top of page

Check out the Photos from 2023's Paddle Battle

A Day of

Excitement on the Elizabeth

Join us on September 7, 2024, from 9:00-1:00, for the 4th Annual Portsmouth Paddle Battle on the Elizabeth River -- then stick around from 1:00 to 5:00 to watch and cheer on Portsmouth youth, ages 8 to 14, in first ever the Portsmouth Junior Paddle Battle (more info).  As in prior years, participants in the Paddle Battle will compete in SUP, kayak and canoe categories depending upon age/experience level. New in 2024, a dedicated Racers tent for Racers to enjoy a beverage and some light post-Race food that is now included in the cost of Registration. Enjoy music and good food and drinks all day including the Junior Paddle Battle. And prizes! We will also have special events for children all day long. In short, there will be something for everyone. Proceeds will help The Friends support the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and the Lightship Portsmouth Museum.

More info on the Junior Paddle Battle can be found on the Junior Paddle Battle web-page but please consider volunteering for a 2-hour shift teaching new young paddlers how to paddle!


8:30-11:00  Paddle Battle Registration

10:00-4:00  Free Corn Hole Toss

10:00-5:00  Children's Events
including free face-painting, free coloring book/crayon giveaways (while supplies last), free re-enactor interactions and more

10:00-5:00  Music by DJ E

10:15-12:00  Paddle Battle Racing

12:00  Paddle Battle Awards Ceremony

12:30-5:00  Junior Paddle Battle




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.


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.


Click below for on-line Registration -- you must complete and submit the Registration Form and indicate your agreement with the Liability Waiver form. Early Bird registration of $40 runs until June 30. After that it is $50 through September 4 and then $60 on Race day. 

All new -- earn an easy $10 cash referral bonus! Refer a new racer who registers during the Early Bird registration period and get a $10 cash bonus on Race day (you must also register to race to be eligible). Your eligible referral simply has to credit you with the referral on their Registration form.

The Registration table will only be able to accept cash and credit/debit cards. On-line Registration closes at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 4, 2024. You may still register on Race day at the $60 rate.

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 conditions.

Race and Race Day Information

Race Day Arrival, Parking and Race information is available here. The Prize ceremony will be at 12:00 PM (approximate depending upon 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 Tent, to help unload Kayaks, to man the Start/Finish-line, to assist with the children's events and more! Click "Volunteer Here" to the left to sign-up.

Are you an experienced Kayaker? Please also consider volunteering to take a two-hour shift in a tandem Kayak teaching 8-14 year-olds how to paddle at the first ever Junior Paddle Battle -- offering free Kayak lessons to Portsmouth youth. More information here.

Register to Race

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

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Gold - $1,000

Silver - $500



Bronze - $250



Marketing Partners-Sponsors

VIP Tent Food Sponsor Donors

In-Kind Sponsors

Sponsor Options


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



2 drink tickets



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


bottom of page