PC SUP Cup held at Jordanelle
Ryan Summerlin August 5, 2014
The water at the Jordanelle Reservoir was calm on Saturday, which led to some aggressive racing at the PC SUP Cup event.
Hosted by Park City Standup Paddleboarding, the two-day event featured paddleboard races of various distances, a SUP wake surfing contest and a SUP pup parade, where participants paddled with their dogs.
On Saturday, paddlers participated in a surfboard-style one-mile race, youth fun races, open class races with 12’6" boards and 14′ boards for men and 12’6" boards for women and elite class men’s and women’s races. There was also a tandem race, where pairs of paddlers shared a board for a race.
PC SUP founder Trent Hickman said he couldn’t have asked for a better day to host the races.
"We had another nice day out on the lake," he said. "It was a good turnout seems to be mostly our usual suspects. It’s really nice to have the paddle family out here. Everyone was in good spirits and it was a fun day on the water."
Despite the rain that fell most of last week and early this week, the weekend’s SUP events were largely unaffected by weather.
"We keep getting so lucky with the weather," Hickman said. "The wind holds off and all that. It makes it really great and fun to be out here with everyone."
In the men’s elite race, local Kristian Mulholland defended his title, winning for the second year in a row in the four-mile race.
"Three years ago, Trent got me," Mulholland said. "But it’s our local race. I try to just put in a solid effort and prepare well. It’s important for me to be in good shape for this one."
"Kristian held it down," added Hickman, who finished in second place. "The guy is just an animal. My hat is off to him, as always."
In the women’s elite race, Hickman said there was another repeat winner.
"Amy Staples [of Park City] took the win in the ladies’ class," he said. "We had a full field for both women and men this year, which was nice. We were able to fill all the spots. It’s really great to see people coming together in the spirit of competition."
Mulholland said the PC SUP Cup is always a good time and is something he hopes to continue to participate in.
"Obviously, when you have beautiful weather and a tight-knit paddle community, with everyone showing a lot of support, it’s always great," he said.
Sunday’s SUP wake surfing contest is something Hickman said he hopes to continue to improve over the next few years.
"As far as I know, it’s the world’s first SUP wake surf contest," he said. "That’s something we can wrap our arms around and grow as a community."
Proceeds from the weekend’s events benefited three local nonprofit groups the Park City Community Foundation, the Park City Education Foundation and Recycle Utah. Hickman said he’s always happy to support groups that work to improve Park City.
"As a small business owner, that’s something I’m really proud to do give something back to the community," he said.
This Saturday, PC SUP will host its annual Paddle/Pedal/Paddle event, featuring a five-mile paddleboard section, a 10-mile mountain bike ride and a second five-mile paddle. For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.parkcitysup.com .