Bellyak Race for a Cause 2018

Last month we hosted the second annual Bellyak Race for a Cause, as part of the Mountain Sports Festival. Despite the liquid sunshine that appeared just as we paddled away, it was a great success! We had 13 participants from 7 states and ages from 8 to awesome. 

Bellyak Race for a cause start line



Stand up bellyaking

Only try this if you weigh less than 70 pounds.

The Participants

The Pollick family represented with their three kids, and we had two  newlyweds on a bellyak honeymoon. William Blakely, adaptive paddler and Bellyak Ambassador, drove up with his mom, Tammy Lea, to compete for his second time.  The kids race saw the hottest competition with a brand new Astral Otter as the grand prize. Bets were made, hands were shaken, and we lined up on at French Broad Outfitters – Hominy Creek to begin! 

Bellyak Race for a Cause start

A heavy downpour greeted the racers halfway through the course. Looks like more of a ‘Float for a Cause’ here.

Our Voice

Since it is a Race for a Cause, our Cause this year is Our Voice. Our Voice are a local non-profit in pursuit of a community free of sexual violence. Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education. We raised $114 to help support their cause.

The Race for a cause finishers!

Future bellyak Events

Join us next year and check out our Events Calendar or follow us on Facebook for more bellyak races, demos and fun.

Happy faces on the bus home

Mountain Sports Festival

Mountain Sports Festival Race For A Cause!

This race is for ALL LEVELS of ability and athleticism!

The race will start at the FBO at Hominy Creek Put-In (shuttle provided) and follow the French Broad to the Carrier Park put-in (approximately 1 mile).

Want to try the Bellyak first to see how awesome and easy it is? Come find us at the Mountain Sports Festival for Demos that will be occurring on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the warm hours. We will be also helping with the Asheville GreenWorks River Cleanup that morning starting at 10am.


A portion of proceeds will go to Our Voice Asheville. Our Voice’s mission is in the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence and serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy, and education.


Prizes will be awarded to the top 2 racers of each category.


Deadline to signup for the race on-line is 5:30PM, Friday, May 25th.

Price per paddler is $12 for preregistration and $15 for day of registration.


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