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Third Annual Paddling Life Pro Invitational May 26

Paddling Life's third annual Pro Invitational in its hometown Steamboat Springs, Colo., Monday, May 26, featuring Ruth Gordon; Andrew Holcombe; Stephen Wright; Tanya Faux; Nick Troutman; and more!

Paddling Life Pro Invitational
May 26, 2008, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Presented by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Resort Ventures West

Brought to you by Yakima, Kokatat, NRS, BoaterTalk, New Belgium Brewing, Smartwool, the rabbit Ears Motel, and Steamboat TV 18

Contact: Eugene Buchanan, (970) 870-0880

Steamboat Springs, Colo. (May 12, 2008): Head to Steamboat Springs, Colo., Memorial Day (Monday, May 26) for the third annual Paddling Life Pro Invitational—capping off the Yampa River Festival–to watch some of the best men and women kayakers in the world compete in a two-event competition for more than $3,500 in cash and prizes.

The unique event tests both downriver creek racing and freestyle, with the best overall score determining the champion. Scheduled to attend are former world freestyle kayak champion Ruth Gordon, world kayak freestyle silver medalist Andrew Holcombe, 2007 Invitational winner Stephen Wright, 2007 women’s winner Tanya Faux, Bryan Kirk and world freestyle kayak bronze medalist Nick Troutman. “It’s an awesome event,” says inaugural winner Jay Kincaid. “Not many events test both creek boating and freestyle.”

Sponsoring this year’s event is local developer Resort Ventures West, Steamboat in the Summertime, Kokatat and Yakima. The event also draws attention to Charlie’s Hole downtown, which the City based its successful recreational in-channel diversion water right (RICD) filing on in 2004. “This is just one way to help showcase what a world-class feature the town has,” says Paddling Life Publisher Eugene Buchanan. “Plus, it’s a great way to showcase and reward today’s best all-around paddlers.”

The event starts with a registration barbecue Sunday, May 25, at 5:30, followed by the creek race at 10 a.m. May 26 and the freestyle event at 1 p.m. The festivities are followed by a party at Sunpies Bistro featuring local bands, beer and other surprises. As an added bonus, look for coverage of this year’s event on Resort Sports Network thanks to Steamboats TV 18. Info:

“Visit for complete vacation packages and information or call 877-286-2628.”
Additional sponsors: New Belgium Brewing Co., NRS, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., SmartWool, Steamboat TV 18, and the Rabbit Ears Motel.