A Day of

Excitement on the Elizabeth

Join us on September 11, 2021, from 9:30-4:30, for the inaugural Portsmouth Paddle Battle on the Elizabeth River.  Participants will compete in SUP and kayak categories depending on age/experience level. This event 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.

Just Announced!!! Hampton Roads favorite Soul Intent

to be feature band at the Paddle Battle

The Race Course will be from High Street Basin in Olde Towne to the Hammerhead Crane on the Shipyard and back.

A limited number of 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.

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

Spend Friday and/or Saturday night at the Renaissance-Portsmouth Waterfront Hotel and receive a 20% discount off their standard (Flexible) rate -- wake up just a few feet from the Paddle Battle!. Go here to make your reservation: Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Hotel

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 10, 2021.

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.


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.


Sponsor Options


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



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



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



2 drink tickets



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


Interested in being a Sponsor? Contact Gary at

Our Wonderful Sponsors


Rapid Funding LLC