For decades the first weekend of May has been looked at with anticipation by Mid-Atlantic white water paddlers, for the coming of Cheat Fest. Celebrating one of West Virginia’s most classic runs. 2015 saw an added dimension to the festival as stand up paddle white water athlete Spencer Lacey, and Werner Paddles Team, pulled the jersey on and raced alongside 120 kayakers in the Cheat Race. A solid class 4 run, it’s a challenge sitting down let alone standing up, let alone standing up on a race board (Badfish MVP X) with the pedal down at full throttle. Check out this SICK sequence by photographer Jennifer Beth Sass.
Early stand up paddle whitewater pioneers would be overheard saying, “SUP makes class 2 feel like class 5.” So you have to ask Spencer and his fellow Werner Paddle SUP WW athletes, “well what does class 4 feel like then…?” This past December he got plenty of training in as he self-supported the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, if you missed the story check it out HERE.
Follow our entire stand up paddle white water Team HERE all season long and be sure to keep an eye out for media coverage Memorial Day weekend as the best in the world converge on Buena Vista, CO for CKS’s annual Paddlefest and all the SUP white water competition and clinics.
Thanks Spencer, see you down river.