French Broad Outfitters is involved in dozens of events every year through donation, volunteering, event space, or by organizing the whole thing. The list you see here is far from comprehensive, but does feature some annual events that we love. Scroll through the months and follow us on social media/read our blog to stay up to date on all of the fun happenings around French Broad Outfitters!
Warren Wilson College Canoe & Kayak Club Fundraiser
Founded in 1987, the Warren Wilson College Paddling Team is an intercollegiate team coached by John Griffith and Travis Weiland. They are focused on giving their members the river skills they need to race well and make paddling a life-time sport. They compete in a variety of race types including downriver and slalom. In recent years, they have been state and regional champions.
Restart Summer Hours
Sunday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Jerry’s Baddle is a dual sport charity race that honors Jerry Beckwith and raises funding for ALS research. The race consists of 4 miles of extreme whitewater kayaking through the Green River Narrows followed by 26 miles of road cycling with 4000 ft of cumulative climbing. A race only for the most adventurous teams or individuals, French Broad Outfitters is happy to provide shuttle for participants and spectators alike.
FBO French Broad SUP Race
The French Broad Outfitters Stand Up Paddleboarding Race is an event of the Mountain Sports Festival and began in 2015. The course involves upstream and downstream paddling. Sponsored by BIC.
Mountain Sports Festival
Founded over 15 years ago, the Mountain Sports Festival was created with the intention of bringing together the outdoor enthusiasts, outdoor gear creators, and outdoor adventure companies. The Mountain Sports Festival is a celebration of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains we call home and the lifestyle they cultivate of great outdoors, music, food, local business, and community.
WNC Disc Golf Association Tag Championship
Two days of match play greatness to decide who in the club deserves the #1 tag and the honor of being this year’s club champion! Top 64 open tags will be allowed entry into the tag tournament. Day 1 is generally at Richmond Hill where the top 16 are chosen to move on to the second day. Day 2 is generally held at a different course. Spectators and enjoy what makes the WNCDGA special!
Forth of July
The river is the place to be on Independence Day! Relax in a tube, then grill out before heading downtown for the big fireworks display!
French Broad Outfitter’s annual Zombie Float is a fun day of tubing down the French Broad in zombie costumes! Every year we try to break the world record for number of people floating at one time while raising money for local environmental nonprofits. It a great time on the river, with a fun party afterward!
Annual Demo Boat/Gear Sale
Once a year, French Broad Outfitters goes through all of our demo boats, gear, and who knows what else to host a big sale for the public. Folks regularly line up early to scoop up the best deals of the day! Follow us on social media to get all the updates on this fun event!
Gauley Fest – West Virginia
American Whitewater’s biggest fundraiser! Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted the flows on the Gauley River, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world. Come out for a weekend of great paddling, exciting camaraderie, live entertainment, killer boat raffles, and the infamous silent auction.
Restart Winter Hours
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Russell Fork Rendezvous – Kentucky
The annual Russell Fork Rendezvous is a chance for everyone to enjoy great music, good food, bonfires, fireworks, whitewater demos, and lots of great whitewater on the banks of the Russell Fork as racers compete for the Lord of the Fork title.
The Green Race
French Broad Outfitters is proud to provide racer shuttles in the morning and party shuttles at night for the big day! The Green River Narrows Race was first organized by Leland Davis in the fall of 1996 with a modest field of 16 racers. It has since grown into arguably the most extreme and well known white water creeking race in the USA. Long kayaks, short kayaks, open and closed canoes, hand paddlers, tandems, and all sorts of crazy. There’s over 100 entries all racing for the bragging rights and stained glass that is awarded the winner. Some strive for the even more daunting task of breaking the elusive 4 minute mark. There’s usually over 1,000 spectators who brave the technical trail into the gorge to view the most spectacular rapid- Gorilla. (please note, all viewers should be very physically fit and prepared for a day in the wilderness- layers, water, leave no trace toilet supplies, etc.)