To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

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Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

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