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NRC 2020 Paddle Grapple

August 1, 2020 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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 )

Pre-registration: Online Registration opens June 15th and closes at 11:59 am on Wednesday, July 29th.
Onsite Registration: 8-9:30 am @ NRC Event Tent next to the Boat Ramp. $10 late fee applies to onsite registrations.
Cost: Registration is $40 for each class of craft.

Saturday, August 1 Time Location
On-site Registration 8 – 9:30 am Tsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp
Vendor Demos 9 am Tsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp
Competitor’s Meeting 9:30 am Tsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp
Race START 10 am Tsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp
Awards Ceremony 1 pm Tsali Recreation Area
Boat Ramp


August 1, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Nantahala Racing Club


Tsali Recreation Area Boat Ramp

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