Have you ever thought about competing in downriver 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!

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 &

Downriver Race 2024

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Come have some fun on Wednesday June 19th & June 26th at the Golden Community Rodeo. Golden River Sports is the proud sponsor of this event. Everyone is welcome to compete... or come cheer on the kayakers!

Everyone is welcome to compete, no matter your skill level (sorry, no pros allowed)... or just come cheer on the boaters!

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Photo credit: Mike Berkow Photography

EVENTS: FREESTYLE competition and DOWNRIVER RACE are open to all kayakers* of all skill levels. Participants will be grouped to compete in appropriate categories based on their age, gender, and skill level - typically Junior, Beginner, Intermediate, Expert, and Master’s Divisions for both men and women.

TIME: Registration begins at 5:00pm. Competition starts at 5:30pm.

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 $35, which includes entry to all three events and a one-year membership to Colorado Whitewater.

PRIZES: Awards and giveaways for competitors!

AFTER PARTY: Join us at Lions Park - across the street from the COMPETITION on June 26th!  ALL are welcome, so go run Tunnel 1, Lower Clear Creek, Rigor Mortis, Lower Narrows, or Black Rock and then come to the PARTY!

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

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

* Free to all CW members (not a member yet? then join at the event)

We'd love to see TONS of boaters and spectators at the Rodeo, so please share this!



Whether it’s kayaks, stand-up-paddleboards, or canoes, Golden River Sports is your one-stop paddle shop on the Front Range. Located in downtown Golden, CO on Washington Ave., GRS is only two blocks from the longest whitewater playpark in the Rockies. If you’re looking for a new boat or just a new drain plug, GRS has you covered on whatever you need. Not only does GRS have a full rental fleet of kayaks, inflatable kayaks (duckies), stand-up-paddleboards, and other various gear but they also offer free demo nights at the Clear Creek Playpark every Thursday when the water level is permitting. With a passionate and knowledgeable staff that’s more than happy to help any style boater, GRS has what you need.

Golden River Sports

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