US National Whitewater Center – Charlotte, NC
The Charlotte National Whitewater Center is a place unlike any paddling destination in the US. First off, as the name implies, it’s a world-class destination for whitewater paddling, featuring one of the largest man made whitewater rivers in the world with multiple channels. It has quickly become one of the best training grounds for whitewater SUP, featuring 3 different channels with almost every level of paddling from class II to Class IV.
If you look a little closer at the center, you will also see that it holds excellent venues for flatwater SUP, mountain biking, climbing, ziplines, and many more outdoor activities. Add in the 100 beers they have on tap, great food, and one of the largest outdoor festivals complete with great music overlooking the river, and its easy to see why Tuck Fest this year was an insane event.
Team Boardworks/Badfish was in full effect at this years Tuck Fest including, Michael Tavares, Haley Mills, Guillermo Loria, Jonah Logan, Zack Hughes, and Spencer Lacy, as well as many of our supporters and fellow paddlers from the southeast! This year was a year of many firsts for Tuck Fest…
Tuck Fest 2015 boasted the hardest and most technical whitewater SUP race ever in history. The final combined 3 different races and culminated in a Giant Slalom Race down the Class IV competition channel under the lights with thousands of festival partiers lining the banks! In the end, it was Spencer Lacy taking the crown in the men’s and Haley Mills taking the women’s title. The men rounded out the podium with Michael Tavares in second and Luke Hopkins in Third. Mike, Haley, and Spencer were all paddling the Badfish 9.0 MVP Boardworks models!
The Center also upped the ante on the flatwater race on the Catawba River, increasing the length to 8 miles up the river fighting the current to the dam. Team Paddlers Spencer Lacy and Jonah Logan took first and second on their fast and smooth Boardworks Eradicator 14’s!
The Boardworks and Badfish boards were a perfect compliment for Tuck Fest this weekend and showed to excel in both the whitewater and flatwater races. Zack Hughes, co-owner and shaper of Badfish, was on hand paddling at the event. Zack and the rest of the team showed the performance and versatility of the Badfish line. During the three races the team paddled the MCIT, MVP 9.0, MVP 10.6, MVP 9.0 Slim, MVPX 12.6, and also surfed the new IRS in between heats.
For more information on Boardworks Surf and their complete line of Badfish SUP boards, visit www.BoardworksSurf.com