The Mission of Stand Up Paddle Colorado

We are foremost watermen and waterwomen, environmental stewards, renegades and nonconformists. Our calling for adventure and the outdoors has placed us passionately in the position to offer the most instructional, informative and flat out fun SUP experiences in the Rocky Mountains. We strive to be one of the leading local, regional and international whitewater and recreational SUP outfitters that creates highly cherished, memorable and life changing experiences for our guests and patrons.

Stand Up Paddle Colorado Team

Javier Placer

Co-founder

An accomplished 16-year river guide with international experience, Javier has safely guided thousands of thrill seekers. Certified in Class III – Class V whitewater in Costa Rica while working 3 years for the internationally renowned outfitter, Rios Tropicales.  He guided extensively on the Reventazon, Pacuare, Sarapiqui, Corobici and General rivers as well as worked on multi day sea kayaking tours subcontracting for international outfitters such as Mountain Travel Sobek.   He guided in California for Earth Trek Expeditions running tours on the South Fork and Middle Fork of the American River.  In 2001 Javier moved to Colorado and began working for Kodi Rafting and worked as a head boatman (2002), trip leader, and safety kayaker and guide instructor until 2005.  He commercially ran the Arkansas River (Numbers’s, Town, Brown’s Canyon, Royal Gorge), Clear Creek (Lawson, Dumont, Town to Kermitz), Blue River, Upper Colorado (Pumphouse to State Bridge) and the Dolores River.

From 2006 to 2010 he worked for River Runners as a senior guide, trip leader, safety kayaker and guide instructor running different sections of the Arkansas River (Pine Creek, Numbers’s, Narrows, Town, Milk Run, Brown’s Canyon, Big Bend, Big Horn Canyon and the Royal Gorge).

In addition to being an active guide, kayaker and at the forefront of the emerging river sport Stand Up Paddling in Colorado, Javier is a graduate from the University of Colorado and a proud loving father of his hula hooping river diva daughter Camille!

Javier spends his winters in Maui, HI with his “modern family” where he focuses on the ocean centered aspects of the sport, sup surf and down winding.  Follow Javier’s adventures on island and on the mainland on his blog Read and Run Daddy.  Join him as he follows his heart and meets characters on his water-bound adventures while living and cruising in his 1987 Westy VW Bus aptly named Faith.

Scotty Stoughton

Co-founder

Scotty_Stoughton_Stand_Up_Paddle_ColoradoOriginally from the coast of New Jersey, Scotty has made a home in the mountains near Vail Colorado for over 17 years.  Surfing took Stoughton around the globe from Fiji to Kauai but the clean outdoor healthy lifestyle grounded him near the Colorado River.  With over 20 years of surfing experience to draw from, Scotty continued to search for a Colorado water sport that matched the excitement and freedom of wave riding.

While playing music in Kauai with his band Bonfire dub in 2009, he got his first taste of stand up paddle boarding and has been hooked ever since.  The following spring it was time to take SUP’ing into the rivers.  At that time the sport was unheard of and rarely seen on the rivers of Colorado.  But with a C4 inflatable in hand, a life jacket and helmet, it was time to take the plunge.

Since then he has spent the last 4 summers logging hundreds of days and miles on the rivers of Colorado.  Stand up paddle boarding has been a life changing experience with benefits ranging from relief of chronic injuries to the meditative peaceful mindset the sport delivers.

Scotty is also the owner of Bonfire Entertainment (event production company), founder of Campout for the Cause, (annual festival benefiting the international disaster relief non profit All Hands, and local kids camp), founder of WinterWonderGrass and the front man for Colorado reggae /  folk band Bonfire Dub.

His passion for the sport and belief in the healing opportunities stand up paddle boarding can uncover has led him to co create Stand Up Paddle Colorado with Javier and Joey.

Joey Saputo

Partner/Owner

Joey_Saputo_Stand_Up_Paddle_ColoradoJoey is from  Newtown, Connecticut originally and has lived in Vail Colorado for 9 years now.  Off season surfing trips weren’t long enough to satisfy him  so when the opportunity of Stand Up Paddle Boarding came to the Vail Valley, he immersed himself into this new sport.  He has always been attracted to water sports since a young age. He first tried Stand Up Paddle boarding on the Ocean 7 years ago in Costa Rica and enjoyed the challenge and workout it offered.  6 summer’s ago he tried SUP on the Colorado River and fell in Love with the sport.  He enjoys the physical challenge that the sport brings, as well as teaching people a new sport!  He loves traveling and meeting new people and is very excited to be apart of this emerging sport.

Joey recently started a winter operation in Nicaragua at the Big Corn and Little Corn Islands.  They are on the Caribbean side and he offers rentals, lessons and SUPSQUATCH tours.  For more information on his outfit and availability please check him out at Stand Up Paddle Corn Islands.

 

 

 

Matt Buckley (Buckley)

River Manager/Lead Guide

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Buckley grew up on Cape Cod where playing in the ocean and on the lakes was a way of life and a necessity of paying homage to the resource that gives life and livelihood to those who live there.

In 2000, Buckley moved out to the rockies with nothing but a desire to ski. It wasn’t long before his love of the mountains led him to rediscover water in a new environment. In 2006 Buckley began his career as a commercial river guide, quickly taking to the sport and becoming certified on class III through V whitewater. Buckley has made a habit of exploring the great river canyons of this country, and discovering himself within the history, geology, and whitewater of these wild and beautiful places.

The transition to SUP was a slow and organic process for Buckley. Over the course of a few years he dabbled a little in whitewater SUP, completed a solo self supported six day trip by SUP and paddled Westwater Canyon on an old inflatable touring SUP. SUP had proven its viability on the river to Buckley, and added fuel to the fire of his passion for the river. It was at this exact moment in his move towards SUP, that he was contacted by a long time friend he used to guide rafts with; Javier Placer.

With both feet, Buckley jumped in and began simultaneously learning and teaching the fundamentals and finer points of SUP. Buckley is now the River Manager and Lead Guide for SUPCO, an ACA level 3 certified SUP instructor, he is an ambassador and team athlete for Hala Gear, he competes in downriver and SUPcross races, and paddles advanced whitewater every chance he gets.

SUP has changed the way Buckley looks at the water, and the world. He now gets to share that with others through Stand Up Paddle Colorado.

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