Kokatat Expert Division

6/14/18 10:30 am

A downriver sprint on S Turn Rapid through class IV/V whitewater. It is available to any expert paddler that feels confident being competitive on the North Fork. Racers will begin at the top of S Turn and finish in the eddy at the bottom. Time will start and stop when racers pass under the Kokatat gates. The top ten finishers in this very competitive division will be called the Wild Cards. They will receive an invitation to compete again Saturday in the Elite Division. A Wild Card can choose not to compete in the Elite Division, their spot will not be filled and the Wild Card title will remain in their name. The top 35 racers in this division will also have eligibility to race in the BoaterX on Friday with the Elite.


Entrance Fee (USD) $60.00
Location S - Turn Rapid (Mile Post 90 on Hwy 55)

Registration must be done online by Friday, May 22nd.

Bag Pickup 8:30 – 10:00 AM Registration at Big Eddy Campground
Safety Meeting 10:00 AM at Big Eddy Campground
Eligible Athletes Class V Paddlers who have previously paddled the race course.
Bus Pickup There is no transportation provided from the park to this race. Carpooling is encouraged.

The North Face BoaterX

6/15/18 3:00 pm

A BoaterX race down S – Turn rapid on the North Fork. This rapid is about 12 miles north of Banks, Idaho. There will be 10 heats of 6 paddlers. As racers get to the finish line, they will touch The North Face banner at the finish line. The top 2 in each heat will advance to a finals of 6. The Elite Division + Top 35 in the Expert Division are eligible to compete in this race. If the flows are very high, the number of athletes may be limited for safety.


Entrance Fee (USD) No Fee
Location S–Turn Rapid (Mile Post 90, Hwy 55)

This race has a pre-qualifier. See above.

Bag Pickup 2:00-2:45 PM at Big Eddy Campground (takeout for S-Turn)
Safety Meeting 2:45 PM at the bottom of S-Turn Rapid
Eligible Athletes Top 35 from the Expert Division + Elite Division Racers
Bus Pickup There is no transportation provided from the park to this race. Carpooling is encouraged.

Main Event

6/16/18 1:00 pm

A Giant Slalom race comprised of seven gates through Jacob’s Ladder and Golf Course’s Class V+ whitewater. It is a timed race. If a racer hits a gate they will face a five second penalty, and missed gates will add fifty seconds to their final time. Athletes will get two runs, and the better time will be kept for their score. Paddlers charge off the Red Bull ramp above Jake’s to initiate the start of their run, and continue through the end of Golf Course and the last Sweet Protection gate where their time will end. The racer who turns in the fastest time will be crowned King of the North Fork Championship. This race is chip timed. Ten paddlers will be selected to compete in this division after being chosen from the pool of online applicants by last year’s Top 10 placers (Trick Force). Every paddler must race the Expert Course to obtain a time for their placement in the Main Event if they place top 10 in the Kokatat Qualifier.


Entrance Fee (USD) $100.00
Location Jacob’s Ladder and Golf Course (Mile Post 86.5, Hwy 55)

Must be done online by May 5th.

Trick Force posted May 15th. 

Practice Lap Time 6/16/18 12:00 pm
Bag Pickup 9:00-10:30 AM in Weilmunster Park
Safety Meeting 12:45 PM at the NFC Red Bull Ramp -- MANDATORY *Athletes not in attendance will not compete.
Eligible Athletes Elite Division + Wild Cards
Bus Pickup Bus leaves from Weilmunster Park at 11:00 AM to the Main Event. Transportation is mandatory for Elite athletes to race course.

The wrist band given to paddlers at registration gives access to all the events throughout the weekend – free of charge. Events include: Friday night NFC Whitewater Festival kickoff party at the park, breakfast provided Saturday morning at the Dirty Shame. Dinner will be provided Saturday in the park, admission Saturday night to the awards ceremony in Weilmunster Park, and access to the Disco themed NFC after party Saturday night held at the Dirty Shame.

Safety: Every athlete competing is required to paddle the course they are racing - prior to racing!

Boat Length: The boat length is 9 feet for all races. If there is interest in racing long boats or duos down the qualifier, there will be an open class.

Timing: All races will be timed using a chip timing system with Boise based company Authentic Sports Timing.