Colorado Whitewater Stand Up Paddle Nationals

The first ever Whitewater Stand Up Paddle Nationals went off this
weekend in Glenwood Springs Colorado. The Colorado river was aver
11,000 cubic feet per second or in other words BIG! With water temps
in the 40’s over 20 competitors battled the swollen Colorado River in
a 3 part competition combining downriver racing, slalom, and wave
surfing.

Dawn Patrol on the river
Early morning focus, determination, and visualization…

One of the most interesting aspects of the event were the
wide and diverse backgrounds of watermen and women who participated
and came together for the event. Competitors came from as far away
as Hawaii, Utah, and Wyoming to compete and test their skills against
the river and each other. The first event started at 10 am at
Grizzly Creek on the Colorado river where each class of paddlers
lined up and started all together with just 2 minute intervals
between classes. This was a 6 mile downstream race to Two Rivers
Park through class II and III whitewater.

They started with the fastest paddlers last so there was tons of passing in the rapids and tactics being used to make moves and find the fastest lines down the
river. The the main battle between Charlie MacArthur and Dan Gavere
in the men’s pro class culminated at the finish with Dan G edging
out Charlie by a mere 2 seconds in nearly a photo finish. Next was
the Slalom race which is a timed race where each competitor races
down a class 2 rapid while having to make marked gates by paddling
upstream. There were 5 upstream gates with judges at each gate to
insure each paddler passes through in the proper direction. Many of
the competitors had never done a slalom event before and enjoyed the
technical challenge and fun it provided.

After the slalom the event ended they moved down to the infamous Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park featuring “The Wave”. Each competitor got 3 one minute rides on
the wave with their single best ride being scored. With a giant flow
of 11,000 CFS just being able to get on the wave was a huge
accomplishment. Once on the wave competitors could, carve, smack,
and slash for points from the from the judges. We saw moves like
ollies (Dan G), spins (Nolan/Charlie/Liam), coffins (Hobie), one
footers, and a plethora of unique and traditional surfing maneuvers
from the competitors.

Sweet Success
Photo: Dan Gavere
Paddler: Nikki Gregg
Location: Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park

The results for the Slalom and Surf were not announced but for the Overall the results are as follows (these are unofficial):

Pro Men Overall

1st Dan Gavere-OR
2nd Charlie McArthur-CO
3rd Noland Martin

Pro Women
1st Corral Ferguson-CO
2nd Jenny McArthur-CO
3rd Nikki Gregg-HI

Amateur Men’s
1st Bill Mellenthin
2nd Seth Holar
3rd Earl Richmond

Thanks to Paul Teft and Charlie McArthur for putting this together.
Also a big thanks to Werner Paddles, Nikkigregg.com, Smith, Surftech,
Sweet, Astral, Kokatat, Supsports.com, and Bomber gear for their
support.

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