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The 34th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest is Cancelled due to Health Concerns

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The 34th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest is Cancelled due to Health Concerns

Based upon recent events, and at the recommendation of the County of Santa Cruz Health Department, we have cancelled our event. The decision was not made lightly and in the interest of protecting our local and paddling communities we are heading their advice.

As we move forward SCPF will be assessing the financial stress that this cancellation has on the event. Afterwards, we will reach out about any potential refunds. Thank you for your understanding and patience in this difficult time.

We have TENTATIVE dates for 2021 running from April 1st to the 4th. It is still too soon at this time to be certain if we will be able to reschedule the 2020 event. We will be in communication with all of our vendors, competitors, friends, and family as soon as we have any new information on the dates of our next event.

Thank you all for you support in this challenging time. We hope that you all stay healthy and we hope to see you on the water soon.


Register Soon!

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Registration for all Steamer Lane surfing categories will be closing on March 12th. Any entries received afterwards will increase in price to $200. There are still open spaces available and if the category that you are interested in is on wait list don’t despair! There may still be room to get you in and feel free to contact us. Pass the word along and we hope to see you all in the line up real soon!

Wait list and unfilled heats

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Photo: Bryon Dorr

As you know the 34th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest is rapidly approaching. Registration is filling up and we have an established wait list for some categories. Over the course of the day our event is only allotted so much time, so we have a limited number of heats that we are able to run.

This unfortunate detail of not having enough hours in a day means that we have to limit the number of people who participate in the surfing events. At the moment we have categories that were allotted space but have not filled up. In the interest of getting as many people involved in the event as possible we will be reshuffling the allotted space.

This Friday the 28th we will make the decision and contact the wait list to potentially move them into newly created space. Please be on the lookout in your emails and inboxes and such.

If you haven’t signed up for the event as of yet, or wanted to but saw that there was a wait list, we would strongly recommend signing up before this Friday.

Hope to see you all at the lane soon!

2020 Registration!

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2020 Registration is Live!

Paddle Guru will once again be hosting our registration needs. Follow this blue link to register for Surfing, Racing, and Paddling!

Steamer Lane Surf runs from March 26-29th

Cowell Surf runs March 28th-29th.

SCPF 2k/5k/10k Race runs March 28th.

Save the Date for 2020!

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33rd Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest – Surfing Results!

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The 33rd Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest did not disappoint! We had plenty of swell for a truly contestable competition in fantastic sunny conditions. This year the paddle surfing community was out in force cheering each other on and overall just having a good time. We all created a loving community atmosphere at this event and the amount of smiles throughout the weekend are a testament to that.

The level of surfing that we saw this year was off the charts! Well, just about at the top of the charts with some incredibly high scores being throw down by the athletes. Every year the level of surfing gets better and better and it is an absolute pleasure to watch. Who knows what next years competition’s surfing will look like and we are looking forward to see every one of you next year!


High Performance Surf Kayak Men’s

1. Odei Etxeberria

2. Xabier Olano OlarraDave

3. Johnston 

4. Matt Radis 

High Performance Surf Kayak Women’s

1. Devon Barker-Hicks

2. Teresa Rogerson

3. Laura Zulliger

4. Julie Mitravich 

Kayak Masters Open (40+)

1. Jim Grossman

2. Matt Radis

3. Dave Johnston

4. Sean Morley 


1. Zach Boyd

2. Jim Grossman

3. Bryon Dorr

4. Buey Grossman

Wave Ski Open

1. Ian Macleod

2. Jeff Hille

3. Shelly Palmer

4. Fletcher Burton

SUP Open

1. Poenaiki Raioha

2. Zane Schweitzer

3. Josh Riccio

4. Anthony Maltese

SUP Masters Open (40+)

1. Derek Hama

2. John Griffith

3. Steve Drottar

4. Olivier Guincetre

SUP Women’s

1. Fiona Wylde

2. Lara Claydon

3. Lucia Cosoleto

4. Kali’a Alexiou 

Kayak Intermediate Men’s

1. Gwenn Bezard

2. David Grigsby

3. Nova Love

4.Marcus Lees

Kayak Intermediate Womens’s

1. Debbie Hathaway

2. Sophia Sotelo

3. Kim Mclennan 

Kayak Intermediate Juniors’s

1. Buey Grossman

2. Victor Bezard

3. Leo Bezard

SUP Surfing Intermediate Men’s

1. Jack Wygal

2. John Walsh 

3. Roger Schumann

4. Rune Hoyer Nielsen 4

SUP Surfing Intermediate Women’s

1. Kitsy Nipper

2. Nikita Tournebise

3. Misako Yamamoto

4. Kim Rueter

SUP Surfing Intermediate Junior’s

1. Maximilian Torres

2. Thomas Nilsen

3. Bodie Von Allmen

4. Riley Jaggi


Full Results

Saturday Surf Results

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I don’t know how we do it, but every year at the Santa Cruz Paddlefest we always score some waves. Today was busy with the race, the Cowells Classic starting up, and of course surfing at Steamer Lane. Check out today’s results here.

You’ll also find tomorrows schedule heats at that link. We are hoping to stick to the schedule and we have a lot of heats to make it through. 

Event PSA’s.

If you are surfing at the Steamer Lane site, do not surf past the judges stand and into the Cowells Classic site.

If you are paddling out to your next heat, make sure to gather together outside of the break. Once the horns ring then you are allowed to move into the surfing zone.

There is no launching allowed from the beach around the corner past the lighthouse.