June 13, 2018
The GoPro Mountain Games was a huge success. Despite low water levels, competitors enjoyed some great races. Some of the races resulted in predictable results while others gave the audience some surprise finishes.
2018 GOPRO MOUNTAIN GAMES RECAP AND GALLERY
By Jack Haworth
Photos by Aaron Black-Schmidt
The biggest event of the year for whitewater paddlers just wrapped up at the 2018 GoPro Mountain Games.
The picturesque mountain town of Vail, Colorado once again played host to thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from every spectrum and sport. From mountain bikers and trail runners, to slacklining and fan-favorite canine contests, there’s a little something for everyone.
While we enjoy any sport that allows us to get outdoors, we focused our attention on Gore Creek, the site of the SUP Sprint on Saturday and YETI SUP Cross on Sunday. Both events were popular among competitors and spectators alike, with crowds of people huddled along the shores for a glimpse at the wild whitewater action.
With the local area receiving below-average snowfall this past winter, the creek was running at historically low levels. With small eddies and shallow water, choosing the right line was more important than ever and led to a much more technical race.
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