From the TWS website:
"Legend has it that in 1962, Frank Brown and Bill "Big Willie" George decided to take their V-bottom boat, without a motor, from San Marcos to Corpus Christi. They accomplished their mission in about thirty days and decided that other people should have the opportunity to experience the same journey. So, in 1963 they set up the first Texas Water Safari.
Today the Safari is a long, tough, non-stop marathon canoe-racing adventure, traversing 260 miles of challenging rivers and bay. Many participants enter the race with no intention of winning, but with the goal of joining the elite group of finishers and earning the coveted Texas Water Safari finisher's patch."
Larry Rice, in July 2009 Canoe & Kayak Magazine:
“They don’t call the Texas Water Safari The World’s Toughest Canoe Race’ for nothing. In addition to the length, the challenges include whitewater rapids, multiple portages, and the relentless, soul-sapping Texas heat. Competitors have four days and four hours to paddle from San Marcos, in the center of the state, to the shy little town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There is no prize money for the winners; just Texas-size bragging rights for the finishers.”
Texas Water Safari Registration Deadline (online registration only): Friday, May 21, 2021
Entry Fee $175 (through April 2), $200 (through May 1), $250 (through May 21) per paddler. No entry fee for team captains. Must be registered by May 2 to hold prelim finish for starting position in TWS.
The 2021 Texas Water Safari begins at 9 a.m. at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, at Aquarena, on the headwaters of the San Marcos river.
Join us for the Texas Water Safari's 58th annual race, as a participant, as a volunteer, as a sponsor or as a spectator! Best viewing in San Marcos for the start of the race is at Aquarena Center or Rio Vista Park.
Texas Water Safari Check-In, San Marcos – The Meadows Center is Friday, June 11, 2021 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Boats and equipment lists will be checked. Mandatory meeting at 4 p.m. for entrants & captains to review rules/questions.
IMPORTANT: Teams should see the Texas Water Safari website for registration dates, rules and information as well as important RSVPs. This Facebook event is NOT an official race registration. Likewise, potential sponsors and volunteers should see the website. Use this Facebook event to remind your friends, family, community and colleges of the event.
Entrants should be at their boats ready to enter the water by 8 a.m. on the date of the race DO NOT ENTER THE LAKE UNTIL YOU ARE TOLD THAT IT’S OK TO DO SO. THE TWS HAS SPECIAL PERMISSION FROM TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY TO START THE RACE ON SPRING LAKE AND MUST FOLLOW STRICT RULES.
In the event of a postponement, the race will be held on June 26th Check in will be Friday, June 25th.
Should a 2nd postponement be needed the race will be held on July 10th Check in will be Friday, July 9th