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.

NEW FOR 2015: We expect that the 18 mile Saturday (April 25) portion of the French Broad Classique will be part of the Southeast Paddle Sport Championship Series.

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.


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 December 14, 2014