Latest Event Updates
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!
Alrighty, here are Saturday’s Steamer Lane Round 2 heats!
For Cowells heats we have decided to post them after the competitors meeting in the morning. Please be at the meeting on Cowells beach at 7:15am ready for the meeting. Heats will be posted immediately after.
Kayaks will surf first at Cowells with an 11am start. SUP heats will follow.
We worked hard to update Santa Cruz Paddlefest’s launching regulations and we are happy to bring you some exciting news!
Kayak Launching Regulations
In the past the event has only allowed Kayaks to launch off of Cowells Beach. This year (NEW TO THE EVENT) Kayaks will be allowed to launch off of any sand beach (that is not dog beach) at the discretion of the lifeguard staff.
What this means is during low tide Kayaks will be able to launch from the beaches that pop up by the staircases as long as the lifeguard staff feel it to be within their safety limits. It also means that Kayaks will have to continue to launch from Cowells Beach during high tides. Kayaks will not be allowed to launch off any staircases for safety concerns.
SUP Launching Reulations
Historically SUP were only allowed to launch from Cowells as well. We thought that was silly and worked with the city for a solution. SUP’s will now be allowed to launch from any public access point at the discretion of the lifeguard staff (except dog beach).
What this means is that as long as the stairways appear to have reasonable safe entry and the lifeguard staff are comfortable with the entry and exit of SUPs, they will be allowed to launch from the stairways.
A couple of Reminders
- No competitor may enter the water from the cliff.
- No competitor may enter the water from Dog Beach
- Any competitor that disrupts competition while entering the water WILL face an interference call.
- The lifeguard staff have the final say. Anyone caught disobeying their wishes will face a DQ.
The Santa Cruz Paddlefest is happy to promote beginner and intermediate friendly clinics coming to Santa Cruz the week of the event!
Liquid Fusion Kayaking
Join LFK for s special clinic right before the event starts to heat up!
High Performance Surf Kayak Clinic
Tune-up your surfing for Santa Cruz Paddlefest with LFK. This 4 hour clinic will focus on improving your paddle out technique, wave selection, take off, diagonal run, bottom turns, top turns, and body/boat/blade positioning for performance surfing.
Etiquette will be a theme through out the course including how to be a good ambassador of the surf.
This course is limited to 6 students to maximize learning and minimize impact on the surf environment. This course is designed for hp surf kayaks. Paddlers must have a reliable roll and have previous surf experience.
Join us and the F-One pro Rider Josh Riccio for a Foil Surfing Clinic.
$200 per person, 2.5 hours in the water and additional 30 minutes onshore for components oriented presentation.
Meet us at Cowells Beach on 21st of March. Time and location could change based on conditions.
The goal is to offer experienced paddlers and surfers a chance to get on the water with Professional F-One SUP racer & surfer Josh Riccio to learn more about surf foiling.
During the 2.5-hour clinic paddlers will get to work closely with Josh and Billy to further their Surf/SUP Foiling skills and ability weather you are a seasoned foiler looking to get tips and techniques in the waves or you are a SUP surfer looking to take on foiling!
Give us a call at the shop (831) 600-7230 if you’re interested and to reserve your spot. (Limited spots only for quality instruction and safety)
Join us during Santa Cruz Paddlefest 2018 and learn tricks and tips of competing in surf kayaking! Lead by seasoned competition veterans, you will be able take your surf kayaking to the next level and learn what to do (and what not to do) during the contest. Whether this is your first competition or you want to hone your skills, this clinic is for you!
Clinics are available Thursday the 22nd.