Boardworks Surf Captures Colorado’s Passion for Water, Competition

The largest SUP tour ever, Boardworks' “Show Up and Blow Up Tour” anchors in Salida, Colo. for FIBARK whitewater festival.

Salida, Colo (June 14, 2012) Boardworks Surf, the Encinitas, Cali. maker of standup paddleboards, is propelling the sport of standup paddling, or SUP, throughout Colorado and other landlocked states with its “Show Up & Blow Up” SUP demo tour, the largest SUP tour ever. Anchored this weekend at Salida, Colo.'s 64th annual FIBArk (June 14-17), the demos, clinics, and competitions will wet Coloradans thirst for all things water.

Referred to as “America's Oldest & Boldest Whitewater Festival.” FIBArk will feature four days of SUP river events and activities. Competitions will include three standup paddle events: Freestyle Surf SUP, the exciting SUP-Cross, and the thrilling downriver race. The Freestyle SUP event will offer contestants an opportunity to express his or her creative side and wow the crowd. The SUP-Cross will be wildly entertaining as racers paddle head-to-head through downtown Salida's whitewater park to the roar of thousands of fans. The Downriver race is the historic backbone of FIBArk, and this is the second year there is a dedicated SUP category, a 10-mile battle of the best.

Boardworks' Show Up and Blow Up Tour Demo Tour, lead by SUP Pros Mike Tavares and Haley Mills, has brought a fleet of its latest boards to Salida and is hosting SUP clinics and demos throughout the long weekend.

Boardworks partner Badfish SUP, founded by Salida-based Mike Harvey and Zach Hughes, are also FIBArk sponsors and are showcasing their hugely popular river SUP designs.

Currently one of the world's fastest growing sports, the sport has been riding a swell of popularity since first being introduced about a decade ago. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, more people tried stand-up paddleboarding for the first time in 2010 than tried any other outdoor activity. It's not surprising that SUP appeals to all ages, and everyone from casual recreationalists to fitness enthusiasts to big wave riders.

About Boardworks
Encinitas, Calif.-based Boardworks' mission is to share its passion for all things water, and to make stand-up paddle boarding and surfing more fun for more people. Boardworks represents some of the best shapers and brands in the world, bringing premier SUP and surf models to the global water community with its proprietary construction technologies. Boardworks' SUP brands include Badfish Standup Paddle, Infinity, Rusty, Paddle Surf Hawaii, Morrelli and Melvin, and Ohana; its surf brands include Von Sol, Hynson, Aipa, Kane Garden, Dewey Weber, and Eaton and Hansen.

About FIBArk
2012 marks the 64th anniversay of FIBArk, the nation's oldest whitewater festival. Since 1949, every June during the Spring snow runoff, Salida, Colo. has hosted FIBArk, "First in Boating on the Arkansas." Salida's historic downtown Riverside Park is the center of FIBArk activity and entertainment. Food, arts and crafts, and industry vendors are available, as well as a beer tent, a carnival, and a state-of-the art amphitheater for this year's extraordinary musical line-up.

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