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SUP Cross


A Stand Up Paddle battle royal on Gore Creek. Protective gear is a must for this every-man/woman-for-themselves-format. The first to survive the 200 yard sprint from the pedestrian bridge behind the Vail Athletic Club/Terra Bistro to Up The Creek near Vail's Whitewater Park will take the top spot on the podium. Think Snowboarder Cross or Skier Cross on SUP boards in class II-III Gore Creek. It's going to be rowdy.

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June 11, 2017

12pm - (Qualifier)
3pm - (Finals)
5pm - (Awards Ceremony)

Gore Creek


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Early Bird Price (Feb. 15 - March 15, 2016) - $35


Standard Price (March 16 - May 31, 2016) - $40


Procrastinator Price (June 1 - 8, 2016) - $45


Event Price (June 9 - 12, 2016) - $50


U.S. Competitors: In order to be eligible to claim prize money, you will be required to complete a current W9 form. Checks will be mailed within 45 days of receipt of a completed W9.

International Competitors: Please note that all international athletes who are eligible to win prize money should be prepared to supply bank information, including a swift code, as well a passport or copy of passport.  All international payouts will be wired within 45 days of receipt of proper account and wire information.


Men's Division - Total Purse: $850

1st - $500

2nd - $250

3rd - $100


Women's Division - Total Purse: $850

1st - $500

2nd - $250

3rd - $100

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 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 conditions.
  • 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 steering systems.
  • 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 race.
  • 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 dis-qualified.
  • If gate is excessively swinging the paddler must go around the vertical plane of gate or obstacle not necessarily around the gate.
  • 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 allowed.
  • Competitors may not take any strokes while on knees, butt, or stomach.
  • 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


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 Games®.

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 athlete.

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.

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Event Schedule | Summer
7:00 Costa 2 Fly X-Stream - Qualifier/Round 1 - Soccer Fields
7:30 Mountain Masters Disc Golf - Qualifying Day 2
8:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Onsite Registration & Practice
8:00 Down River Kayak Sprint - Start
8:00 EverBank Half Marathon - Start
8:00 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - Down River Sprint Start - Option #1
8:00 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - 10K Start
8:00 Ultimate River Challenge - Kayak Sprint - Start
9:00 Adventure Village - Opens
9:00 Costa Fly Fishing Village - Opens
9:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Wave 7
9:00 Gear Town - Opens
9:00 Jam in the Van - Time to Rock
9:00 Onewheel Demo Course - Opens
9:30 Slackline Invitational - Highline Demonstration at I-Bridge
9:30 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - SUP Surf Sprint Start - Option #2
9:30 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - TT Start
9:30 Ultimate River Challenge - SUP Sprint - Start
10:00 Climbing World Cup - Semi-Finals M+W
10:00 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Kids Race (12 and under)
10:00 The Yoga Girl Experience - The Yoga Girl Experience - The Art of Letting Go
10:15 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Awards Ceremony - Kids Race
11:00 Citizen Climbing - Wave 1 & Paraclimbing
11:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Wave 8
11:00 Down River R2 Raft Sprint - Start
11:00 Ultimate River Challenge - R2 Sprint - Start
11:45 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - PRO, Expert, Single Speed, UMC PRO
11:45 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - XC Start Pro Men/Women
12:00 Slackline Invitational - Round 2 - Heat 1
12:30 SUP Skills Invitational - Start
1:00 DockDogs Outdoor Big Air - Wave 9
1:30 Volvo Mountain Mud Run - Kids and Family Start
2:00 Citizen Climbing - Wave 2
2:00 Costa 2 Fly X-Stream - Qualifier/Round 2
2:00 EverBank Half Marathon - Awards Ceremony at Checkpoint Charlie
2:30 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Awards Ceremony - Pro, Exp, SS
2:30 Volvo Mountain Mud Run - All Mountain Madness Division Start
3:30 DockDogs Extreme Vertical - Start
3:30 Onewheel Demo Course - Race for the Rail
3:30 Slackline Invitational - Round 2 - Heat 2
3:45 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - All Jrs Categories, Beginners, Sport, All Masters Categories, All Vet Categories, UMC Amateur & UMC Teams
3:45 Ultimate Mountain Challenge - XC Start Amateur Men/Women & Teams
4:00 GoPro Daily Giveaway
4:00 Kayak Freestyle - Finals
4:30 Climbing World Cup - Finals
5:00 Down River Kayak Sprint - Awards Ceremony
5:00 Down River R2 Raft Sprint - Awards Ceremony at I-Bridge
5:00 Kayak Freestyle - Awards Ceremony
5:00 SUP Skills Invitational - Awards Ceremony at I-Bridge
5:45 Citizen Climbing - Wave 2 Awards Ceremony
6:00 Slackline Invitational - Highline Demonstration at I-Bridge
6:30 Climbing World Cup - Awards Ceremony
6:30 EverBank XC Mountain Bike - Awards Ceremony - Citizen Categories
7:30 Flashflight Disc Nite - Start
7:30 Ultimate River Challenge - Awards Ceremony at Ford Ampitheater
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