Paddle Events at Dominion Energy Riverrock

Saturday, May 15, 2021 - Sunday, May 16, 2021



Kayak Boatercross

05/15 1:00PM EDT

SUP Cross

05/15 4:00PM EDT

Down River Paddle

05/16 1:00PM EDT

Kayak Boatercross

Saturday, May 15 at 1:00 PM

Start/FInish: Tredegar Boat Ramp

A timed run determines racers seeds. Boatercross features a tournament format with 4 boats racing down the James with the top 2 moving to the next round.

Heats of 4 competitors (groups can be as small as 3 or as large as 6) will battle it out through the rapids and around the buoys/gates. New this year will be a mandatory roll in the middle of the course. The top two paddlers move on until only four are left to compete in the championship heat.  The race starts at the boat ramp just upstream of the canal intake and racers paddle through the Fishladder rapid through several significant holes to the finish buoy.

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SUP Cross

Saturday, May 15 at 4:00 PM

Start/FInish: Tredegar Boat Ramp

In this paddling tournament, 4 paddlers race head to head on Stand Up Paddle Boards down the rapids with the top 2 advancing to the next round.

Top two survivors move on until only four are left to compete in the championship heat. SUP Cross starts at the boat ramp just above the canal intake and drops through several significant holes in the Fishladder rapid.  Paddlers will finish when their body passes the finish buoy or flag and they are standing on their board.

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Down River Paddle

Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 PM

Participants will start at Reedy Creek and race downriver through First Break, Hollywood, Fish Ladder (VEPCO Levy), Pipeline, and on to the finish at the 14th Street takeout.

And be prepared to test your skills and showoff to the crowds as you will have to complete a mandatory ferry just below the Potterfield Bridge at designated buoys. Racers will be sent off in a mass start based on gender and boat type and the fastest time will win! Pick your boat, kayak, canoe, or SUP.

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Help Us Maintain Our World Class Trail System

The James River Park System & the Richmond Riverfront is an extremely important asset to Richmond. Please consider a donation to benefit the James River Park System & Richmond Riverfront. Your gift will help maintain, improve & enhance the James River Park System trails & riverfront. This nationally acclaimed trail system would not be what it is today without the hard work of countless volunteers throughout the year & it is donations like yours that make this work possible. 2019 Dominion Energy Riverrock donations supported two important projects taking place in our Park System & around our Riverfront: rehabbing the Maymont ramp on the North Bank Trail by the James River Park System staff (completed November 2019) & a universal access ramp at Huguenot Flatwater through the James River Outdoor Coalition’s efforts.

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Dominion Energy Riverrock, organized by Richmond non-profits Sports Backers & Venture Richmond, began in 2009 & is now the nation's premier outdoor sports & lifestyle festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, & even dogs to Brown’s Island & Historic Tredegar for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront. The festival was designed to promote Richmond’s unique riverfront, downtown trails & whitewater rapids to outdoor enthusiasts. As a result of the creation of Dominion Riverrock, there is a stronger appreciation for the value of outdoor recreation throughout the entire Richmond region. 

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