ButterCup Whitewater Slalom Series

2018 Leader Board 2018 Class Awards Scoring Guidelines

For practice water and other dates and events surrounding these races, see the race descriptions below.
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Wolf River Spring Race

Langlade, WI

May 20, 2018

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Bicentennial Riverfront Park

Yorkville, IL

July 14, 2018

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Chippewa River

Jim Falls, WI

September 1, 2018

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Last Ditch Wolf River

Langlade, WI

Sept 22, 2018

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For 2018, the Buttercup Whitewater Slalom Series is in its 52nd year. A citizen level race series, it draws competitors from across the United States as well as a number of overseas countries. A number of former paddlers have gone on to National and International prominence in whitewater competition. All levels of skill are accommodated for in the races and people new to whitewater competition are encouraged to participate.

There will be four Buttercup races this year. Paddlers earn points for each class they race in at each event. First place is 5 points, second place is four points, third place is three points, and anything beyond third place is one point. Points are cumulative for the series, and first, second, and third place trophies are awarded in each class at the banquet following the last race.

Normally registration for these races can be done at 8 AM the day of the race. For more information or if you can help with any of these events, including setup the day before, please check the web site link or contact the organizer.

Most races require an ACA waiver. The fees listed on the waiver may be included on the race registration forms, but you could fill out your waiver ahead of time by printing the adult waiver, and/or the minor waiver.

Disclaimer: Check with organizers for details or changes!

May 20, 2018 - Spring Race
Camp Gardner - Wolf River

New this year - Sunday Race. Saturday coaching and gate practice. Volunteers needed for setup Friday 1PM. Registration Saturday or by 8:30 AM Sunday, race at 10. Pot luck lunch at the camp with soup and more. Plenty to share - if you are camping/traveling and can not bring food, that is okay! If you wish, you can contribute a little to offset costs.
Awards ceremony at camp end of race.

Class II. Course will be adjusted as needed to accommodate paddlers of all abilities.

Contact: Michelle Grimm (mmgrimm26@hotmail.com)
Phone: 715-252-3506

July 14, 2018 - Bicentennial Riverfront Park
Yorkville, IL

Course designed by long time slalom paddler Jim Tybinsky. Expect a course that is challenging but makeable in all boat types and most skill levels.
Friday evening of fun events along the park including a cardboard regatta with Rib Festival and live music during the day on Saturday.
Camping is available at the park for racers along with hotels, restaurants and grocery stores very close by.

Sponsored by the Chicago Whitewater Association, contact Andy Cocallas (acocallas@sbcglobal.net) or 847-830-4877 (cell).
Whitewater Festival Facebook Page
Chicago Whitewater Association

September 1, 2018 - Jim Falls

Dam controlled release. Jim Falls of the Chippewa, at Jim Falls, WI. Meet at foot bridge west side of river north of CTH S bridge.

Contact: Glenn Felske (gfelske@yahoo.com)
Phone: 715-313-4512

Glenn Felske will be setting up a gate or two each evening. If you can help, call him at 715-313-4512.

Strong class II. FRIDAY help with setup needed. NOTE: this is Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Registration Friday or at 8AM Saturday.

Around 10 AM on Saturday Aug 25th, there will be a FREE self-timed, informal non-event on the course Water releases continuous April and May!

Other release information, see
Jim Falls Whitewater Facebook Page.

Sept 22, 2018 - Last Ditch Wolf River

Thursday 1PM preliminary gate setup and open practice. Friday Noon to 3 finalize gates on course. 3:30 PM, coaching groups and open practice, early registration.

Saturday Registration 8:30. Coached Demo Runs 9:40. Race start 10:30, POT LUCK LUNCH 12:30-1:30. AWARDS at Bear Paw 6:30.

Class II. Course will be adjusted as needed to accommodate paddlers of all abilities.

Contact: Scott Stalheim (scottstalheim@gmail.com) Phone: 715-748-0647