The Big River Regional was an impossible dream three guys had while paddling almost the exact route four years ago. We thought how cool would it be to put on a race down the busiest, wildest and widest section of the largest river in America- the Mighty Mississippi. After 1000's of hours or work with the coast guard, sheriffs, industry reps this dream came true and two weeks before year one we got final approval to shut down the Mississippi River for a Recreational Event for the first time in history! Since 2013 we have grown from 72, to 149 in 2014 and fully expect 250 racers from all over the U.S. in 2015. The Cajun food is the best race food in the nation and stories will last a lifetime. Don't miss the Big River 2015 on August 29th- The Big River Crew: Walker Higgins, Troy Archer & Bryan Prince.
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Racing the Mighty Mississippi
Zach Rounsaville (Orange Beach, Alabama). Why race the Big River Regional? "Because it pulls people from all over and it's a great way to meet a ton of people and have a great time! What makes it unique? The Fact that it is the Mighty Mississippi. Even on just thirteen miles you see a variety of scenery and conditions." Why are you racing it for a second time? "Two reasons 1) I have to defend my title and 2) because it is a great challenging race that really is unique."
EJ Johnson (San Diego): "Everyone should go paddle the Big River event in 2015 and the reasons why are clear! First of all, how often do you get to paddle the Biggest River in the US, with no boat traffic? Second, the Southern hospitality is alway in full effect and the BEER and food is off the charts! Come check out Muddy Waters too, as them boys and girls will treat you right! Cheers EJ
Michael "Westy" Westenberger (Chicago, IL): "Paddlers should attend the 2015 Big River Regional because not only do you get a chance to paddle the mighty MIssissippi but the whole event really captures that "deep south/bayou" feeling that I've grown to love."
Garrett Fletcher (Destin, FL). "One of the big things that draws me to race is the locaiton and the history that goes along with it. I have always been a fan of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn so for me I kind of feel like I'm getting to take part in one of their adventures. How many people get to say that they got to compete in a SUP Race down the mighty Mississippi? I've never been a fan of river races like the Payette River Games, but this is one of the top 10 lafgest rivers in the world and for the most part- it's calm.
Nate Richard (Grapevine, TX). "If I had to narrow it down to just one race it would be this one. The first night we stayed at a luxurious hotel and the race ended at an even more luxurious casino. I had a great time and I know so many others did too."