Extreme Downriver Race

Brush Creek Race Results

Location: TBD - Tentatively the Chemise Run,

Registration for Extreme Downriver Race: Registration Tent in Riverside Park
Racer's Meeting: To Be Determined, Tentatively The Chemise Put-in Parking Lot, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Kayakers compete for points in a head-to-head downriver race through challenging rapids on the Upper Kern River!  The top finishers are invited to compete in Sunday’s Boater Cross race with the final award placing determined by their combined points in both races.  Winners of the overall series are awarded free entries to the Payette River Games (a $150 value).
Boats must be made of plastic and under 12 feet in length.  Paddlers may use a different boat for downriver and boater-cross.

From Kernville:

  1. Head northeast on Kernville Rd toward Big Blue Rd/Blue Rd 0.5 mi
  2. Turn left at County Rd 521/Sierra Way 3.2 mi
  3. Continue onto M-99 Destination will be on the left TBD miles

SUP Downriver Race

Location: Powerhouse Put-In, Time:

Stand-up Boarders compete for points in a head-to-head downriver race through class II & III rapids on the Upper Kern River! The top finishers are invited to compete in Sunday’s Boarder Cross race with the final award placing determined by their combined points in both races. Winners of the overall series are awarded free entries to the Payette River Games (a $150 value).

SUPs must be under 12’6” and made of material capable of sustaining abuse from river rocks. Composite boards are not recommended for this race due to damage to equipment that may occur. Boarders may use different boards for downriver and boarder-cross.

Children's Sidewalk Art Contest

Location: Riverside Park, Time:

This year, in the 50th year of the Kern River Festival, there will be a Children’s Sidewalk Art Contest. It will take place Saturday afternoon, April 19, 2014, at the south end of Riverside Park in Kernville. There is no entry fee and chalk will be provided or contestants can bring their own. Each contestant will have from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to create their artwork. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest in the following age groups: Ages 4 & under, Ages 5 & 6, Ages 7 & 8, Ages 9 & 10, Ages 12 and over.

Hooligan B.Y.O.B Build Your Own Boat Parade

Location: Riverside Park, Time:

Boater's Meeting: Riverside Park,

This exciting event is a parade of self-made boats that will travel downriver and attempt to make it to the end of the Park. The "competition" is to see which boats that can make it to the finish before falling apart! In past years we've seen some very unique and exciting boats. What is in store this year!? Who knows? The more creative the boat, the better!

View this PDF for more information: Hooligan Build Your Own Boat Parade

Entry Fee: $5.00 per boat. (Additional Insurance Fee of $5.00 per person required).

Silent Auction

Location: Riverside Park, Time:

Come check-out the excellent deals available for outdoor clothing and sporting gear donated by top manufacturers. Find something you can’t live without? Make a bid – the top bidder takes home the prize!

Check out the Sponsors Page for a list of this years donors.

Whitewater Sprint Triathlon

Whitewater Sprint Triathlon Results

Location: Starts at Riverside Park, Time:

The Triathlon includes an 8.2 mile ride from Riverside Park in Kernville to Wofford Heights and back, a two-mile run from Riverside Park to the Powerhouse Put-in, and finally a two-mile paddle-as-fast-as-you-can run back to the park. Enter as an individual completing all three legs by yourself, or form a team of 2 to 3 members (men's, women's, or mixed) to complete different legs of the race. Allowable boats include recreational, slalom, downriver, or inflatable boats (IK) and standup paddle boards (SUP); permitted bikes include road or mountain.

If you'd like to participate on a team and need a partner(s), please contact us and we'll try to match you.

View these PDF's for more information: Triathlon Overview, Course Map, Racer's Instructions and FAQ.

Gear Swap

Location: Riverside Park, Time:

Clear out your used-but-still-usable sports gear (any outdoor gear) that has been collecting dust in your garage or closet; 90% of proceeds directly benefit the Whitewater Park & Restoration Project, 10% to KVRC.

You can either donate your gear outright to the fundraiser or you can opt to sell it with us and claim up to 75% of the sale. It would be easier if you remained with your gear, if not possible, we’ll need to know the minimum acceptable price range for your gear and when you will pick-up any unsold big ticket items. Label your items with clear instructions.

Contact for more info.

T.J. Citizen Slalom & SUP Race (Junior Olympic Qualifier)

TJ Slalom Race Results

Location: Riverside Park, Time:

Meeting--Slalom Judging & Timing: Riverside Park,
Racer's Meeting: Riverside Park,

An Olympic event, a slalom kayaking timed race in which a paddler must negotiate a series of gates, without touching them, and some of those gates must be run while paddling upstream. The T.J. is run through a class II section at Riverside Park and is open to boaters of all levels and types of whitewater boats, with classes for Expert, Intermediate, Novice, Junior and Cadets.


Location: Riverside Park, Time:

Interleaved between slalom starts, five boats per heat negotiate a set course and finish in the last gate of the slalom course. In other words, it is not just a straight downstream sprint, but rather modestly difficult moves are attained on the way down the course allowing for greater possibility of overtaking.

CorranSup is offering Standup Boards (SUP) for demo and use in the race!

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