June 26, 2018

There are many SUP events held all over the world,  but one of the oldest and most fun is the FIBArk Festival in Colorado. Participants enjoy a great SUP cross event while spectators experience many festivities. Food and drink and a carnival type atmosphere draw big crowds to this event. When planning your summer next year,  this event may be one you won't want to miss. 





While the GoPro Mountain Games might hold the trophy for the biggest whitewater SUP event, the event with the biggest heart almost certainly takes place in Salida, Colorado. This river town has played host to FIBArk, the longest running whitewater festival in the country, held every June over Father’s Day weekend to coincide with the spring run-off. This year, they celebrated their 70th anniversary. First In Boating on the Arkansas (FIBArk) is a grassroots festival that literally takes over the town with a carnival-like atmosphere. Yes, you can ride the Octopus or Ferris Wheel after smashing a funnel-cake. Between the live music, fried food and lots of open-beverage consumption, a fun-loving cadre of river paddlers even managed to to get to the water’s edge for the main event: SUP cross.

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