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Santa Cruz Paddlefest presented by Starboard March 18-20

Eric Totah at Santa Cruz Paddlefest by Glenn Dubock

Steamer Lane March 18-20

Candice Appleby at Santa Cruzy Paddle Fest by Glenn Dubock

Candice Appleby at Santa Cruzy Paddle Fest by Glenn Dubock

The main event at the Lane has paddle surfers flocking to Santa Cruz from all over the globe to take advantage of one of Santa Cruz’s most fabled breaks. The Lane breaks along West Cliff Drive and can hold waves of double overhead+. The Santa Cruz Paddlefest has Steamer Lane as host to an elite surfing competition of Surf Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Waveskis. Each class competes separately doing dynamic maneuvers to earn points. Competitors will surf through several 4 man heats eventually leading up to the Finals Sunday afternoon.

 

Cowells Classic March 19-20

Chuck Glynn at Santa Cruzy Paddle Fest by Glenn Dubock

Chuck Glynn at Santa Cruzy Paddle Fest by Glenn Dubock

Started many years ago as part of the SCPF the Cowells Classic is a friendly surfing competition. Located at the tail end of The Lane paddle surfers are able to score long waves without the intense competition scene. We promote this category within our event as an intermediate class of paddlers.

SCPF PaddleBoard Race March 19

Noa Hopper in the lead by Glenn Dubock

Noa Hopper in the lead by Glenn Dubock

One of the first paddleboard races of the year, the SCPF Paddleboard Race starts at Cowells beach, heads out along the Boardwalk, and to Santa Cruz harbor.  After the first lap, there is a short run followed by the finish line, for the short course. In the long course, racers will pound out a second longer lap out to the Lane, to the harbor, and back to Cowells.

RACE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

EVENT SCHEDULE*
Thursday March 17th

6:00am – SCPF Site set up

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

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 Hawaiian Grill

 

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 – Awards Ceremony

5:00pm – Staging Takedown

 

*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.

**All Steamer Lane surfing competitors are required to attend the meeting and fill out the waiver. Failure to comply will result in a DQ. Racers and Cowells competitors will check in Saturday Morning.

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

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