What SUP Aug. 12 at Lake Forest

Photo courtesy What SUP

By Jen Pitcher
Special to The PREVIEW

It’s with great excitement that Pagosa Lakes and the Young Professionals of Pagosa Springs (YPOPS) announce the inaugural What SUP (stand-up paddleboard) Event and Expo on Lake Forest.

SUP is the fastest-growing watersport in the world and the growth in the surrounding area is explosive as new participants are eager to explore local waterways while enjoying exercise.

Kicking off this year’s event is a SUP yoga class at 7 a.m., followed by the main event — “Givin’ it a Tri” triathlon starting at 9 a.m. While triathletes are out running and biking, the kids will hit the water for our youth expo.

All of our local SUP rental companies will have boards available on site to rent to participate or demo during free paddle time. We hope that we will get some takers to enter a couple of our exceptionally fun events that will take place following the completion of the triathlon. Come dressed as your favorite super hero for our SUP-er hero contest, show us your best trick on a paddle board, or give Frisbee golf on water a try for the hole-in-one cash prize challenge.

In addition to all the exciting SUP offerings, there will also be fun on land. We will be serving beer and have burgers and hot dogs on the grill. Lisa Saunders and band will be entertaining participants and spectators from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

So, even if you are not participating in a SUP activity you can still come out to Lake Forest and enjoy live music, good eats, drinks and not a bad view.

Registration for the Aug. 12, What SUP events is open. All triathlon participants that register online before Friday, Aug. 11, at 9 p.m. will receive a free 2017 What SUP T-shirt. We are also giving all local businesses the option to sponsor a team. All businesses that enter a team will be added to PLPOA’s Pagosa Area Web links page and first- through third-place teams will win additional advertising perks. To register, go to plpoalifestyle.com/what-sup or call 731-5635, ext. 210.


7:30 a.m. — On-site registration.

8:30 a.m. — Mandatory racers meeting for mini tri; Given’ it a Tri –

5k Run 12k bike, 3k paddle.

9 a.m. — Mini Tri race starts. Given’ it a Tri 5k run, 12k bike, 3k paddle.

9:15 a.m. — Kids Expo.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Other paddle, lake and land activities.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Live music.

11:30 a.m. — Tri winners announced.

Noon — SUP Yoga.

1-3 p.m. — SUP-er Hero, free paddle, water disc golf.

2/2:30 p.m. — Other winners announced.

3 p.m. — Shut down.

This story was posted on August 11, 2017.