SUP Festival to feature races and more
Ski season is over, which means Park City residents will turn their attention to other outdoor activities as the temperatures rise.
Among those outdoor activities is standup paddleboarding. This year, Park City Standup Paddle Boarding (PC SUP) will host the fifth-annual SUP Festival at the Jordanelle Reservoir June 18 and 19.
As standup paddleboarding has grown in popularity, the SUP Festival has also grown. This year, activities will include races, yoga, SUP surfing, camping, beach games, a concert by Patwa Reggae Band and more.
PC SUP Founder Trent Hickman said he’s excited to spend Father’s Day weekend out on the water.
"We’re hoping a lot of people will book campsites and make a whole weekend out of it," he said. "My end vision for the festival is that a majority of the campsites in the Jordanelle State Park are full of people who have boards so that it creates this fun scene where you can hang out around the campfire and share stories and stuff like that. We really are putting together a fun, full two days of activities."
On Saturday night during the festival, Hickman said boarders will take to the water for a unique event.
"In the evening, we’ll have a torchlight paddle," he said. "I envision a few hours of rest will be necessary in the afternoon, so the campsites will be nice for a home base. Then, when the sun sets, we have these really awesome torchlight paddles that light up the area surrounding your paddleboard. We’ll be just a day or two away from the full moon as well, so that’s going to be super neat."
Hickman said the surf contests, which will be held both days of the festival this year, will feature more action for onlookers.
"The head park ranger has given us permission to pull surfers close to shore inside of that no-wake zone for the contest," he said. "That will be great because, normally, they have to pull the surfers way out in the middle of the lake and you can’t see the kinds of maneuvers the surfers are doing."
Hickman is excited for all the sponsors supporting the event. In addition to SUP brands showing off their gear and the Albion Financial Dash for the Cash race, the festival will receive support from Done To Your Taste Catering, Corona, Germaine Marine and more.
"It’s a bigger event this year than it has been in years past and we’ve got more support than we’ve ever had," Hickman said. "It’s really nice to see the community coming together to support the event."
There are still campsites available for those who want to register for the festival, Hickman said.
"To register for a campsite, you go to the Jordanelle State Park website," he said. "They begin taking reservations four months in advance, so they’ve been taking reservations for about a month, but there are still campsites available. There are sites for RVs, bathrooms and showers and then there are sites where you can pop up a tent. The base of the event is going to be around Cabana No. 5. There’s a kids playground and a nice, sandy beach area. It’s a great state park that we’ve got in our backyard."
Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to participate, Hickman added.
"We’ll also have horseshoes and bag toss — just anything fun in the sun," he said. "It’s a two-day event and it’s for the whole family. We want everyone to have fun — from kids to grandma and grandpa and everyone in between. I think it’s a fun way to spend Father’s Day weekend — camping with dad and having fun on the water."
Before Saturday’s events begin, Hickman said the festival goers are going to hold a surfers’ prayer circle in memory of Chance Wilson, a Park City resident who died in January. Wilson worked at the PC SUP tent at Deer Valley over the summer. Paddleboarders will form a circle and throw flowers into the middle.
To learn more about the Park City SUP Festival, visit http://www.parkcitysup.com . To register for a campsite, visit the Jordanelle State Park’s website at http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/jordanelle .
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