GMC SUP Surf Cross
Photo: Zach Mahone

GMC SUP Surf Cross

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A Stand Up Paddle battle royal on Gore Creek. Protective gear is a must for this every-man/woman-for-themselves format.

CANCELLED DUE TO WATER LEVELS

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Saturday, June 8 at 6:00 PM. Athletes must arrive at Whitewater HQ on the Gore Creek Promenade 45 minutes before the race start to check in, attend race safety meeting and pick up their competition bib.


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Event Overview

CANCELLED

The first to survive this sprint from the Covered Bridge to the International Bridge will take the top spot on the podium. Think Snowboarder Cross or Skier Cross on SUP boards in class II-III rapids in Gore Creek. It’s going to be rowdy!

Times

Times

CANCELLED

CANCELLED

Rules

CATEGORIES:

Open – Men
Open – Women

EQUIPMENT:
  • Boards must be inflatable and may not exceed 11′. Boards will be measured at the start of the race.
  • Athletes must wear competitor bibs outside their PFD at all times. 
mandatory equipment:
  • PFD
  • Helmet
  • Protective footwear
  • Full-legged wetsuit or drysuit
  • No leashes around ankles or wrists. If paddlers choose to wear a leash, it must have a release system that can be hand-activated and should also have an emergency break-away system. 
The following will NOT be allowed:
  • Double-bladed paddles
  • Multi-hull boards
  • Foot rudder steering systems
FORMAT & rULES:
  • Athletes must arrive at Whitewater HQ on the Gore Creek Promenade 45 minutes before the race start to check in, attend race safety meeting and pick up their competition bib.
  • Athletes will be placed in ‘race heats’ of no more than three to four SUP’s.
  • Final number of heats will be determined on the day of the race in accordance with the total number of athletes registered for the race.
  • The race will begin with either a ground or floating start format.
  • Start location or “pole position” choice always goes to top finisher from previous round or fastest time from 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.
  • Event organizers and whitewater rescue teams are not responsible for equipment rescue and/or equipment removal from the GoPro Mountain Games whitewater courses should athletes lose their equipment during practice or competition. 
  • Athletes are encouraged to use reef safe sunscreen during all competitions.
  • All athletes should be aware that all competitions take place in mountain rivers which may have challenging conditions such as underwater obstacles, unseen hazards, rocks, debris and vegetation.
  • CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY. Before participating in this year’s GoPro Mountain Games, athletes’ gear should be CLEAN of plants, mud, and debris; DRAINED of standing water; and completely DRY before your competition. Following these CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY steps helps to protect the waters we paddle from aquatic invasive species.
Race Format:
  • Final race rules and format will be available during the safety meeting.   
  • Paddlers may be required to navigate around no less then two (2) slalom style gates, buoys, or natural obstacles. The imaginary vertical plane of the gate remains whether the gate is swinging or not. The paddler must navigate properly with their whole body and part of their board. Gate penalties will be determined and announced on the day of the race.
  • Any intentional contact with the gate will result in a penalty or disqualification.
  • This is a clean ‘Boarder Cross’ style race where board contact is permitted.
  • Competitors may not take any strokes while on their knees, butt, or stomach. Competitors may go down to a knee in a defensive position but not proactively.
  • Each paddler must start and end the race standing on their own board.
  • A competitor’s finish will be official when their entire body crosses the finish line 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. Number of racers advancing in each round will be determined on race day. Rounds will continue until a winner is determined.
location:

Race start is located riverside below the covered bridge in Mountain House Gear Town and the finish location will be at the International Bridge.

Results

Results

2024 EVENT CANCELED

RESULTS ARCHIVE

Price & Prizes

PRICE

EARLY BIRD  // February 1 – April 4, 2024
$35

STANDARD // April 5 – May 28, 2024
$40

EVENT WEEK // May 29 – June 8, 2024
$55


PAYOUT

TOTAL PRIZE PURSE: $1,700

OPEN – MEN
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100

OPEN – WOMEN
1st – $500
2nd – $250
3rd – $100


PRIZES

Men:
1st Place: YETI Water Bottle , YETI 3L Gear Bag
2nd Place: YETI Water Bottle
3rd Place: YETI Water Bottle

Women:
1st Place: YETI Water Bottle , YETI 3L Gear Bag
2nd Place: YETI Water Bottle
3rd Place: YETI Water Bottle

Price & Prizes

Event Map

LOCATION:

Race start is located riverside below the Covered Bridge in Vail Village and the finish location will be announced day-of depending on water levels.