BOB turns 9 in 2018. The General gets a warm and fuzzy feeling in knowing that this event has endured. It's enough to move a stern and paddle-battle worn veteran to leak a single tear of happiness. Sniffle... must not choke up... ahem...
Mark your calendar, soldiers. BOB IX falls on March 17, 2018. On that momentous date, an armada of warriors will churn brackish bayou waters into a fierce froth. The sweat will sting some eyes. The muscles of many will angrily protest. Biting bugs will be eager to sink their proboscises into any unlucky passerby. Dry mouths shall be quenched with refreshing drink. The savory aroma of post race grub will make stomachs growl like antagonized honey badgers. Once one crosses the finish line, the echoes of victory shall ring eternal.
Enlist on January 1st!
If it's not broken, why fix it. BOB will adhere to the about-face of yesteryear. The 8.5 mile out and back, starting from and finishing at Gulf Hills struck a positive cord in veterans and noobs alike. On top of that, there were no annoying shuttles to deal with, the awards presentation was held indoors, and the smoother timeline was peaches and cream.
"Thanks guys for putting on a really fun race, I like the down and back with no shuttle , the food was great.
Great way to start the race season."
"Always my favorite race of the year. Thanks for all the hard work that goes into this awesome event."
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Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center is our headquarter hotel. They offer a special rate to Battle on the Bayou racers and spectators. Make your room reservations early. To guarantee your room at the EARLY BIRD special rate of $89.99 plus 7% tax, per room, per night, reservations must be received between January 1, 2018 - February 28, 2018. Call Toll free @ 866-875-4211 and ask for the Battle on the Bayou rate when booking your reservation. Rates will increase to $99.99, beginning March 1st. For more info, visit gulfhillshotel.com.
|K1 Pool Toy||≤ 10'||N/A||Dudes / Chicks||All builds & constructions|
|K1 Short||10'1"- 12'6"||N/A||Dudes / Chicks||All builds & constructions|
|K1 Medium||12'7" - 15'6"||≥ 22"||Dudes / Chicks||All builds & constructions|
|K1 Long||15'7" - 17'6"||≥ 21"||Dudes / Chicks||All builds & constructions|
|K1 Fast||≥ 17'7"'||≥ 19.6"||Dudes / Chicks||All builds & constructions|
|K1 Race||Unlimited||≤ 19.5"||Dudes / Chicks||See Below #1|
|SUP Surf||Unlimited||Unlimited||Dudes / Chicks||Surf style shaped boards|
|SUP Race||Unlimited||Unlimited||Dudes / Chicks||Race style shaped boards|
|SUP Pedal||Unlimited||Unlimited||Dudes / Chicks||Hobie Pedal Boards|
|K1 Pedal||Unlimited||Unlimited||Dudes / Chicks||Solo Kayak Pedal Craft|
|K2 Rec||Unlimited||≥ 22.1"||Mixed||Recreational Tandem Kayaks|
|K2 Race||Unlimited||≤ 22"||Mixed||Racing Tandem Kayaks|
|K2 Pedal||Unlimited||Unlimited||Mixed||Tandem Kayak Pedal Craft|
|C1 Rec||≤ 17'6"||≥ 16% length||Dudes / Chicks||Recreational Solo Canoes|
|C1 Race||Unlimited||Unlimited||Dudes / Chicks||See Below #2|
|C2 Rec||≤ 17'6"||≥ 16% length||Mixed||Recreational Tandem Canoes|
|C2 Race||Unlimited||Unlimited||Mixed||See Below #3|
1. (K1 Race) Skinny surf skis and Olympic K1 boats
2. (C1 Race) Solo Canoes that do not meet the Solo Rec class specifications
3. (C2 Race) Tandem Canoes that do not meet the Tandem Rec class specifications