Paddle Grapple 2018

Choose from SUP, surfski, marathon, kayak or canoe classes in this race on beautiful Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains. With a 3 and 6 mile race option, the Paddle Grapple offers an option for every boater, whether recreational or elite. Awards will be given to top finishers in each class.

High Performance Kayaks/Open class – This is almost all 18+ ft long kayaks (depending on width) plus some shorter boats like ICF K1′s and wildwater kayaks.

Fast Sea Kayak class – Too long or too narrow (or both) to fit into sea kayak class.  Too short or too wide for HPK.

Sea Kayak class - Starting at 14.1 ft in length up to approx. 16-17.5 ft in length depending on width. 

Rec class - This is anything at 14 ft or less in length, period.  No width data is needed.

Tandem – Any tandem canoe, kayak, or outrigger.

SUP - Open to all boards ( see all categories when registering )

Saturday, August 4TimeLocation
On-site Registration8 - 9:30 amTsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp
Vendor Demos9 amTsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp
Competitor's Meeting9:30 amTsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp
Race START10 amTsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp
Awards Ceremony1 pmTsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Terry Perkins3Fast Sea Kayak50+Guy
Jim Brunton4Fast Sea Kayak50+Guy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Karen George1SUP 14' & UnlimitedOpenGirl
Nathan Champion2SUP 14' & UnlimitedOpenGuy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Beautiful Fontana Lake in the Great Smoky Mountains

Directions to Tsali Recreation Area for Saturday's late check-in and race:

From Asheville, NC: Take I-40 West towards Knoxville, TN. Take exit 27 onto US 74 West towards Waynesville. Stay on 74 West, the outpost is 50 miles down this road. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane will split into two 2-lane roads. Keep right and merge onto NC 28 West. Turn right onto NC 28 West and go 5 miles, look for sign on right.

From Gatlinburg, TN: Take 441 South through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and through Cherokee. Just past Cherokee, get on 74 West. After 15 miles, the road will split into two 2-lane roads. Keep right and merge onto US 28 West. Turn right onto NC 28 West and go 5 miles, look for sign on right.

From East Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North. At Gainesville, take 365 North to 441 North. Just past Dillsboro, NC, 441 merges with US 74. 8 miles past Bryson City, the 4-lane splits into two 2-lane roads. Keep right and merge onto US 28 West. Turn right onto NC 28 West and go 5 miles, look for sign on right.

From West Atlanta: Take I-75 North to I-575 North. I-575 becomes State Hwy 5, and then Hwy 76. Stay on this road until Blue Ridge, GA where you turn left onto Hwy 60 towards Mineral Bluff, GA. In Mineral Bluff, turn right onto Hwy 60 Spur. Follow it into North Carolina to US 74 East, turning right towards Murphy and Andrews when the road ends. Continue on 74 east through the Nantahala Gorge and past the Nanahala Outdoor Center, towards Bryson City. Just before the 2-late road widens to a 4-lane, take a left onto NC 28 west. Go 5 miles, look for sign on right.

From Chattanooga, TN: Take I-75 North towards Cleveland, TN. Take the 1st Cleveland exit, the US 64 Bypass Exit. Go 6-miles and take the Ocoee Exit onto US 64 East towards Murphy, NC. In Murphy the road number changes to US 74. Continue on 74 east through the Nantahala Gorge and past the Nanahala Outdoor Center, towards Bryson City. Just before the 2-late road widens to a 4-lane, take a left onto NC 28 west. Go 5 miles, look for sign on right.

When:

Aug 4, 2018

Where:

Tsali Road/ NC Hwy. 28 Robbinsville, NC 28771