SUP Film Festival with Paddle4Good

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We are excited to announce that we have partnered with our non-profit friends over at Paddle4Good to bring to you the first SUP Film Fest! 

On the evening on March 30th you’ll want to be at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz. Filmmakers from all over the world have submitted their SUP, kayak, and paddle related films and we’re stoked to present them to you! We hope to inspire adventure, environmentalism, & community through the power of paddling & amazing filmmaking. We can’t think of any better way to increase the stoke we already feel after a day’s worth of racing and surfing. Expect to come away making plans for adventure…

When we first heard Paddle4Good’s story last summer it struck a chord in our hearts. Max, the founder of Paddle4Good, had just finished a surf session when he suffered a heart attack on the beach. Luckily his then crush, Andi, started CPR and engaged a team of passersby to help and call 911. While his heart didn’t restart until the 6th defibrillator shock in the ambulance, Andi and co’s quick action saved his life. 

The parallels that our own founder, Dennis Judson, experienced is staggering. While  warming up to surf in the Northern Ireland Kayak Surf World Championships he suffered a heart attack on the beach. Luckily some bystanders were able to rush to his aid and get him to an excellent hospital nearby. We were able to enjoy another week of Dennis’ laughter before his heart sadly gave out.

Our love goes out to these brave bystanders who are now heroes in our eyes. Every year similar stories end instead of continuing on. According to the American Heart Association 25% of all deaths in the US are from cardiac arrest. Administering CPR can triple survival rates and one of the many goals of Paddle4Good is to raise awareness and knowledge of basic CPR skills. They are amazing mentors to spread life-saving education through inclusive, adventure-based water activities. Expect to see these smiling folks at our event and please drop by their booth for a bit. 

Buy Tickets Here!

Visit Paddle4Good Here!

SCPF Registration and You

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Registration for the 2017 event is just around the corner! SCPF will be opening up advanced registration soon. Each year we strive to keep a competitive field and so we invite the top half of the previous event to a special pre-registration. There are no benefits to it and you’re just able to sign up first. After two weeks of the pre-registration we will open up registration to the rest of the field. 

Last year, as did previous years, we saw a good number of people on the wait list. To simplify things we will have an option to sign up for the wait list for your category. New wait lists will be created as categories fill. Once we are a month before the event, if we have been able to add heats or people dropped, we will go down the list and people will be notified.

The 2016 registration broke records on how fast everything filled up, please be sure to follow us here as we will post when things are live. 

Below are the categories for the surfing event:

Steamer Lane

Mens SUP

Womens SUP

Open HP

Womens HP

Open IC

Womens IC


Masters Surf Kayak



Juniors Kayak

OPEN Surf Kayak

Whitewater Kayak

See you all soon!

Mat Hoff

Final Results!

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Well, what can I say? The 30th Santa Cruz Paddlefest was a success! I can’t believe the amazing conditions that we had for all three days. Our all star roster of competitors really put on a good show for us. To top it off, everyone was smiling (seriously, everyone was). I am thrilled and proud of the event that we brought to our paddle sports enthusiasts this year and I hope to see each and every one of you for next years SCPF!


All the best,

Mat Hoff

PS: A big shout out to presenting sponsor, Starboard. With their help we were able to put on such a fantastic event.

Saturday Results and Sunday’s Heats

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Saturday saw some fantastic conditions with the building swell. More lines on the horizon for tomorrow! Sunday is going to be a busy day, please make sure you are on top of when you are surfing or potentially surfing.




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.

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!