Round the Rock features a 13-mile endurance race in addition to a 3.5 mile and kids races. We offer cash prizes and raffles for all who compete in each of our races. And to make it a ‘feel good’ race, we also offer free race entry with minimal effort of fund-raising for a great cause, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

It is our goal to make this day fun for all to compete and enjoy their day at the park and on the water. We have set up Round the Rock to be suited for the paddlers with the race boards, touring boards and all around boards. For the 13-mile Race and the 3.5-mile race we will provide awards to all age groups represented below by gender for the different board categories. There is no restriction on a boards weight. All boards must have a fixed fin in place, there are no foils allowed. Both the 13-mile race and the 3.5-mile race have cash prizes under the “Sweep or Weep” format. The 13-mile race offers cash prizes and is the only race that will recognize the ‘Unlimited’ division, which is any board longer than 14’, rudders and multi-hulls are allowed. Both the 3.5-mile race and the 13-mile race will award cash prizes for the 14’ division, which is any board between the length of 12’6” and a maximum of 14’, and the 12’6” (stock) division, which includes any board that is a maximum length of 12’6” or less, (this division does include all around boards under 12’6”).

It’s great fun to spend a day on the water testing your skills and lining up with some of the fastest men and women in the world and start the feature race in one of the biggest fields in the sport. We have cash prizes and raffles for race boards and race paddles for each racer to have an opportunity to win!

  • Unlimited Class (only for 13-mile race)
    • Length: Anything over 14’ and there is no length restriction.
    • Rudders and multi-hulls are allowed on Unlimited class boards.
  • 14’ Class (13-mile race and 3.5-mile race)
    • Length: any board over 12’6” and up to a maximum of 14-feet.
  • 12’6 Class (stock) (13-mile race and 3.5-mile race)
    • Length:any board up to 12’6” maximum (includes all-around boards)
  • Prone Class (only for the 13-mile race) – *more information on this class coming soon

1st – 2nd and 3rd places for both male and female will be recognized for each board class and age group for the 13-mile and 3.5-mile races:

  • 10-years and Under.
  • 11-14
  • 15-17
  • 18-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+


Kid’s Races: Raffle for a Riviera race board and all Carbon Race Paddle – each kid that completes the kids race will be entered into a raffle to win this race board and paddle as well as other prizes.

*more information on the kids categories coming soon

What is “Sweep or Weep”?

Round the Rock developed this unique “Sweep or Weep” format to award the fastest paddlers on the water and to push them even harder! This format forces each paddler to consider what size board they will paddle for the races. Here’s how it works; if a top racer in a shorter class finishes ahead of a top 3 finisher in an upper class, that racer wins their purse PLUS the longer division purse for that place. For instance, if a 12’6” (stock class) winner finishes ahead of the second place 14 class finisher, the stock rider wins the stock prize and the 2nd place prize for the 14-foot class. The second place 14-foot finisher receives 3rd place prize money! And women can beat the men’s class to take their purse too.

*There must be a paddler in each specific category in order to win their purse.

Read about Shannon Bell’s big win at the 2014 Round the Rock.

In 2014 – the professional paddler, Shannon Bell, paddling a 12’6” (stock) board, won the women’s overall, won the womens division of the 12’6” class and beat the men’s 12’6” (stock) class and took the mens purse for first place too! Her expected cash win was $1250 and she took home over $2000.

13-mile race – $10,000 in Prize Money

Top 3 finishers in each board class (Unlimited, 14’ and 12’6”/under) for overall Men and Women will receive prize money.

3.5-mile race – over $2500 in Prize Money

Top 3 finishers in each board class (14’, 12’6”/under)) for overall Men and Women will receive prize money.