GoPro Mountain Games | Spencer Lacy, Camille Swan Sweep SUP Cross

Nose-to-nose, head-to-head, toe-to-toe. Whatever you call it, SUP Cross is core. Dane Jackson and Mike Tavares go hard in the heartland. Photo: Greg Panas
Nose-to-nose, head-to-head, toe-to-toe. Whatever you call it, call SUP Cross core. Dane Jackson and Mike Tavares, all-in in the heartland for the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games. Photo: Greg Panas

GoPro Mountain Games | Spencer Lacy, Camille Swan Sweep SUP Cross

Yesterday the GoPro Mountain Games hosted SUP Cross—a standup paddling competition with heats of five people going toe-to-toe through the raging obstacle course in Vail Whitewater Park. Part balancing act, part gladiator battle, part American Ninja Warrior and all standup paddling—it was a core event not without its carnage as river SUP’s finest mounted hectically high flow-rates to navigate the elaborate obstacle course of Vail Whitewater Park.

What does Spencer Lacy do when the river get's higher, faster and more challenging than we've seen it in years? He wins. Lacy, dodging his way to an overall Victory at GoPro Mountain Games. Photo: Greg Panas
What does Spencer Lacy do when the river get’s higher, faster and more challenging than we’ve seen it in years? He wins. Lacy, dodging his way to an overall Victory at GoPro Mountain Games. Photo: Greg Panas

In the end, it was traveling whitewater hellman, Downriver SUP Sprint champ and overall victor among the men—Spencer Lacy—who standing first across the finish line, with last year’s winner Mike Tavares filling in second-place behind him. For the women, Hala athlete Camille Swan found the path of least resistance for first ahead of runner-up Rebecca Giddens, who also took first in the Downriver Sprint and thus the overall women’s title for the three-discipline SUP sector of this year’s GoPro Mountain Games.

Women's SUP Cross champion, Cammy Swan, slipping, sliding and charging like a Mastercard. Photo: Greg Panas
Women’s SUP Cross champion, Cammy Swan, slipping, sliding and charging like a Mastercard. Photo: Greg Panas

In other news, last year’s champion Mike Tavares put on a clinic to take the title in the Mountain Games’ newest SUP event—the SUP Skills Invitational—in which single contenders charge the SUP Cross course implementing various whitewater techniques to navigate obstacles throughout the swiftly flowing rapids. Needless to say, the inaugural Skills competition was a true crowd-pleaser and a successful integration to the expanding standup paddling presence at GoPro Mountain Games.

Check back this afternoon for the full event recap, our exclusive SUP gallery and video.

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