Latest Event Updates

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!

Volunteer @ SCPF

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The Santa Cruz Paddlefest has been going on for ages at this point and we’ve built up quite a community! The event largely runs off of volunteer power and we’re grateful to be able to fill those slots with our friends. If you are interested in helping the event out for a few hours we would love to have your support. All volunteers get a free goodie bag, an event t-shirt, and of course the everlasting love of the Paddlesports community. Feel free to sign up below or reach out to us if you have any questions about how you can get involved.

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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.


Santa Cruz Paddlefest 2019 – Registration

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We sent an invite out to past competitors about two weeks ago and we are delighted to see the list of familiar faces signing up. Registration for the event is now open and we are welcoming everyone with a paddle in their hand to sign up for the 33rd Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest!

You’ll notice a few new things that we have added this year. Our SUP community have been asking for a Master’s category and so we have split the SUP competition into Open and Masters. Folks who are aged 40+ are eligible for the Masters category and are still welcome to sign up for the Open if they choose. We are also adding a more kid friendly distance as a part of our race off of Cowells Beach. We don’t have all the details ironed out yet, but wanted to let you know that it is in the works! 

Registration for Steamer Lane surfing events will close March 15th (two weeks before the event) for seeding purposes. If you have a buddy who hasn’t signed up make yet, make sure to give them some prodding so they don’t miss the deadline. We will keep registration for Cowells surfing events open until March 22nd. Online race registration will remain open until March 29th and day of race registration will be available. 

See you in the line up soon!

~SCPF Team




2019 Dates!

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Join us for the 33rd Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest!

March 28-31, 2019

SCPF Surfing Results!

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Santa Cruz PaddleFest Surf Finalists 2018

We just wrapped up the 32nd annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest. The scores are settled and everyone is absolutely stoked. We had sun, wind, waves, rain, smiles, more waves, and an amazing roster of athletes participating over the weekend. It truly feels like we put on an event that Dennis would have been proud of. That’ll mark a success in our books and we hope to see you all next year!

Open HP Surf Kayak

  1. Dave Johnston
  2. Zack Boyd
  3. Mathew Lamont

Womens HP Surf Kayak

  1. Devon Barker-Hicks
  2. Kelly Henry
  3. Teresa Rogerson

Mens SUP

  1. Zane Schweitzer
  2. Poenaiki Raioha
  3. Dave de Armas

Womens SUP

  1. Izzi Gomez
  2. Fiona Wylde
  3. Candice Appleby

Open IC Surf Kayak

  1. Zack Boyd
  2. Bryon Dorr
  3. Steve Hiegel

Womens IC Surf Kayak

  1. Devon Barker-Hicks
  2. Julie Mitravich


  1. Sean Morely
  2. Ian Macleod
  3. Dennis St.Clair

Open Masters Kayak

  1. Kenny King
  2. Matt Radis
  3. Dave Johnston



Heats & Full Results!

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