and ages. We'd like to see you at one of our sponsored events!

Slalom Racing
Check out the 2016 Slalom Racing Schedule. Race boats are not required, so feel free to bring your regular kayak (or canoe) and have fun racing down the river with others.

Competitions at Whitewater Festivals
Whitewater festivals offer various river-based competitions and races for beginners through experts. Events include freestyle kayak rodeo, kayak downriver race, SUP surfing, SUP downriver race, slalom races, rafting races, and more. Check out the list of Colorado Whitewater Festivals & Events and sign up for an event.  

Golden Community Rodeo Series 2016

Wednesday Evenings - June 1, Postponed due to high water until June 29, July 6

Come enjoy the 13th Annual Golden Community Rodeo Series at the Clear Creek Whitewater Park in downtown Golden, CO, presented by Confluence Kayaks, Golden River Sports, and Colorado Whitewater.  

Everyone is welcome to compete, no matter your skill level (sorry, no pros allowed)... or just come cheer on the boaters! First two evenings will be a freestyle competition. The third evening will be a fun downriver race. Awards and giveaways for competitors.

The Golden Community Rodeo Series (GCRS) is a grass-roots effort that brings together whitewater enthusiasts, local residents, local businesses and industry representatives to participate in this community event. The GCRS is organized, managed and run exclusively by local volunteers whose common characteristic is the hope that all levels of boaters will feel welcomed at this event – from the meekest "newbie" to the local heroes. The goal is to provide fun events where everyone is welcome and everyone is supported – including spectators!

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Photo credit: Mike Berkow Photography

EVENTS: Freestyle competition is open to kayakers* of all skill levels on June 1 and June 29. Participants will be grouped to compete in appropriate categories based on their age, gender, and skill level -- typically Junior, Sport, Intermediate, Expert, and Masters divisions for both men and women. Plus, we'll have a Fun Downriver Race this year on July 6 for all boaters including kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, and mini-me rafts. No registration is necessary. Simply show up prior to 5:30 on competition day to sign up for a category.

TIME: Registration begins at 5:00pm each Wednesday. Competition starts at approx. 5:45pm.

LOCATION: Clear Creek Whitewater Park in downtown Golden

COST: Admission to compete in the rodeo series is free.  However, you must be a current Colorado Whitewater member for insurance purposes. Renew or sign up today or at the event for only $30, which includes entry to all three events and a one-year membership to Colorado Whitewater.

PRIZES: Tons of prizes to give away to competitors.

AFTER PARTY: Join us after each event at a restaurant in Golden for dinner and drinks. Locations to be determined.

For questions about the event or to become a sponsor, contact David Holzman.

*Must be at least 8 years of age. No pros allowed.


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