Head 2 Head

Kayaking Head2Head Bjørke Sat 01.07 at 14:00 .

Competition concept

Welcome to this years version of the Head 2 Head competition, where it will take place in beautiful Bjørke. 

Perfect for watching the spectacle of kayakers fighting their way down the river, the bridge crossing the river gives the spectators a great view over the competition, and over the beautiful Raundalen river. Let´s bring some attention to this amazing river that is currently under threat. 

This competition is suitable for most levels, our «lavterskelkonkurranse». Have you only just learned how to roll? Here you get a chance to compete against world class kayakers. Join the fun, this day will be filled with laughter and smiles.

After the race is finished, we will do a mass paddle from Bjørke down to the old kayak base in Bømoen. Suitable for EVERYone, so bring your kids, grandparents and dogs, let´s see how many we can get on the river.

(IF THE WATER LEVELS ARE TOO LOW/HIGH, this competition will be moved to a different location, stay tuned)

If you have never been to or seen a H2H kayaking event before, here is a short description:

Head to Head is a boater kayaking event, putting a heat of 2-5 kayakers against each other to race down a short whitewater course. The competitors sprint to the finish to touch a banner. The top (1 or 2) paddlers proceed to the next round until there remains a single finale heat. The first paddler of the final heat, who touches the finish banner wins the competition. On the more advanced levels there will be gates, which have to be passed before touching the finish banner (details at the race briefing)

The mandatory race meeting will be held on 1st of July 13:00 PM.


  • Skilled You have just one or two seasons with paddling and the roll only working occasionally? No problems! Who said you should not compete against your peers?

  • Advanced You know how to paddle but are not feeling to compete with the world elite in paddling yet? Then this is probably the class where you find paddlers on your level.

  • Inhuman You breathe paddling? You spend some weeks of the year living in your car due to kayaking? Class V rapids scare you considerably less than normal human beings? Then sign on in this category!


NOTE: All levels- but athletes must be capable to get out of a flipped kayak and swim back to shore.


  • All participants must use a mass-produced PE-plastic whitwater kayak.
  • All participants must wear a white water helmet conforming to EN 1385 Norm, a white water buoyancy aid conforming to EN 393 Norm or ISO 12402-5 Norm and sufficient protection against cold water.”
  • Whitewater buoyancy aid
  • Adequate apparel for swimming in cold water


GPS coordinates: 


  • Note for drivers: More information about parkering will be announced. Spectators bring your bike!


Registration opens: Opens 15th of March
Registration closes: Closes 26th of June 

Race rules

The racer with the best ranking position can choose his place at the start of the next heat and so on until all positions have been decided.

If two or more boats are tied in a heat or semi-final for a position that qualifies for the next round, all boats in question will have a re-run of the heat after all heats have run and before we progress to the next round of the competition.

The winning boat is the one whose hand touches the finish banner first.

There is a protest fee of 500 NOK, to lodge an official claim against any competitor/gate judge. The complaint will be dealt with by a jury, but there is no guarantee that the complaint will change anything.

Contact rules:
BoaterX is not a battle but is all about the fine art to go fast and find the faster lines. For safety reasons it is also important to follow some simple contact rules:

  • Keep your hands on the paddle.
  • You’re not allowed to push people or kayaks with the hands.
  • Keep your paddle away from other people's bodies.
  • Kayak – kayak contacts are allowed and it is possible to push someone offline by touching his kayak.

Violations of these rules or dangerous actions against other competitors lead to immediate disqualification.