A new year is upon us, soldiers. It's time to get your engine in tune for BATTLE! Come March 18th, an armada of warriors will slap the brackish waters of Old Fort Bayou with their paddles in a quest for glory. The sweat will pour like a waterfall. The screams of sore muscles will be deafening. The biting bugs will be waiting in ambush. The drink will flow like a river. The mouth watering aroma of tasty foodstuffs will make your stomach growl. Once you cross the finish line, the echoes of victory will ring eternal.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes! BOB will be making an about-face this year. The course (now 8.25 miles) is an out and back, both starting and finishing at Gulf Hills Hotel. Apart from the course, what else does this entail? Well, there is no need for a shuttle. Also, the race schedule will now start and end earlier. Lastly, those staying at Gulf Hills may freshen up their race funk before the awards. Speaking of awards, the awards presentation will take place in the sheltered confines of the Gull Hills Conference Center.
"This is going to separate the paddlers from the paddling enthusiasts as with two-way racing traffic there are bound to be a few, er, surprises."
"There should be additional awards for who wins the most head on "chicken" battles!"
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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, 2017 - February 28, 2017. 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