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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