The SUP Surf Cross is a race for experienced Class III
whitewater Stand Up Paddlers. The race takes place on Gore Creek
located in the heart of Vail Village.
All interested athletes can pre-register on the event
website register.mountaingames.com. Athletes may also
register on-site at the registration area. Organizers will not be
responsible for incomplete, lost, or misdirected registrations or
for registrations not received for any reason, including, without
limitation, failure or malfunction of any communications network or
equipment or computer software or hardware.
Open-Men / Open-Women
- Athletes must be equipped with the appropriate board, gear and
safety equipment sufficient to sustain whitewater race
- Required Equipment: PFD, helmet, protective footwear and a full
legged wetsuit (full wetsuit or farmer John).
- Board Lengths: 11' max. board length. .
- No Leashes.
- No double bladed paddles, multi-hull boards or foot rudder
- All athletes must have a D-ring, leash plug or way to install a
safety loop on their board. This will be used to help facilitate
the retrieval of any unmanned board headed down river. Safety loop
materials will be provided on site.
- Athletes must wear competitor bibs outside their PFDs at all
times. For athletes that place on the podium, we ask that you wear
your competitor bib.
- Athletes' start within each division will be chosen at random.
Special requests for start times will NOT be accepted. Athletes
must adhere to the start position he/she is given. Heats will
be seeded by DR SUP Sprint finish times. If competitor did not
compete, was disqualified, or did not finish the SUP Sprint, then
he/she will be seeded randomly.
- Athletes will be placed in "heats" of 2 to 4 paddlers. Final
number of heats will be determined the day of the race in
accordance with total number of athletes registered for the
- Start location or "pole position" choice always goes to top
finisher from previous round or fastest time from Downriver SUP
Sprint within the heats and continues down the line.
- False starts will be penalized by 2 positions if the starter
does not recall the heat immediately after the start.
- The start is located "below the covered bridge" (on the bike
path behind the Vail Athletic Club) and the finish location will be
(by touching the GoPro Banner on the upstream side of the
International Bridge) depending on water levels the finish may be
determined on the day of the race. The race will begin with
either a "ground or floating start format-Water level dependent.
The horn will blow and they will sprint to the finish.
- Paddlers may be required to navigate around no less then two
(2) slalom sale gates, buoys, or natural obstacles. There is no
penalty for touching the gate. Paddlers missing gates will be
- If gate is excessively swinging the paddler must go around the
vertical plane of gate or obstacle not necessarily around the
- Grabbing the gate, intentionally hitting the heat with the
paddle, or any kind of intentional contact of the gate will result
in a penalty of 2 spots in the heat.
- This is a clean 'Boarder Cross' style race where board contact
is permitted. Hitting and tripping with paddles is not
- Competitors may not take any strokes while on knees, butt, or
- Each paddler must start and end the race while standing their
own board or they will be disqualified.
- A competitor's position will be official when their entire body
crosses the finish line or they touch the GoPro Banner while
holding their paddle. Competitors may NOT throw their paddle
to finish the race.
- Both hands must remain on the athletes paddle at all times. No
intentional grabbing, shoving, hitting or horseplay. Any of which
will result in disqualification.
- Top finishers will advance to the next round. Amount of racers
advancing in each round will be determined day of. Rounds will
continue until a winner is determined.
- In the event of a heat where more than 75% of the racers get
disqualified or excessively penalized the race director may call
for a re-run of the heat.
Any competitor to use profanity, threats, or unsportsmanlike
conduct towards the race officials, safety team, media, or other
competitors will be disqualified
ADDITIONAL RULES & INFORMATION:
The competition is open to all interested athletes regardless of
state and/or country of residency. Competitors who are under the
age of 18 must register with a parent or legal guardian.
Competitors must be able to attend all scheduled events. Athletes
will be required to provide all their own equipment. Further,
athletes must abide by all applicable federal, state and local laws
and regulations during their participation in the Mountain
Athletes agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all
decisions of Organizers. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify
any persons found tampering with, or otherwise abusing, any aspect
of the competition as solely determined by Organizers.
Organizers will appoint judges and the decision of those judges
will be final. There will be no review of scoring / timing even
with the presence of TV cameras. Disputes with Organizers and/or
appointed judges will result in disqualification of that
RESERVATION OF RIGHTS:
Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any athlete for any
reason, including, without limitation, acting in an unsafe,
unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to
intimidate, threaten or harass, or harm another person. All
decisions with respect to the disqualification of an athlete shall
be made by Organizers and/or appointed judges. Failure to comply
with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in an
athlete's disqualification and the forfeiture of his/her interest
in any prize. Organizers reserve the right to amend these Official
Rules at any time in its sole discretion, and athletes shall have
no recourse for any such changes or for any failure (whether
inadvertent or otherwise) by Organizers to follow the stated rules.
In the event that the competition is canceled prior to the
completion of the final event, no prizes will be awarded. If the
Tournament is cancelled prior to June 1st, for any reason, athletes
will be reimbursed only for his/her entry fee. Athletes will not be
otherwise compensated for any costs or expenses associated with
their participation in the competition.
The Mountain Games® will be organized and produced by staff and
contractors hired from and by the Vail Valley Foundation. The
decisions of Organizers regarding the selection and elimination of
athletes, the selection of finalists and winners, and the
production and administration of Mountain Games® related events,
and all other aspects of the event, shall be final and binding in
all respects. Organizers will not be responsible for typographical,
printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in
other materials relating to the event.