Training for the Payette River Games

With one of the biggest whitewater SUP events in the sport’s history just three weeks away, every athlete in the sport is scrambling to get ready: what kind of boards to bring (we suggest a 12’6″ race board for the distance and something short, stable and designed with rocker for the SUP cross), what kind of gear (lifejacket, helmet, camping stuff, and a jacket as the weather can change every five minutes in the mountains) and of course, what kind of apres’ paddle wear (casual, flip-flops work here too).

But some athletes are taking it a step further. Last month, San Diego paddler Chuck Glynn met up with Michael Tavares and Haley Mills at the U.S. Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to get some training in. Here’s how it all worked out. Be sure and check back after the event, June 20-22, for recaps and a follow-up video to see how our three athletes faired at the biggest whitewater SUP race on the planet, the Payette River Games.