The Santa Cruz Paddlefest 10k presented by powercrunch went off with a mixed bag of conditions. On the start line everything was fairly glassy, but as competitors belted it out around the wharf they discovered there was a deceiving bump on the water. Conditions turned out another set of blistering fast finish times for our competitors.
Our Elite Men’s race finished with quite a bit of drama! Slater Trout crossed the finish line first but, due to not wearing the required safety equipment he was forced to be disqualified. Mo and Tyler ended up battling it out on the sand with Mo barely holding onto what will end up as a first place finish. It breaks our heart to play the bad guy but the Coast Guard sets rules for these events which must be followed if we are going to continue them.
The Women’s Elite field had a slightly larger spread to them with Jade Howson coming in a full 40 seconds before April Zilg and finally Candice Appleby.
We are absolutely stoked to see a large number of young and new faces this year and we certainly look forward to watching those young athletes grow! We are so happy to put on another successful event and are excited to be headed into the finals days of our surfing competition!
Men’s Elite 10k
1st Mo Freitas
2nd Tyler Bashor
3rd Itzel Delgado
Womens Elite 10k
1st Jade Howson
2nd April Zilg
3rd Candice Appleby