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Check out the Photos from 2022's Paddle Battle

A Day of

Excitement on the Elizabeth

Join us on September 9, 2023, from 9:30-4:30, for the 3rd Annual Portsmouth Paddle Battle on the Elizabeth River.  As in prior years, participants will compete in SUP and kayak categories depending upon age/experience level. New in 2023, by popular demand we have added a race for tandem kayaks and for canoes. If Racer and Spectator comments from 2021 and 2022 are any guide, the 3rd 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

10:45-1:00  Paddle Battle Racing

10:00-4:00  Free Corn Hole Toss

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

1:00           Paddle Battle Awards Ceremony

1:30-4:30    Music by DJ E


Poster 2023


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 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 7, 2023. On-line Registration is closed. Event day Registration opens at 9:30 AM, Saturday, September 9. See you there!

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 at 1:30 PM (approximate depending upon final scoring).


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 tankers.

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. NO MORE KAYAKS - The recent tragic arson fire at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve destroyed all of their kayaks. We are working hard to obtain alternative loaner kayaks for those who have already reserved them, and believe we will, however, we are unable to offer any additional loaner kayaks.


Racing will also feature a series of Challenge Races involving racers from the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, the Norfolk (Portsmouth) Naval Shipyard, Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, USCG Atlantic Area Command and USCG 5th District.


Stay tuned for updates and further details.


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.

On-line Registration is closed. See above for Event Day Registration info.



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


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Thank you to our Sponsors!

Gold - $1,000


Portsmouth Boat Club

Silver - $500



Rotary Club of Portsmouth


Bronze - $250



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VIP Tent Food Sponsor Donors

Food Truck Vendors

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Your logo on Paddle Battle web-site, marketing materials and Paddle Battle signage and T-shirts (NEW!), 8 drink tickets and 6 VIP Tent tickets



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Your logo on Paddle Battle web-site and select marketing materials and T-shirts (NEW!), 6 drink tickets and 4 VIP Tent tickets


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