Although high water caused several incidents of flipped rafts and boaters ending up in the water on both commercial and private trips over the weekend on the Arkansas River, no injuries were reported by the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office.

When the 2,745-mile Tour Divide off-pavement bike race began Friday, four Salidans were among the 156 riders taking on this year’s challenge.

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FIBArk’s downriver racers took on a new course this year, starting in Hecla Junction and rowing 14 miles to the finish in downtown Salida.

Cully Brown of Durango won FIBArk’s first Heavy Half, besting fellow Durango resident and five-time FIBArk downriver winner Mike Freeburn.

The new route featured some big rapids at Twin Falls and Seidel’s Suckhole near the start and Class 2 water after that, compared to the old route that started with easier water and then finished with the course’s most challenging rapids.


Salidan Michael “the Governor” McGovern defended his world SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) Boxing title Sunday, knocking foe after foe into the pool with his 20-pound gloves (when they’re dry).

Salidans Timmy Devos and Derek Scott triumphed Saturday at the FIBArk skate competition, with Devos winning the BMX open and Scott winning the pro skateboarding category.

The 8-Ball Rally returned to FIBArk for the second year Friday, pitting kayakers racing against seven “8-ball” kayaks determined to do anything to slow them down on their way to the finish line.

Cat Hardman of Huntsville, Alabama, was the only junior female competitor in the FIBArk kayak freestyle competition. With no other girls to compete against, Hardman went up against a trio of boys Friday.

All of the freestyle competitions at FIBArk took place on the Office Wave this year. The high water dictated the switch from the wave in front of the Coors Boat Ramp, but the competitors seemed happy to go with the flow.

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