Gopro Games Preview: Your Guide to the Paddling Events

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Nick Troutman navigates the Steep Creek Championships at the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games on Homestake Creek. The 2019 event takes place Thursday in Red Cliff, Colorado. Photo by Logan Robertson, courtesy Vail Valley Foundation.

The GoPro Games, coming June 6-9 in Vail, Colo., draws “pros and Joes” alongside each other to compete in everything from biking and climbing events to running and, yes, paddling. With over a $100,000 purse, it draws some of the outdoor world’s best in spectator-friendly events the whole family can watch. Throw in top-notch concerts, demos, activities and Colorado sunshine, and you have a weekend to remember.

Of the paddling persuasion?  Following is a roundup of events you can either compete in or put on your spectating radar.

STEEP CREEK CHAMPIONSHIP

THURSDAY, JUNE 6: 10 AM

LOCATION: HOMESTAKE CREEK

Dropping a whopping 480-feet per mile, Homestake Creek is a paddling gem that was once known only to Vail Valley locals. Now the sport’s best come to race it in one of the country’s top extreme kayak events.

KAYAK FREESTYLE

QUALIFIER: THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 3:30 PM

SEMI-FINALS: FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2 PM

FINALS: SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 4 PM.

LOCATION: VAIL VILLAGE

Watch this for thrills and spills as freestyle’s best battle it out in the heart of Vail Village.

8-BALL SPRINT

QUALIFIER: SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 9 AM

LOCATION: GORE CREEK/VAIL VILLAGE

 

DOWNRIVER KAYAK SPRINT

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 8:30 AM

LOCATION: VAIL VILLAGE

 

DOWNRIVER KAYAK SPRINT

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 10:30 AM

LOCATION: GORE CREEK/VAIL VILLAGE

Super SUP-ers put their speed and skills to the test in this race down Gore Creek against the creek and the clock.

SUP SURF CROSS

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 12 PM

LOCATION: GORE CREEK/VAIL VILLAGE

 

Bonus: Croakies Kids Sup Challenge!

June 6,7,8, 1 pm, Adventure Village

The Croakies Kids SUP Pool will be stocked with floating sunglasses and other floating “debris.” This challenge will test your kids to see how quickly they can clear the pool, while staying upright on their paddle board. Don’t miss this fun opportunity to get your kids out on the water for some laughs, a good test of balance, and some great prizes from our friends at Croakies.

Info: www.mountaingames.com