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The New River Gorge Stand Up Paddle Board Race powered by Active Southern West Virginia

Active Southern West Virginia’s mission is to increase opportunity for physical activity. With an executive director who has a life long passion for paddle sports, it is easy to see the connection between the world’s fastest growing paddle sport, SUP, and the mission to increase access in southern West Virginia. This year the New River Gorge SUP Race offered multiple races to appeal to a wide variety of abilities; Youth, Attainment, and Downriver.

Youth Stand Up Paddle Board Race

The day started with the Youth SUP Race, West Virginia’s first kids paddle board race! Racers were pre-approved to paddle in either category; “All By Myself” or “Parent on Board”. The course began at the upper beach at Fayette Station, DJ Zeke provided motivational tunes, and the little racers were off heading upstream to a large buoy and back to the start line. It was an exciting 7 minutes!

We are so grateful to have been a part of the New River Gorge SUP Race 2017 youth race! This was the first youth…

Posted by First Waves on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Attainment SUP Race

The second race of the day, the Attainment Race, offered an intermediate skill course where paddlers race upstream against the river’s current, around the large boulders in the class 1 rapid Thread the Needle, and return to the start line. The most exciting part being the mass start where the chop of 45 paddles jostles each racer as they try to gain ground on those around them.

Multi-person SUP called the Beast


The Downriver SUP Race

West Virginia’s only whitewater stand up paddle boarding race. This year the river levels cooperated to include the challenging Fayette Station rapid in the third race event of the day, the Downriver Race. This is where true paddle board athletes shine. Ian Smith, owner of SurfSup Adventures and founder of First Waves, and Christian Shaw, founder of Plastic Tides, lead the pack of racers through the first whitewater. Spectators cheered as 45 racers got tossed in multiple directions passing and getting passed.

Ian Smith followed by Christian Shaw

Downriver Finish Line

What is Means for West Virginia

It was a day for the WV history books. This group of paddlers continues to grow every year by encouraging their friends and families to be active with them. It takes face to face invitations to help others try new activities. Active Southern West Virginia works every day to provide free outdoor physical activity programs year round. Check this webpage calendar for the next program you can attend with your family;

Proceeds from this SUP race are donated to the Fayette County 4-H Outdoor Adventure Club where gear and outings are provided to get local high schoolers biking, climbing, paddling, skiing, hiking, and appreciating their backyard recreation.

This event is made possible by the passionate volunteers; Glenda Crawford, Brian Good, Brad Scott, Rocco, Jeff Shields, Vince Nicolau, and Zeke Smith.

Amazing photos provided by; Carl Galie, Deb Stipa, Candace Evans, Brent Lewis, Kate Armentrout, and Vince Nicolau.

Additional event photos here.


Active Southern West Virginia
Adventures On The Gorge
Hala Gear

Ace Adventure Gear
Richwood Scientific, Inc.
New River Outdoor Productions
Hazard Mill Kitchen
SUP Riverbend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy
Liberty Bail Bonds West Virginia
Morgan Insurance
Pies & Pints
The Station
Secret Sandwich Society
Gumbos Cajun Restaurant
Flat Top Fridays
First Waves
The Canadian
Mountain Surf Paddle Sports LLC

Boardworks Surf

Water Stone Outdoors

Fayetteville Physical Therapy

New River Jet Boats

Cathedral Cafe

Friends of New River Gorge National River
Fayetteville Physical Therapy
Dr. Barry A. Stowers Chiropractic Physician

Winner mugs from Gauley River Pottery


Thank you to everyone and we will see you next year!!

Race Results

Youth Race
1 Kalila Hames
2 Delaney Hames
3 Evan Nicolau


Attainment Men Attainment Female
1 Christian Shaw Meghan Roberts
2 Ian Smith Wendy Scott
3 Jonah Logan Anne Katino Linn


Down River Down River
1 Christian Shaw Wendy Scott
2 Ian Smith Jill Martin
3 Trey Knight Laura Palin


Participant Racer Number Attainment Down River Overall
Cameron Satterfield 121 1700.34 2140.25 3840.59
Ian Smith 71 1331.19 1153.35 2484.54
Jack Nelson 90 1449.91 1240.31 2690.22
Keith Peck 108 2209.21 2209.21
Travis Hames 125 1434.86 2246.66 3681.52
Meghan Roberts 15 1524.74 1524.74
Joe Jett 46 1926.36 1926.36
Melanie Seiler Hames 92 1615.25 2228.76 3844.01
Christian Shaw 139 1323.63 1139.03 2462.66
Garrett Napier 123 1937.39 2143.99 4081.38
Jill Martin 26 2553.16 1825.8 4378.96
John (Trey) Knight 43 1346.09 1158.58 2504.67
Laura Palin 119 1942.69 1833.12 3775.81
Gideon Casto 114 1732.43 1338.5 3070.93
Wendy Scott 142 1703.3 1603.88 3307.18
Jimbo Navy 113 2059 1757.19 3816.19
Juan (GMO) Loria 91 1403 1228.44 2631.44
Hilary Nicolau 132 1954.11 1954.11
Landen Napier 77 1705.07 1455.74 3160.81
Anne Katona Linn 100 1759.44 1759.44
Jason Kopp 29 1417.16 1217.15 2634.31
Evan Young 122 1544.74 2005.01 3549.75
Randy Fisher 30 1529.33 1529.33
Andy Hinton 75 1712.67 1356.19 3068.86
Roger Hager 57 1903.36 1903.36
Sabrina Pringle 116 2144.89 2144.89
Dominque Williams 103 1745.42 1332.76 3078.18
Jonah Logan 80 1336.76 1234.47 2571.23
Mark Palladino 109 1932.34 1932.34
Haley Satterfield 110 2137.49 2207.45 4344.94
Elizabeth Davis NRS Group 44 1805.64 1406.79 3212.43
Andy Warwick 128 1736.46 1416.56 3153.02
Peter Quigley 47 1621.55 1422.28 3043.83
Ethan Quigley 97 1343.3 1519.16 2862.46
Tom Samples 99 1624.32 1556.01 3180.33



Learn more by watching this local news report and check out the second place Youth SUP Racer interview.

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