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Santa Cruz Paddlefest Returns in 2023!

Steamer Lane, SCPF 2019 | Paddler: Laura Zulliger | Photographer: Tom Gomes

More details and registration coming soon. Stay tuned!


Steamer Lane March 31 – April 2, 2023

website info at the lane

The main event at the Lane has paddle surfers flocking to Santa Cruz from all over the globe to take advantage of one of Santa Cruz’s most fabled breaks. The Lane breaks along West Cliff Drive and can hold waves of double overhead+. The Santa Cruz Paddlefest has Steamer Lane as host to an elite surfing competition of Surf Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Waveskis. Each class competes separately doing dynamic maneuvers to earn points. Competitors will surf through several heats eventually leading up to the Finals Sunday afternoon.


Cowells Classic March 31 – April 1, 2023

surf statue

Started a many years ago as part of the SCPF the Cowells Classic is a friendly surfing competition. Located at the tail end of The Lane paddle surfers are able to score long waves without the intense competition scene. We promote this category within our event as an intermediate class of paddlers.


SCPF 5k/10k Race March 31, 2023

covewater presenting

One of the first paddleboard, outrigger, and surfski races of the year, the SCPF 5k/10k Race  starts at Cowells beach, heads out along the Boardwalk, and to Santa Cruz harbor.  In the long course, racers will pound out a second longer lap out to the Lane, to the harbor, along Steamer Lane, and back to Cowells.