With the warmer weather looming in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the perfect time to dust the cobwebs off your surfboard, get outdoors and have some fun. But, surfing in Colorado you ask? While it might seem unusual for some as Colorado isn’t located anywhere near the beach and is typically a hub for mountain sports, it came as no surprise to ioCrew Member Brent Meyer. In fact, according to Brent, the surfing events were the real highlight of this year’s Golden Games and drew in the biggest crowds as he manned the ioMerino Tent. Yes OK, it was ‘river’ surfing (certainly no tropical beach!) but that’s still considered surfing, right?
For those of you who don’t know, the Golden Games is an outdoor adventure sports event based in Golden, Colorado. As an official sponsor this year, it was awesome to have a presence with some of our Aussie Merino Wool layers on show thanks to our Colorado based Crew Member Brent. Brent’s a professional snowboarder, so it’s safe to say the whole river surfing experience was a relatively new one to him, but that’s not to say he didn’t enjoy watching this entertaining sport.
Along with river surfing, the water based events included white water kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), fly fishing, slack lining, kayak freestyle rodeo and kayak slalom racing.
Brent says, “The highlights of the sporting events were the SUP river surfing and the SUP cross. In the river surfing, the athletes would catch a standing river wave and then perform tricks and maneuvers while trying to not lose their momentum on the wave. And during the SUP cross, four or five stand up paddle boarders would all start at the same time and then try and make their way down the river first while circling around several obstacles showing control of their boards amidst the fast moving water”.
Not only did we have a range of our new and best selling Merino Wool Layers on show for everyone to feel and try, Brent also handed out a number of prizes over the weekend. “One female athlete came by the tent to say thank you for the io Altitude Active Tee she won in the river surfing event” Brent says. “She was really excited about the shirt’s fit, color and feel. Which is fair enough – it’s an awesome T! “While the Golden Games arguably wasn’t the largest event we’ve ever sponsored, there was a a great spectator turn out and an awesome community vibe that was great to be a part of, and that’s really what we’re all about. Sharing good times with other people who are into the outdoors.