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National Concrete Canoe Team Exists. And Is Successful!



Clash of the Concrete Titans

We have a Concrete Canoe Team.  Concrete Canoe.  That makes about as much sense as having some sort of Iron Zeppelin (which was a great rock band back in the 70s).  But we have it.  And this weekend, Cal is in the National Championships.  Yay!! 

Last year, we got 2nd place!  In between first place winner, University Of Reno, Nevada and third place winner, École de technologie supérieure (which is a place that apparently exists)

How will we do this year?  Find out more information after the jump!

Here is some information from the Concrete Canoe press release announcing UC Berkeley's involvement in the nationals this year:

Reston, Va.In a test of think or swim, this group of civil engineering students will use "concrete" determination to keep their dreams afloat. And, while most people would never dream of making a canoe out of concrete, let alone racing it, these extraordinary students are up for the challenge. As they chase the "America’s Cup of Civil Engineering," hundreds of civil engineering students will trek to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa June 11-13, 2009 for the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition.

It's a fight to the death by civil engineers, an athletic competition where Cal FINALLY has the dominant edge!  If somehow anti-social loserdom could be made competitive, we'd be like UCLA in basketball and USC in football rolled all up into one!

How do you win at concrete canoe?


The winners of the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition are determined by compiling the team's total number of points from the academic and race portions of the competition.  Academic scholarships totaling $9,000 are awarded to the winning teams' undergraduate civil engineering program.

Selection of the academic scholarship winner(s) is determined by the local ASCE Student Organization.  The scholarship must be be used toward satisfying tuition reimbursements only, and can not be used to fund current or future Concrete Canoe competitions.  ASCE must be notified in writing of the academic scholarship winner(s) prior to the distribution of funds to the recipients.

Competition awards are distributed as follows:

1st place overall winner -- $5,000 scholarship & trophy

2nd place overall winner -- $2,500 scholarship & trophy

3rd place overall winner -- $1,500 scholarship & trophy

4th place overall winner -- commemorative plaque

5th place overall winner -- commemorative plaque

Special plaques are also awarded to the top team in the following individual categories:

Best design paper

Best oral presentation

Best final product

Men's slalom/endurance race

Women's slalom/endurance race

Men's sprint race

Women's sprint race

Spirit of Competition

Yes, best design paper.  Best oral presentation.  Because this is an athletic competition where brains counts just as much:

The competition will kick off Thursday, June 11, on the Quad at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa campus, as the teams’ canoes are weighed, measured and judged for aesthetics. The teams will also "swamp" their canoes in a tank of water to test their flotation ability, and students will have the opportunity to participate in a career fair, where both national and regional sponsors will discuss their products and employment opportunities. Then, Friday, June 12, the teams will deliver and defend their academic presentations—including outlines of the design, cost and construction of their canoe—in front of a panel of professional civil engineers. Finally, on Saturday, June 13, the students will gather for the canoe races at Lake Nicol in Tuscaloosa. The endurance races will begin at 8 a.m., the preliminary sprint races will begin at 11 a.m. and the sprint finals will begin at 2 p.m. The event will conclude with a banquet, where the winners will be announced and the competition awards distributed.

Here is the list of schools involved:

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo   University of Alabama in Huntsville

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona               University of California, Berkeley

Clemson University                                                                             University of Cincinnati

École de technologie supérieure                                                      University of Evansville

Fairmont State University                                                                 University of Florida

New Mexico State University                                                               University of Memphis

Ohio Northern University                                                                 University of Nevada, Reno

Polytechnic Institute of NYU                                           University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville                                      University of Texas at Tyler

Université Laval                                                                                  University of Washington

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York           University of Wisconsin-Platteville


I really hope we crush those arrogant bastard as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  TAKE THAT, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE!

A few videos from last year's event.

Here is a more in depth schedule if you want to follow along.  And here is an interactive google map detailing the location of events.    It is being held at University of Alabama this year, which seems fairly beautiful:



SBN Alabama Blog, RollBamaRoll, is all over this event.  So, Go Bears~!  Use all of our mental and physical and concrete-al abilities to dominate once again!