From The Canyon Courier (Corinne Westeman):
People commented how exciting it was to have taken part in the inaugural race and how they hoped to see it grow in the coming years.
I found the participants’ paddleboarding expertise was wide-ranging: some seemed to be experts and others, like me, had only done it a few times.
Justin and Kelly Beard of Golden, who won the 18-35 and 36-59 age divisions, respectively, told me that they enjoy paddleboarding on their travels across the country. The couple said they paddleboard every few weeks and were very happy to see the sport gaining popularity, describing it as very easy to pick up and family friendly.
Similarly, Marian Schwabauer of Evergreen, who won the senior division, learned to paddleboard while in Hawaii.