This will be the 1/4 Century event of Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival, scheduled for March 18th-20th 2011. It is so auspicious that we have decided to change the name to the Santa Cruz PaddleFest to better embrace the other paddle powered sports that have joined us in surfing the energy of Santa Cruz . In keeping with tradition, the PaddleFest will hold the largest paddle powered surf contest in the world, held at the internationally acclaimed break of Steamer Lane. Last year the finals were electric with smooth and glassy 15 footers with every world champion athlete in all our major categories competing against a local favorite-local knowledge won 2 out of 3. , the penultimate partier from Costa Rica , is challenging us to have an appropriate bash for this signature 25th Anniversary.
To crown this event we will include a Stand-up Paddle Race put on by SurfTech, plus we will have parties every night culminating in a Saturday night extravaganza at our towns Ballroom, the Boardwalk Coconut Grove, orchestrated by Canoe & Kayak/SUP magazines. We have taken on Toca’s challenge and are planning on the event of the century.
This event is called a festival because its charter is to expose the sports of paddle surfing to the world. Steamer Lane/Lighthouse Point is a perfect venue for this objective because the high energy environmental spectator can view the international champions do their magic on giant waves virtually in front them. We invite manufacturers who are significant in paddle sports to display their creations in booths right at the point of action so that the spectator can envelop themselves in the sport-from action to product. The spectator if motivated can demo the vehicles through manufacturers set up on a calm beach within easy shuttle from the contest.
SURFTECH SUP SHOOTOUT AND DUEL-ATHLON 2011
Thursday, March 17th
5–7 pm — Reg is tra tion at Adven ture Sports Unlim ited
5 pm — Pre-party at Adven ture Sports Unlim ited
7 pm — Shootout com peti tors meet ing at ASU
Friday, March 18th
7 am — 5 pm — Shootout heats begin
10 am — 5 pm — “B” Site SUP Surf check-in at the Lane
Saturday, March 19th
6–7:30 am — Reg is tra tion & check-in for Surf & Sand Duel-athlon at Cow ells Beach
8 am — Duel-athlon com peti tors meet ing (course info, rules etc…) Cow ells
9 am — Surftech Surf & Sand Duel-athlon race start
7 am — 5 pm — Shootout heats at the Lane
10 am — 3 pm — SUP ven dor booths at Cow ells Beach
6 pm — 11 pm — Party & Race Awards at the Coconut Grove, Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Sun day, March 20th
8 am — 3 pm — Final Shootout heats
4 pm — Awards Ceremony
Surf Forecast: Bombing!
Friday the 18th NW winds behind the frontal sys tem expected to show up could develop another pulse of large surf out of the WNW (270−300). Size should remain in the range of
sev eral feet over head to TRIPLE OVERHEAD+ at stand out breaks…
Saturday the 19th WNW swell from 270–300 degrees begins to back off very quickly, drop ping down the range of waist high to head high along the Cen tral Coast. Stand out expo sures far ther north could be down to sev eral feet overhead to DOUBLE OVERHEAD by late in the day.
Sunday the 20th Size con tin ues to back down although some WNW (280−300) left overs should con tinue to bring some siz able surf to the region.