Vail's summer Mountain Games are my favorite stand up paddle event of the summer. Athletes from across the world come and battle it out on Gore Creek in two races; the SUP Surf Sprint and SUP Surf Cross.
The sprint is a killer 3.5 mile haul through class 2 whitewater with multiple low bridges and technical drops. I placed 8th overall, two places up from last year and amongst a very talented pool of competitors!
The SUP Cross is a short and challenging course in Vail Village. Heats of 4 paddlers take off downriver with gates, buoys, and required moves throughout the course. The first to make it through clean wins. I advanced into the semi-finals by winning this 7-person qualifying heat in the photo.