First the headline event:
The 11th Annual Reno River Festival Whitewater Competition. World-class competitors and visitors from around the world will be flocking to downtown Reno for the chance to compete for cash prizes in the Open Freestyle competition, or the Stand-Up Paddleboard, Slalom and Boatercross events.
Freestyle: Competitors are divided into categories: Men’s, Women’s and Juniors, then they each get a one minute ride to spin, loop and McNasty it out on the course. Boaters will complete in a preliminary round on Saturday and then the top finalists will battle it out under the city lights that evening for bragging rights and the cash prizes.
Or, if you’re like me and you’re into America’s fastest growing paddle sport, you can participate in the Stand-Up Paddleboard competition. All skill levels are welcome, and the top three competitors who make it down the north channel (much harder than it may look) of the Whitewater Park at Wingfield will be awarded cash prizes. Not only do you have to make it through the treacherous course, you will also have to complete a series of moves and obstacles on your way to the finish line.
If neither of those options are up your alley, you could also try the slalom course, or if you’re really into craziness and chaos why not compete in Boatercross, a mad frenzy no holds barred race to the finish that will take place on Sunday afternoon.
If you’re not a paddling enthusiast, fear not, there are plenty of other activities to participate in like Yoga in the park, live bands, fishing, canoeing and kayaking clinics, as well as tons of amazing food trucks and other culinary treats to try.
There’s definitely something for everyone, so come on down and enjoy what promises to be another spectacular weekend in Reno, NV.