FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
Friday Afternoon Group Paddle (4 PM - 7 PM)
Welcome to Bastrop!!! Get a feel for the water and meet up with other paddlers before the competition begins. Guest paddlers will be offering various mini-seminars on general technique and paddling the Colorado River.
Friday Night Sprint Races (7 PM – 9 PM)
The Sprint Races are the perfect way to kick off an energetic exciting weekend of SUP competition.
Throw out all you think you know about river racing, SUP racing, and paddling skill. This is about power
and raw speed… school yard style... who can get from here to there first. It’s anybody’s game.
Distance: Approx. 75 yds
Start Line: The iconic Ole Iron Bridge
Finish Line: Just over yonder
Approx. 4 to 6 paddlers per heat. Winners progress to next heat.
Evening Social at Viejo's Tacos y Tequila (8 PM – Midnight) NEW LOCATION!!!!
Welcome to Bastrop! Join us for Texas style gourmet tacos, cold beer, margaritas, and of course a little tequila never hurt no one. We'll see you at Viejo's after the sprints.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
The Original Texas Down River SUP Race – “El Camino Real de SUP” (10 AM – 12 PM)
This 6 mile down river race is the perfect combination of competition and recreation. Whereas a seasoned SUPer will conquer this stretch in quick fashion, a recreational SUPer or weekend warrior will enjoy a new challenge and achievement. This race is named after the El Camino Real paddling trail (one of the most popular kayaking and SUP trails in Texas) This 6 mile trail changes along the way from deep wide waters to shallow narrow passes. Big flat water and skinny little quick spots make this an ideal setting for a SUP race. The Colorado River is a class 1 river so no worries about portaging rapids.
Distance: 6 miles
Start Line: The iconic Old Iron Bridge
Finish Line: The Colorado River Refuge
Shuttle Service provided before the race so your vehicle is there to haul your equipment back. Refreshments and snacks provided for racers at the finish. Music and shade provided for race fans waiting at the finish.
Youth Race (Will take place between 12:00PM & 1:30PM)
Sign up for the Youth race will begin at 11:00AM at the Hospitality tent which will be riverside below the Bastrop River Co. Age range is 8 - 14. Youth race is a free event. Limited space available. The course will be a short distance loop around buoys set out between the Hwy 71 bridge and the Ole Iron Bridge. Lifeguards and experienced paddlers will be on site to supervise and help out. Limited number of PFDs will be available. If your child has one they are comfortable with please bring it along. Boards and paddles will be provided unless they have their own or a parents they could use.
THE PADDLE BATTLE INVITATIONAL (Will take place between 12:00PM and 1:30 PM)
Local businesses compete in a short distance loop around buoys set out between Hwy 71 bridge and the Ole Iron Bridge. The winning sponsor will take home a trophy to display at their place of business until next years SUP CUP. Come out to see some well known local business men and women who have jumped "on board" to help make this a great event. 2014/2015 Champion Carter Jenings will be back to defend the title for Southside Market & BBQ!!
The Skills Course (1 PM – 4 PM)
We’ve tested raw power and stamina. Now let’s talk skill. The obstacles are designed such that anyone who’s ever SUPed is suited to attempt and likely complete the course, while a skilled paddler will use his bag of paddling tricks to maneuver the course aggressively & impressively with speed & style (style points will be judged). Set up on the river just below the Ole' Iron Bridge, SUPers will take on the obstacles one at a time, racing the clock. Throw in a couple hundred tubers, kayakers, and SUPers lining the river banks with water cannons cheering & jeering the competitors while drinking cold beer under the Texas sun, and we’ve got one wild afternoon. The Saturday afternoon obstacle course brings a whole new concept to the idea of river SUP racing.
Competitors will gather under the shade of the Ole Iron Bridge awaiting their turn at the course.
Spectators will have access to tubes, kayaks, and SUPs from which to watch the festivities. The grassy shaded river bank offers another great vantage point for those who want to stay dry.
Awards (5 PM - 6PM)
Stick around to celebrate our winners and recognize achievements from the weekend.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS / STUFF TO DO
SUP Race Expo (Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM)
Get the latest info on other SUP and paddler events happening in and around Texas.
SUP Swap Meet (Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM)
This is the perfect time to buy, sell, or trade. To participate as a seller all you need to do is bring your equipment, check in at the registration tent and we'll provide you with a "For Sale" sticker. Haggling encouraged!! Its all part of the fun.
Bastrop River Co Kayak Canoe & SUP Headquarters (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Experience the Lower Colorado River with the Bastrop River Company (BRC). Equipment rentals and vacation planning services will be available at BRCs Headquarters all weekend long. Do some paddling while you're here or get the information you need to plan a real retreat on the Lower Colorado River. For more info on vacationing in Bastrop go to www.vistibastrop.com.
Experience Main Street
Main Street Bastrop is only a block away from the festival. The Main St cultural and culinary district hosts over 10 restaurants in walking distance from the river and numerous shops & art galleries as well.