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Payette River Games Cancelled for 2016

The organizers of Payette River Games, one of the premier events in SUP world, regarded as one of the most progressive, well-organized and exciting challenges today, have announced that that the event will be put on hold for 2016 due to lack of appropriate funding.

This announcement shakes the SUP community, but it comes as no surprise at the same time. The Pickards nearly single-handedly funded the unprecedented $50,000 prize purse and orchestrated the event since its inception in 2013.

The 2015 Payette River Games was one of the few SUP events to be nationally televised on CBS Sports, one of the most important US sports stations,. However, it was not enough.

Mark and Kristina Pickard and Nikki Rota, event organizers, stated: “We want the competition flame to continue at Kelly’s and we believe we have the perfect venue to hold world-class events. We just can’t be the financial engine to do it anymore, nor can we commit the extensive time it takes to pull it all off. […]We are hopeful some entity takes ownership of it and we encourage any race organizer or group that is interested in holding a whitewater event at the park to approach us. We will gladly consider allowing you full use of the park for free.”