The Colorado SUP season is upon us starting this weekend in Buena Vista with PaddleFest. CKS is hosting a weekend celebration to promote the beginning of the summer paddling season May 25-27th. PaddleFest is a one of kind, interactive event featuring lake and river paddling, on water education, fun competitions, the BV Pro/Am Rodeo, beer gardens, live music, and movie premiers. All with the common goal of raising funds and awareness for the Arkansas River.
Participants can venture to Buena Vista and take advantage of many on water events including free Stand Up Paddle board and kayak demos, fun competitions for youth and adults, and high caliber educational on water courses with RMOC and professional paddlers. Competitions and river demos will be showcased at South Main Square, while flat water paddling events will take place at McPhelemy Park.
Boardworks and Badfish are proud to be gold sponsors of PaddleFest and will be posted up at the Boardworks Pond at McPhelemy Park and down at the whitewater river park all weekend long hosting clinics, demos and fun events designed to ignite the stoke for SUP in Colorado. Here is the breakdown of SUP events for the weekend:
Saturday May 26th:
Free Demos from 9-5 at the Boardworks pond at McPhelemy Park. Boardworks will be demoing all of our flatwater SUP designs including the award winning Raven, Joyrides, and MCITs, Shubus and race boards. If you are interested in touring, fitness and fishing come to the pond for this event to learn about your board options for getting out on the lakes and reservoirs this summer.
River Surf Expo from 11am-1pm at the River Park. This will be a chance for SUP paddlers with previous river experience to try out the boards that have ignited a river surfing revolution in the Rocky Mountains…Badfish SUP River Surfers and MVP’s.
SUP High Jump Competition at 2pm at the pond. Really fun great event for people of all ages and skill levels!
“SUP-Hill-Downhill” Race at 6pm at the river park. This race will replicate the legendary winter training of CKS’ own Earl Richmond. Paddlers will attain “Uphill” in the river before turning around and sprinting back “downhill” through the whitewater park. Bring your board and meet at 5pm at the River Park to enter.
Sunday May 27th:
Free Demos at the Boardworks pond from 11am-3pm featuring the best in flatwater SUP boards.
Buoy Bonanza Fun Race 12:30 around buoys at the pond. This event will be for paddlers of all skill levels with a special emphasis on beginner/intermediate paddlers. There will be prizes from Boardworks and Badfish; this is the perfect wrap up event to test out the SUP skills you acquired all weekend long.
Don’t miss this exciting weekend of SUP in Buena Vista in the beautiful Colorado Rockies! For more information go to http://www.ckspaddlefest.com/
Stay tuned to http://boardworkssup.com/news/ for more info on upcoming Show Up and Blow Up tour events in the Rockies and beyond:
- Fibark – Salida, CO – June 14-17
- Gunnison River Festival – Gunnison, CO – June 22 -23
- Missoula River Festival – Missoula, MT June 27-29
- Kellys Whitewater Park – Cascade, ID July 7-8
- Weber River Show Up & Blow UP SUP Cross – Henefer, UT July 31
- Lake Tahoe August 11-12
- Hood River OR August 18 -19
- World Cup Freestyle Finals – Nantahala North Carolina Sept 7-9
- Gauley River Festival – Summersville, VA Sept 13 16
- River Rocks, Chattanooga, TN – Oct 5 7