Ganga Kayak Festival - 2017, Rishikesh

Rishikesh is famous for its adventure and water sports in the country. Kayaking is one of the famous adventure sports in Rishikesh. Kayaking has gained much popularity among tourists from all corners of the world. Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayak is different from rafting. One has to sits and sets his legs in front, using a paddle front to back and back to front. The Ganga River provides perfect platform to learn Kayaking safely. The Ganga River is one of the largest, adventurous and most powerful rivers in the world.

Rishikesh has the team of leading international kayak competitors as well as professional international kayak guides and instructors. Rishikesh holds some exciting rapids. The first Ganga kayak competition was held in India in 2013. The motto of the competition is to encourage and introduce more Indian paddlers. This competition is also open to international competitors and is quickly becoming a true international festival.

Bhupendra Singh Rana is the founder of the Ganga Kayak Festival. In 2013 he organized the first "Ganga Kayak Festival". Professional international Kayak guides and instructors in Rishikesh formed their own organization called TASS - The Adventure Sports Society. The purpose of this organization is to create a truly professional level competition.

Highlights of Event

Event DatesFebruary 17th, 18th & 19th, 2016
Event LocationRishikesh, Uttarakhand
Pre Race Registration7 - 8:20 am (Feb 17th)
Race Briefing8:30 am (Feb 17th)
Opening Ceremony9:00 am (Feb 17th)
First Race Start9:30 am (Feb 17th)

Events and Fee Details

Rafting

Rafting Championship - Entry fees: Rs 3000/Team
 Category - Open
 Down River Marathon - There will be a mass start from Shivpuri to Ramjhula (Kharasoot) and the top 15 teams will qualify for the super finals on the 19th. The super finals will be another mass start from shivpuri to below Golf Course rapid.
 Team - Team should be of 6 people/raft
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Kayaking

1) Pro Category - Men and women (need minimum 5 women in order to run this category).
    Entry Fees - Rs 2000/- (all 4 events)

  • Down river race (sprint)
  • Giant slalom
  • Boater Cross
  • Best Indian Paddler

2) Intermediate, Juniors and Women category

    Entry Fees - Rs 500/- 

  • Down river race (sprint)
  • Boater cross (Only top 4 finalists)

Note: Mass boater cross is open to all 

Descriptions of Kayaking Event

Sprint (Pro’s): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6 mtr high ramp. There will be a compulsory boof on the top center and touch me banner with hand on the river right. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner with their hand on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete completes 2 laps with the fastest lap time counting.

Giant Slalom (Pro’s): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. There will be several downstream & upstream gates on both side of the river. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete gets only 1 lap each.

Boater cross (Pro’s): The top 32 athletes from the Sprint and Giant slalom events (combined time) will qualify for the pro’s Boater Cross. There will be heats of 4 kayakers. Starts from the seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. There will be a compulsory boof on the top center and touch me banner on the river right. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. The top 2 from each heat will move onto the next round and so on. The top 4 athletes will qualify for the Super Final round and battle for the Boater Cross title.

Best Indian paddler of the year award: Top 4 overall Indian athletes will qualify for this category based on a combined ranking from the Sprint, Giant slalom and Boater cross and will battle for the honor. When the start signal fires the athletes will swim from river right above golf course to river left and get in their kayak on the ramp and sprint down to the finish line (same race course as sprint).

Intermediate/Beginners (Open Category): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete completes 2 laps with the fastest lap time counting. The fastest 8 athletes will qualify for the boater cross super final. Boater cross super final will start with the seal launch from the 6mtr high ramp all the way to the finish line below Golf Course rapid. There will be no gates for this category.

Junior (Open category): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete completes 2 laps with the fastest lap time counting. The fastest 4 athletes will qualify for the boater cross super final. Boater cross super final will start with the seal launch from the 6mtr high ramp all the way to the finish line below Golf Course rapid. There will be no gates for this category.

Women (Open category): Starts from above the golf course rapid on the river left with a seal launch off the 6mtr high ramp. Sprint down to "touch me" banner on the river right. To finish the race, the athlete must touch the banner on the rock in the left eddy below golf course. Each athlete completes 2 laps with the fastest lap time counting. The fastest 8 athletes will qualify for the boater cross and top 4 for the super final. Boater cross super final will start with the seal launch from the 6mtr high ramp all the way to the finish line below Golf Course rapid. There will be no gates for this category.

Mass boater cross (for all): Athletes will start together from river right aboce golf course rapid. It will be a Le-mans style start. Once the start signal fires the athlete will need to run over, enter their kayak, put their spray deck on, and sprint down to the finish point below golf course on the left. There will be some surprizes obsicles which will be disclossed on the day of event.

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