In the advent of the Payette River Game’s, Colorado has stolen the focus of the whitewater SUP competitive domain – specifically, the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. The event attracts some of the top whitewater paddlers, as well as crossover athletes from ocean disciplines, from around the world. ULI Rider and 2015 PRG Champion, Rebecca Giddens, along with PRG podium finisher Eric Giddens were among the competitors that migrated to Vail this spring.
In the opening event of the competition, Rebecca’s reign over the women’s field continued. She placed first using her magic board, an 11-foot Zettian Multisport that she used to win both the 2015 PRG Championship (which commanded the largest cash purse in SUP history at the time) and the Kern River Festival Event earlier this year. In the subsequent events, Rebecca found competition with Camille Swan who took the victory in the SUP Cross. Rebecca’s Second Place, however, was enough to award her the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games Overall Women’s Title. (more…)