Santa Cruz Paddlefest Returns to Steamer Lane March 31-April 2, 2023!

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Stay tuned for more details coming soon…

Santa Cruz Paddlefest 2019. Paddler: Laura Zulliger, Photographer: Tom Gomes

Carbon Positive!

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This year at the Santa Cruz Paddlefest we are choosing to make the event climate positive. People love to travel to our event from all over the world but unfortunately that creates C02 that ends up into our precious atmosphere. We have teamed up with the great folks at Starboard to plant 47 mangrove trees in the Thor Heyerdhal Climate Park but that is nothing compared to the 30,000 trees Starboard will be planting this year.

The Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park is situated at Pathein University’s Research Centre at the edge of the Bay of Bengal. The park consists of a mangrove gene bank and a 1,800 acre large mangrove restoration park to mitigate 2.7 million tons of CO2 and serve as a protective shield for vulnerable coastal communities to save lives and property against extreme weather, in addition to creating sustainable development with alternative livelihoods and poverty reduction. Our 47 trees is a tiny drop in the bucket but will make the 33rd annual Paddlefest 10x climate positive. We are glad to be working towards a better future and would like to challenge others to do the same.

Visit them and learn more at this link!

We’ve got a deal with a hotel for you

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Still need a hotel?

The Holiday Inn Express is giving us a deal!

The Holiday Inn Express is hooking it up for our friends coming into town to participate in the festival! When you call to reserve just let them know that you’re competing in the Santa Cruz Paddlefest and they’ll set you up.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Santa Cruz
Front Desk(831) 466-9100

Booking Link

Paddle Fest Competitor Rates – $154/night + $7 Parking

The hotel has a pool, fitness center, dry heat sauna, and steam shower. All of the rooms have a refrigerator, microwave, a Keurig coffee machine, and include high speed wifi and a buffet breakfast.


Saturday Surfing Results and Sunday Heats

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Today was so epic! Three events all lining up simultaneously of paddle surf and racing. We saw some absolutely tremendous efforts from our athletes in all facets! Tomorrow the SUP Men’s Quarter finals start at 9am. Cowells will continue surfing their second rounds at 10am. See you all there!

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Cowells Sunday_2018 heats

Saturday Results




Saturday Cowells Heats

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Cowells Heats will start at 11am, stoked! Please remember to return your jersey as soon as you heat is over.

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