2019 Dates!

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Join us for the 33rd Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest!

March 28-31, 2019

SCPF 10k Presented by powercrunch

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Photo: Bryon Dorr

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


SCPF 2018 Full Race Results

Volunteers for 2018!

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Have you got some downtime? Come and volunteer!

Our humble event runs on volunteer power. Everything from getting out heat results to setting up the race buoys.

Our community is Amazing

Seriously, the watersport community is a beautiful group of human beings. 

It’ll be just like hanging out with old friends, oh wait…

Do you like sunrises?

Most of the shifts aren’t actually that early, but every year we get a treat. We aren’t just trying to tell you that you’re beautiful, well maybe you are, but the friendships in our community are strong.

And that wave karma, its got to come from somewhere… 😉



2018 Schedule of Events

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March 22-25th, 2018

Thursday the 22nd
6:30 PM Mandatory check in at ASU
7:00 PM Dinner at ASU
8:00 PM Mandatory safety meeting at ASU

Friday the 23rd
7:05 AM Sunrise
2:52 AM High tide @ 4.9ft
10:19 AM Low tide @ 0.1ft
5:17 PM High tide @ 3.1ft
7:23 PM Sunset

Surfing at the Lane
7:20 AM Surfing heats start at the Lane
5:00 PM Booths Close
5:40 PM Last heat off the water at the Lane
6:00 PM Happy Hour at Olitas

Saturday the 24th
7:05 AM Sunrise
3:55 AM High tide @ 4.8ft
11:35 PM Low tide @ -0.08ft
6:45 PM High Tide @ 3.3ft
7:24 PM Sunset

Surfing at the Lane
7:20 AM Surfing heats start at the Lane
5:40 PM Surfing heats end at the Lane

Race @ Cowells
6:00 AM Race check in starts @ Cowells Beach
7:15 AM Competitors meeting @ Cowells Beach
8:00 AM Race starts at Cowells Beach
8:30 AM OC1 and surfski race starts at Cowells Beach
11:30 PM Racers off the water
5:00 PM Happy hour at Ponos
6:30 PM Race awards at Ponos

Surf @ Indicators (Cowells)
7:15 AM Competitors meeting @ Cowells Beach
11:00 AM Heats start at Indicators
3:00 PM Heats end at Indicators

Sunday the 25th
7:05 AM Sunrise
5:08 AM High tide @ 4.87ft
12:44 PM Low tide @ -0.3ft
7:50PM High Tide @ 3.6ft
7:25 PM Sunset

Surfing at the Lane
6:00 AM First Volunteers at the Lane
7:20 AM Surfing heats start at the Lane
4:00 PM Last heat off the water at the Lane
4:30 PM Booths Close

Surf @ Indicators (Cowells)
11:00 PM Heats start at Indicators
3:00 PM Heats end at Indicators

Awards Ceremony
5:00 PM Awards Ceremony at the SCPF Tent


*Timing may change pending conditions. Please see the on site registration desk for most up to date info*



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dates announcement

Set your calendars! SCPF is ready set to go March 22-25. Competition will be from the 23-25. Don’t forget to take the time for the 22nd as well. You wouldn’t want to miss SCPF’s kickoff party!

Tentative Schedule:

Thursday: Clinics!

Thursday NightMandatory meeting for all Steamer Lane surfing competitors.

Friday: Round 1 of Surfing at the Lane.

Saturday: Round 2 of Surfing at the Lane, Racing at Cowells Beach, and Round 1 of Surfing at Cowells.

Sunday: Round 2 of Surfing at Cowells, Quarters, Semis, and finals of Surfing at the Lane.