By exemplifying our values of health, fitness, family, recreation, safety, and environmental stewardship, we strive to be the leading SUP tour operator on the Colorado River.
Stand Up Paddle Colorado is leading the way in custom river adventures, from beginners to advance paddlers. We are dedicated to delivering a lasting memory that nourishes mind, body and spirit.
With every tour and interaction we strive to create cohesion, understanding, tolerance and acceptance for all living creations through wilderness exploration and outdoor experiences.
An accomplished 12-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!
Originally from the coast of New Jersey, Scotty has made a home in the mountains near Vail Colorado for over 15 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.
During a visit to Kauai in 2009 he got his first taste of stand up paddle boarding and he 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 2 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), a partner in the SnowBall and SnowGlobe Music Festivals, a partner at State Bridge Riverside Amphitheater, a founder of Campout for the Cause, (annual festival benefitting the international disaster relief non profit All Hands, and local kids camp). He is also the front man for Colorado reggae / indie – 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.