FB Paddle Racing, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose purpose is to foster competition in all types of paddlesports racing, particularly on the French Broad River in western North Carolina. Our primary event is the two-day FRENCH BROAD CLASSIQUE, held annually on the fourth weekend of April (2015 dates are April 25-26) near Asheville, North Carolina. The French Broad Classique has paddling events for competitors of every experience level and craft: canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Competitors can come for one or both days and are welcome to switch to different boats or different classes.

RENEWED FOR 2015: The French Broad 50 Challenge is back! If you can paddle 50 miles on the French Broad River in a single day, we will donate $50 in your name to RiverLink.


There is a terrific new blog available with lots of information about the stretch of river on which the French Broad Classique is contested; check out the French Broad River Paddling and Recreation blog!!

FB Paddle Racing has hosted two National Championships on the French Broad River: the 2014 USCA Aluminum Canoe/Downriver Kayak Nationals in Henderson County (upstream of Asheville), and the 2008 ACA Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver Nationals in Madison County (downstream of Asheville).

In addition to hosting the FRENCH BROAD CLASSIQUE, FB Paddle Racing helps to promote paddle sports races in North Carolina and neighboring states. Click here to access information on other races.

Last updated February 14, 2015