Latest Event Updates

Cowells Heats

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Hello Everyone,

Cowells Heats will start at 11am Sunday Morning. We will post heats here as soon as we have them.  It always take a bit to get them ready, as we need to double check them a few times. As a solid fallback plan, please check in at the Steamer Lane site registration 



Friday’s Results & Saturday’s Heats

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Round 1 of Steamer Lane is completed! We saw some awesome surfing today and the swell is only getting bigger!! Round 2 starts tomorrow…




**As a reminder. All Cowells Surfing competitors are to check in tomorrow morning at the race site. There is a safety briefing at 8am on Cowells beach. Surfing for the Cowells competition will start at 11:00am.

Race registration starts at 7am at Cowells Beach. There is a safety briefing at 8am on the beach. Paddleboards start racing at 9am. Outriggers & Skis will start their race at 11am. OC1s and Skis have a water start.

Friday Heats

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2016 Steamer Lane Surf heats – FRIDAY HEATS

As a reminder, heats start at 7:20. Competitors are required to check in at the jersey tent before their heats. 


Catch waves and have fun!

Schedule of Events

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Thursday March 17th

6:00am – Surfers lot site structuring

10:00am – Sponsors Check in at Steamer Lane

5:00pm – Mandatory Check in at Adventure Sports Unlimited*see footnote*

6:30pm – Dinner at ASU

7:15pm – Mandatory Safety Meeting at ASU


Friday March 18th

6:00am – First Volunteers on site at the Lane

7:20am – Heats Start at the Lane

8:00am – Booths Open at the Lane

5:00pm – Booths Close at the Lane

5:40pm – Last heat off the water at the Lane

5:00pm – Happy hour and Tacos at Olitas on the Wharf


Saturday March 19th***

6:00am – First Volunteers on site at the Lane

6:00am – First Volunteers on site at Cowells Beach

7:00am – Race/Cowells check in starts at Cowells Beach

7:20am – Heats start at the Lane

8:00am – Booths open at the Lane & Cowells Beach

8:00am – Race/Cowells Safety meeting at Cowells Beach

9:00am – Paddleboard Race starts at Cowells Beach

9:30am – Set up for Cowells/Indicators Starts

11:00am – Heats start at Cowells/Indicators

11:00am – OC1 Race starts at Cowells Beach

2:20pm – Heats end at Cowells/Indicators

5:00pm – Booths Close

5:40pm – Last heat off the water at the Lane

7:00pm – Paddleboard Race awards at Ponos


Sunday March 20th

6:00am – First Volunteers on site at the Lane

7:20am – Heats start at the Lane

8:00am – Booths open at the Lane

12:00am – Heats start at Cowells/Indicators

3:20pm – Heats end at Cowells/Indicators

3:00pm – Booths Close & Takedown begins

3:20pm – Last heat off the water at the Lane

4:00pm – Overall Awards Ceremony at the Lane


*This of course is a tentative schedule. When dealing with the ocean things are bound to change. The SCPF desk at the event will have the most current updates.

**The mandatory safety meeting is for ALL Steamer Lane surfing competitors. Racing and Cowells competitors will be meeting on Saturday at Cowells Beach. Any competitor who fails to be present at the safety meeting will face a DQ.

***SUP heats will be held after the race, don’t worry they won’t conflict.

Outriggers coming to SCPF!

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Outrigger Announcement

March 19th. Cowells Beach, Santa Cruz

We’ve wanted to bring in Outriggers to our race for some time. This year we are stoked to say, “its going to happen!” The City of Santa Cruz has given us a green light to add them to our event.

To test the waters we will running OC1’s. Check out the map below. The Outrigger Canoes will race the 10k course. They’ll have a water start and skip the runs doing a buoy turn instead. Surf-City-race-course-2016

All registrants will receive a competitors bag chock full of swag and an event T-shirt with art done by Drew Brophy. Register online and tell your friends! If we get a good showing this year we’ll up the ante next year!

Fiona Wylde brings a Womens SUP Clinic to SCPF

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Are you an avid paddler? Would you like to improve your skill set and go…FASTER? Then join us on March 17 at the Santa Cruz PaddleFest for a 2-hour SUP Race Clinic taught by professional athlete, Fiona Wylde. The clinic is available for all ages and paddlers who want to elevate their level on the water. We will be working on stroke technique, turning, race starts, balance and whatever else you’d like to learn.

Class size is limited so if you’re interested in this opportunity- signup today!

Registration is LIVE!

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Greeting Paddlesports brethren,

We are very to announce that registration is live! A couple of things to remember. 

  • There is a mandatory paddler’s meeting Thursday night. This is for all Steamer Lane competitors. Here we will go over event safety and answer any questions you have. This is also when you sign the waiver and pick up your competitor gift bag. No waiver, no surfing…
  • Competitors interested in more than 2 categories will be wait-listed for their 3rd category. Please contact the organizers if you wish to do so.
  • Registration includes an event t-shirt for each category entered. 
  • Registration also includes dinner/drinks Thursday night and a raffle ticket.
  • We do not encourage simultaneously entering the Steamer’s and Cowell’s surfing categories.
  • PLEASE be sure to read over what you are registering for!
  • See you in the line up soon!

The very best,