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.
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.
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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