NEWS FLASH - For everyone out there wishing they could be at the Surftech Shootout this Sunday but can't, we've got your back - Supconnect will be in Santa Cruz on Sunday, March 30, 2014, to bring you a live webcast of the surf event. To catch all the action, follow this link and register with the community. See you on Sunday.
SANTA CRUZ, California - With the surf and weather forecast looking favorable for next week's Surftech Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone Race presented by SUP Magazine, registered competitors are gearing up for one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Due to its unique venue and the high caliber athletes that annually compete in the SurftechShootout, SUP Magazine has generously offered a $2,000 cash prize purse to the top three male and female over-all athletes in the Shootout surf event AND the Duel SUP/Prone Race combined!
"The Surftech Shootout is such an awesome event in a great town that really epitomizes the watermen culture," says SUP magazine's Joe Carberry. "And to win the combined event at the Shootout--at such a killer venue-- is a legitimate accomplishment. Paddlers need to be able to race and surf at a high level. It really highlights well-rounded paddling and we're
honored to be involved."
With the growing popularity of the Surftech Shootout, the Surf Event sold out quickly when online registration opened. The list of registered competitors reads like a "who's who" of SUP surfing including; Matt Becker (Santa Barbara, CA), Slater Trout (Maui, HI), Dave Boehne(Dana Point, CA) and Anthony Vela (San Clemente, CA) among others.
On the women's side the competition will be equally fierce with many highly accomplished ladies rounding out the women's division including; Morgan Hoesterey (Honolulu, HI), Fiona Wylde (Hood River, OR), Terri Plunkett (San Clemente, CA), Leane Darling (Haleiwa, HI) and Diane Wenzel (San Clemente, CA). Reining Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone Race champCandice Appleby will not be defending her title this year as she will be in Brazil to compete in the Stand Up World Tour event. With Candice in Brazil (Good Luck in the SUWT event Candice!), we will be crowning a new Women's Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone champ this year!
DUEL SUP/PRONE RACE ONLINE REGISTRATION STILL OPEN!
While the Shootout surf event is no longer taking registrations, the Duel SUP/Prone Race is open for online registration until next Thursday, March 27th! If you haven't registered yet, you have one more week to sign up for one of the most picturesque ocean races of the year!
Click the link below to register: Shootout Duel SUP/Prone Race registration
This premier international SUP surf event has included many U.S. and International Professional Athletes including two time Shootout Champion, CHUCK PATTERSON, 2011 Shootoutchamp, ZANE SCHWEITZER, female sensation CANDICE APPLEBY, 2012 Shootout champion MATT BECKER and 2013 Shootout champ DAVE BOEHNE along with many other international SUP stand-outs and local contenders. We expect the Elite Field will be the deepest and most competitive to date drawing SUP surfers from all over the globe.
Click HERE for more info on the Surftech Shootout presented by SUP Magazine
DUEL SUP/PRONE RACE - NEW RACE DIVISIONS ADDED FOR 2014!
This is a great race to kick off your 2014 race season! The Duel SUP/Prone Race will feature a2.7 mile (single lap) short course and a 6.2 mile (two lap) long course race. Once again event organizers have added a prone paddle division in both the long and short course. The Men's and Women's "Elite" divisions are the 12'6" classes in the long course. There is also a short beach run at the end of the short course and in between laps of the long course.
NEW KIDS DIVISIONS
With the ever growing popularity of SUP racing, event organizers are including four new race divisions for competitors under 18 years old!
Rough Riders Long Course - 12 & Under boys and girls
Bronco Buster Long Course - 13-17 boys and girls
Gauchos Short Course - 12 & under boys and girls
Wranglers Short Course - 13-17 boys and girls
What better way to spend your weekend than racing along the Boardwalk, wharf, cliffs and harbor of beautiful Santa Cruz, California!
Click HERE for more info and to register for the Duel SUP/Prone Race.
2nd ANNUAL COWELL's SUP CLASSIC!
Introduced in 2013, the Cowell's SUP Classic is a SUP surfing contest held at Cowell's Beach just down the point from Steamer Lane. The Cowell's SUP Classic is the perfect opportunity for entry level to intermediate level SUP surfers to try their hand at competition. Cowell's offers long lined up right handers (and some lefts) that break gently and peel for up to a half mile along the cliffs below West Cliff Drive.
Click HERE for more info and to register for the Cowell's SUP Classic
Thursday Opening Ceremonies, Adventure Sports Unlimited, BBQ, beer, live music 5-7pm
Friday Shootout Round 1, 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday Competitors Party TBD
Saturday Duel SUP/Prone Race check-in 7:00 - 8:00am
Saturday Duel SUP/Prone race start, 9:00am
Saturday Cowells SUP Classic check-in 7:00 - 9:00am, Steamer Lane
Saturday Cowells SUP Classic Round 1, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday Race Day After Party & Awards!!, 6:00-10:00pm - location TBD
Sunday Shootout Final Rounds, 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday Cowells SUP Classic Final Rounds 10:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday Shootout Awards Ceremony, 4:00pm