What’s SUP at State Bridge for Labor Day? | VailDaily.com

What’s SUP at State Bridge for Labor Day?

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
FILE SUP KA 05-22-10

BOND– What’s SUP this Labor Day Weekend? Steer clear of the crowds and hit the Colorado River with State Bridge’s What’s SUP stand-up paddle gathering. Clinics, tours and rentals will be provided Saturday and Sunday with a pre-party around the bonfire tonight. Music on the main stage will be provided by Andrew McConathy, Katlyn Dawn and Boneless on Saturday and Whitewater Ramble on Sunday.-

“People are blown away at how thrilling and challenging it is. It’s a great workout and the river is such a dynamic environment. People are thrilled, and they can’t get enough,” said Javier Placer, owner of Gore Range Expeditions, which will be facilitating this weekend’s activities. “There are still going to be some decent rapids. They’re slower with longer breaationks in the middle. It’s definitely going to be a good time.”

Stand-up paddling (SUP) is the latest craze to hit the river in Colorado. Originally performed in Hawaii as a means for fishing, the sport has been adopted by whitewater enthusiasts. While some take it to the extremes by sending it down class-4 rapids, State Bridge and the Colorado River provide an ideal, calm setting for beginners, as well as thrill-seekers looking for a choppier ride. Beginners will put in at Rancho Del Rio, which is very calm.

The sport-theme weekends are something patrons can expect more of next year at State Bridge, said venue promoter and stand-up paddler Scotty Stoughton.-

“People love getting on the water and learning a new sport,” Stoughton said. “I became addicted to the sport spending time out here on the river. It helped me with some chronic-injuries and tightens up the core. I’ve fallen in love with it, and State Bridge is just a really mellow, great place to learn.”-

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Folk artist and YarmonyGrass promoter Andrew McConathy with be on hand Saturday night, along with Katlyn Dawn and Boneless, an electric ensemble made up by the guys from Laughing Bones.

Self-described as “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass,” WhiteWater Ramble, playing Sunday, uses a simple recipe to craft its sound – bluegrass instrumentation, add drums and a boundary-less approach to grassing up everything from disco and house grooves to roots Americana. The Colorado-bred quintet combines the elements of mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass and drums to explore the musical boundaries of multiple genres.

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