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700 Paddlers In Pink + SUP Fiesta = An Epic Weekend

Standup For the Cure by Glenn Dubock

A Weekend On The Water In Southern California
Story and Photos by Glenn Dubock • Event Support by John Dubock

Standup For The Cure

The Mother of all weekends, this past one was all about celebrating where we came from and where we are going.

The Standup For The Cure event is seen by many as the kick off to a summer full of good times on the water. It brings together the sup community to support a cause that is working hard to eliminate a disease that has taken far too many Moms and others off the water. Upwards of 700 paddlers put on the pink and swarmed the waters of the Back Bay of Newport Beach on a crisp and glassy Saturday morning.

A prayer was offered up, doves were released and a brilliant sea of pink paddlers made their way en masse out to the main channel and back, cheering each other on in a very low key race back to the starting area. Waiting for them was a huge carnival-like expo area with vendors of all things related to our sport and even the opportunity to get screened for cancer right on the spot.

Junior Pro and Sup Fiesta

That same afternoon, just across the Back Bay at the Newport Aquatic Center, The Junior Pro and Youth SUP Fiesta was rolling out it’s 4th year edition with a new and improved format. By moving the racing to the calm waters of the bay on Saturday afternoon and keeping the surfing portion on Sunday at Bolsa Chica Beach, they could offer the best of both worlds for some of the best kids under 18 years old in the world to show their stuff. And believe me, the kids are alright.

Age group racing on a Flying Mile Course started the afternoon series and it was clear to see that the kids had done their homework. An incoming tide and a bit of head wind made the trip back to the finish line hard work but not a single competitor gave up!

Sunday morning at Bolsa Chica was surfer’s paradise. A clean swell was running up the beach break offering multiple peaks for the wave riders to shred. Parents lined the beach, shouted encouragement, cheered on their friends’ kids and watched as the future unfolded before their eyes. Race boards were traded for sup surf boards, short wave catching strokes replaced long distance strokes and if you looked close, you just might have been looking through a crystal ball at just where our young sport is headed.

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