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Any paddling enthusiasts out there? This one’s for you. With all the beautiful rivers we have near Birmingham, paddle sports are a go-to for adventurers in our area. Below is a guide to some events coming up this spring!
1) Alabama Cup Racing Series
The Alabama Cup Racing Series consists of the Locust Fork Race and the Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak Races. Featured races include canoe and kayak slalom, boatercross, SUPcross and downriver events. Racers paddle through approximately 25 gates on class II/III rapids, so these are definitely not for beginners.
In addition to the races themselves, there will also be a silent auction, live music and more!
Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak Races
Locust Fork Race
2) Paddling 101
Not ready for rapids yet? No worries—the Birmingham Canoe Club is hosting a Paddling 101 class at Oak Mountain State Park this spring. The three-hour class introduces students to kayaking and canoeing.
When: April 18, 10AM-1PM
Where: Oak Mountain State Park. 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, Alabama 35124
3) Beginner Whitewater Kayak Class
If you’re ready for whitewater, check out this class also offered by the Birmingham Canoe Club. The Beginner Whitewater Kayak Class includes a session in the classroom and two days on the river. Learn about safety, paddling, equipment and more.
When: May 2, 9AM–May 3, 5PM
Where: Local river TBD
Cost: $100 for club members, $125 for nonmembers
4) Float the Mostly Lazy River
No whitewater for this event. Float a local river and spend the day learning how to read it along with safety and trip planning.
When: May 9 from 9AM-4PM
Where: Local river TBD
Support Auburn University’s Whitewater Kayaking Club
The Auburn Whitewater Kayaking Club teaches students and faculty how to whitewater kayak. The club has been chosen for Tiger Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising event on February 19 that benefits various groups and initiatives on Auburn’s campus.
The Auburn Whitewater Kayaking Club needs support in order to participate in the upcoming Alabama Cup Racing Series and PaddleSouth in Georgia.
“I have personally grown up in the sport competing in these competitions. They have not only given me an opportunity to meet some of the greatest people I have ever met, but it also helps me stay active. If our members had the opportunity to attend these competitions at little to no cost to them, it would really benefit them and the club.”Caleb Jones, trip planner, Auburn University Whitewater Kayaking Club
What do you think, Birmingham? Do you plan to get out on the water this spring? Let us know @BhamNow!