Boardworks SUP Cross Returns to Utah’s Weber River

The Boardworks Show Up & Blow Up SUP Cross, a super fun, high octane, fast and furious technical race, returns to Utah’s Weber River, July 31, 2012.
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Encinitas, Calif. (May 9, 2012) – Boardworks SUP is pleased to announce the return of the Boardworks Show Up & Blow Up SUP Cross, a super fun, high octane, fast and furious technical race down Utah's Weber River.

This exciting river event brings together top SUP racers and the West's best river paddlers for a few hours of fun and mayhem. The SUP cross event will take place Tuesday, July 31 at Taggart Falls, a well known whitewater section on the Weber River, located within the Wasatch Mountain range.

Designed for high-spirited paddlers, the SUP cross races will be run on a demanding quarter-mile technical course. Racers will be required to hit gates and make difficult turn buoys before crossing the finish line just beyond Taggart Falls.

"Last year this event was a big surprise for me," says elite SUP racer Slater Trout. "Most SUP events have become so serious. However, at last year's event, we had athletes from all types of waterways including rivers, ocean and lakes. The competition was fierce but friendly and required some skills I had to acquire on the spot”. Slater also added “This is the one event of the year that is pure fun. Don't miss it."

The specialized SUP cross course will test the technical skills of paddlers. Racers will run in heats of four competitors with the winning two racers advancing to the next round. The event also includes repechage heats allowing racers who are knocked out early to have another chance of advancing through the competition. The course is subject to change depending on Weber River conditions and water levels.

In the spirit of neutrality, the Boardworks Show Up & Blow Up SUP Cross will be a “single design contest” with the organizers providing Badfish MCIT Stand Up Paddleboards to all competitors. The innovative inflatable Badfish SUP boards are specifically designed for challenging river conditions and are super fun to ride on fast moving water.

The event is limited to 80 competitors and each registered entrant will be required to validate their paddling experience and knowledge before competing. Boardworks SUP will provide safety equipment (helmets & PFD's) to all racers. Entrants will receive a cool event T-shirt, lunch and a Boardworks SUP racer's kit full of sponsor samples.

Event Information
What: The Boardworks Show Up & Blow Up SUP Cross
When: Tuesday July 31 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Taggart Falls (Weber River), Morgan County Utah.

For details and online registration go to: http://showupandblowuptour.com/
Entry includes event tee, delicious lunch and river racer kit. Race day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Taggart Falls.

Awards and Prizes
Event winners (male & female) win a full river SUP kit including the remarkable Badfish inflatable SUP board, river personal floatation device (PFD), WRSI Whitewater Helmet, Boardworks adjustable Dynel Paddle and a new Badfish River SUP Leash. Second, third and fourth place finishers to receive special awards from Boardworks and event sponsors.

Age Group & Craft Categories
Open to men and women (no age groups). Single design only, Boardworks SUP will provide all competitors with Badfish inflatable SUP boards.

Rules & Courses
Specific event rules and detailed course map will be posted at the event site. Race is limited to 80 competitors. The course is subject to change depending on Weber River conditions and water levels.
Click on this link for a video of the course: https://vimeo.com/27160670

Mandatory Safety
All entrants must have previous whitewater river experience. PFD (personal floatation device), helmet and footwear are mandatory. Boardworks SUP will provide safety equipment (helmets & PFD's) to all participants. It is advised that competitors bring additional protective wear for knees, shins and elbows.

Sponsorship and Expo Opportunities
Please contact Gretchen Gamble, gretchen@boardworkssurf.com, (760) 722-8536


About Boardworks SUP
Boardworks represents some of the best shapers in the world and bring their premier models to the global water community manufactured with their proprietary construction technologies. Boardworks offers the most advanced complete line of SUP boards, paddles and accessories available for every kind of SUP paddling; performance surfing, flat water touring and racing, white water paddling, open ocean racing and fitness paddling. Today the Boardworks product line includes the world's best Stand Up Paddle brands: Paddle Surf Hawaii, Rusty, Infinity, Ohana, Morrelli & Mevin race SUPs, and Badfish Stand Up Paddle,as well as the Boardworks branded line of hard boards and Shubu Inflatable SUPs.

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