Stand Up Paddle Board has hit Colorado

S.U.P. – Stand Up Paddle Boarding. This great new sport has arrived in Colorado! The first dedicated outfitter on the Colorado River and one of the first in the West!  Stand Up Paddle Colorado is a dream that started to become a reality when Scotty Stoughton met Javier Placer last spring at State Bridge. Javi has been guiding internationally for over a decade and is one of the first river runners to jump on a SUP over 4 years ago on the Arkansas River.

Javier Placer-Rodriguez - Co-founder, is an accomplished 12-year river guide with international experience, Javier has safely guided thousands of thrill seekers. Certified in Class III – Class V whitewater in Costa Rica while working 3 years for the internationally renowned outfitter, Rios Tropicales.  He guided extensively on the Reventazon, Pacuare, Sarapiqui, Corobici and General rivers as well as worked on multi day sea kayaking tours subcontracting for international outfitters such as Mountain Travel Sobek.   He guided in California for Earth Trek Expeditions running tours on the South Fork and Middle Fork of the American River.  In 2001 Javier moved to Colorado and began working for Kodi Rafting and worked as a head boatman (2002), trip leader, and safety kayaker and guide instructor until 2005.  He commercially ran the Arkansas River (Numbers’s, Town, Brown’s Canyon, Royal Gorge), Clear Creek (Lawson, Dumont, Town to Kermitz), Blue River, Upper Colorado (Pumphouse to State Bridge) and the Dolores River. {read more at mtn town views}

Scotty Stoughton - Co-founder, Originally from the coast of New Jersey, Scotty has made a home in the mountains near Vail Colorado for over 15 years.  Surfing took Stoughton around the globe from Fiji to Kauai but the clean outdoor healthy lifestyle grounded him near the Colorado River.  With over 20 years of surfing experience to draw from, Scotty continued to search for a Colorado water sport that matched the excitement and freedom of wave riding.

During a visit to Kauai in 2009 he got his first taste of stand up paddle boarding and he has been hooked ever since.  The following spring it was time to take SUP’ing into the rivers.  At that time the sport was unheard of and rarely seen on the rivers of Colorado.  But with a C4 inflatable in hand, a life jacket and helmet, it was time to take the plunge. {read more at mtn town views}

by Holli, one of our contributors from mtn town views

I personally can’t wait to try this out this summer. Looks like a great work out.

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