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Austin Area Race: The Bastrop SUP CUP (TWO DAYS - Aug 15-16)

For more info and to register: 

Elite Division:Compete in all 3 events with the opportunity to be Texas' SUP Cup Champion

Recreation Division: Compete with paddlers of your age and skill level

Individual Races: Pick which specific events you want to conquer (Elite or Rec Division)


Friday Afternoon Group Paddle (5 PM - 7 PM)

Get a feel for the water and network with other paddlers before the competition bagins.  Guest paddlers will be offering various mini-seminars on general technique and paddling the Colorado River.

Friday Night Sprint Races (7 PM – 9 PM)

The Sprint Races are the perfect way to kick off an energetic exciting weekend of SUP competition.  

Throw out all you think you know about river racing, SUP racing and paddling skill.  This is about power 

and raw speed… school yard style... who can get from here to there first. It’s anybody’s game.

Distance: Approx. 250 yds

Start Line: Fisherman’s Park

Finish Line: Just past the Ole' Iron Bridge

Approx. 10 paddlers per heat.  Winners progress to next heat.

The SUP Crawl Pub Crawl presented by Kung Fu Saloon (9 PM – Midnight)

Experience the downtown Bastrop night life! Pubs, wine bars, sports bars, tequila bars, and lots of live local music and local shoping.....  Don’t miss out on the Friday night kickoff party pub crawl. Drink specials and entertainment at each venue.  Shuttle service to local hotels provided.

(Pub Crawl entry fee included with registration in "Go for the Cup" Registration in all 3 events )


The Original Texas Down River SUP Race – “El Camino Real de SUP” (10 AM – 12 PM)

This 6 mile down river race is the perfect combination of competition and recreation. Whereas a seasoned SUPer will conquer this stretch in quick fashion, a recreational SUPer or weekend warrior will enjoy a new challenge and achievement. You’ll never run another 5K. This race is named after the El Camino Real paddling trail (one of the most popular kayaking and SUP trails in Texas and one of the most talked about SUP destinations in the U.S.)  This 6 mile trail changes along the way from deep wide waters to shallow narrow passes. Big flat water and skinny little quick spots make this an ideal setting for a SUP race.  The Colorado River is a class 1 river so no worries about portaging rapids.

Distance: 6 miles

Start Line: Fisherman’s Park

Finish Line: The Colorado River Refuge

Shuttle Service provided before the race so your vehicle is there to haul your equipment back.  Drinks and snacks provided for racers at the finish.  Music and shade provided for race fans waiting at the finish.

The Skills Course (1 PM – 5 PM)

We’ve tested raw power and stamina.  Now let’s talk skill.  The obstacles are designed such that anyone who’s ever SUPed is suited to attempt and likely complete the course, while a skilled paddler will use his bag of paddling tricks to maneuver the course aggressively & impressively with speed & style (style points will be judged).  Set up on the river just below the Ole' Iron Bridge, SUPers will take on the obstacles two at a time on two identical courses, racing one another and the clock.  Throw in a couple hundred tubers, kayakers, and SUPers lining the river banks with water cannons cheering & jeering the competitors while drinking cold beer under the Texas sun, and we’ve got one wild afternoon.  The Saturday afternoon obstacle course brings a whole new concept to the idea of river SUP racing.

Competitors will enter & exit the water from Fisherman’s Park.

Spectators will have access to tubes, kayaks, and SUPs from which to watch the festivities.  The grassy shaded river bank offers another great vantage point for those who want to stay dry.

Awards and BIG FINALE! (6 PM – 1 AM)

Winners will be recognized at the River Side Stage at Neighbors Kitchen & Yard (formerly the Bastrop Brewhouse) for achievement and style over the course of the SUP Cup. The weekend will be capped off by a not to be missed concert.

Shuttle services to local hotels will be provided.

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  • Gisela

    Heading to neighbors....where are you guys at?

    August 15, 2014

  • Lee H.

    Hello fellow SUPers. Im the race director for the SUP CUP. If you have any questions about the festival please post them here and I will try to respons quickly or email me directly at [masked]

    Keep up with the event via our FB page also at


    1 · August 7, 2014

  • Brandon K P.

    Hey Gisela, I should be out praticing my 200m sprint or turns in that area a little after 5:30pm. I'll be on a red board, black top, with a green stripe. Hard to miss.

    July 9, 2014

    • Linda M.

      I'll be at the AHS boat launch around 6:30 with a few friends - I'll look for you guys and hope to see Brandon's new ride!

      2 · July 10, 2014

    • Gisela

      Just now getting to AHS ramp....I'll be heading to the left once I get in. See you soon!

      July 10, 2014

  • Gisela

    I'm going to paddle at town lake in front of high school tomorrow at 5:30pm if anyone wants to join! I would live to meet people participating in the SUP Cup!

    July 9, 2014

  • Linda M.

    Great! I see a lot of your names on the registration page! This will be a fun weekend- please find me at the races and say hello if I haven't met you yet.

    1 · July 1, 2014

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