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A Day of

Excitement on the Elizabeth

Join us on September 10, 2022, from 9:30-4:30, for the 2nd Annual Portsmouth Paddle Battle on the Elizabeth River.  Participants will compete in SUP and kayak categories depending on age/experience level. If Racer and Spectator comments from 2021 are any guide, the 2nd Annual Portsmouth Paddle Battle will be an awesome day out on the water and on land. Enjoy live music and good food and drinks. And prizes! We will also have special events for children. In short, there will be something for everyone. Proceeds will help the Friends support the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and the Lightship Portsmouth Museum.


10:00-2:00  Children's Events including free face-painting, free coloring book/crayon giveaways (while supplies last), free re-enactor interactions and more

10:45-2:30  Paddle Battle Racing

11:00-4:30  Free Corn Hole Toss

11:30-1:30  Live Music with Dan Rosnato

2:00-4:30  Live Music with Soul Intent

3:15  Paddle Battle Awards Ceremony


The Race Course will once again be from High Street Basin in Olde Towne to the Hammerhead Crane on the Shipyard and back. Racers loved this course as well as the ability to race against the tanker (see pictures)

Thanks to the generosity of the wonderful folks at the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve and Virginia Beach Surf Sessions, a limited number of loaner kayaks will be made available, on a first-come-first-serve basis, to people wishing to participate but who do not own their own kayak. You can request one on the Registration Form. A $10 charge will be collected on Race day. Sorry - the last loaner kayak is gone!

Racing will also feature a series of Challenge Races involving racers from the Navy Medical Center Portsmouth, the Coast Guard and others.

Stay tuned for updates and further details.


Click below for on-line Registration and Liability Waiver Form -- you must complete and submit both forms.

The Registration Fees for on-line Registration are for on-line Registration only. On-site Registration will be available for an additional $10 and our Registration table will only be able to accept cash, Visa and MasterCard. On-line Registration closes at 9:00 AM on Friday, September 9, 2022.

There will be no refunds for cancellation on account of inclement weather or as a result of State or City closures for COVID or other health emergencies.

Race and Race Day Information

Race Day Arrival, Parking and Race information is available here. The Prize ceremony will be between 3-3:30 PM, as soon as we have the final scoring.


We need lots and lots of volunteers to make the Paddle Battle successful. We need volunteers for the Registration Table, to sell Beverage Tickets and T-Shirts, to work the Beer/Beverage Tents, to help unload Kayaks, to man the Start/Finish-line, to assist with the children's events and more! Click "Volunteer" below to sign-up.


PLEASE READ: On-line Registration the Portsmouth Paddle Battle (including the Challenge Cup) has closed. You may Register on-site Saturday, September 10, starting at 9:30 AM. Please allow sufficient time to manually Register on-site.



The Challenge Cup is limited to active duty Navy and Coast Guard uniformed personnel presently assigned to a Portsmouth-based Navy or Coast Guard Command

Sponsor Options


Your logo on Paddle Battle web-site, marketing materials, Paddle Battle signage and print media, 10 drink tickets and 8 VIP Tent tickets



Your logo on Paddle Battle web-site and select marketing materials, 4 drink tickets and 2 VIP Tent tickets



Your logo on Paddle Battle web-site, marketing materials and Paddle Battle signage, 8 drink tickets and 6 VIP Tent tickets



2 drink tickets



Your logo on Paddle Battle web-site and select marketing materials, 6 drink tickets and 4 VIP Tent tickets


Interested in being a Sponsor? Contact Gary at

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Platinum - $2,500

Gold - $1,000

Rapid Funding LLC



Silver - $500


Richard Leavy and Cynthia Jorgensen



Bronze - $250


Rotary Club of Portsmouth


Marketing Partners-Sponsors

VIP Tent Food Sponsor Donors

Food Truck Vendors

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