2009 Whitewater Standup Paddling Championships
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The 2009 Whitewater Standup Paddling Championship will go off May 31 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. The event will feature the world’s best river standup paddlers displaying their paddling prowess on the swollen Colorado River. Local CO river SUP guru Charlie MacArthur, owner of the Aspen Kayak Academy, is one of the favorites, but the competition promises to be fierce. A handful of Hawaii’s top stand up paddlers will be traveling to the mainland for the event. C4 Waterman will be well represented at the competition with a number of their SUP team heading to CO for this unique test of skill.
The event starts with a 6-mile downriver race on the Colorado River from Grizzly Creek to Two Rivers Park in downtown Glenwood Springs. This whitewater balancing act will feature a mass start with the fastest paddler winning this segment of the championship. Next up is a timed “slalom” competition starting at the Two Rivers Park. Spectators should be plentiful as the championship is taking place in conjunction with the popular Yagatta Regatta http://www.coloradoyagattaregatta.com/ – a popular annual river festival in Glenwood Springs. Competitors will race from the park to the top of the famous Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park http://glenwoodwhitewaterpark.org/. This portion of the contest will involve catching a number of pre-determined eddies on both sides of the river on the way to an eddy above this massive whitewater play feature.
The championship culminates with a surfing contest on this world famous wave. Each competitor will get three two-minute rides with the best score counting towards each surfer’s final results. The champion(s) will be determined by a point system with scoring accrued during the three events.
A massive party will ensue at Two Rivers Park to celebrate during the Yagatta Regatta with bands, food booths, thousands of river-stoked attendees plus the 2009 Whitewater Stand Up Paddling Championship’s award ceremony.
Stay tuned as more detailed event information will be available on-line soon.
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