After putting their academic and athletic skills to the test in a grueling three-day battle at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 23rd annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo has claimed their first ever national title. The school’s win, in their 170-pound, white canoe, the Amazona, also marks the first time that a school has hosted and won the championship simultaneously.
New Mexico State University’s canoe, Billy the Kid, made a respectable 11th place finish.
Throughout the year, teams of civil engineering students from across the country and Canada logged thousands of hours researching, designing and constructing their concrete canoes in search of the winning combination of creativity, knowledge and teamwork. After coming out on top in regional competitions throughout the spring, the best and brightest from 22 top engineering schools matched wits and skills in the national finals.
The competition is comprised of both academic and athletic events, and the scores are divided into four components which are each worth 25 percent of the team’s final score. Students write a paper detailing the design and construction of their canoe and then give an oral presentation on their year-long effort. They are also judged on their final product, the canoe, and their accompanying display, which further explains their design process. Finally, they put their canoe through the paces in a series of five race events – men’s and women’s slalom/endurance races and men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint races.
The National Concrete Canoe Competition was made possible by sponsorship from World of Concrete, Baker Concrete Construction, U.S. Silica. Holcim and Flatiron. For more information on the competition, including downloadable, high-resolution photos, race results and event details, visit: Concrete Canoe National Competition.