WARNING!!! ***Big River should not be your first paddle race. You should be a seasoned paddler. If you do not have significant experience in endurance type paddling managing currents and obstacles then BRR is not a race for you. Failure to properly assess your own ability could result in Injury or Death to you or others.
The Big River Regional is a SUP and Kayak race on the Mississippi taking place on 8/29/15. The event will be approximately 13 miles on the largest river in America, the mighty Mississippi.
The race is a WPA Regional Championship for region 12. Come out to represent your state and compete for the crown or just test yourself on the river.
The race will start in downtown Baton Rouge at the corner of Florida St and N. River Rd on the Mississippi River Levee and end at the L'auberge Casino Hotel.
If you are (Self Supported) and need your car at the finish you can drop off your Board and Gear the night prior to the race between 6:00pm and 9:00pm or as early as 5:15am. Just make sure to be at L'auberge Casino for the Shuttle that leaves to return to the start at 6:15am. There will be a racer checkin, required gear check and required safety meeting prior to the race.
There will be a mass start at 8 am and we will stagger the faster vessels to the front. Once the race starts WPA rules will be in effect so please read them so that you are not disqualified.
Safety is our top priority at the Big River Regional and being that this river can be very powerful and contain large vessels that can create ocean like swells. We will require that all contestants have a leash and Type III or higher life jacket on at all times. We will provide six safety boats to patrol the race and have one checkpoint that must be passed to qualify for a finish. The Coast Guard will insure that river traffic is shut down for the duration of the Big River to insure the course is as safe as possible.