Build Your Own Boat Competition

See if your boat building and maritime skills can withstand the Whitewater Center’s challenging seas. Put your hand crafted vessels to the test down class II-IV rapids on the competition channel.

Whitewater Paddling

BYOB Competition

  • October 15th

    Registration Closed


Float Test

  • October 14th

    River Center


Additional Information


  • Event Capacity: 60 boats
  • Teams may consist of 1-4 people
  • Participant Age Requirement: 16 years or older
  • All boats must be human powered
  • All boat materials must float
  • Maximum Dimensions: 10′ wide x 10′ long x 5′ tall
  • Rope sections may not be longer than 18 inches and must be tied securely against the structure
  • No enclosures or compartments are permitted
  • Boat Weight Limit: 150 lbs. maximum
  • The following materials are prohibited:
    • Metal objects.
    • Sharp objects.
    • Straps or devices that hold participants to the craft.
    • Manufactured craft designed for whitewater (rafts, kayaks, duckies, river boards, SUP, inner tubes, etc.).
    • Wood (plywood, boards etc.) over 1/4″ thick.


  • Overall: Scored based on style and completion. Boats failing to complete the entire channel will not be eligible for the Overall Award.
    • Boats that do not complete the competition channel are still eligible for the Style Award and the Fan’s Choice Award.
  • Style: Boats will be ranked based on creativity, design and theme.
  • Fan’s Choice: Based on crowd applause and reaction.

Race Shirts

  • BYOB shirt


BYOB Competition

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022
  • 12:00pm-4:00pm BYOB Competition

Float Test

  • Friday, October 14, 2022
  • 4:00pm-8:00pm Float Test at the River Center.

Event Map


2022 Results

Overall- Boatload of Karen’s

Style- Wave Runner

Fan Favorite- Los Bomberos

2021 Results

Overall – Wave Digger

2019 Results

Overall Winner – ShipFaced

Style – Great Scotts!

Fan’s Choice – The Plumbers

2019 Brewery Results

Overall Brewery – Legal Remedy Brewing

Brewery Style – Suffolk Punch Brewing

Fan’s Choice – Suffolk Punch Brewing

2018 Results

Overall Winner – Owensby Boatworx

Style – Owensby Boatworx

Fan’s Choice – The Pip Heads

Brewery Edition – Hyde Brewing

2017 Results

Overall Winner – Brother’s Boenisch

Style – The Beatles

Fan’s Choice – The Jenny

Event Sponsors